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Intern, Disaster Law & Risk Managment


  • Organization: IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Location: Islamabad
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Security policy
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-29

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The IFRC is a membership organisation 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 IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The IFRC is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 191-member National Societies. 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.”  The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.

The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.

The IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services.

The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.

IFRC Country Delegation in Pakistan is part of the Asia-Pacific Regional set-up and its role and mandate in Pakistan are defined as support to the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in programme/service delivery, international resource mobilisation, ensuring quality and accountability to donors, coordination of National Society Development/Branch Development (NSD/BD) activities towards PRCS development and ensuring effective implementation of the Annual Operational Plans agreed with the PRCS.

Job Purpose

The Disaster Law Intern reports to the IFRC Programme Manager, and provides support to ensure the implementation, coordination, and management of the IFRC Disaster Law work and Risk Management in Pakistan.

As part of the operation team, the Intern provides support to IFRC CD and Partners under the supervision of IFRC Management in the design/planning, implementation, and management of DL and Risk Management work along with making efforts to align the initiatives as per international Disaster Law guidelines He/she understands the Disaster management context of the country, understanding the existing laws, policies and frameworks and researches these to promote legal approaches to Disaster Management enabling communities safer, humanitarian relief more effective and stronger.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Disaster Law

  • Develop a good understanding of the Disaster Management context of Pakistan, the existing laws, polices and legal Frameworks.
  • Familiarize him/herself with the IFRC Disaster Law programme, IDRL guidelines, Legislative Advocacy Toolkit, and other guidance documents.
  • Utilize the IFRC learning Platform to undergo relevant trainings thereby understanding RCRC movement and undergo orientation on the DL courses.
  • Review existing DL documents of IFRC and specific to Pakistan in close collaboration with relevant IFRC CD departments and regional DL Coordinator.
  • Provide support to the IFRC and partners in the implementation, management, and facilitation of Disaster Law activities in Pakistan under the technical support of Regional DL Coordinator. 
  • Conduct research and analysis in relation to Disaster Law and Pakistan Red Crescent laws, policies, and plans.
  • Provide support in organising technical trainings and meetings for Disaster Law events.
  • Proactively support the IFRC Capacity building efforts for the Pakistan Red Crescent Society in Disaster Response through conduction of trainings and workshops on Disaster Law and legislative advocacy.
  • Assist in drafting documents such as concept notes, case studies, agendas, and reports to update on progress as requested.
  • Assist in sharing and capacity building efforts by preparing reports, presentations, and other materials on DL.
  • Other Disaster Law related tasks as requested by the IFRC CD Management

Job Duties and Responsibilities (continued)

Risk Management  

  • Support in development and monitoring of programme risk management systems.
  • Work closely with regional Risk Management Officer and Pakistan Country Delegation team to support the development of country risk management system.
  • Develop an understanding on IFRC Risk Management Policy, Framework, Process, and tools.
  • Remain involved in the review process of updating the risk register of Pakistan Country Delegation in close coordination with the Senior Management Team at country level.
  • Support Country Delegation & Regional Risk Management officer in establishing a workable Risk management plan for Pakistan.
  • Support in developing action plans based on the risk mitigation plans agreed by the Senior Management Team and ensure follow-up on implementation.


Be currently enrolled in a university or equivalent level or have graduated recently (normally within 1 year from the date of hiring) in an area of disaster law or risk management.



Advanced skills in and use of IT systems 

Knowledge, Skills and Languages

  • Fluent spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge and strong interest in risk management and Disaster Law concepts.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing with different audiences, adapting style to fit the situation.
  • Ability to gather, analyse, and evaluate facts, and prepare/present concise oral and written reports.
  • Ability to plan work and manage conflicting priorities, and handle multiple demands simultaneously, including unexpected deadlines.
  • Results oriented and demand driven individual, entrepreneurial
  • Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multilingual, multidisciplinary environment.

Competencies, Values and Comments

Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability.

Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust.

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