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Regional DRR/CC Delegate

VACANCY THE NETHERLANDS RED CROSS

Position: Regional DRR/CC Delegate
Starting date: 15 April 2011
Location/ Country of assignment: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Time period: 6 months
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Context:
Central Asia is particularly exposed to natural hazards such as landslides, avalanches, floods, earthquakes, drought and the melting of glaciers. On the one hand, the geographical nature of the region (mountain ranges in their infancy combined with the frequent occurrence of earthquakes) exposes the region to a number of geological hazards. On the other hand, climate change has become an important factor in the sharp increase of small and medium sized hydro-meteorological disasters.
Through DIPECHO programming, ECHO is actively supporting the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action signed by the countries of Central Asia since 2005. The various evaluations carried out concluded that the DIPECHO programs have had an appropriate effect in reducing the impact of hazards, ensuring preparedness to respond, and establishing and continuing support of early warning/intervention system and confirmed the relevance of the DIPECHO program, the necessity to continue it for some more years before starting its phasing down, and to reinforce the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategic advocacy component of the program. Current DIPECHO program (Sixth DIPECHO Action Plan)  has been continuing to strengthen the integration at all levels of gender and climate change adaptation issues, the capacity building and advocacy in DRR and the promotion of multi-country and regional interventions.
Since 2003 the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) has supported five Host National Societies (HNSs) in Central Asia which have a long term experience with community based DRR Programs through DIPECHO programs. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) supported DRR programs between 2004 and 2006. In 2010, the Sixth DIPECHO Action plan was developed and is being implemented since April 2010 in partnerships with the Consortium members as the International Federation, Netherlands, American and German Red Cross Societies.
 
Overall goal:
The general goal of the Consortium project is to increase resilience and reduce vulnerability of local communities and institutions to disasters in Central Asia including effects related to Climate Change (CC) through support to strategies that enable them to better prepare for, mitigate and respond to disasters. 
 
Purpose of the position
Under the Sixth DIPECHO Project, the NLRC and the Consortium members have been supporting the Central Asia HNSs in integrating climate change adaptation into community-based DRR programming, raising awareness on climate change issues, and in advocating for CC issues with relevant stakeholders. There are several activities ongoing and planned in Central Asia, including integration of CCA into VCAs, organization of community-based CC workshops, organization of national and regional workshops with stakeholders for advocacy and networking.    
The delegate will assist the HNSs in Central Asia to continue their ongoing CCA work and will provide technical advice on strengthening their disaster preparedness capacities to respond to disasters including effects related to CC in an effective and efficient manner. This will involve strengthening the capacity of the HNSs at local as well as at HQ levels. The delegate will also assist with improvement of the Project monitoring system and the quality assurance mechanisms.  
 
Reporting to:
- NLRC Regional Disaster Management Delegate (RDMC), based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
 
Overall Responsibilities
1. Work towards the achievement of overall goals of the NLRC and HNSs through effective managerial and lateral relations and teamwork.
2. Ensure that the implementation of the project is consistent with the proposal approved by the donor.
3. Ensure that all parties involved contribute to the correct implementation of the project.
4. Ensure that all parties involved have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.
5. Perform other work-related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the supervisor.
 
Key Tasks
Support to DRR/CCA Component of the Sixth DIPECHO Project (70%)
1. Provide guidance, support and facilitate the implementation of the Sixth DIPECHO Action plan by HNSs with a focus on DRR and Climate Change Adaptation as outlined in the project document. This should be done in close collaboration with the NLRC RDMC,  the HNSs staff and volunteers, and the Consortium Partners.
2. Strengthen the capacity of the HNSs to integrate adaptation to climate change related risks in the Sixth DIPECHO project and to support partners responsible for DRR and CCA.
3. Support the CCA awareness raising process towards the authorities, civil society, and the communities targeted by the project.
4. Provide capacity building and technical support to the HQ and branch staff of the HNSs in the process of programming, planning, implementation,  monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the CCA-related activities. .
5. Support the HNSs in their work with communities to increase local organizational, adaptation and response capacities regarding the risks of climate change as well as in advocating adaptation to climate change towards authorities, NGO's and the educational sector.
6. Advise  HNSs staff on Disaster Management (DM) matters such as developing training curriculum, preparing and implementing the workshops, managing mitigation micro projects including their monitoring and evaluation, vulnerability and capacity assessments (VCA), preparing risk maps and Disaster Preparedness public awareness.
7. Liaise and coordinate with other RC partners, international organizations, and NGO's regarding DRR and CC activities in Central Asia.
8. Support the HNSs in the development and production of IEC materials, articles, TV spots, radio programs or other relevant communication forms regarding DRR and the risks of climate change.
9. Represent the NLRC and maintain good relations with the HNSs, as well as with the donor European Commission and the Federation, other Movement agencies and other organizations present in Central Asia.
10. Ensure continuation of the open and constructive cooperation within the RC Movement in Central Asia.
11. Participate in Inter-Agency meetings related to DRR and CC matters.
12. Based on the Sixth DIPECHO Project experience, advice NLRC and RC partners on possible future programs related to CCA.

Improvement of Monitoring System of the Sixth DIPECHO Project (30%)
1. With guidance of RDMC and support of Regional DIPECHO Senior Officer, in cooperation with the Consortium Partners, provide support to the HNSs on ensuring quality monitoring of the Sixth DIPECHO Project implementation;
2. Lead the process of improving the established monitoring and quality assurance mechanisms of the Sixth DIPECHO Project through enhancement of monitoring and evaluation tools, oversight of effective implementation of monitoring activities, ensuring timely follow-up on recommendations. 
3. Guide regular sharing of the outputs of M&E findings with the HNSs and the Consortium Partners.

Social Interaction
Key internal contacts:
• Establish an effective working relationship with the HNSs staff at national and local level
• To work closely with the Sixth DIPECHO project staff in 5 countries at national and local level
Key external contacts:
• Establish good working relationship with IFRC, American and German Red Cross as partners in the Sixth DIPECHO project.
• Establish and effective working relationship with donors, authorities, International Organizations, local NGOs and other stakeholders.

Requirements and competencies
• University (Masters) Degree or advanced degree;
• 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience in developing and managing DM (preparedness, response and risk reduction) and/or Climate Change programs;
• 3 to 5 years experience in program management with proven ability to develop, write and present plans and proposals, including financial management, planning, reporting and budget control;
• Significant experience and strong skills in establishment of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, development of tools, implementation of tools and analysis. 
• Experience in participatory and strategic planning and review techniques;
• Skills in analysis and research & development of IEC materials is an advantage;
• Experience in working with and implementing through local partners;
• Excellent communication and facilitation skills;
• Good knowledge of English. Knowledge of Russian is an advantage;
• Able to function as part of a team of the NLRC based in Central Asia;
• Knowledge & experience in community participation techniques, such as VCA, is an advantage;
• Able to adhere to policy and procedures of the NLRC whilst effectively managing programs and people in order to best support and facilitate HNSs;
• Experience of working in Central Asia is an advantage;
• Red Cross Basic Training Course (WORC) or equivalent knowledge
• Practical knowledge of computer skills incl. MS Word, Excel, Power Point.

Key competencies
• Demonstrates professional competence, knowledge and understanding of DM and CC topics (preparedness, response, climate adaptation and risk reduction).
• Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
• Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges, remains calm in stressful situations.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision, to develop clear goals.
• Ability to monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in different cultural and organizational settings.
• Strong assessment, analytical and interpretation skills.

Applications
Please submit your English CV + short letter of motivation before April 15th , 2011, To be sent to the following address: mkorevaar@redcross.nl  . More information about the position you can contact Mr Meindert Korevaar (phone number+ 31 704455800), Regional Programma Officer Central Asia 
 
While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. We kindly ask not to send in duplicate copies of your resume