Netherlands Red Cross Country Representative in Sudan 2013

The Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC)

Position: Country Representative Sudan 100%
Duty station: Khartoum –  Sudan, with frequent visits to the field
Duration: 12 Months (with possible extension)
Status: Unaccompanied
Reporting to:  NLRC Regional Programme Coordinator, The Hague, Netherlands
Starting date:  1 June 2013


The beginning of a partnership between the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) dates back to early 1980s with the launch of the communitybased health care services for internally-displaced population (IDP) in Kassala, Khartoum, River Nile and Northern Kordofan States.
Over more than two decades, the National Societies have collaborated in addressing acute needs of vulnerable people of Sudan through implementation of a wide-range programmes in the areas of primary health care, water and sanitation, food security and livelihoods support, HIV/AIDS awareness raising and stigma reduction, 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 Sudan.
SRCS has a network of 50,000 registered members and some 400,000 trained volunteers throughout the country.
The National Society has 15 state branches and over 70 subbranches. SRCS established excellent relationships with local and national authorities, national and international NGOs, UN agencies, and other RCRC partners.
SRCS and NLRC are currently implementing a number of projects in the states of Kassala, El Gezira, West Darfur, South Darfur and Khartoum.

NLRC has three international staff members in Sudan, supporting the joint operations: 1 staff (Country Representative) is based in Khartoum and 2 staff members (Health Delegate and
Livelihoods Delegate) are based in Kassala.

Summary Statement of Responsibilities

Reporting to the NLRC Regional Program Coordinator, the Country Representative will for the next 12 months be responsible for overall program and financial management of the NLRC programs in Sudan.

Duties Applicable to All

  • Work towards the achievement of National Red Cross / Red Crescent Society goals in the country / region of operation through effective managerial and lateral relations and teamwork.
  • Ensure understanding of roles, responsibilities, lateral relationships and accountabilities.
Key Responsibilities
  • Advise the Regional Program Coordinator on strategic directions and humanitarian developments;
  • Ensure that relevant Movement policies are introduced and adhered to (SRCS policies in synchronization with NLRC, IFRC and ICRC);
Programme Management
  • Support the SRCS in all aspects of the Project Management Cycle (assessment, preparation of proposals, budgets, implementation, work plans, monitoring and evaluations)
  • Identify new activities and in communication with Movement Partners (SRCS and PNSs) preparation of relevant project proposals;
  • Assist with the development of annual work plans and budgets;
  • Support the effective implementation of MoU’s, Programme Contracts etc, outlining roles and responsibilities of the SRCS, the Federation, the ICRC and the NLRC;
  • In case of NLRC procurements in the region, participate in the NLRC tender commission and assist NLRC logistics;
  • Work closely and in a well-coordinated manner with the SRCS, the IFRC, other PNS’s and ICRC in the region;
  • To facilitate and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of the donor community, international agencies and the UN;
  • Monitor contextual and security situation in Sudan (and surrounding region);
  • Ensure that Country and Local Security Plans are regularly updated;
  • Ensure strict adherence of security policies and directions from NLRC and where applicable ICRC.
Financial Management
  • Assist the Regional Programme Coordinator with donor applications and other fund-raising activity for NLRC support to the Sudan;
  • Ensure that effective financial administrative systems governing the project activities are in place and are in line with SRCS, NLRC and donor requirements;
  • Ensure timely request the transfer of funds from the NLRC Headquarters through established procedures;
  • To ensure that activities are well documented in view of external reporting and audit obligations of the NLRC;
  • Maintain a separate bank account for the purpose of the NLRC Khartoum office;
  • Ensure that no commitments are made in the field for which no budget approval has been received for;
  • Assure that all assets are well registered, maintained, and returned or handed over (after agreement with Desk Officer and donor);
  • In the event the NLRC rules and regulations do not foresee, the Federations rules and regulations apply.
  • Prepare and organise the structure and systems for monitoring progress and measure the impact of programs together with the M&E advisor (the Hague)
  • Ensure that narrative and financial reports are drawn up timely and concisely, and submitted to the Regional Programme Coordinator in the requested format;
  • Activity reporting as stipulated in the project MOU’s.
  • Minimum of 4 years experience in line-management posts in emergency or developmental humanitarian work;
  • University degree in the field of Community Development or Health or related social science;
  • Familiar with the Red Cross/Crescent Movement’s components (and attendance of RC BTC);
  • Experience in project identification, formulation, planning, management and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience on participatory planning and review techniques;
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures;
  • Experience in the field of Capacity Building and Disaster Management;
  • Able to work in politically complex and challenging environment
  • Good social/diplomatic skills and culturally sensitive, flexible and creative;
  • Able to work independently, though in consent with Regional Program Coordinator;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with main RC Movement counterparts such as IFRC, ICRC and other actors in the Sudan;
  • Africa experience required, Sudan experience an asset;
  • Able to work in politically complex and challenging environment;
  • Good general health;
  • Proficient in English language, Arabic an asset;
  • Computer skills in Word and Excel.
Key Working Relationships
Internal: Netherlands Red Cross, Sudanese Red Crescent, and IFRC/ICRC (occasionally)
External: Ministry of Health, UN Agencies representatives (UNICEF, WFP), other NGO.
If you are interested in the above mentioned requirements and mission, please send your CV in English with an short letter of motivation before April 29, 2013 to  mentioned competition number 26
For more information about the position you can contact:
  • For the content:    Ms Fettsje Boorsma at +31 70 44 55 794
  • For the procedure:    Ms Annemiek van Teeffelen at + 31 70 44 55 726
An assessment can be part of the selection procedure.

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