Community Resilience Delegate

We help to reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen resilience by responding to disasters and crises and by supporting community and institutional risk reduction and preparedness. In the Netherlands with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally with the aid of specialists or by sending relief supplies or 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, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

The International Assistance Department is looking for a Community Resilience Delegate who will be based in Les Cayes, Haiti with frequent travels to Cotes de Fer and the other project sites.

Position title:
Community Resilience Delegate

Duty station:
Les Cayes, Haiti

Time period:
12 months, 40 hrs/wk

Starting Date:
1 August 2017

Status:
Single posting

Place in the organisation
The Community Resilience Delegate is a member of the Netherlands Red Cross Haiti delegation and reports to the Country Representative who is based in Port au Prince. The Community Resilience Delegate will manage two teams of international and national staff working in two geographic locations (Sud Department and Sud-Est).

Purpose of the position
The key purpose of this position is to ensure adequate operational capacity to provide high quality Resilience building programmes to the target communities in Sud and Sud-Est Haiti. This is done in close coordination with his/her team and the colleagues in Port au Prince. The aim of NLRC is to build longer term Resilience programming in Haiti. The Community Resilience Delegate will be instrumental in the design of the Resilience Programes and the maintenance and enhancement of relationships with partners and (potential) donors.

About the projects
NLRC has been implementing a number of Community Resilience projects in Haiti over the last years. NLRC and Haitian Red Cross (HRC) were already partners before the 2010 earthquake. In the partnership Resilience Programming has been the key orientation. From 2014, Resilience projects have been implemented in the Department of Sud- Est. NLRC is wrapping up two larger Resilience projects in Grand Gosier, Cotes de Fer and Bainet. The projects are funded by DG ECHO, other Red Cross societies and the Prinses Margriet Fonds. Project activities are focused on enhancing different elements that influence community resilience.

Measures mitigating soil erosion, undertaken in the hills above the main villages, improve the agricultural livelihood in that area and at the same time protect lower lying dwellings from floods. Access to productive water significantly improves and with a relatively simple additional activity vulnerable households will also be able to use this water for consumption. Households will be supported in diversifying their livelihood taking into account the marketing possibility. At the same time these improved agricultural production provides the beneficiaries with an opportunity to improve their own nutrition intake.

Since May 2017 a new Resilience project started in Cotes de Fer, Sud-Est with an overall objective is to increase the resilience of vulnerable people in the two above mentioned departments by protecting, improving and diversifying livelihoods, improving access to water and enhancing local DRR capacity. The Community Resilience Delegate is the project manager for this project.

In October 2016, Haiti has been struck by Hurricane Matthew. The NLRC started directly to provide aid in department Sud, with a base in Les Cayes. The support includes Water Supply, Hygiene promotion and Livelihood recovery. This intervention takes place in coordination with other Red Cross actors. From May 2017, UNICEF has been funding additional WASH activities in the area. The recovery activities are on-going and the Community Resilience Delegate will be in charge of the management for this project as well. In the future the NLRC wants to include the target communes in the Resilience programming.

Responsibilities

  • Be the project manager of 3 projects:
    • Community Resilience in Cotes de Fer, Sud-Est
    • Hurricane Recovery project in Sud
    • UNICEF WASH project in Sud
    • With the purpose of building long term Community Resilience Programmes in both areas;
  • Manage 2project teams (10-16) of predominantly national staff;
  • Ensure that the project activities are well planned and meet the requirements of the community and take into account sustainability and community ownership;
  • Be in regular contact with other humanitarian actors, Red Cross colleagues and the donor community and look for opportunities to cooperate and funding;
  • Lead resilience projects/program development in close consultation and collaboration with HRC, other Red Cross partners and non-Red Cross partners;
  • As the foremen work together with the team in the implementation of all activities as laid out in the plan of action and build on the positive lessons in the other project;
  • Ensure synergies among different projects to ensure cross-sectoral complementarity towards holistic resilience building;
  • Be the budget holder of the 3 projects and ensure proper monthly reporting to the Port au Prince Office;
  • Manage the effective and proper use of assets, financial resources and facilities according to standard procedures in order to comply with auditing requirements;
  • Support monitoring, and after action reviews/rapid impact evaluations of livelihood, WASH and DRR/CCA projects undertaken in order to identify lessons learned – and with a view to potential scale up;
  • Identification, documentation and sharing of success stories/evidences and lessons for program improvement and scaling up;
  • Strengthen the Haitian Red Cross (HRC) Resilience unit by providing guidance on operational structure and member’s roles and responsibilities, together with other Movement partners;
  • Establish and ensure effective working relationships with the other colleagues, especially from IFRC and PNSs (including Canadian and Spanish Red Cross that are also operating in the South East Department and American red Cross working in the South);
  • Ensure effective working relationships with direct HRC counterparts and leadership.

Candidate profile:

  • University (Masters) Degree or advanced degree in disaster risk management, humanitarian aid, food security or other fields with relevant experience;
  • At least 3 years international experience in a Disaster Risk Reduction, climate change adaptation, food security livelihood enhancement and WASH;
  • Demonstrable commitment to community resilience strengthening with strong experience of programming preferably in developing countries;
  • Experience with community based interventions;
  • Experience in project identification, formulation, planning, management and implementation, reporting and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures;
  • Demonstrated orientation on results, process, and people.
  • Excellent communication skills with strong interpersonal and coaching skills
  • High level of patience as well as cultural sensitivity;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French;
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is highly preferred.

We offer:

  • A full time appointment (based on 40-hour work week) for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance;
  • A flexible and human centred working environment in an international environment with a variety of international organizations;
  • Well balanced employment conditions with space for initiative and development.

Applications:

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