Eco-DRR Programme Management Delegate Haiti

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 05 February 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 25 February 2019

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We help to reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen resilience by responding to disasters and crises and by supporting community and institutional risk reduction and preparedness. In the Netherlands with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally with the aid of specialists or by sending relief supplies or 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 Department is looking for an Eco-DRR Programme Management Delegate who will be on rotation basis working in Les Cayes and Port au Prince, Haiti with frequent travels to the programme sites.

Position title: Eco-DRR Programme Management Delegate

Duty station: Port au Prince and Les Cayes (on rotation basis every two weeks)

Time period: 12 months, 40 hrs/week with possibility of extension

Starting Date: 1 April 2018

Status: Single posting

About the Programme

The vacancy relates to the coordination of two mains programmes: Partners for Resilience (PfR) and the ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR). Both programmes are under (PfR) umbrella. One is the Strategic Partnership, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and concentrating on dialogues to pursue risk-informed policies, investments and practices. The other one is the Eco-DRR programme, funded by DEVCO via UN Environment and focusses on community-based risk reduction by working particularly on the role of ecosystems. Both programmes embody the principles that are set out in the NLRC Community Resilience strategy.

Partners for Resilience (PfR)

Partners for Resilience is an alliance of humanitarian, development, climate and environmental civil society organisations, composed of five Netherlands based members (CARE Nederland, Cordaid, the Netherlands Red Cross, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCCC), and Wetlands International) and their partner organisations in the field. The alliance, led by the Netherlands Red Cross, promotes the application of Integrated Risk Management (IRM) to strengthen and protect livelihoods of vulnerable communities. PfR defines IRM as an approach to strengthen community resilience by reducing disaster risks and strengthening livelihoods of vulnerable communities, with specific attention for climate and ecosystems, marginalized groups and women, by involving the wider civil society in addressing risks faced by all groups in society, in particular women, and by working on a conducive legal and financial environment. For more information check www.partnersforresilience.nl. The NLRC is the secretary of the PfR.

The Integrated Risk Management (IRM) approach bridges time and spatial scales. It integrates attention for changing risks due to changes in hazards, exposure and vulnerability. IRM includes a specific focus on ecosystem degradation, locally and in the wider landscape, as well as changes in hazards due to climate change (in relation to current risks, near-term changes and longer-term shifts in climate patterns). IRM thus integrates elements from disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystem management and restoration. The PfR members have been working as an alliance in the field of IRM since 2011. The alliance has entered a new partnership with the Netherlands government (for 2016-2020), aiming to enhance community resilience through:

· Strengthening partner civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities (through Community-Based Organisations, CBOs) in their lobby and advocacy knowledge and capacity on IRM (referred to as IRM dialogue, by pursuing Humanitarian Diplomacy) in the interest of all people in society, so that these communities, supported by the partner organisations, are capable of strengthening their resilience:

· Embarking on specific IRM dialogue trajectories at local, national, regional and global levels, focusing on three interrelated domains:

o Policy – ensuring that IRM (including disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, eco-system management and restoration) is mainstreamed in policies and legislation at all levels:

o Investment – ensuring that investments in IRM are increased; and that other sectoral investments include IRM-based safeguards and screenings and that related funding mechanisms are coherent across the development, humanitarian, climate financing continuum;

o Practice – ensuring that projects and programmes of governments and the private sector are implemented based on context-specific IRM principles, and address community interests and priorities at all levels.

Eco-DRR programme

The Eco-DRR programme is part of a bigger programme, financed by the European Commission through UN Environment. The Eco-DRR programme is implemented in Ethiopia, Uganda, Haïti, Indonesia and India. The described programme complements the PfR Strategic Partnership programme. Overall coordination of both PfR programs is with PfR Alliance Management, housed at the NLRC HQ.

In Haiti, the project is designed around the framework for safe and resilient communities, building on the foundation of the on-going 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. 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.

Through the well-established partnership between NLRC and the Haitian Red Cross - HRC will implement the action, with technical support from the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre in a training and advisory role. This partnership aims to contribute to strengthening the sustainability of HRC over the course of up to ten years, based on thorough organizational capacity analyses and accompanied by a clear organizational development plan. A key focus will be on building the capacities of HRC in mobilizing and managing adequate resources to cover core costs and ensure flexible rapid financing for timely action before, during and after extreme events. Local CBOs and schools will be targeted in order to enhance place-based capacities for Eco-DRR action, and strengthen citizen-based monitoring of climate related-disasters to enhance local capacities in planning, carrying out and evaluating early warning and Eco-DRR actions and enhancing a multiplier effect in the resilience of communities. The action has an overall and a specific objective: The overall objective is to have the community of Chardonnier (70000), arrondissement is 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 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. The NLRC responded immediately to the January 2010 Earthquake: assistance in cash, staff deployment and distribution of food and non-food items. In September 2010 an emergency-early recovery program started consisting of providing water and sanitation reducing the spread of water-borne disease in Jacmel and Leogane. A cholera response programme, responding to the outbreak of October 2011, and three long-term programmes were implemented: DRR and Livelihoods, Capacity development of the Haitian Red Cross and HIV/Aids.

In 2015, the Princess Margriet Fund, the Netherlands 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. These included the building of check dams and tree/vegetable nurseries and natural restoration by replanting of indigenous plants via seedling distribution programs. Together these measures have immediately proven their value during the Hurricane Matthew of October 2016 when the communities were protected by the the checkdams built by the Netherland Red Cross recorded for the first time in many years the lack of flooding and no victims.

NLRC has opened a new sub-delegation in Sud Department in Les Cayes several days after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Serious needs were identified in food security, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, early recovery, shelter and non-food items distribution. Access to drinking water was limited and hygiene options and practices at lowest level, making the population vulnerable to diseases. Cholera cases increased and became of a serious concern. The NLRC focused its relief interventions in the Disaster Risk Response, WASH sector – water and hygiene promotion and livelihoods recovery.

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 programmes 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 200 staff with 10,000 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 programmes in the Southern Department.

Place in the organisation

The Eco-DRR Programme Management Delegate (PM), will be a member of the Netherlands Red Cross Haiti delegation and reports to the Country Representative who is based in Port au Prince. The PM will manage a team of national staff working in the programme geographical area (Port au Prince and Sud Department)

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 in Sud and Sud-Est Haiti. This is done in close coordination with his/her team and the colleagues in Port au Prince. The aim of NLRC is to build longer term Resilience programming in Haiti. The Programme Management Delegate will be instrumental in the design and implementation of Green Pearls Initiative initiative and enhancement of relationships with partners and (potential) donors.

Responsibilities

· Be the programme manager of both programmes PfR and Eco-DRR and manage program teams of predominantly national staff;

· Ensure that the programme activities are well planned and meet the requirements of the community and take into account sustainability and community ownership;

· Provide timely and appropriate reporting to the global co-ordination team in the Netherlands (CTNL) on the PfR programme status, achievements, challenges, budgets and expenditure

· Compile, based on inputs of the PfR alliance partners, annual plans and reports, and other reports as required by the CTNL

· Liaise with PfR Programme Working Group and Thematic Working Groups operating at global level

· Represent with the Country Representative the Alliance in dialogues with the Netherlands Embassy in Santo Domingo

· Represents Country Team in PfR regional meetings to align strategy with other countries

· Effectively overseeing, developing and managing the relations of the alliance with external stakeholders such as the government- and private sector, other NGOs and knowledge institutes

· Ensuring that all partners apply the internal and external communication strategy and guidelines on visibility

· Coordinate with the CTNL and the alliance partners to evaluate programme and staff capacities and the quality of services delivered

· Organise and coordinate mid-term and final evaluations and audits

· Formulate and manage contracts and working agreements between the NLRC and the alliance partners in accordance with the overall programme requirements, as and when required

· Offer IRM expertise, tools and guidelines to Alliance Members

· Be in regular contact with other humanitarian actors, Red Cross colleagues and the donor community and look for opportunities to cooperate;

· Maintain regular communication from distance (per skype and mail) with NLRC HQ program managers

· Lead the resilience programme development in close consultation and collaboration with HRC, NLRC HQ, partners, other Red Cross partners and non-Red Cross partners;

· As the foremen work together 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 programme to ensure cross-sectoral complementarity between both projects towards holistic resilience building;

· Be the budget holder of the programme 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;

· Identify, document and share 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;

· Update indicator progress in SPACE on quarterly basis

· Monitor booking of expenses in WINPACCS for the programme and be end responsible for financial reporting to the Country Representative and NLRC HQ

Candidate profile:

  • Masters’ Degree in Social Sciences or humanitarian diplomacy or advanced degree in disaster risk management, humanitarian aid or other fields with relevant experience;

  • 5 years proven track-record of international programme management in a developing country in the field of humanitarian diplomacy and dialogues with stakeholders, community resilience strengthening and Integrated Risk Management (IRM)

  • Able to deal with complex partnerships

  • Knowledge of and experience with IRM initiatives and opportunities on global, regional and national levels

  • Knowledge of and experience with Haiti policy and financing mechanisms

  • Extensive experience in the development of policy and strategy, and supporting multidisciplinary and complex projects programs on Humanitarian Diplomacy and IRM

  • Proven experience of large-scale program management including narrative and financial reporting, financial management, budget preparation control

  • Demonstrable commitment to community resilience strengthening with strong experience of programming preferably in developing countries;

  • Experience with community based interventions; program 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

  • High level of patience as well as cultural sensitivity;

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French; Speaking Creole would be considered an asset.

  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is highly preferred.

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.

This vacancy is archived.

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