Programme manager – Innovative Approaches in Response Preparedness

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:

Programme manager – Innovative Approaches in Response Preparedness
(project based financing, dependent on funding)
The Hague, 32 hours p/w

Position within the department
As a Programme Manager you will be part of the Programme Management Unit (PMU) of NLRC (Netherlands Red Cross) Headquarters in the Hague. You will report to the Unit lead. The position is financed by the programme and will subsequently end on 31 December 2022 if no additional funding has become available. Close cooperation with the technical advisor and PME officer supported by this programme is indispensable.

Purpose of the position:
The main purpose is to manage the multi-year multi-stakeholder programme (5 international partners), with a highly innovative character. The activities are directed to institutional disaster preparedness and strongly focused on climate change and refugees. The activities are channelled through three innovative approaches: Forecast based Financing, Cash transfer programming in preparedness, and data preparedness. They are implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. It is our ambition to identify additional (innovation and disaster preparedness) projects and resources in the area of humanitarian aid and to expand the project portfolio.

Programme management and development:

  • Programme management (incl. process- & financial reporting) of the ‘ Innovative approaches in Response Preparedness’ programme. Amongst others, this means system/concept design, activating and piloting, and documenting and implementing results and lessons learned
  • Coordination and facilitation of the collaboration between (international) programme partners (including the partners providing technical support – Climate Centre RCCC, 510, British Red Cross and NLRC advisor and PME officer), (distant) project management partners in the 3 countries, and implementing partners (national Red Cross Societies)
  • Design, jointly with PME officer, advisor and partners, M&E and reporting tools for each partner and using the information from these evaluation and reporting systems to monitor the programme progress. Safeguard connection with programme objectives and coordinating solutions (such as mitigating measures) when events prevent or complicate progress or quality of implementation
  • Timely delivery of progress reports (narrative and financial), interim evaluations and other products and publications (such as case studies) required, to donor, NLRC and partners. Ensuring that all partners comply with donor requirements as well as with NLRC and international standards
  • Being the spokesperson for this programme to donor and other external stakeholders and in this role representing all partners. Ensuring alignment and exchange with comparable programmes and projects within NLRC and potentially third parties
  • Oversee testing and implementation of innovative approaches in response preparedness through National Red Cross Societies in Ethiopia and Uganda and through the British Red Cross in Kenya. This includes promoting innovative pilots conform international standards and donor demands and enhancing further development and scale up of the innovative approaches
  • Provide an active contribution to the promotion of innovative developments, for example by proactively identify additional fundraising opportunities.
  • Contribute to the development of new project proposals
  • Support Unit lead in developing programme proposals, a.o. by gathering (quantitative) information to indicate the relevance of the programme and by writing humanitarian or rehabilitation context


  • Completed academic education (or ‘ HBO’ ) in the area of humanitarian aid, Disaster Management and/or specific areas of expertise in this programme, such as international relations, climate change, or equivalent
  • Demonstrable experience (3-5 years) in programme management in emergency and development programming, of which at least 2 years of management including financial reporting in various contexts, preferably in Sub Sahara Africa.
  • Technical expertise on and experience in working with Cash Transfer Programming, Forecast based Financing/climate change, data preparedness
  • Experience in successful management of subsidized programmes, in donor liaison, project monitoring and in writing reports
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating progress – both qualitatively and quantitatively – guided by performance indicators
  • Experience in management of projects and partners at a distance
  • Experience in designing and implementing effective frameworks for the purpose of monitoring projects or programmes
  • Engagement and understanding of the mission, values and programme approach of NLRC
  • Strong interpersonal and advising skills, amongst which a clear talent for influencing and guiding of colleagues and others directly or from a distance
  • Excellent command of the English language and good command of Dutch.
  • Experience in working within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is of added value

Core competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the capacity to engage in and maintain effective partnerships and professional relationships in various cultural and organisational contexts
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills, capable to translate theory into practice
  • Follows up on agreements in a conscientious and efficient manner, taking deadlines into account
  • Result (and quality) oriented
  • Capable to work independently and to set clear goals and priorities

What we offer
A flexible and social working environment with room for initiative and personal development. Salary is set at scale 11, dependent upon education and relevant professional experience (min. € 3144,15 and max. € 4.159,49 gross based on fulltime position).


  • Please send a letter of motivation in English before 15 December with reference to Annemieke van Teeffelen and using the online application tool.
  • Interviews will start from 20 December.
  • For further information on the position please contact Sandra Cats,
  • An assessment and reference check are part of the selection procedure. We hope to recruit the suitable candidate by 1 January 2018

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