Do you want to lead the Danish Red Cross’ humanitarian and recovery work in one of our oldest and most important country interventions in the Middle East? Are you a positive and solution-oriented team player, who understands the value of working with and through partnerships? Danish Red Cross is looking for an ambitious and experienced humanitarian professional to direct our operations in the Palestinian Territories.

In Palestine, a protracted protection crisis continues, directly linked to the ongoing occupation, with consequences for both civilians and civilian infrastructure, along with ensuring the rights of Palestinians. Tensions between Palestinian and Israeli groups and individuals persist and the complex humanitarian situation of Palestinian communities has deteriorated considerably over the last couple of years owing to a worsening overall economy, rising socio-economic insecurity especially for youth, an unstable political situation in the fragmented Palestinian territories, regular violent confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and more recently the impact of the Covid health pandemic and the adverse effects of the Ukraine war. Responding to protracted crises and areas of fragility is a key priority in the Danish Red Cross International strategy 2022-25, while mobilizing communities’ resources and coping mechanisms to cope with the combined impact of political-, humanitarian and protection crises and disasters, as well as their ability to access essential services are core priorities of DRC’s Country Strategy for Palestine.

As Danish Red Cross Country Manager you will be overall responsible for overseeing and developing our portfolio and partnership with Palestinian Red Crescent Society in line with the existing country strategy. To that end, you will also work in close coordination with Movement and external partners to identify effective and broader modalities of support to secure best impact. With the support of the DRC MENA regional office, global delegates and advisors at DRC headquarter, you are expected to contribute to solid resource mobilization for the DRC and PRCS partnership moving forward. Your team will initially consist of 1 other international delegate plus a resident project officer staff.

The partnership between Palestinian Red Crescent Society and Danish Red Cross dates to 2002 and comprises significant shared development and collaboration on Psychosocial programming and non-formal education initiatives (with a focus on protection of children in war). Furthermore, the partnership includes support to emergency medical services along with disaster risk reduction and preparedness activities. Beyond that, the partnership focuses on building Community Resilience, with a particular emphasis on Women and Youth. More recently, Danish Red Cross has supported feasibility studies for cash as well as anticipatory disaster risk reduction. Danish Red Cross also remains a go-to partner for emergency response.

Across its engagement in Palestine, Danish Red Cross adopts a triple nexus approach to ensure that people affected by conflict, disasters and complex crises live safe and dignified lives in inclusive communities. The current portfolio targets Palestinian vulnerable communities, youth, local stakeholders, and institutions. Danish Red Cross also supports the branches of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Syria (PRCS-S) and Lebanon (PRCS-L), where areas of support comprise Health Care, Psychosocial Support and Youth / Livelihood activities. Danish Red Cross funding comes from donors and partners such as DANIDA, ECHO and private donors. The total budget is approximately 18 million DKK.

A vital part of our support is in capacity development, and we see beneficiary accountability, partnership transparency, integrated systems, and organized volunteer structures as main conditions for building a sustainable operational capacity and being a strong civil society actor in the country. To that end, Danish Red Cross provides dedicated support to the technical capacities of the local partner; promotes drive and alignment of wider Red Cross Red Crescent initiatives and pays strong attention to strengthening of beneficiary accountability, localization as well as National Society Development and Humanitarian Diplomacy.

Responsibilities

The Country Manager is centrally responsible for ensuring that our country programme and partnership in Palestine are implemented in pursuit of Danish Red Cross International Strategy and Palestine Country Strategy, in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and in compliance with donor intentions and formal regulations.

The Country Manager reports to the Middle East and North Africa Head of Region (HoR) and is working closely with the regional team in Beirut, global delegates and headquarter staff in Copenhagen. He/she will be accountable for the following key areas:

  • Setting the strategic direction of Danish Red Cross engagement in Palestine, along with ensuring positive resource mobilization efforts.
  • Overseeing the overall budget, and the overall development and management of the portfolio in close coordination with the DRC Programme Delegate, including relevant problem-solving for the DRC programme in Palestine.
  • Ensuring implementation of organizational priorities and capacity development in close coordination with PRCS and other Movement partners. (National Society Development)
  • Leading and managing the DRC Country Team, based in Ramallah, consisting of a Programme Delegate, a programme officer and a Finance Delegate supporting from remote, while ensuring strong oversight of the DRC Global NSD as well as Psychosocial delegate(s) as regards his / her support towards PRCS.
  • Representing Danish Red Cross and sustaining a strong Partnership with PRCS; ICRC, IFRC and PNSs in country along with securing a conducive dialogue with stakeholders such as ECHO, the EU Delegation, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), INGO’s and the private sector.
  • Driving DRC communication and visibility efforts for implementation of the Country Strategy and its wider contribution to the DRC International Strategy.
  • Developing a fundraising strategy in keeping with identified key priorities and increased visibility of DRC and the RCRC Movement efforts in Palestine

This position requires strong leadership, strategic management, strong communication, and representation skills, as well as proven positive experience with resource mobilization and a good sector understanding of the areas of intervention, DRC works with in country. The ideal candidate has a strong experience constructively supporting national society development of the local partner through positive dialogue and exploration of partner and Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement priorities. The position prioritizes strategic development and formulation of new partnership possibilities, as well as an overall solid supervision, monitoring, and evaluation of the country programme.

Experience

You have a minimum of 10 years of solid experience in development and/or humanitarian project management, with at least 5 years of relevant field experience in the implementation of emergency and recovery programming, and proven ability to live and work under stressful conditions. You have proven excellent diplomatic and team management skills. Experience with various donors like ECHO, EU, and national ministries of foreign affairs, particularly of their grant application, proposal writing and reporting procedures, is also essential.

You have a relevant educational background, and we expect that you have good analytical skills, good cultural understanding, and the ability to work in a challenging multicultural environment. Project cycle, financial management skills and experience are essential, as well as excellent English speaking and writing capability.

Above all you need to be a strategic leader and have political acumen, conviction in yourself and Danish Red Cross, excellent powers of persuasion and negotiation to win the confidence of partners. Proven successful experience in implementing and strengthening the capacity-building of local partners, ideally of Red Cross / Red Crescent National Societies and local branches, and in the Middle East, are strong advantages for this position.

Employment Conditions

The starting date is no later than 1st of August 2022 and the length of the contract is 24 months with the possibility of extension. The salary including all allowances and pension payment will be between DKK 46,200 and 49,600 per month, depending on qualifications and experience. An individual apartment is provided, free of charge.

Further information

If you have questions about the position, please write to MENA Head of Region, Charlotte Kjoerup, at [email protected]. Or read more about the job in the job describtion.

The deadline for applications is the 20th of June, 14 pm. Interviews and tests are expected to take place immediately thereafter.

How to apply

Apply for the job via our website.

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