Country Coordinator, Bangladesh
Danish Red Cross (DRC) has been present in Asia for more than 20 years and is currently active in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh with approximately 20 expatriate staff in the region. We emphasize strengthening of partner organisations and their integrity, transparency, autonomy and sustainable volunteer structures as conditions for building sustainable operational capacity.
The overall purpose of the Country Coordinator (CC) position is to represent the DRC towards the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), Movement and non-Movement partners and other key stakeholders and donors in Bangladesh. In addition, the CC is responsible for development of the programme portfolio and BDRCS capacity building in adherence with DRC and BDRCS strategies and focus areas.
The CC refers to the DRC Head of Region (HoR) for Asia and will focus on;
- Partnership Relations (30%).
- Programme and Operations Management (40%)
- Human Resources Management, Security and Safety (30%)
The main tasks and responsibilities include:
- Team leader for the DRC team in Bangladesh
- Maintain and develop strategic relationship with the BDRCS leadership and senior management
- Liaise and ensure cooperation with RCRC Movement partners, donors, UN, international organisations and other relevant stakeholders
- Maintain and develop relations and effective cooperation with potential consortia partners and proactively look for and establish new partnerships
- Coordinate DRC overall relationship with BDRCS
- Responsible for the development and implementation of the country programme and emergency operations including ensuring proper planning, budgets, monitoring and reports
- Proactively seek out new funding opportunities and lead development of concept notes, budgets and programme proposals
- Decide on strategic direction of the country programme portfolio in close collaboration with HoR
- Coordinate emergency response operations in collaboration with HoR, Regional DM Delegate and HQ DM Unit
Experience and qualifications
You have relevant academic background, e.g. university Degree in Development studies, Programme Management, Disaster Management or other relevant field.
- Evidence of at least 7 years of relevant international field experience in the overall coordination, formulation, design, planning and implementation of development and humanitarian programmes within challenging contexts, at strategic and operational levels
- Experience working for a humanitarian organisation in the region and/or in disaster prone and/or conflict affected areas
- Solid experience in development and maintenance of partnerships and working in consortia with different actors with varying interests
- Experience in capacity building of and working through local partners in a development and/or humanitarian context is essential
- Proven programme cycle and financial management as well as resource mobilisation experience with major donors like EU and DANIDA
- Experience in managing a team of international and local staff in a development and/or humanitarian context
- Experience from working for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a key advantage
- Good understanding of organisational development, particularly in the context of Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies and branches is an advantage
- Strong knowledge and skills in Disaster Management and in at least one or more sectors including Organisational Development, Psychosocial Support, WASH or Health in emergencies
- Strong programme proposal and report writing skills are essential
- Experience with DANIDA and ECHO funding, and in particular knowledge of their implementation and reporting procedures and requirements
- Relevant training and practical experience in security management
- Strong self-management within a distance management setup
- Strong team player is absolutely essential
- Strong analytical skills
- Excellent communication, coordination as well as networking and facilitation skills
- Confidence in situations of stress and ability to handle a heavy but varied workload over a prolonged period
- Good cultural understanding and the ability to build confidence of partners in a challenging multicultural environment
- Excellent English speaking and writing skills are a key requirement
- Full proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Possession of a valid international driving license
The starting date is as soon as possible and no later than 1 January 2018. The contract period is 9 months with the possibility of extension.
Your duty station will be split between Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The position is a non-family position. Frequent travel to the programme areas is required.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the DRC Terms and Conditions for Delegates on Long Term Missions. The salary including all allowances and pension will be between DKK 42,500 to 45,600 per month, depending on qualifications and experience. Housing and insurance is covered by DRC.
Further information is available in the job description. For more information on the position, please contact DRC Head of Region Asia, Bjarne Andreasen, on [email protected] or DRC Operation Manager Bangladesh, Peder Damm, on [email protected]k
The deadline for applying for the position is 19 November. Interviews will be held on the 24 November.
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