Het Nederlandse Rode Kruis
8 november 2022
Den Haag, Nederland
Soort Dienstverband


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 department is responsible for all Netherlands Red Cross international support for victims of disasters and conflicts and for vulnerable people exposed to hazards.


The International Disaster Response Unit has opened a vacancy for a:


Disaster Response Coordinator

The Hague, full time, 1 year contract with the option to extend

Starting date: January 2023


We are a small team looking for someone with a flexible and supportive mindset and approach. Someone who likes the dynamics of disaster response and can coordinate with a wide array of stakeholders with a focus on Europe, Americas, and MENA region. Project management skills are key as well as good relationship management capacities and a drive to work and uphold our humanitarian goals and principles.


Purpose of the position

The Disaster Response Unit's mission is to coordinate immediate, efficient and relevant assistance to victims of natural disasters, conflicts and other crises. NLRC contributes to the international operations of Red Cross Movement partners. The disaster coordinator discusses the strategic and operational level support to be provided to the National Society (NS) and partners in the country during the preparation and anticipatory phase along with protracted crisis.

You will be based in the Netherlands to allow efficient and effective coordination with different units in the international department (Partnership Unit, Technical Advisory Units, Strategy and Program Units), to connect and align our multilateral operations to the expertise areas and strengthen running bilateral operations. The Disaster Coordinators position also has strong links to other clusters of NLRC:  Finance, Communication, Press team, Marketing and Fundraising. You will report to the Unit Lead of the International Disaster Response Unit.


Responsibilities/core activities

In times of crisis, a NS can scale up national operations to regional or international levels and ask other Red Cross partners for support. For this, a multilateral support system is operated by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Based on a unified operational plan or Emergency Appeal, the plan and operational strategy for the crisis is communicated so that NLRC can contribute to the response with priorities focused on the needs of the most vulnerable people. NLRC is one of the top donors to the IFRC.

It is important to have good contact and dialogue in the movement wide platform for a better overview of all the contribution and strategic decision making to aid to the added value of NLRC in the movement. A regional road map and dashboard needs to be developed for this to guide discussions on multilateral collaboration and added value of NLRC. NLRC is part of IFRC's European Region, and the coordinator also liaises with the National cluster on operations in the Netherlands, to share information and lessons learned on the European response. As in all three regions (Europe, Americas, and MENA region), response to the impact of migration is a priority - this is a desired technical focus area.

It is essential to coordinate with the Communication, Press, Marketing and Fundraising departments on our contributions and operations. The role of the Disaster Coordinator is to provide and check information on international Red Cross emergency operations, for example to answer (acute) questions posed by journalist or through the contact center, and support the content of the webpage, social media, planned fundraising campaigns and media engagement by MT members. Participating in national campaigns of SHO (Samenwerkende Hulp Organisaties) on behalf of NLRC is also a part of this position.


Your profile


  • Relevant diploma of higher education or equivalent qualification within a relevant field in the Humanitarian sector
  • A work and residence permit for the Netherlands is required


Skills and experience

  • Minimum of 6 years of work experience with experience working in Disaster Response Programming (budgeting, monitoring and reporting) with local partner and volunteer organisations (Red Cross Movement experience is considered an asset)
  • Excellent networking and coordination skills, and a clear communication style in a culturally diverse setting
  • Knowledge and understanding of the humanitarian challenges (especially in migration related operations) in Europe, Americas and MENA region is an advantage;
  • A good command of the English language both verbally and in writing;
  • A good command of Dutch, Spanish or Arabic language both verbally and in writing is a strong advantage
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office tools
  • Availability to travel regularly up to 30% with longer term stay in crisis context



  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, able to build effective relationships in different cultural settings
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with independent decision-making capacity
  • Ability to develop clear strategic plans in coordination with internal and external parties,
  • Observing deadlines
  • Quick learner with a flexible attitude towards working conditions/peak times,
  • Willing and able to travel up to 30% of the time
  • Stress resistant team player


Our offer

  • A full-time appointment (based on 40-hour work week) with the possibility of extension of contract depending on the needs in the field, available funding and a positive evaluation.
  • A flexible and human centred working environment in an international environment with a variety of international organizations.
  • Well balanced employment conditions with space for own initiative and development
  • A challenging position in a dynamic well-functioning team with international exposure.

Remuneration: the salary scale level is set at scale 12 as mentioned in the CAO, depending on education level and experience. (min. € 3.947,37 until max. €5.239,87 gross per month based on full-time employment).

The Red Cross seeks employees with talent and excellent competencies for a position and is not guided by cultural background, physical limitations, gender identity, religious beliefs, orientation or age.

Our office is in the Hague, walking distance from the Laan van NOI station. Based on our re-work concept you work partly from home and partly from the office. We regularly meet colleagues on the work floor but also online via Teams to discuss cross-functional issues and to stay connected to each other.


Please apply if you are

the independent, enthusiastic colleague, flexible to function in a small team with rapidly changing workload and can prioritize under time pressure; committed to working according to the principles and the objectives of the Red Cross Movement, than please send your application addressed to Shelly Jonker by November 22nd, 2022 via https://werkenbijhetrodekruis.inhroffice.com/nl/job/252800/apply

For further information about the position, you can e-mail your questions to Carla Jonkers at cjonkers@redcross.nl. The application process consists of two rounds of interviews, an assessment and a background check.

For more Red Cross work information, visit www.rodekruis.nl, NRK on Facebook: Facebook.com/rodekruis and Twitter: Twitter.com/rodekruis

Acquisition for this vacancy will not be appreciated


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