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Consultant, GSC Environment and Climate Operations Support - job post

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
4.2 out of 5
1211 Genève, GE
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1211 Genève, GE

Description du poste

Vacancy No.


Contract Type


Application Deadline


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GLOBAL Different Locations

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Maximum of 120 days from 01 August 2024 to 31 July 2025


Consultant, Not Applicable

Organizational Context

The burden of disasters and crises on the environment is increasing, leading to avoidable harm to disaster survivors. Changes to the climate together with environmental degradation are significant contributing factors to disasters and other crises. While humanitarian operations should reduce environment-linked impacts of disasters, a failure to consider the environment in humanitarian operations can lead to both more damage to the environment and harm to disaster survivors.

Humanitarian efforts focusing on shelter and settlements can make significant contributors to avoiding or mitigating negative environmental impacts if basic and proven approaches are followed. The need for humanitarian operations to consider and address environmental issues is clearly set out in the Sphere Shelter and Settlements chapter as well as in the humanitarian Do No Harm principal.

The Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) provides an open platform on which to coordinate humanitarian shelter and settlements efforts. In 2023 the GSC adopted a statement on environment and humanitarian shelter and settlements. The statement clearly defines a requirement to integrate the environment (including climate) into humanitarian shelter operations and to engage in addressing climate change.

The GSC has received financial contributions from USAID/BHA and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) for environment-focused technical support to the GSC, country-level Clusters and partners. Work planned under this funding includes:

  • Technical support on environmental issues to Clusters before, during and following disasters.
  • Support to develop and follow-up on Country Environmental Profiles for Shelter and Settlements.
  • Operations-focused advisory and technical support to Clusters to strengthen Cluster and partner capacities to deal with environmental issues, particularly in protracted responses.
  • Engaging with other environment and climate change-related projects linked to the environment challenges faces in humanitarian shelter and settlements assistance.
  • Development, capacity building and training to Shelter Cluster staff and partners on environment and climate-related challenges.
  • Advocacy and awareness raising on environment and climate related issues for the GSC.
  • Development of technical guidance, tools, and other materials to expand the ability of Country Clusters and GSC partners to integrate environment and climate into policy and practice.

To assure adequate capacity to implement these activities, IFRC is seeking a GSC Environment and Climate Operations Support Consultant to support operational implementation of these activities.

Job Purpose

(Same as above)

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Alignment to the IFRC’s objectives and strategy

IFRC’s Global Shelter Cluster leadership role contributes to Strategy 2030 Goal 1: People anticipate, respond to and quickly recover from crises. It also promotes the Agenda for Renewal effective global coordination and leadership ambitions. IFRC’s GSC role sits within Enabling Function 1 - Strategic and operational coordination; Outcome 6.4. The IFRC ensures effective shelter cluster coordination with partners inside and outside the network. National Societies take an increased role in shelter cluster coordination.

Desired outcomes

The consultancy has two main outcomes:

  • Greener and climate-smart GSC and country-level shelter operations and results.
  • Strengthened capacities to assess, design and implement environmentally responsible and climate smart shelter and settlements responses.

The consultancy will include the following activities:


  • System-wide (inter-cluster) humanitarian mainstreaming outreach and advocacy, including outreach to other clusters and stakeholders on specific environment-related topics, including waste, settlements approach, debris, inter-cluster coordination on environmental issues, etc. including via events such as the HNPW, regional shelter fora, etc.
  • Business case development (cost-benefit analysis) for more sustainable and durable shelter and settlement responses.

Country cluster capacity building:

  • Work with designated Clusters to define environment-related operational support requirements, facilitate meeting these requirements and maintaining a matrix of environment-related actions needed and taken. Operational support includes drafting of Shelter Cluster reference and technical materials (e.g., fact sheets, asbestos management, plastics disposal guidance, etc.) and providing technical advice and training as needed.
  • Develop at least two environmental country profiles, with a focus on conflict-affected countries.
  • Technical support to operationalise existing and new Environmental Country Profile Workplans, in partnership with lead agencies.
  • Piloting and roll-out of the NFI/EHI Scorecard and updating of the SMAC tool.
  • Develop and pilot approaches to localising relief actions on environment (including climate) impacts of disasters and crises.

Knowledge management

  • Lead on the improvement/restructuring of the Environment Community of Practice page of the GSC website to improve the knowledge management of environmental resources.
  • Facilitate Quarterly Environment Community of Practice meetings.

Reporting line and support to be provided to the consultant

The consultant will report to the IFRC GSC Coordinator. The primary contacts for the consultant will be the Deputy Global Shelter Cluster Coordinators on behalf of IFRC and UNHCR, who will provide support as required and facilitate contacts with relevant stakeholders. Other members of the Global Shelter Cluster Support Team will also provide support in their respective areas of expertise as needed, with a particular coordination line with the UNHCR GSC Environment Global Focal Point and IFRC GSC Senior Environmental Advisor.


The duration of the consultancy will be for a maximum of 120 days from 1 August 2024 to 31 July 2025. If additional time is required to meet the overall objective of this assignment, IFRC will endeavour to extend the assignment for an additional period to be determined and subject to the availability of resources.



  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) or similar professional or vocational qualification in Environmental Studies, Political Ecology, Structural/Civil Engineering, Architecture, Planning or Construction Management with environmental specialization.
  • Shelter Coordination Training or equivalent knowledge.



  • Minimum of 8 years relevant professional experience in environment in humanitarian action.
  • Experience of working for a humanitarian aid organisation in a developing country, including emergency preparedness and response and environmental assessment and planning.
  • Experience in shelter and settlements coordination and/or response at the global or country levels.
  • Experience in strategy development and advocacy.
  • Experience in developing and delivering training and capacity building.
  • Experience working with the GSC Support Team or ECOP or in a RC/RC National Society and/or IFRC/ICRC.
  • Experience and knowledge of environmental networks and fora across the humanitarian sector.

Knowledge, Skills and Languages


  • Fluent spoken and written English.
  • Ability to work with sensitive issues in a multi-cultural, multilingual and multidisciplinary environment and with virtual or/and dispersed teams.
  • Ability to undertake strategic analysis and translate thinking into practice.
  • Ability to network effectively and influence and inspire others including the membership, governments, other agencies, and own peers, staff, and partners.
  • Ability to inspire, to build confidence and to find creative and constructive solutions to difficult issues.
  • A strong understanding of global humanitarian issues, disaster response and recovery and current standards and guidelines for humanitarian emergency response.
  • Results oriented and demand driven individual, entrepreneurial, ability to lead in unprecedented and/or ambiguous situations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the humanitarian coordination architecture, tools and processes.
  • Knowledge of environmental assessment tools for humanitarian response and implementation experience.


  • Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic).
  • Training and staff development skills.
  • Outstanding networking, representational, communication and negotiation skills. An ability to be proactive and persuasive.

Competencies, Values and Comments

Application Instructions

  • Please submit your application in English only.
  • Please include in your motivation letter:

      your availability,

      your current Daily Fee Rate in CHF,

      the outlining of your interest in this consultancy and how your experience, qualifications and skills make you an ideal candidate for the role.

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