19 Feb 2024

Disaster Response Officer at Tanzania Red Cross Society

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Job Description


The Tanzania Red Cross Society is a voluntary humanitarian organization established as an independent National Society (NS) by an Act of Parliament No. 71 of December 1962 amended by Parliament of Tanzania in 2019. It is mandated to play specific voluntary humanitarian roles during disasters/emergencies, and peacetime as an auxiliary organ to the Public Authorities. Tanzania Red Cross Society was recognised and admitted to the membership of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 1963. The TRCS Headquarters office are located in Mikocheni, Dar es Salaam.

TRCS is the largest and most dependable local partner in delivering humanitarian services in Tanzania. The TRCS has an active network of members and volunteers in all regions in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar (Around 40% are women of more than 35,000 active volunteers.) Most importantly, because of its credibility, Tanzania Red Cross Society receives supports from a broad range of partners including the IFRC, the ICRC, the American Red Cross, the Spanish Red Cross, the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders, the French Red Cross, the Italian Red Cross, the China Red Cross and the Korean Red Cross. Other partners are UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and UNFPA, the EU, USAID, CDC, BPRM, PACT and Pathfinder International. Tanzania Red Cross Society is looking for dynamic persons to fill the below vacancies.

Reports to : Disaster Response Manager

Duty Station : Dar Es Salaam Age Limit : Not above 45 years.


Disaster Response Officer will support emergency responses by assisting with the management and deployment of emergency response personnel, facilitating inter-departmental coordination, supporting program implementation, and compiling reports. Additionally, the Disaster Response Officer will monitor early warning and global emergencies.

Key Duties/Responsibilities:

Screen the daily operations of emergency response programs to ensure appropriate response to context changes, mission, program, and beneficiary needs, donor positioning, lessons learned, and best practices;
Facilitate compliance with internal and external regulations, all applicable laws, and contractual obligations.
Assist in managing timely and proper reports (internal, financial, donor, special and other) and their flow including review, analysis, and compliance with deadlines;
Coordinate communications between all TRCS departments/units including headquarters offices and the field; maintain open lines of communication with field staff ensuring that programs are properly briefed on TRCS mission, goals, and capacity;
Collaborate with other departments to develop guidelines and materials for emergency response interventions. Develop DRT capacity statements and compile past Disaster
Response Team (DRT) experiences under a systemic program theme;

Assist in the proposal process, which may include proposal writing, editing and proofreading, coordination, technical input, preparation for submission, submission, following through the approval process, and assisting in start-up activities;
Assist in preparation of emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments.
Assist to coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities such as evacuations, opening of public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs
Support the Disaster Response Manager in developing and presenting material and presentations related to TRCS’s Disaster response work;
Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics with regard to internal and external actors;
Ensure that there is enough inventory for immediate response in case of emergency;
Collect, synthesize, and analyze information pertaining to humanitarian emergencies and the response efforts of TRCS, and draw upon that information to draft, edit, appropriately format, and disseminate a wide range of internal and external information products
Coordinate closely with field personnel to harmonize information collection and respond to information requests.
Facilitate requests between TRCS headquarters offices and field Disaster Response Teams;
Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed above are representative of the nature and levels of work assigned and are not necessarily all- inclusive

Qualifications, Experience & Skills required:

At least a Bachelor’s degree preferably in disaster management, disaster response and recovery, urban planning Disaster/Crisis Management, Social Work, Community Development or an equivalent qualification in related fields from reputable academic institution/University.
A minimum of 3 years proven experience in disaster response/relief interventions.
Previous experience/exposure in working with Non-Governmental Organization (NGO’s), Community Based Organization (CBO) is an added advantage.
Team player with demonstrated good communication, networking and negotiation skills.
Demonstrated proficiency in Computer applications.
Demonstrated skills and knowledge in report/proposal writing.

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Closing Date : 25th February, 2024.

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