Disaster Management Delegate
Pohnpei | Micronesia (Federated States of)
The American Red Cross (ARC) International Services Department (ISD) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and educating future humanitarians. With programs and partners in 70 countries, the American Red Cross working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent Network in order to deliver critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world, reaching 100 million people annually.
The American Red Cross’ (ARC) Asia-Middle East-Europe (AMEE) Region seeks an experienced Disaster Management (DM) Delegate who also has a strong background in organizational development (OD). This position will provide leadership to develop ARC’s partnership with the Micronesia Red Cross Society (MRCS), provide technical support to ARC-funded DM and resilience projects and support MRCS’ OD efforts. The position will be responsible for ensuring that technical, administrative, and financial procedures comply with ARC, MRCS and U.S. government requirements (as appropriate), while providing technical/program support to ensure that projects are implemented on time, scope and budget. In addition, the position will ensure effective coordination and planning in alignment with the overall programmatic strategies of ARC’s International Response and Program (IRP) unit and the AMEE Region.
The DM Delegate will be based in Pohnpei State, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), with significant travel to project sites and communities in other parts of the country (e.g., Chuuk State). The position will report directly to the ARC Indonesia Country Representative in Jakarta, Indonesia.
This is a full time position for a minimum of 366 days with the possibility of extension. This is an accompanied post.
The DM Delegate will have overall responsibility for ARC’s relationship with MRCS, including organizational development support and oversight of projects in FSM, including coordination with support provided via or by the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies:
- Coordinate and cultivate relationships with relevant Movement partners (MRCS, IFRC delegates, and other Red Cross organizations in-country) and external stakeholders on a regular basis to further national society development and disaster management programming.
- Cultivate and develop working relationships with Government of FSM ( e.g. Planning Dept., Environmental Protection Dept.), other organizations, relevant USG agencies ( e.g., Environmental Protection Agency, Dept. of Agriculture), corporate sector, etc., to secure technical support/advice and other contributions to the program.
- Support project staff and ensures that all staff and volunteers working on the project have the appropriate training, roles and procedures to allow them to work together to manage projects and adhere to fiscal and compliance requirements required by the projects.
- Participate in the development of guidelines and tools in line with established ISD strategic program priorities.
- Collaborate with AMEE colleagues and technical advisors (e.g, ARC’s Bangkok-based Senior Quality & Learning Delegate and Washington, D.C.-based Program Officer) to ensure project design and implementation strategies reflect ISD strategic objectives, industry standards, and donor requirements as well as contribute to broader learning in order to ensure maximum impact of all programs and responses.
- Contribute to MRCS OD efforts.
- Responsible for overall ARC-supported program management in FSM and the Pacific more broadly, as appropriate, ensuring timely implementation of program activities, budget oversight, programmatic and financial compliance, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, grant close-out, and regular site visits for efficient programming and greatest impact possible in keeping with ISD strategic aims and overarching Red Cross/Crescent principles.
- Assists with ARC-supported program monitoring and evaluation, working closely with MRCS counterparts and Quality & Learning Unit to ensure appropriate M&E standards.
- Contribute towards the capacity building of MRCS staff and volunteers in donor-specific requirements.
- Provide training and capacity building support to MRCS and other partners as appropriate which transfer and enhance the capacity to design, introduce and implement appropriate DM and resilience programs and projects. Focus areas for such interventions may include but are not limited to: vulnerability and capacity assessments (VCA), support for the DRR common framework process, early warning system (EWS), emergency operations and incident command systems, coastal resilience and risk reduction, market assessments, emergency needs assessment, disaster response team technical interventions and models, evaluation methodologies, partnership engagement and management, and volunteer management.
- Identifies synergies among MRCS’, Red Cross partners’, ARC’s strategies for areas of overlap and consideration for funding opportunities.
- Works with other units in the organization and partners to identify new opportunities to secure funding for the implementation of evidence-based Disaster Risk Reduction models in alignment with ISD strategic directions.
- Leads and provides input to development of proposals based on relevant strategic priorities.
- Analyzes donor trends (particularly USG) in sectors of interest for the broader Pacific Region.
- Represents ARC when required and liaises with key external partners such as donor agencies and other humanitarian agencies in the country.
- Identify and develop new programs in FSM or the Pacific more broadly, including those that facilitate ARC’s participation in programmatic partnerships both within the Movement and among other stakeholders in keeping with ARC strategic objectives.
- Four-year degree in international development, disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, water and sanitation, environmental rehabilitation, organization development or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
- A minimum of five years’ experience working within international development, including direct experience managing DM, disaster risk reduction, coastal resilience and/or OD projects
- Previous experience in managing U.S. government funds required.
- Demonstrated ability in managing projects, including project design, proposal development, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, etc.
- Demonstrated experience exploring, managing and strengthening partnerships.
- Excellent analytical and organizational skills – innovative thinker.
- Experience developing and leading trainings, workshops, evaluations, etc.
- Ability to create a team environment and coordinate with other departments. And the ability to manage time, prioritize tasks, respond quickly to requests.
- Excellent communication (English), inter-personal and problem solving skills.
- Previous experience working in small-island settings, preferably in the Pacific, strongly preferred.
- Experience working within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement preferred.
- Excellent computer skills in programs such as: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- International travel up to 50% required.
The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
- Organization: Red Cross - American
- Location: Pohnpei | Micronesia (Federated States of)
- Grade: Mid/Senior
- Disaster Management
- Security policy
- Humanitarian Aid
- Management, Administration and Finance
- Closing Date: 2016-04-16