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The International Assistance Department is looking for a Climate & Resilience Project Management Delegate who will be based in Port au Prince, with frequent travels to the South Department, Haiti.
Position title: Climate & Resilience Project Management Delegate
Duty station: Port au Prince
Time period: 6 months, 40 hrs/week with possibility of extension based on availability of funding
Starting Date: 19 July 2021 (remote support can be considered prior to the deployment to Haiti)
Status: Single posting
About the Programme
The vacancy relates to the management of Climate & Resilience programs in the South department of Haiti in cooperation of the Haitian Red Cross Society, and the support in the development of news proposals related to the Climate and Resilience thematic.
The Ecosystem Disaster Risk Reduction (ECO-DRR) project is part of an international program, financed by the European Commission through UN Environment. The Eco-DRR program is implemented in Ethiopia, Uganda, Haïti, Indonesia and India.
In Haiti, the project is designed around the framework for safe and resilient communities, building on the foundation of previous WASH activities, plus the integration of early warning early action with capacity building in restorative ecosystem management. Identification of specific natural and economic resource zones in each community, with locality-specific risks, potential and needs is the key in this approach. The acuity of needs in the target area justifies the urgency of establishing normative preventive, preparatory and immediate relief interventions that also address environmental degradation as a root cause. The NLRC community resilience approach will make it easier to articulate a single, united and strategic approach. The proposed design includes school programming and livelihoods, early warning and Eco-DRR action, and strengthening local institutional capacity in the Sud department. The ecosystem management and restoration activities will strengthen the natural resource base of the targeted area on which the livelihoods of the community depend. This integrated community-driven approach addresses food insecure households’ current needs by enhancing their coping capacity to withstand shocks. Overall the whole community, including young people, will gain higher levels of capacity to be less dependent on external support in the next crisis situation. In fact, soil and water conservation measures, which are the most important components of Eco-DRR, will be potential to reduce the vulnerability of communities to meteorological hazards.
The overall objective is to have the community of Chardonnieres (78000) arrondissement more resilient to disasters (also related to climate change) due to the adoption of demonstrated best practices by farmers and landowners in the locality; While the specific objective is to have strengthened integrated risk management and inclusive risk governance by supporting development and scaling up of Eco-DRR actions and citizen-based monitoring of disaster and climate resilient policies and practices’ and mainstreaming youth engagement and gender considerations.
The new project “Chronic Crisis” complementary to the ECO-DRR project, aims to tackle food insecurity chronically affecting vulnerable families exposed to disaster risks that are driven by climate change in the arrondissement of Chardonnieres. This project applies a Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management approach to enhance resilience of people in the target area.
The Netherlands Red Cross in Haiti
The Netherlands Red Cross has a long history in providing humanitarian aid in Haiti and dates back to the late 1990s with an increased presence in the country since the earthquake in January 2010.
In 2015, the Netherlands Red Cross and the Haitian Red Cross started the implementation of the Resilience Framework through a series of disaster risk reduction interventions in the Sud-Est Department of Haiti.
In October 2016, the Netherlands Red Cross opened a sub-delegation in the Sud Department in Les Cayes few days after Hurricane Matthew to implement activities related to food security, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, early recovery, shelter and non-food items distribution. Current activities are a continuation of our previous interventions, with an emphasis on the sustainability of our actions.
Over more than two decades, the National Societies have collaborated in addressing acute needs of vulnerable people of Haiti through implementation of a wide-range programs in the areas of primary health care, water and sanitation, food security and livelihoods support, climate change and community resilience, and local capacity building. The organizations, guided by the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement Fundamental Principles and in line with their strategies and mandates, work hand-in-hand to alleviate sufferings and strengthen capacities of the most vulnerable groups of the population in Haiti.
The Haitian Red Cross was founded May 29, 1932 and currently has 50 staff with 5,000 volunteers throughout the country. The HRC is recognized as an auxiliary body, well linked, for coordinating and collaborating purposes, to the government. HRCS and NLRC are currently implementing a number of programs in the Southern Department.
Place in the organisation
The Climate & Resilience Project Management Delegate, will be a member of the Netherlands Red Cross Haiti delegation and reports to the Country Representative of the NLRC who is based in Port au Prince. The PM will manage a team of around 10 national staff working in the programme geographical area.
Purpose of the position
The key purpose of this position is to ensure adequate operational capacity to provide high quality resilience building to the target communities. This is done in close coordination with his/her team and colleagues The aim of the NLRC is to build longer term Resilience programming in Haiti. The PM Delegate will be instrumental in supporting the design of new programs and enhancement of relationships with partners and donors.
- Be the project manager of the programs and manage project teams of predominantly national staff;
- Ensure that the 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 for additional funding if needed;
- Support the development of new proposals in close collaboration with colleagues in the Field and HQ
- Maintain regular communications (remote and in-person) with NLRC HQ and partners;
- Lead the programs development in close consultation and collaboration with HRC, NLRC HQ, other Red Cross partners and non-Red Cross partners;
- Lead and collaborate with the team in the implementation of all activities as laid out in the plan of action and build on the positive lessons.
- Ensure synergies among the different elements of the project to ensure cross-sectoral complementarity towards holistic resilience building;
- Be the budget holder of the project 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;
- Ensure effective working relationships with direct HRC counterparts and leadership.
- Update indicator progress in SPACE on quarterly basis
- Monitor booking of expenses in WINPACCS for the project and be end responsible for financial reporting to the Country Representative and NLRC HQ
- Support additional tasks that may arise and/or assigned by the Country Representative of the NLRC
- Masters’ Degree in disaster risk management, humanitarian aid, food security or other fields with relevant experience;
- At least 5 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;
- Strong knowledge in landscape restoration, fair food systems, sustainable farming and value chain development, and permaculture.
- 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
- Flexible and adaptable as well as having a strong cultural sensitivity;
- Fluency in written and spoken English and French;
- Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is highly preferred.
The Netherlands Red Cross is looking for talented employees who are motivated to fulfil this position, regardless of cultural background, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation or age.
- A full time appointment (based on 40-hour work week) for 6 months, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and available 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.
Please upload your CV in English and a letter of motivation with reference to Rob Vugs before 5 July 2021 using the following link: https://werkenbij.rodekruis.nl/nl/Vacature/Solliciteren/192549/job
For more information about the context of the position, you can contact Yvan Trapet, Country Representative in Haiti by e-mail: Ytrapet@redcross.nl. For more general information about the position, you can contact Mireia Aguirre Soriano, Partnerships and Portfolio Coordinator by e-mail: MAguirreSoriano@redcross.nl
An assessment and reference check are part of the selection procedure
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