The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.
The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.
The IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services.
The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.
As one of the five decentralized parts of the Secretariat, the Africa Regional Office (ARO) leads the support to National Societies of 49 countries through Country Offices1 (CO) and Country Cluster Support Teams2 (CCST) spread across Central Africa, East Africa, Indian Ocean Islands, Sahel, Southern Africa and West Coast. In situations of emergency, disasters and crises – such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – IFRC offices need to continue functioning and recover or resume business processes when operations have been disrupted unexpectedly. To this end, a business continuity plan (BCP) is constantly maintained and initiated once the trigger points have been met. IFRC has the responsibility of extending support to National Red Cross Societies for them to continue with service delivery.
Due to the nature of the COVID-19 operations, a Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Coordinator is required.
The Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Coordinator, under direction of the Deputy Regional Director for Africa, will coordinate BCP activities ensuring that IFRC offices across the region have robust plans and measures to continue functioning and to recover or resume business processes when operations have been disrupted unexpectedly. The coordinator is also responsible coordinating BCP support to National Societies and supporting IFRC Critical Incident Management (CIM). The resource will also collaborate and seek support from other BCP Coordinators across the IFRC.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
IFRC Africa Regional Office (ARO) Business Continuity
APRO Critical Incident Management
Business Continuity Plans of IFRC Africa Country Offices and CCST
National Society Business Continuity Plans
Knowledge, skills and languages
Competencies and values
Coordinate BCP activities ensuring that IFRC offices across the region have robust plans and measures to continue functioning and to recover or resume business processes when operations have been disrupted unexpectedly.
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