Regional Disaster Law Consultant for Auxiliary Role Mapping
Closing date (Geneva time zone):16-08-2019
Duty station:Anywhere within Africa
Duty station status: N/A
Accompanied status: N/A
Category of Staff: Consultant
Grade: Not applicable
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 190 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 role is one of the defining characteristics of the Red Cross Red Crescent’s relationship with governments. It can be described as “a specific and distinctive partnership, entailing mutual responsibilities and benefits, based on international and national laws, in which the national public authorities and the National Society agree on the areas in which the National Society supplements or substitutes public humanitarian services[.]” (Resolution 2, 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, 2007). The auxiliary status is permanent and part of the legal foundation of every National Society. Firmly anchored in the communities which they serve, National Societies and their volunteers work within all parts of society to address the needs of the most vulnerable. Their unique status as auxiliary also allow National Societies to influence decision-makers and opinion-shapers, bringing community voices to the highest national level and beyond. National Society activities may cover a broad range of sectors including disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response (including supporting people displaced), health (including blood donation, ambulance and first aid services) and work with and for migrants and refugees, all of which is done in coordination with government, military and other stakeholders. While public authorities must ensure that National Societies are able to operate autonomously and in compliance with the Movement’s Fundamental Principles, National Societies must seriously consider any official requests by the authorities to carry out humanitarian activities within their mandate. Legislation, policies and agreements play a key role in defining the relationship between a National Society and government, clarifying roles and responsibilities and strengthening the National Society’s ability to fulfil its mandate in the humanitarian field. While the auxiliary role is recognized in dedicated Red Cross laws in every country, the operational aspects of the role will often be strongly enhanced if they are included within sectoral laws, policies and plans. These should normally guarantee that National Societies are included in relevant decision-making and coordinating bodies and clarify expectations about their responsibilities and interactions with government in the relevant sectors, consistent with the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.The auxiliary role does not guarantee that a National Society will be able to support the humanitarian and development goals of the public authorities at all levels. A National Society must have the capacity to carry out programmes and activities. The public authorities as well as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have important, though distinctly different, roles to play in building the capacity and supporting the strengthening and resourcing of National Societies to deliver on their respective mandate.
Purpose, outputs and intended outcomes
The purpose of the consultancy is to organize and co-facilitate jointly with Zimbabwe Red Cross the launch of the Study “Effective law and policy for addressing gender in disaster risk management and sexual and gender-based violence in disasters in Zimbabwe”.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Scope and Methodology of Desktop Mapping
IFRC Disaster Law will be hiring a consultant to undertake the legal analysis of the auxiliary role of National Societies, as provided in laws, policies, agreements and MOUs. The mapping will be conducted remotely through collection and analysis of relevant legislation, policies, agreements and secondary resources with follow up with national stakeholders supported by IFRC as required. A research template to guide the research, with guiding questions and suggested (re)sources has been developed (see guiding questions in Annex I), to ensure consistency in research methodology. Prior to the commencement of the mapping, IFRC will send out a letter to the Secretary Generals and Presidents of prioritized National Societies to request their support in gathering information about existing legislation, policies and other arrangements that outline the mandate of the National Society. IFRC will work collaboratively across different technical teams, country offices and country cluster support teams, to gather relevant information.
The intended scope for this mapping is global, with a proposed 10 National Societies researched in each IFRC region. For Africa, the IFRC technical team has identified an initial group of National Societies (subject to change) from different sub-region to be the following (noting that the ultimate aim is to have all 49 National Societies of the Africa region mapped):
Prioritised African National Societies Round 1
Malawi Red Cross Society
Zambia Red Cross Society
South Sudan Red Cross Society
Uganda Red Cross Society
Rwanda Red Cross Society
Seychelles Red Cross Society
Nigeria Red Cross Society
Liberia Red Cross Society
Sierra Leone Red Cross Society
The Gambia Red Cross Society
A qualitative analysis on how the auxiliary role, as provided in legislation, policies and agreements, works in practice across the country contexts, could add further depth to the project but is currently out of scope. There is potential to cross-reference the findings with practical experiences of the National Society, which could be explored systematically or individually with interested National Societies.
The auxiliary role of National Societies specific to times of armed conflict or other situations of violence, is also out of scope. This is not to minimize the crucial humanitarian role different components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, specifically the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and National Societies, play a in times of armed conflict and other situations of violence, as provided in the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols as well as the Seville Agreement and the Statutes of the Movement.
For further information about this initiative, please contact:
University degree in management, law and/or social sciences or related fields
Relevant post graduate degree
Experience on national society development and disaster law
Experience of working with Red Cross/Red Crescent
Demonstrated success in project/programme planning, budgeting, management, reporting and evaluation
Knowledge, skills and languages
Self-supported in computing systems
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong problem-solving ability
Ability to work in a cross-functional environment
Fluently spoken and written English
Competencies and values
VALUES: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability
CORE COMPETENCIES: Communication; Collaboration work; Judgement and Decision Making; National Societies and Customer Relations; Creativity and Innovation; Building Trust
FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES: Building Alliances; Leadership; Empowering Others
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.