Safety and Wellbeing Advisor

Posted: October 30, 2017

Region: Williams Lake, BC

Safety & Wellbeing (SWB) Advisor

BC Fire Operations

Status: One Year Full-Time (1 year)

Location: Williams Lake, BC

Relocation Availbale  


The Canadian Red Cross Society, a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Canadians, as well as the most vulnerable throughout the world, is seeking a dynamic individual to join its Disaster Management Team.  The Disaster Management Safety and Wellbeing (SWB) Program Advisor, under the direction of the Manager, SWB, will work in collaboration with CRC personnel, including case workers, to provide psychosocial support and protection to fire evacuees as part of a team within the mandate of the Canadian Red Cross.  This includes addressing the immediate psychosocial needs of the fire affected population, including considerations for special populations and a focus on Indigenous Peoples, as well as building community capacity and resiliency to address longer-term recovery priorities. 

Key Responsibilities:
The incumbent is expected to carry out all areas of responsibility as listed below according to Minimum Standards (Child Protection Minimum Standards, IFRC Gender and Diversity Minimum Standards, IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and PSS, CRC Code of Conduct and CRC Child Protection Policy).

  • Support and guidance to case management teams to promote client centred services
  • Implementing culturally-appropriate SWB services and programs for beneficiaries and supporting personnel
  • Working closely with community, ensure coordinated activities and strong working relationships with stakeholders, including partners, government, Indigenous leadership and community based organizations.
  • Support to the implementation of the SWB program including monitoring of program activities, including partnerships, to ensure alignment with standards and objectives.
  • Communicating accurate information for knowledge sharing and referrals
Education and Experience:
The minimum qualifications for this job are Completion of an undergraduate degree in social work, nursing, teaching with a minimum 2 to 4 years of job-related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Mandatory background checks:
  • This position requires a satisfactory Canadian criminal record reference check.
  • This position requires a satisfactory vulnerable sector check
Abilities and Skills:
  • Superior interpersonal relations, communication, problem-solving, and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Work independently with confidence in problem solving, making decisions, and exercising judgement.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitation or leading group sessions
  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • Discrete, professional and mature
  • Able to work with limited resources
  • Able to listen to trauma, loss and grief
  • Capable of handling stress and change
  • Ability to train, mentor and work with personnel
  • Fluency/working knowledge in an additional language including Indigenous language is considered a strong asset.
  • Background in psychosocial work, nursing, teaching, social work, youth engagement, public health is considered a strong asset
  • Training in Psychological First Aid, protection and violence prevention, and psychosocial support in emergencies
  • Knowledge and certification in crisis intervention, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), or similar preferred
  • Experience in working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement
Working Conditions:
The majority of the work is a field based position. Difficult and demanding working conditions are expected including the following:
  • Due to the dynamic nature of the situation there may be issues of access and mobility;
  • Stressful rapidly changing environment with limited information to make decisions.
  • Ability to respond during non-traditional hours (i.e. late night or weekends) and long hours of work in a demanding context

The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.
Please note that a relocation package is included with this position.
While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. 

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