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Canadian Red Cross
Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Responder (British Columbia & Yukon)
6 months to 1 year
Varies
June 20, 2018
Description of Position
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 Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Responder for Disaster Management (DM). Reporting to the PDA Supervisor, the PDA Responder will be responsible to fill various on-call shifts on a 24/7 schedule that includes weekends, holidays and evenings. When called on to respond, the PDA Responder will be required to provide relief directly to clients in need of assistance.

Job Summary:
The Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Team is activated to respond and provide assistance for up to the first 72 hours following a disaster. The incumbent of this position is responsible for conducting a needs assessment to determine the needs of the clients. The PDA Responder will provide, as appropriate to agreements with the local authorities, Emergency Social Services (ESS) for relief, referral services and direct assistance for recovery, as well as, works with the PDA Supervisor to plan and organize ongoing preparedness activities. They may be asked to deliver services during a large-scale emergency response in their community.

Qualifications:
The incumbent must have the commitment to the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement and model the core competencies of the CRCS: team excellence, service excellence, accountability and results focused. This position requires a satisfactory Canadian criminal record reference check.
This position requires a satisfactory vulnerable sector check
Valid driver's license is required if driving for society business; clear driver’s abstract (3 years) required if using Red Cross vehicles; access to transportation is mandatory

Education and Experience:
Completion of High School Diploma and/or equivalent experience;
Experience in an emergency environment is an asset.

Working Conditions:
Potential for responding in disaster areas, as well as difficult and unstable conditions (environmental, physical, social, etc.) and uncomfortable conditions (noise, odors, smoke, humidity, vulnerable clients). These environments have the potential to affect the overall wellbeing of the responders on site.
The incumbent may need to stand for several hours.
The incumbent may need to lift up to 20 kg of relief supplies during preparedness activities and during response.
Ability to respond during non-traditional hours (i.e. late night or weekends) and long hours of work in a demanding context.
Ability to be on-call when scheduled, as required.

A valid provincial driver’s licence and First Aid Certification (training provided) is required. This position also requires a successful Canadian criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older. The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested parties may submit their application no later than December 31, 2018 via the Canadian Red Cross Online Volunteer Website: https://trr.tbe.taleo.net/trr01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CRCS&cws=56&rid=2197
Contact Information
Send Email to: Red Cross
1-844-818-2155