IFRC Internship – Trend Analysis on the Humanitarian Need in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Nairobi
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Vacancy Description


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.

Organizational Context

African countries are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of natural hazards due to its exposure to damaging climate risks such as extreme droughts, flooding and storms. The World’s Risk Index (2018) highlights that out of the 15 countries with the highest level of vulnerability to disasters globally, 13 are in Africa. Within the IFRC, Africa has consistently reported launching the largest annual numbers of emergency operations globally. In 2018 alone, the Africa Region reported 36% of global emergency operations targeting 23 million beneficiaries, which constituted 93% of the global 2018 beneficiaries target for the IFRC. Climatic trends indicate that disasters are becoming more frequent, intense, widespread and violent in their occurrence, scale, magnitude and destructive effects. Humanitarian funding is not able to keep pace with these growing needs in a world of multitude of interconnected and intensifying risks. While the total volumes of humanitarian finance are growing, so is the shortfall between appeals and funding raised. The complexity associated with understanding risk trends and inaction on this risk further complicates the problem, accumulates risk, and creates a perpetual future need for investments that significantly costlier than those needed now. With this background, it is of great importance to understand the complexity of the system and past trends, experiences and data on humanitarian spending, needs and response to enable The Movement to effectively invest in preparedness and resilience works. Past experiences and data provide valuable insights into the near future of humanitarian need in Sub-Saharan Africa and allows for strategic decision-making as to where best to invest in capacities or preparedness in the coming years. In 2016, IFRC Africa Regional Office assessed past trends in humanitarian spending with composite indicators to offer insights into the past hazard patterns (nature of hazard, its occurrence, magnitude, scale and geographical trends, combined with information on the populations at risk of disaster and crisis and support for their anticipation ) in Sub-Saharan Africa to offer insights on how to integrate a fully risk-informed approach throughout the Movement to build resilience and guide actions in 2017. The IFRC milestones for 2019 as stipulated in the Africa Road Map emphasizes the need for Trend analysis to understand the patterns and inform decision making for effective disaster management and resilience building. IFRC Africa Region is seeking to update its 2016 Trend analysis report on Humanitarian Response needs in Sub-Saharan Africa to inform among others the Movement operations and revision of Africa Road Map 2012 -2015.

Job Purpose

The overall goal of this analysis is to update the Humanitarian Need in Sub-Saharan Africa: Planning a more Risk -Informed response Trend Analysis report produced in 2016 to inform a more proactive, risk informed humanitarian response in Sub-Saharan Africa now and in the future. It is envisioned that the document will support in strategy development as well as advocacy and fundraising efforts.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The scope of this assignments will involve but not limited to:

  • Explore what past Federation Secretariat spending on natural hazards, technological and human induced hazards can tell about humanitarian needs now and in the coming future.
  • Explore efforts towards prediction of needs, looking at the initiatives that exist and consider what bottom-up data collection and collation could do within the political of aid.
  • Analyse other external trends done on the same subject by other partners and organisations within the African Region documented in the Partnership Meeting in Lomé.

In order to provide a comprehensive analysis, a balance range of qualitative and quantitative (where applicable) methods which includes but not limited to the following list:

Desk Review: Review of existing secondary information and reports relevant to the assessment. This will provide an analysis and discussion of facts and data within the assignment context. The literature will include among others contextual information, Emergency and DREF documents and other information on food security, livelihoods, security and socio-economic context as will be found necessary by the selected firm.

Qualitative Data Collection: Key Informant Interviews and Interviews with field staff.

Field Observations and Reflections for triangulation of information: Reflection and feedback sessions with selected team members in the field (or were in the field), Nairobi Based and other key informants.


  • Draft updated report of the Trend Analysis on Humanitarian Needs in Sub-Saharan Africa for the feedback and comments.
  • Presentation of the Main Findings of the Trend Analysis on the Humanitarian Need In Africa
  • Summary version of the final report to be shared with African National Societies (ANS), partner National Societies and other interested stakeholders.
  • Final report to be publishes internally (or perhaps externally) I English outlining the following results:
    • Key Trends within & without the IFRC spending on Humanitarian Response
    • Key needs identified based on the Trend analysis within & without the IFRC
    • Key recommendations moving forward


Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Disaster Risk Reduction, Monitoring and Assessment and other areas relevant for the assignment


2 years of relevant experience work in Social Sciences or related studies with specific reference to Trend analysis in Humanitarian needs and risk informed response.

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Knowledge and understanding of Disaster Risk Reduction approaches and methodologies including emergency response.
  • Demonstrated analytical and writing skills

Competencies and values


All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described. The application must have one page cover letter and Curriculum vitae detailing your experience and education qualifications.

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IFRC Internship – Trend Analysis on the Humanitarian Need in Sub-Saharan Africa INTERN September 24, 2019 2019-09-30 Nairobi 0 KES
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