Operations Coordinator, Food Crisis

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Company:The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Job Type:Contract
Salary:Ksh. Not Mentioned

Job details

Job Purpose

As the Food Crisis in Africa becomes more complex, there are increasing challenges to ensure integration and coherence in operations management, humanitarian diplomacy and communication approaches so that the IFRC can continue to enhance its support to the National Societies of the region and the wider Federation around this crisis.

In line with the Federation Strategy 2020 of “doing more, doing better and reaching further”, the Operations Coordinator for the Food Crisis is expected to contribute effectively by working with the Federation Secretariat team members, National Societies as well as the ICRC.

Reporting to the Head of DCPRR in the Africa Region, the Operations Coordinator, in close coordination with other management team including CO and CCST operations managers in the Region is responsible to ensure adherence to the set strategic direction and ensure financial and human resources management are consistent with IFRC rules and regulations.

The Operations Coordinator will be responsible for the expanded response activities in the affected countries providing leadership and guidance for overall operation delegates/staff and programs directly supporting the response to the crisis.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

This role carries both high-level coordination support and management responsibilities. Management responsibilities will include the direct and indirect management of the Africa Food Crisis team focal points, as well as management and technical support within the Region. Responding to strategic directions and emerging priorities from management with promptness, process and results-based responsiveness, accountability and transparency are key requirements.

  • Support the elaboration and expansion of plans of action and budgets for the Emergency Appeals in specific countries of operations, under the scope of the Food Crisis efforts;
  • Lead the Food Crisis team to ensure implementation and accountability of operations and programs. Line manage and/or provide technical support to the Food Crisis team focal points (PMER, Communications, CEA, IM, Food Security & Resilience, and CTP delegates);
  • Provide direct in-country support, including deploying as surge for periods of time, to specific operations as needed;
  • Responsible for ensuring the quality and timely extension of operations related to food crisis in Africa, including direct contribution to possible scale up of the response to the crisis by the Federation and the Movement at large;
  • Ensure in-depth analysis and contingency planning to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and relevance of the Food Crisis operations;
  • Ensure effective and efficient coordination of all Movement partners involved in the Food Crisis operations;
  • Ensure IFRC active participation in external coordination mechanisms (UN bodies) and other multi sector coordination forums;
  • Ensure the enhancement of the information network that currently exists strengthening the effort to develop the mechanism of accountability and visibility;
  • Supervise and coordinate the data collection and dissemination of information for accurate and timely reports;
  • Draw upon resources available in the Africa Region, such as Health, Finance, DCPRR, PMER and other departments to ensure that operational planning, budgeting and reporting is carried out in a timely and professional manner, in accordance with the Secretariat requirements, formats and standards;
  • Ensure effective and efficient liaison between the Federation office and in-country counterparts in managing the operations;
  • Represent the IFRC as appropriate in the various interagency forums and coordination mechanisms related to the Africa Drought Operations;


  • Relevant University Degree with good academic achievement
  • Basic Delegates Training Course or IMPACT. FACT, ERU, RDRT training or equivalent knowledge


  • 10 years of relevant working experience in complex humanitarian operations, of which at least 3 years in management position
  • Red Cross/Red Crescent knowledge and experience
  • Proven Operations experience including senior management, movement coordination, disaster management/response/contingency planning.
  • Experience of working in complex operations
  • Adequate experience and expertise in people management with maturity and cross-cultural understanding.

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Demonstrated staff management and development skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Proven strong project management skills
  • In-depth understanding of financial management
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural and cross-functional environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and good understanding of the global organization
  • Excellent communication skills, public diplomacy and advocacy
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and handle , handle multiple tasks and high responsiveness.


  • Fluently spoken and written English and French 

Competencies and values

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