German Red Cross Job Vacancy: Head of Office - Port au Prince, Haiti

The German Red Cross (GRC) is part of a worldwide community assisting victims of conflicts and disasters and people affected by social or health related crises. The Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement provides vulnerable people with assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions and adheres to the seven Fundamental Principles of the Movement: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. GRC assists in disaster response, rehabilitation and capacity building projects internationally on appeals of their sister organisations within the Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement.

GRC has been present in Haiti with a permanent office in Port au Prince since 2008 and has ever since supported the Haitian Red Cross (HRC) with activities in its efforts to linking relief, rehabilitation and development. In 2015 GRC has further consolidated its developmental perspective, through the full implementation of the integrated approach for resilience. GRC is working through community-based activities in the context of food security, securing livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion as well as health and currently having projects in the department Nippes and Arcahaie.

GRC is currently seeking a Head of Office for Haiti
Place of assignment: Port au Prince, Haiti
Duration: 15th November 2016 until 31st December 2017

Key tasks and responsibilities:
Strategic Direction: 
  • Further develop the GRC Country Strategy and further enhance GRCs profile in Haiti
  • In line with the overall strategy, meet GRCs requirements regarding possible and relevant donor calls and grant applications and monitor developments and opportunities of those donors, who have funding programmes in Haiti. Identify and define further possible fields of intervention of GRC and contribute to the securing of funding thereof 
Management and implementation: 
  • Ensure the implementation of GRC supported activities according to approved plans and budgets and take responsibility for adequate preparatory assessments, planning, implementation and monitoring and timely reporting to GRC HQ and the respective back-donors
  • Maintain and/or further develop existing structures of the GRC country office efficiently, including HR, security, inventories, fixed and financial assets and other resources in accordance with approved budgets and following GRC guidelines and procedures
  • Ensure efficient and effective management of GRC resources and ensure transparent financial management including allocation and verification of expenditures, budget monitoring, budget revisions according to GRC’s and donor standard and requirements
  • Ensure consistent communication and coordination between GRC country office and GRC NHQ as well as with the GRC Regional Office in Latin America  
Cooperation and Funding: 
  • Represent the GRC at country level and maintain close cooperation with the Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement (RC/RC) partners, the Government of Haiti at the appropriate levels, the German Embassy, other relevant international and national external aid agencies as well as external donors;
  • Explore possibilities for cooperation, funding, resource sharing and exchange of technical advice within the RC/RC Movement and with external partners
  • Continue and strengthen the relationship with the HRC 
Capacity Building: 
  • Support the capacity building of the HRC in the field of project planning, management, monitoring and evaluation 
Required Skills & Experiences: 
  • University Degreee in a relevant field
  • More than 5 years of experience working in the field of climate change adaptation, disaster management / disaster risk reduction, food security, wash, health and / or other development projects
  • At least 3 years of experience in a senior management position with confirmed experience in leading and managing staff
  • Proven experience in representation and networking
  • A Minimum of 5 years of experience in Project Cycle Management (PCM) of relief, rehabilitation and /or development projects
  • Profound experience with donor funded projects (e.g. BMZ, AA, ECHO)
  • Profound Experience in proposal writing for different donors
  • Proven experience in working in a difficult and volatile security situation
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Readiness to go on assignment without partner
  • Knowledge of Red Cross / Red Crescent principles with willingness to adhere to them,
  • experience in working for the Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement is a strong asset
  • Oral and written fluency in French and English, German and Spanish is of advantage
  • Excellent physical and mental health with the ability to complete a thorough medical screening process 
What we Offer:
GRC offers you a compensation package according to the collective employment agreement of the GRC as well as an expatriation allowance during your mission. Accommodation or a personal allowance to cover your accommodation will be provided. In addition to a full insurance package (health insurance for residence abroad, private accident insurance, private liability insurance, luggage insurance) GRC is as well covering a home flight withing a 12-month period of assignment and medical check ups before and after your mission. Before your assignment you will benefit from a comprehensive training package and receive briefings prior as well as during and after your mission.

Kindly apply by submitting your application by using the GRC online application system DRK HR net (CLICK HERE) until 21st August 2016.

Please indicate Ref. No. 2016-128 with your application.

Further information on our recruiting procedure can be found on our homepage HERE

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