Unit Lead Disaster Response Unit

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 division 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 division has opened a vacancy for a:

Unit Lead Disaster Response Unit
(The Hague, 40 hours p/w)

Purpose of the position
To lead the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) international disaster response operations to provide direct, efficient and relevant support to victims of conflict or (natural) disasters. The Unit Lead will ensure that the Unit is adequately sourced to accomplish its goal and shaped in accordance with NLRC’s international strategy. This is predominantly through the International Red Cross for worldwide crisis, and in case of disaster response in NLRC long term partner countries, the Unit provides surge support to disaster response lead by the partner units.

Following NLRCs 2012 strategy for its international work, the New Way of Working, the Disaster Response Unit was formed and has since grown from four to about seven fte. The Unit operates within the international disaster response systems coordinated by the International Red Cross for all multilateral disaster response. In case disaster response is required in NLRC partner countries, the Unit provides a variety of surge support and expertise to disaster response lead through NLRCs partnership units. The Unit will work closely with the four other Units within the International Assistance division (Business Development & Advisory Unit (BDA), Programme Management Unit and two Partnership Units), as well as with other divisions such as Finance, Fundraising and Communications.


  • Formulation, implementation and monitoring of the Unit’s overall strategy, within the framework of NLRC’s international strategy. Develop, align and maintain a corresponding Unit work plan and budget.
  • Oversee monitoring of global contexts and disaster relief needs and activation of disaster response processes.
  • Nurture an environment that identifies relevant emerging humanitarian needs, trends, and services and support cq manage related business incubation and innovation processes
  • Develop, manage and resource a cohesive, multi-disciplinary team of professionals and actively look for synergies between the different disciplines, members of the Unit and other departments and external partners.
  • Ensure that disaster response programmes and projects have effective monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning procedures in place.
  • Maintain oversight of financial management, financial risks and donor accountability of disaster response.
  • Responsible for sustainable financing of NLRC’s international disaster response from (institutional) donors that provide recurring disaster response funding.
  • Ensure development and deployment of disaster response expertise to response operations and to other internal stakeholders. Oversee maintenance and development of disaster response surge capacities.
  • Ensure representation of the Disaster Response Unit in the Management Team of the International Assistance division.
  • Ensure efficient and effective collaboration with other Units and Divisions, including adherence to coherent and consistent programme implementation processes and tools as per NLRCs Standard Project Approach
  • Contribute to connecting response more strongly to preparedness and recovery phases in programming in line with the NLRC resilience approach.
  • Build and maintain a network with IFRC, ICRC and partner Red Cross societies, as well as line ministries, (I)NGOs, knowledge institutes and private sector partners.

Profile candidate


  • A university degree in Humanitarian assistance, International Development Studies or related experience

Skills and experience

  • At least 10 years professional experience.
  • Experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams and working in matrix organisational structures.
  • 5 years field based experience in emergency contexts
  • Extensive, demonstrable knowledge of disaster response and related key international humanitarian themes.
  • Good financial and administrative management skills.
  • Understanding of connecting disaster response to phases of preparedness, recovery and prevention/mitigation.
  • Experience of developing and working in multi-stakeholder partnerships..
  • Experience in the development of donor proposals to various institutional and private donors.
  • Experience in representation in media and in public fundraising activities.
  • Experience in steering monitoring and evaluation processes, knowledge management and learning uptake.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, to develop clear goals, and to relate with stakeholders.
  • Excellent command of the Dutch and English language; working level French is an asset
  • Excellent visualisation, critical thinking, (written & verbal) communication skills, and inter-personal skills


  • Organisational sensitivity, cooperation, diplomatic skills, providing feed-back, helicopter view, strategic insight, planning, decisiveness, motivating and results-oriented.

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.
  • Remuneration: the salary scale level is set at 13 as mentioned in the CAO, depending on education level and experience. (min. € 4.095,39 until max. € 5.462,76 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 15 January 2018 using the online application tool.
  • For more information about the position, you can contact Juriaan Lahr, jlahr@redcross.nl.
  • An initial assessment of candidates short-listed is part of the selection procedure.

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Acquisition for this vacancy will not be appreciated.

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