Technical advisor – 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, ethnicity, 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 division is responsible for all Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) international support for victims of disasters and conflicts and for vulnerable people exposed to hazards.

The International Assistance division has opened a vacancy for a:

Technical advisor – Innovative Approaches in Response Preparedness

(Financed for duration of project)

32 h p/w

Position in the organization:

As Technical advisor you are part of the advisory unit of the NLRC. Your position is in one of the selected partner countries (Uganda, Ethiopia or Kenya) or in The Hague. You report to the respective programme manager and the unit lead of the advisory unit. You will work with (510), the Red Cross and Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCCC), the British Red Cross (BRC), the NLRC programme manager, PME officer, and field delegates, and the National Societies of the partner countries.

Purpose of the position:

The Technical advisor supports a 5-year multi-stakeholder programme (8 international partners) with an innovative approach. Activities address the institutional capacity of disaster preparedness, focusing on climate change and refugees. The three main approaches include: Forecast based Financing, Cash transfer programming in preparedness, and data preparedness. The programme will be implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

In close collaboration with the RCRC Climate Centre, IFRC, NLRC 510 team and other technical partners, the technical advisor will ensure synergies between the technical advice provided by 510, RCCC, BRC and Kenyan Red Cross Society (KRCS) and identify additional needs in Response Preparedness required to reach the programme objectives. In addition you function as liaison with other partners of the programme and possibly other relevant stakeholders (within and outside the Movement).

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Ensure a coherent approach and sharing of experiences amongst programme partners. This includes the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the different countries.
  • Ensure close linkages between the various components of the projects (Forecast based Financing, Data Preparedness, cash in preparedness and core response preparedness activities) and between countries to ensure that all synergies are identified and implemented at the earliest stage.
  • Identify key needs in response preparedness of the three National Societies. In case gaps in capacity or knowledge of key concepts and approaches are identified, the advisor seeks solutions to address these, in coordination with the programme partners and possibly other Movement partners.
  • Guarantee a link with the IFRC strategies and tools, so that the programme makes use of existing tools while at the same time contributes (with lessons and experiences gained in the programme) to strategy and tool development within IFRC/the Movement.
  • Stay connected to global developments and initiatives on response preparedness and ensure embedding these in the projects where relevant.
  • Promote programme ownership and commitment of senior management of the respective National Societies
  • Build the capacity of the project manager, as much as possible, to develop in country capacities as well as capacities among NLRC staff.
  • Ensure close communication and cooperation between partners of the project (National Societies, RCCC, IFRC, NLRC, 510).
  • Work with the project manager in country to ensure that this project is implemented in synergies with other similar and relevant project implemented by the National Society over the same period of time.
  • Work in close collaboration with the NLRC PMEL advisor to facilitate exchange and learning between National Societies, stimulate peer-to-peer-learning across the National Societies and capture learnings of the programme to be shared within and outside the Movement’.
  • Support the National Societies in mainstreaming the cross cutting issues as described in the proposal.
  • Support, when needed, the NLRC programme manager in planning and reporting.
  • Deliver inputs to planning and reporting of the activities to ensure quality and sustainability, as requested by the NLRC programme manager.
  • Will remain aware of funding opportunities and provide technical input for new projects in the area of response preparedness, Cash Transfer Programming, or Forecast-based Financing.
  • Liaise closely with the NLRC Technical Advisor Response Preparedness to align programmes and activities.

Skills and experience

  • At least 5 years’ professional experience in an international organization in the field of Disaster Management.
  • Extensive field experience in disaster management, both at institutional and community levels (in emergency response, response preparedness and community preparedness).
  • Experience in working in (one of) the programme countries is an added value
  • Advanced technical knowledge of Emergency Response, Response Preparedness, Cash Transfer Programming, and Forecast-based Financing (approaches, strategies and implementation).
  • Experience in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in this or a related field is an asset.
  • Demonstrable skills in institutional capacity building and coordinating with stakeholders and networking in Response Preparedness.
  • Ability to monitor project objectives both qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • Knowledge of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation methodologies and tools, such as Theory of Change, case studies, facilitation of focus group discussions and Logical Framework.
  • Excellent command of the English language; command of Dutch and French is an asset.


  • Organisational sensitivity, cooperation, providing feed-back, planning, supportive, analysing and forming opinions, result oriented, adaptability, intercultural (communication) skills.

We offer

  • An appointment for 32 hours a week for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and funding.
  • 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.

Remuneration: the salary scale level is set at 11 as mentioned in the CAO, depending on education level and experience. (€3144,13 –  €4159,49 per month on the basis of full time employment).


Please send a letter of motivation in English before 1 February with reference to Rob Vugs by using the following link

The interviews will be conducted in week 6 and week 7 of 2018.

For more information about the position contact Suzanne van der Velden,

Please note that an assessment is part of the selection process.

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