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Officer, Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF), Partnerships and Resource Development


  • Organization: IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Location: Budapest
  • Grade: Junior level - C1-International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Security policy
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-02

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192 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.


The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Officer reports to the Unit Manager, National Society and Government Partnerships based in Geneva and the position is based at the IFRC Global Services Centre (GSC) in Budapest.
The GSC is established in July 2017 to host, as part of the Secretariat in Geneva, Global Services and provide expertise and high-level support to the organization.


The DREF is the IFRC Fund for supporting immediate disaster response and anticipatory action by the National Societies and is managed by the Secretariat. It provides allocations as loans or grants depending on the scale of the early actions and response operations with funding contributed by governments, institutional, corporate and private donors through an annual plan.

Job Purpose

The purpose of this job is to develop and update funding plan and supportive funding documentations required to ensure voluntary contributions are sought annually and marketed. Project manage the organization of the DREF annual pledging conference by setting up a workplan and ensuring its execution and ensure DREF council meetings and relevant documentation are drafted and organized in a timely manner.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

DREF funding

  • Develop and keep up to date the DREF funding plan and tracker in close cooperation with the relationship managers in the global PRD team and with the DREF team.
  • Develop presentations and reports on the funding status of DREF and key funding targets.
  • Conduct research on donors that have potential in funding DREF.
  • Ensure appropriate levels of partner visibility is reflected in IFRC publications, website, media and online presence, in collaboration with the Communications Department.

Contributions to DREF

  • Register, revise and manage cash pledges including signing off the cash pledges on behalf of PRD, and coordinate with Finance.
  • Coordinate the review of the agreements with relevant departments and cooperate with relationship managers in PRD.
  • Negotiate and upload DREF contracts in the e-contract in close cooperation with relationship managers.

DREF pledging conference

  • Lead the development and implementation of a work plan on the organization process of the pledging conference and ensuring adequate consultation at all levels.
  • Prepare presentations and briefing notes on the DREF for high-level bilateral meetings with donors
  • Ensure logistics and administrative tasks required for the event have been completed in a satisfactory manner.
  • Draft report of the conference outlining the financial commitments made.

DREF Council

  • Manage all organizational aspects of the DREF council with relevant administration assistants.
  • Prepare reports from the DREF council meetings and draft official communication on behalf of unit manager.
  • Responsible to update the DREF Council website with relevant information

Contribute to an effective, high quality IFRC team:

  • Be flexible in your work definition according to needs and targets and improve team efficiencies and effectiveness within available resources.
  • Be a pro-active team member fostering a customer service-oriented culture that values proactivity, continuous improvement, innovation, high performance and cost effectiveness.
  • Foster a co-creative environment with colleagues in the Secretariat, Regions and the National Societies and open and co-operative view to the actors in the relevant external environment.


Advanced university degree (master's or equivalent) in international relations or relevant subject


  • At least 5 years’ experience of donor relations, fundraising and partnerships
  • Previous experience in developing donor messaging and donor communication
  • Experience of negotiating and managing donor agreements
  • Previous experience in organizing large donor events
  • At least 5 years’ experience in an organisational or coordination function, preferably (but not required) with the International Federation

Knowledge, Skills and Languages

  • Proven track record in excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Results oriented and demand driven individual, entrepreneurial, ability to lead in unprecedented and/or ambiguous situations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to represent the International Federation and to negotiate
  • Team coordination and networking skills
  • Project management, including knowledge of budgeting, financial and narrative reporting
  • Facilitation skills (preferred)
  • Excellent computer skills (including Excel, use of statistics and presentations)
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in an additional official language of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (French, Spanish or Arabic)

Competencies, Values and Comments

VALUES: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability

CORE COMPETENCIES: Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Decision Making; National Societies and Customer Relations; Creativity and Innovation; Building Trust


Comments: This is a national staff position open to Hungarian nationals and others who are legally eligible to work in Hungary. Candidates must be able to provide proof of their eligibility to work in Hungary.

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