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National Society Development Delegate


  • Organization: IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Location: Tripoli
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-11

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.”  The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. 

The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. 

The IFRC is led by its Secretary General and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy, and Corporate Services.

The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.

The IFRC delegation in Libya has been working from Tunis since 2011 with an office opened recently in Benghazi in 2022 to support the LRCS in developing itself to be a relevant, effective and sustainable humanitarian organisation with capacity to deliver services that match the growing needs of the vulnerable population, ensuring its capacity in effectiveness, efficiency and accountability is increased. 

The main programme and service areas in which the IFRC Libya is supporting the Libyan Red Crescent are health, WASH, DRM, migration, protection, climate crisis, and NSD. The increased humanitarian needs following the escalation of the armed conflict in 2011 call for a renewed support in National Society Development (NSD) to enable LRCS to address emerging needs of vulnerable communities in Libya. The NSD delegate will support the LRCS OD Department and engage with LRCS management, and programmatic and support services departments as needed, to facilitate the overall NSD process. This entails not only the technical /direct support given to LRCS in specific files, but to proactively coordinate amongst the different Movement partners in the implementation of LRCS’s NSD objectives supported by other Movement partners and overall strategic vision that could potentially move from humanitarian response mode to a medium to long-term transition to recovery. 

The NSD Delegate will report to the IFRC Head of Delegation with a technical line to the IFRC Head of Membership Services. The NSD Delegate will promote solid Movement Coordination in NSD in the spirit of the NSD. The position is located in the IFRC Country Delegation in Tunis, Tunisia, with frequent visits to Libyan Red Crescent HQ in Benghazi and branches, until the delegation is relocated to Benghazi which will then be the permanent base.

Job Purpose

  • Serves as an Adviser to the LRCS to strengthen their institutional capacity, to fulfill their humanitarian mandate.
  • Provides technical support on National Society Development (NSD), tailored to the National Society’s (NS) specific needs and context and in line with the LRCS Strategy and the IFRC Strategy 2030.
  • Ensures closer linkages between NS development and programming support.


This is to be achieved through analysis, dialogue, advocacy, development of systems, tools, skills, and competencies.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Technical Support to organisational transformation and capacity building

• Support the development and implementation of LRCS’s NSD Framework (and corresponding to the Strategic Plan in alignment with existing initiatives and organisational investments and identified needs from assessments. 
• Support LRCS with its annual and strategic planning process and assist in developing harmonised operational plans and budgets. 
• Support LRCS to develop their approach to branch development and roll out the BOCA assessments and conduct follow up analyse (Branch Organizational Capacity Assessment). 
• Assist LRCS, in coordination with Movement partners, in developing and implementing plans for the development of human resources, youth and volunteering, Logistics, and PMER functions, including identifying and utilising specialist technical support as appropriate. 
• Provide day-to-day technical guidance and capacity building support to the OD department upon request and as per identified priorities, in coordination with other partners. 
• Provide technical guidance and accompaniment on efforts to secure resources (financial and technical) from RCRC Movement internal funding mechanisms (NSIA, Capacity Building Fund, Empress Shoken Fund) and from external sources. 
• Assist LRCS in managing donor relationships and developing funding proposals pertinent to OD. 
• Provide support to LRCS in increasing understanding of domestic resource mobilization and partnerships
• Assist LRCS in developing and maintaining appropriate structures and systems in terms of its governance, internal structures and systems, and updating policies and procedures to match current needs and requirements. 
• Develop initiatives to support staff capacity especially on integrity and accountability in line with global policies 
• Support LRCS to pilot innovative initiatives in NSD, promote learning, development and knowledge sharing and increase visibility of LRCS’s experiences.


Coordination, cooperation and collaboration amongst Movement partners, including mobilizing resources amongst Partners  

- Lead and implant processes, mechanisms and approaches for cooperating, collaborating and coordinating with Movement and external partners, and stakeholders such as LRCS branches
- Lead and coordinate with ICRC cooperation department on NSD support to the LRCS.
- Support, assist and advise LRCS leadership and management, and, project and team managers, in coordinating multilateral and bilateral support, and, raising funds and mobilizing resources; and assume responsibility and accountability for coordination, fundraising and resource mobilization when needed or requested
- Assist LRCS and work with Partner National Societies to coordinate their support so that it contributes to systematic OD and capacity-building according to LRCS priorities and operational needs.
- Assist and support LRCS in learning from their own experiences and from those of other National Societies. In addition, assist LRCS to access and link-up with various knowledge-sharing networks and opportunities across the region.
- Provide consistent and well-coordinated support to LRCS and facilitate discussions among RCRC Movement Partners on NSD to avoid duplication of efforts and maximize impact by co-leading with LRCS the Movement Technical Working Group for NSD.
- Maintain regular information flow to partners and stakeholders.
- Represent the IFRC in key fora pertinent to NSD.
- Advocate for and coordinate NSD support with partners and donors.

Job Duties and Responsibilities (continued)

Relationships, expertise and professional development

- Establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with national and international staff in Country, regional and global offices, and, with counterparts in Libyan Red Crescent Society, partner national societies, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and donors
- Actively represent IFRC in matters related to his or her duties and responsibilities
- Maintain a high degree of skill and knowledge in National Society development, be an expert and a person of reference for the fields and areas under her or his responsibility
Be part of and contribute to develop a network and systems for knowledge sharing including best practices Contribute to the IFRC Country Office Team, while sharing technical expertise in a supportive manner.


Relevant University degree in in a related discipline from an accredited academic institution with at least five years of relevant professional experience. -Required


  • At least 8 years of progressive experience in a similar role -Required
  • At least 5 years of experience working in organizational development and volunteer development projects -Required
  • A minimum of three years experience in coaching, Institutional capacity strengthening, and staff development  -Required
  • A minimum of three years experience (at senior/ mid-management level) in change management  -Required
  • At least 5 years of experience within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement or membership-based non-governmental organizations  -Required
  • Experience with NSD in conflict areas or complex emergencies -Preferred
  • Experience with remote management, supervision, and mentoring  -Required
  • Experience working in North Africa or the MENA region -Preferred


Knowledge, Skills and Languages

  • Proficient in providing strategic confidential advice to leadership. -Required
  • Proficient in mentoring and developing people and ability to work in empowering and participative ways and branch organizational capacity assessment processes -Required
  • Ability to analyze the situation, including operational challenges, power relations and
    dynamics  -Required
  • Facilitation of organizational development processes and branch organizational capacity
    assessment processes. -Required
  • Profound understanding of the RCRC mandate, values, and approach to delivery of humanitarian and development services. -Required
  • Solid knowledge in supporting strategic planning and policy processes as well as systems development in the context of a non-profit organization.  -Required
  • Ability to transfer knowledge about community resilience and organisational development principles and approaches. -Required
  • Group process facilitation skills and partnercoordination skills. -Required
  • Proficient in project management -Required
  • Expert in problem solving approaches and technics.  -Required
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural and cross-functional environment. -Required
  • Strong interpersonal skills and good understanding of working in a partnership framework. -Required
  • Drive for change and improvements and ability to deliver strategies in a challenging environment. -Required



Fluently spoken and written Arabic. -Required
Fluently spoken and written English -Required

Competencies, Values and Comments

Communication, collaboration, teamwork and National Society relationship. Solid experience in remote management of relations, staff and projects/programmes.

Creativity and innovation, building trust, managing staff, strategic orientation, leadership, building alliances, empowering others 

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