We help to strengthen resilience of vulnerable people exposed to hazards and crisis situations and we respond to disasters and conflicts to save lives and alleviate suffering. In the Netherlands with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally through technical assistance, supplies and money. Together we act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people.
We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles guide our humanitarian work: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The International Assistance department is responsible for all Netherlands Red Cross international support for victims of disasters and conflicts and for vulnerable people exposed to hazards.
The International Assistance department has opened a vacancy for a:
Partnership & Portfolio Coordinator (PPC) Sint Maarten
The Hague, 32-40 hours per week
Position in the organisation:
The position reports to the Head of theDisaster Response Unit. The Sint Maarten desk in the Hague consists of three positions (supported by a desk assistant and project administrator): PPC, Programme Manager, and Portfolio Officer. The PPC and Programme Manager both report to the Head of the Disaster Response Unit. The Portfolio Officer in the Hague and the Head of Mission in Sint Maarten, report to the PPC.
Objective of the role:
The Partnership & Portfolio Coordinator is responsible for the day to day management and organisational setup of the hurricane Irma delegation in Sint Maarten, focusing on (supporting the Head of Mission) the setup of support functions (HR policies, team structure in the field, finance setup, logistics), and implementation of the projects, as well as directly line managing the Portfolio Officer and Head of Mission. The PPC is also responsible for the security and contingency planning in country. The Programme Manager will be responsible for the programme setup and roll-out, M&E, finances, public reporting and external relationship management with external stakeholders.
Following the devastating impacts of category 5 hurricane IRMA on the 6th of September 2017, NLRC started to organise relief efforts, focusing on food and water distribution, as well as other distribution of non-food items. A team of approximately 70 people (volunteers and paid staff) has coordinated Red Cross efforts in the areas of WASH, Restoring Family Links, health, shelter, mapping of the most vulnerable areas and conducting assessments. As part of the early recovery, NLRC implemented cash based assistance projects and school meal projects. Short term recovery has focused on shelter repair. For longer term recovery there is scope for wider implementation of projects in livelihood recovery, disaster risk reduction/preparedness, and social support projects. NLRC is also supporting Sint Maarten other partners, such as UNICEF in a safe school/children PSS projects, and VNG International in government DM capacity building.
The Red Cross branch on the island of Sint Maarten is part of the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) and has a small but established role in the Sint Maarten emergency support framework. In order to increase the role of RC SXM in the emergency support structures on the island, and facilitate the roll-out of longer term and large scale projects, the Sint Maarten branch will need to be strengthened and the number of volunteers expanded.
Sint Maarten is an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and has a varied population, with people from many different backgrounds. The populations includes a significant amount of undocumented migrants. Loss of tourism income as a result of the hurricane, has a significant impact on a large part of the population.
- Recruitment of in-country staff and succession planning, briefings, line-management and appraisal of Head of Mission and Portfolio Officer;
- Oversee organisational/team structure and setup in Sint Maarten;
- Oversee development and implementation of HR policies and setup for local staff on Sint Maarten;
- Responsible for implementation of security policies and briefing at HQ of all persons travelling to the region in line with Country Security Plans and the NLRC policy and protocol.
- Oversee implementation of important logistical procedures, such as procurement (in line with NLRC procurement policies, contextualised to Sint Maarten), warehouse and fleet management.
- Responsible for annual country budget process and ensuring enough funding to maintain support structure in country;
- Oversee implementation of NLRC finance manual (contextualised to Sint Maarten) by the team;
- Regular meetings with finance staff at HQ to check on issues during implementation.
- Monitor project implementation together with Portfolio Officer of existing projects.
- Liaise with Programme Manager SXM on development of programme framework
Security & risk management
- Feedback on potential risks in projects or through HR/finance/logistics, reputation to NLRC;
- Responsible for development and updating of country security plan, contingency and hibernation plans for deployed staff, and support/operational response in emergencies.
- Responsible for tracking security issues.
Stakeholder / relationship management
- Ensure links throughout above roles and responsibilities with Programme Manager SXM and PPC for the other OSBs.
- Liaise with PM SXM and PPC OSBs regarding external stakeholder relationships and long term developments, including branch activities and branch cooperation with recovery programme.
- Equivalent university degree or advanced degree, combined with extensive experience in working in an international humanitarian setting;
- Minimum of 5-years experience in line-management in emergency or developmental humanitarian work in complex disaster settings, preferably within the RC/RC Movement;
- Commitment to Red Cross Mission and Values, good understanding of the RC Fundamental Principles and able to translate that into concrete action;
- Experience with supporting organisational support processes, such as finance, HR and logistics;
- Good understanding of financial management, accounting systems, budgeting, and cost control procedures is an advantage;
- Willingness to travel at least 2 times per year to Sint Maarten.
- Able to work in politically complex and challenging environment,
- Team player, supportive towards colleagues, relationship builder, culturally competent, diplomatic;
- Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) with strong interpersonal and coaching skills and strong people management;
- Knowledge of the Caribbean context and awareness of the local Government structures in St. Maarten in relation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands is preferred;
- Fluency in English (written and oral); Fluency in Dutch is preferred
- Skills in Word and Excel, quick learner of Internet-based management systems
- A flexible and human centred working environment in an international environment with a variety of international organisations.
- Well balanced employment conditions with space for initiative and development.
Remuneration: the salary scale level is set at 12 as mentioned in the CAO, depending on education level and experience. (min. 3.652,98 until max. 4.874,34 gross per month on the basis of full time employment).
Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to Joost Jaspers before 3 December 2018 using our online application system via https://werkenbij.rodekruis.nl/nl/Vacancy/Postulate/115916
For more information please contact Carla Jonkers CJonkers@redcross.nl.
An assessment is part of the selection process.
Acquisition for this vacancy will not be appreciated