Do you have excellent partnership management skills and a good understanding of working within a Red Cross Movement context? Do you like to coordinate and be connected to a wide array of stakeholders active within six different Caribbean branches? Are you somebody with program management skills as well as good financial capacities and a drive to work and uphold our humanitarian goals and principles? Then read further as this position might be of interest to you.
Position title: Regional Coordinator Caribbean Branches
Duty station: Curacao
Time period: 12 months with the possibility of extension
Starting Date: 1st of March 2023
Status: Family Posting
Purpose of the position
The Regional Coordinator manages the Caribbean Desk and is therefore responsible for the coordination of the overall support given to each Caribbean branch of the NLRC. The regional coordinator ensures adequate support is given at all three levels; supporting the institutional growth of the branches, supporting the thematic and regional programs and supporting response and recovery operations following a disaster.
The branches themselves are in the lead of the dialogue with their local stakeholders to shape their island specific vision and strategy. The Regional Coordinator aims to provide additional tools, technical support and coordination capacity to reach those branch objectives. This support is part of a longer term strategic plan with a focus on organizational development.
The Caribbean branches are geographically spread over a vast region dealing with different challenges and recurrent regional hazards. This requires a framework that allows tailormade support is given to each branch while at the same time promoting regional cooperation.
The Regional Coordinator will be based in the Caribbean region (Curacao) to allow efficient and effective coordination and communication with the Caribbean branches, both at management and governance level. From there the Regional Coordinator liaises with the NLRC headquarter and provides guidance to the team members both in the Caribbean region as well as in the Netherlands. The function will require frequent travel between the islands as well as visits to the headquarter in the Netherlands and other Red Cross Movement offices in the region.
Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten are independent countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands while Bonaire, Saba and Sint-Eustatius are special municipalities of the Netherlands. Each of these Caribbean islands have an active Red Cross branch. These six Caribbean branches are part of the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) National Society based on a renewable collaboration agreement. They are managed as autonomous associations each with their own governing board, management, general assembly and volunteer group.
Regardless of the political structure of the islands the six Caribbean branches are all equal partners within the Red Cross National Society. Based on their respective size they have different capacities and a slightly different focus. However, all Caribbean branches aim at providing direct emergency aid following sudden and slow onset disasters and providing assistance to vulnerable target groups on the islands. The choice of their activities is guided by their auxiliary role to the island authorities.
The Caribbean Desk of the NLRC is a dynamic team which is partially based in the Caribbean region and partially in the Netherlands. Their role is to support the Caribbean branches in the pursuit of their mission and vision. They provide both technical support, coordination and ensure the branches are well connected to the other units of the National Society and the wider Red Cross Movement. The activities of the desk are guided by the 2021-2025 workplan.
Position in the organization
The Caribbean Desk is part of the cluster International Assistance of the Netherlands Red Cross. As the current internal structure is under review you will temporarily report directly to the Head of International based in the Netherlands until the new structure has been finalized.
Summary statement and responsibilities
This position is responsible for the overall strategic and operational alignment of all activities taking place on the six islands within the framework of the procedures and processes of the Netherlands Red Cross National Society. Hereby taking into account the specificity that follows out of the small-island context of the Caribbean branch.
The main responsibilities for the role include:
Line management of a decentralized team of 4-6 FTE in the current set-up, this includes recruitment, coaching and monitoring of staff according to an annual appraisal cycle and chairing regular progress meetings with all employees individually and in group.
Strategy and planning, a strategic direction and work plan 2021-2025 for the Caribbean Desk has been developed as a base for the support of institutional growth and core activities of the branches. As Regional coordinator you are responsible for the follow up and coordination of the various projects which are part of this work plan as well as the quarterly update to the Unit Lead.
Lobby and external relation management, liaising with high-level partners of the Netherlands administration and government, advocating on the role of Red Cross and lobbying to all relevant stakeholders for support on disaster risk management and humanitarian needs in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. Maintain contact with other Movement partners in the Caribbean region such as neighboring National Societies, IFRC regional office, IFRC country cluster team and ICRC.
Governance and internal relation management, maintain frequent contact with managers and board members of all six branches, ensure an annual evaluation and timely review of the collaboration agreements with the Caribbean branches and organize the annual board meeting. Identify organizational development needs and facilitate the discussion on defining the auxiliary role and mandate of the Caribbean branches.
Facilitate the provision of sustainable support services from NLRC headquarter to the Caribbean branches, ensure the NLRC frameworks and standards are known to all and advocate the Caribbean specific context towards NLRC clusters.
Financial Management of the cost center for the Caribbean Desk, monitoring meetings with the finance department on actuals and prognoses of branch budgets and programs. Optimize medium-term financial support to the Caribbean branches as part of the annual planning and control cycle. Ensure funds, financial commitments and postings are well managed in regular platforms i.e. SPACE
Monitoring and reporting, prepare general management reports on the Caribbean for NLRC management team and board meetings. Oversee the quality and timeliness of program reports and evaluations. Monitor the compliance of essential deadlines such as the submission of the strategic work plan and annual budgets by the Caribbean branches.
- Relevant diploma of higher education or equivalent qualification within a relevant field within the sector of business management;
Skills and experience
- Minimum of 10 years of work experience;
- Minimum of 5 years of management experience, including managing and training decentralized staff;
- Proven experience in the field of relation management at senior organizational level and lobby and advocacy in political settings;
- Proven skills in operational planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting;
- Knowledge and understanding of the Caribbean context, the political relations and the hazards and challenges on the Caribbean islands which are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is an advantage;
- A good command of the Dutch and English language both verbally and in writing;
- A good command of Papiamento or Spanish language both verbally and in writing is an advantage;
- Proficient in Microsoft Office tools;
- Availability to travel regularly.
- 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;
- Strong presenter and communicator with excellent representation skills;
- Ability to develop clear goals and steer team towards results, observing deadlines;
- High degree of integrity, discretion, and personal conduct;
- Ability to manage/coach/train others as well as be open to learning from others;
- Strategic thinking;
- Quick learner, flexible and adaptable to changing working conditions;
- Stress resistent;
- Team player.
- A full time appointment (based on 40-hour work week) for 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
- 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 send your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to Shelly Jonker before 23 January 2023 by using the application tool: https://werkenbijhetrodekruis.inhroffice.com/nl/job/259869/apply
The selection process will start with the opening of this vacancy and as soon as we receive applications that match the requirements.
For more information about the position, you can contact the current Regional Coordinator Caribbean branches, Jeroen Van Keer, email@example.com
An initial assessment of candidates short-listed is part of the selection procedure.
For more information of the work of the Netherlands Red Cross please go to www.rodekruis.nl and NLRC on Facebook: Facebook.com/rodekruis and Twitter: Twitter.com/rodekruis
Acquisition for this vacancy will not be appreciated