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 or the Federation ) is the World’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network.
The Federation is a membership organization established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
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.
It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.
The Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ( the IFRC ) works to a Business Model and has a Business Delivery Plan with key commitments that sharpen its focus, clarity, and efficiency and accountability results.
The Secretariat, headquartered in Geneva, has five decentralized regional offices : one of which is the Americas, guided by the Secretariat strategies for implementation and areas of focus that builds on the vision of strategy 2020.
iii) Communication, (iv) Disaster and Crisis : Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, (v) Health and Care, (vi) Logistics, each of them led by the Deputy Regional Director.
Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) refers to all efforts by Red Cross people to ensure the dignity, access, participation and safety of all individuals involved in our work.
The Americas Regional Office committed to the IFRC Minimum Standards for Protection, Gender and Inclusion in Emergencies, require all programs to ensure dignity, access participation and safety for all, in addition to have a contextualized understanding on how crisis and disasters have a differential impact on persons based on their gender, age, ethnicity, disability and other diversity characteristic.
it is about using the most appropriate communication approaches to listen to communities’ needs, feedback and complaints, ensuring they can actively participate and guide Red Cross Red Crescent actions
The PGIE Officer will be responsible for driving the development of PGI and CEA across the 6 countries in the Central America cluster and ensuring PGI and CEA is built into the National Societies (NS) and IFRC ways of working, emergency operations and long-term programmes at both country and sub- regional level.
In addition, the PGIE Officer will support National Societies in the Central America cluster to enhance the impact, reach and efficiency of emergency response operations through the integration and coordination of PGI and CEA activities and approaches.
This includes PGI and CEA mainstreaming, advocacy, programme design, staff support and training, and strengthening community relationships.
The PGIE Officer will ensures there is programmatic capacity to identify protection risks including child protection and sexual and gender-based violence and take action to prevent, mitigate and respond to violence, exploitation and abuse, including appropriate reporting and referral mechanisms.
The PGIE officer will support efforts to implement reliable feedback mechanisms as part of programmes and emergency operations, as well as support the implementation processes of the CEA Minimum Commitments in Central America National Societies.
The position will provide strategic and technical advice and training to build the capacity of NS and the IFRC to integrate a more systematic approach to CEA and PGI throughout the programme and disaster risk management cycle.
This will include supporting and promoting the use of innovative approaches to information sharing, community participation and feedback, behaviour and social change communication and evidence-based advocacy.
The position holder will be responsible for all aspects of project and budget management and will act as the IFRC PGIE representative for the cluster, coordinating on CEA and PGI approaches internally within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and externally, through inter-agency networks.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Community engagement and accountability
Community engagement and accountability (CEA) is an approach to Red Cross and Red Crescent programming and operations. It is supported by a set of activities that help put communities at the centre of what we do, by integrating communication and participation throughout the programme cycle or operation.
CEA supports those involved in programmes and operations to adopt innovative approaches to better understand and engage with people and communities and help them address unhealthy and unsafe practices, deal with climate change adaptation, implement disaster risk reduction measures, participate / propose livelihood approaches, discuss social inclusion for migrants, among other things.
It maximizes the Red Cross Red Crescent’s unique relationship with the community to help them speak out about the issues that affect them and influence decision and policy-makers to implement positive changes.
Within the IFRC, there is global leadership for CEA at the Geneva level, with a Regional Manager present in the Americas Regional Office.
Protection, Gender and Inclusion
Like CEA, Protection Gender and Inclusion (PGI) is built on people-centred approach to ensure that Red Cross and Red Crescent programming and operations promote the dignity, access, participation, and safety of all girls, boys, women and men based on their different needs, capacities and vulnerabilities, and without discrimination based on age, gender, disability, religious, race, or legal status.
In emergency operations, PGI activities focus on mainstreaming in all sectors and more specialised activities that protect people at risk of harm due to who they are.
In long-terms plans, the focus of PGI initiatives may be more expansive, addressing issues of social exclusion in a more systemic and sustainable manner, allowing people to have equal access to resources, opportunities and rights without restrictions based on any aspect of their person.
Therefore, PGI as an area of focus means not only looking at the immediate risks and consequences of abuse, but looking at the causes and potential causes of those risks, before, during and after a crisis event.
Within the IFRC, there is global leadership for PGI at the Geneva level, with a Regional Senior Officer, a Senior Officer for Andean Countries and a Regional Coordinator present in the Americas Regional Office.
PGIE development and capacity building
This includes ensuring the roll out of global CEA and PGI frameworks and standards at cluster level and that global frameworks and standards benefit from learning and experience at the cluster level.