Partnership & Portfolio Coordinator (PPC)

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)
Africa (Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda)
The Hague, 32 hours per week

Position in the organization:
The position reports to the Head of the Programmatic Partnership Unit. The NLRC Country Representatives in the respective countries report directly to the PPC. NLRC employs ten international delegates in the four countries.

Objective of the role:
The Partnership & Portfolio Coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of the Partnership strategy and the project portfolio in Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. Together with the Portfolio Officer you form a desk and support the delegates in the field. In dialogue with the national societies, the strategic direction of the partnership is developed which guides the development of the project portfolio. The projects are part of a 10-year partnership with the four sister national societies. They implement bilateral projects in close cooperation with the NLRC delegates in the field. The PPC liaises at HQ The Hague with HR, finance, procurement, communication, technical advisors, security officer, PMER and other supporting departments.

The four focus countries are facing considerable challenges as a result of socio-economic and political instability in the different contexts and protracted armed conflict. The countries are also prone to natural disasters, such as drought, flooding, disease outbreaks.

The NLRC is a long term partner in the four countries and supports its partners with both emergency relief and longer term development assistance through programmes in the areas of health, wash, sexual and gender based violence, livelihood, climate change and response preparedness. In addition, NLRC supports the partners with strengthening its capacities to effectively provide services to the most vulnerable communities and assists the partner in the coordination within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and other stakeholders.

Main responsibilities

  • Strengthen the partnership between NLRC and the four Red Cross Societies (BRCS, SRCS, SSRC, URCS), and play a key role in effectuating the mutual agreed long-term objectives as defined in the Framework Partnership Agreement;
  • Support the partners within the RC Movement coordination process at HQ’s, ensuring synergy and complementarity with other actors, particularly those within the RC/RC Movement.
  • Develop and disseminate together with the Country Representatives the NLRC vision document for the four countries, coordinate the partnership process and finalize Partnership Agreements there were needed.
  • Ensure support to the field team in taking the appropriate actions in Emergency Response situations


  • Recruitment, briefing, line-management and appraisal, advise and support of NLRC Country representatives;
  • 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;

Finance and Reporting

  • Ensure adequate information flow regarding ongoing operations for both NLRC management and external communication;
  • Ensure timely and quality narrative and financial reports, meeting NLRC and donor requirements
  • Responsible for annual country budget process and ensuring enough funding to maintain support structure in country

Planning and Resource mobilisation

  • Identification of intervention gaps and funding possibilities within the framework of the NLRC partners strategies and assessed needs, together with CR develop funding strategy;
  • Actively represent the NLRC towards decentralized donors, such as the EU and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and support the Country rep in doing the same at field level.


  • Equivalent university (Masters) Degree or advanced degree, combined with extensive experience in working with partners in an international humanitarian setting, experience of working in Africa is required;
  • Minimum of 10-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 strategy development, strategic planning and its translation into concrete action
  • Experience in (resilience) project development and international management;
  • Good understanding of financial management, accounting systems, budgeting, and cost control procedures;

Key competencies

  • Able to work in politically complex and challenging environment,
  • Team player, supportive towards colleagues, relationship builder, culturally competent, diplomatic;
  • Excellent communication skills (proposals, reporting, correspondence) with strong interpersonal and coaching skills,
  • Able to work independently, though in concert with NLRC Country Representatives and NLRC advisors;
  • Knowledge of the socio-economic and political context in Africa;
  • Proven ability (written and spoken) in English language, working ability in Dutch language.
  • Skills in Word and Excel, quick learner of Internet-based management systems

We offer

  • 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.

the salary scale level is set at 12 as mentioned in the CAO, depending on education level and experience. (min. € 3.581,35 until max. € 4.778,76 gross per month on the basis of full time employment).


  • Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to Annemieke van Teeffelen before 13 August 2018 using our online application system.
  • For more information please contact Annemieke van Teeffelen, 06-12595197.
  • An assessment is part of the selection process.

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