Regional Representative- NHQ17502
The Representative is based in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. The Representative is responsible for contributing to continued growth and development of ARC’s programs in the Caribbean region, as well as management and oversight of ARC’s role in the regional portfolio. The Representative cultivates and develops ARC’s relationships within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in the Caribbean, as well as outside the Movement with institutions that share the strategic priorities of ARC’s International Services Department (ISD). The Representative is also responsible for facilitating coordination between ARC programs in the region, working with field and NHQ staff to ensure cross learning, best practices, and strategic consistency across ARC’s Latin America and Caribbean region programs.
The Representative is a part of ISD’s Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Regional Team and reports to the Regional Director; in addition, the Representative is responsible for the supervision of ARC’s regional delegation staff. The Regional Director may assign additional specific program oversight responsibilities to the Representative in the future as needs dictate.
This is a full time position for a minimum of 366 days with the possibility of extension. This is an accompanied post.
Roles and Responsibilities:
I. General overarching responsibilities
• Coordinate and cultivate relationships with relevant Movement partners (regional IFRC counterparts, National Societies, and PNSs) and external stakeholders on a regular basis to further ISD’s strategic priorities in disaster management and health programming. Where relevant, coordination is always done in close conjunction with ARC country offices, and/or with LAC region NHQ staff.
• Collaborates with other Representatives, country teams, NHQ program and technical staff, to ensure that programs across the region learn and build upon shared experience as well as the experience of other organizations working in similar strategic areas in the Caribbean; that project design strategies reflect ISD strategic objectives; and that programs reflect industry standards and best practices in Disaster Management and health.
• Provides technical support in DP/DRR to LAC Team and partner staff in the planning, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of disaster management strategies and programs.
• Represent ARC as necessary in Red Cross/ Red Crescent Movement meetings or other regional meetings in coordination with Regional Director and other representatives.
• At the direction of the designated Regional Response lead, assists with disaster responses as needed in the region.
• Assists with program monitoring and evaluation, working closely with NHQ and field staff.
II. Program Development responsibilities
• Identify and develop program and partnering opportunities that match ARC’s strategic priorities, working closely with relevant National Societies and other Movement partners, and where appropriate, with external partners.
• Provides input to development of proposals, with a focus on incorporating lessons learned, best practices, and ISD strategic direction as it applies to the LAC region.
• Represent ARC with donor agencies, in close collaboration with relevant NHQ units.
• Advise Regional Director in strategic development/planning of country and regional strategies and projects, coordinating closely with relevant ISD units and Movement partners.
III. Program Management responsibilities
• Responsible for ensuring timely implementation of program activities, budget oversight, programmatic and financial compliance, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, security, grant close-out, and periodic site visits for efficient programming and greatest impact possible in keeping with ISD strategic aim and overarching Red Cross/Crescent principles.
• Bachelors degree required (Masters preferred). Minimum of five years experience working in humanitarian programs, with experience working on disaster response, readiness, risk reduction, planning and preparedness programs. One year of supervisory experience required. At least three years of work experience within Red Cross / Red Crescent strongly preferred, and at least one year of experience working at the field level with Operating National Societies preferred. Working knowledge of American Red Cross policies, procedures, and practices at the field and headquarters level preferred.
• Candidate must be a self-starter, be flexible, adaptable to change and have the ability to maximize results through collaboration within an organization, and with other organizations. Exceptional ability to remain focused on goals, to understand reporting lines in a complex system, to collaborate, work and share information transparently, and to work productively as a member of a team, required.
• Working knowledge of disaster management, including preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery programming, including relevant best practices and literature.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Must have the ability to work in an environment of diverse languages and cultures.
• Operational flexibility to meet sudden and unpredictable business needs, including ability to travel internationally, occasionally on short notice
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