Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is the leading National Humanitarian Organization in Uganda and a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Applications from suitable persons to be considered for appointment in the outlined positions are hereby invited. All applicants should adhere to the Red Cross Principles. URCS is an equal opportunities employer mindful of gender balance in its establishment.

Full job descriptions is below and you can get the application template from here

Please send your filled application form and attach your academic transcripts and certificates. The filled application forms and academic transcripts and certificates can be e-mailed to; or hand delivered, and or by post to:

The Secretary General,
Uganda Red Cross Society,
Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road,
P.O. Box 494, Kampala, Uganda.

Closing date for receipt of the applications is 15th February 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

Due to large volumes of applications; only short listed candidates shall be contacted. Canvassing shall lead to automatic disqualification.

Title Assistant Officer – Emergency Preparedness, Response and Safer Access (4 Positions)
Grade UR 6
Reports Manager – Emergency Preparedness, Response and Safer Access
Location East, Central, North, West (Duty station to be confirmed)
Duration One Year renewable (subject to annual funding)
Date February 2021

Job Purpose:

The Assistant Officer- Emergency Preparedness, Response and Safer Access will be responsible for implementation of emergency preparedness, response programmes and safer access while ensuring high quality implementation, building and maintaining sound relationships with key stakeholders and strengthening Red Cross Action Teams in the respective regions.

Within the framework of the URCS policies and procedures and in accordance with Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement, the position holder will facilitate the implementation of activities related to Safer Access Framework (SAF) through mainstreaming the concept into all URCS humanitarian interventions. The post-holder works with partners at national, district levels and Uganda Red Cross branches to ensure emergency preparedness, response and Safer Access is within and coordinated effectively in line with Uganda Red Cross 2021-2025 strategy and humanitarian policies.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  1. Ensure effective and efficient timely humanitarian response mechanisms are adhered to in line with Disaster Management: strategy, policy, Standard Operating Procedures and Emergency Response Protocols;
  2. Management of the day to day management emergency preparedness and response programme, assigned work plan, project budget and DREF budgets in liaison with the EPR AND Safer Access manager including, proposal development, project reporting, monitoring, advocacy, research and policy work and, representing Uganda Red Cross at approved platforms;
  3. Implement an appropriate Red Cross Action Team Quality Standards, Scale down to Red Cross Action Teams the best practices in evidence, documentation and innovation initiatives of the department including capacity building of the Red Cross Action Teams and branch managers;
  4. Direct implementation of Emergency Response Humanitarian Actions in line with the Disaster Management policy and strategy framework, Standard Operating Procedures, Emergency Response protocols and Safer Access Framework objectives district and branch level in the field;
  5. Be focal person to assist Disaster Management disseminate the objectives of each of the eight elements of the URCS Safer Access Framework within the region for all URCS humanitarian actions;
  6. Conduct security incident mapping and analysis to inform a national threat assessment and conduct risk management studies to enhance the security of the National Society operations at district and branch levels;
  7. Establish and maintain a periodic and specific incident reporting system to the EPR and Safer Access Manager for the National Society based on recognized Movement models;
  8. Provide relevant technical support in the application of SAF at the district and branch level for governance, branch management, project officers and RED Cross Action Teams and other Movement partners based on the National Society needs and priorities;
  9. Reflect the needs of different humanitarian audiences, adapting style, media, timing and pace to communicate effectively with field staff and volunteers;
  10. Accept accountability for the effective use of Uganda Red Cross resources;
  11. Manage resources and workloads to ensure your own programme and others’ goals are achieved.

Persons Specifications

Education Qualifications
  1. Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, SWASA and other humanitarian studies, Health Emergencies;
  2. Mandatory certificate in Essentials of Disaster Management (Sphere Standards, Core Humanitarian Standards), Peace and Security or other related field;
  3. Training in Relief distribution, Shelter, Gender in Emergency, Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as Participatory approaches and methodologies is essential;
Working Experience
  1. At least 1-year experience managing emergency preparedness, relief, rehabilitation and recovery programmes;
  2. Experience of advocacy on development and humanitarian issues;
Essential Knowledge
  • Demonstrable understanding of safety & security contexts and ways to reduce personnel security risks;
  • Knowledge of Red Cross Movement will be of added advantage
Essential Skills
  • High level of integrity;
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle and possession of a valid rider’s permit is a MUST;
  • Very good interpersonal skills and cultural and politico-social sensitivity is preferable;
  • Good leadership skills and ability to work on own initiative and to solve problems;
  • Innovative thinking and analytical ability;
  • Strong demonstrated skills working with external partners and bringing several stakeholders together for a common goal;
  • Working, at times, under tight deadlines;
  • Proven ability to coach and mentor others to develop specific knowledge and skills, with a positive attitude towards learning & sharing;
  • Knowledge and experience of security in a humanitarian environment;
  • Strong and proven communication and negotiation skills;
  • Effective spoken and written English, Kiswahili and other widely spoken local Languages;
  • Experience of public speaking and/or working with the media;
  • Recognize and value differences in people; be ready to challenge assumptions, beliefs or attitudes in self or others.

Download application template from here