Built upon the Strategy 2020, the strategies of implementation cover critical Secretariat functions to support NS’ in implementing programmatic areas of focus, and demonstrate the impact of our work in making communities more resilient.
The areas of focus represent the thematic areas where NS’ have expressed a wish to partner with the IFRC. In line with the Plan and Budget of the Secretariat and the Regional Operational Plans, the NSD Support Coordinator will provide National Societies (NS) with coordination and technical assistance guided by the strategies of implementation and the areas of focus.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
The proximity of the NSD Support Coordinator to the National Societies will enable partnering for more increased resilience in communities.
Specifically, the duties and responsibilities are outlined as follows :
National Society Development (NSD) : Under the policy direction of Strategy 2020, the NSD Framework, and the Inter American Framework for Action 2015-
2020, support organisational development initiatives to modernize the Panamanian Red Cross addressing key internal challenges.
Act as a focal point for IFRC CCST’s in NSD matters by advising and referring them to the right source of information, or to the better positioned party to assist them.
Support on the assessment of the NS needs and planning for their sustainable self-development. This includes drawing on analysis from the Federation Databank & Reporting System (FDRS), the Organisational Capacity Assessment and Certification Process (OCAC), the learning platform and strategic planning support for NS.
Advance the practical furthering of the NSD Framework on principles, approaches and practical methods for National Society development.
Actively contribute to the development of a community of practice in National Society Development to enable the coordinated expansion of capacity to support National Society and ensure that proper knowledge sharing and recognition of National Society development efforts by capturing and disseminating good practices.
Advise and support National Societies in how to prevent, mitigate and address integrity issues using the tools, policies and resources available within the IFRC.
Support National Societies to develop coherent strategies aligned with S2020 and 2016-2020 IAFA as well as its Houston Commitment and ensure integrated approach to organisational development with programs, services, projects and operations.
Ensure that a peer support mechanism designed to build sustainable long term peer support for NSD is developed.
Enhance National Society services capacities to make them more efficient, accountable and sustainable and support new models of NS business growth and generation of resources.
Facilitate and coordinate applications for the Empress Shoken Fund and the new Capacity Building Fund (CBF) and monitor their implementation.
Strengthen National Societies auxiliary role, visibility and positioning at domestic level
Provide strategic guidance and technical support in coordination with the Regional Volunteering and Youth Development Coordinator in implementing strategies, policies and plans for volunteering development based on the National Societies priorities and needs, with a strong focus on branch and local leadership development, and the regional plans.
Together with the Regional Volunteer and Youth Coordinator, assure that Panama Red Cross have access to a technical system and resources on volunteering management .
This entails the development of new tools as well as disseminating and promoting already existing tools. A focus will be promoting new technologies such as volunteer database and online training.
Provide Capacity Building support to the Panamanian Red Cross as identified in the NS strategic plan.
General management and tasks
Mobilise the human and financial resources required for the organisational and volunteering development programs and initiatives;
Sound management of direct line reports and sound planning and financial management for areas under his / her responsibility;
Contribute to upholding the Secretariat s policies, procedures and management system within the Region, and support their improvement and review as necessary.
Support the Head of CCST to monitor risk in the region and take proactive actions to contribute to secretariat's risk management processes.
the IFRC in international conferences and seminars dealing with organisational development.
Support the activity of the Central America National Societies to respond appropriately to disasters risks
Conduct field visits, where necessary, and identify any possible areas for new interventions.
Support the NS in various response interventions including providing further assistance as may be needed with Federation disaster response tools.
Coordinate, Cooperate and Form Strategic Partnerships
Build effective cooperation and partnerships with relevant organisations including non RCRC to support the NS programs.
Represent the Federation in the country and maintain relations with the Central America National Societies senior management Team to support NS strategy and its linkage to S2020.
Promote learning and knowledge sharing between Panama RC and the partners.Serve as a link for Programs and Resources Mobilization at the level of the Central America Cluster from Panama taking advantage of all contacts and relationships of the Regional Office.
Relevant University degree and specialized social science and development studies on programs, humanitarian response and organizational development
IMPACT (International Mobilization and Preparation for Action) course or equivalent knowledge (i.e. BTC)
Minimum of 5 years of work experience in humanitarian operations for a humanitarian aid organisation and or development cooperation organisation, 3 of which should be at senior management level
Experience of managing and supporting staff
Proven experience in governance and leadership support
Proven experience of working in programs and project related to the eight areas of focus
Demonstrated initiative and creativity, and substantial experience of strategic thinking, including identifying, analyzing, problem solving and responding to opportunities and challenges and the ability to translate these into practical plans of action
5 years of work experience including management in a red Cross / Red Crescent National Society, IFRC or ICRC, or a relevant international organization (preferred)
Proven experience of working in the Americas’ region (preferred)
Knowledge, skills and languages
Knowledge and Skills
Strong management and organizational skills, including ability to delegate authority and responsibility
Good intercultural communication skills
Ability to work in a cross cultural and cross functional environment
Strong people and financial management skills
Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office
Excellent interpersonal negotiations skills, including ability to effectively communicate a vision, solve problems and manage conflict
Proven people management skills in a multi-cultural environment and strong track record of developing people
Demonstrated ability to undertake high-level representational and advocacy role
Understanding of and commitment to the IFRC’s mission and values
Drive change and improvements and ability to deliver strategies in a challenging environment
Fluent spoken and written English
Fluent spoken and written Spanish
Fluent spoken and written French (preferred)
Competencies and values
VALUES : Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability
CORE COMPETENCIES : Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Decision Making; National Societies and Customer Relations;
Creativity and Innovation; Building Trust
MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES : Managing Staff Performance; Managing Staff Development; Strategic Orientation
FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES : Building Alliances; Leadership; Empowering Others
Important note : Applicants will need to send their applications together with a letter of motivation, no later than the closing date.
For us to assure a proper comparative evaluation of candidates' application for this vacancy and to enable us to consider your profile against other similar current and future vacancies, we ask that candidates submit their application considering the following :
The incumbent in this position will be hired through a national contract under Panamanian labor law.
The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and local labor laws.
The closing date is midnight Geneva time.
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified.
The position will be based in Panama; thus, Panamanian as well as foreign applicants with valid and current residence and work permits in Panama are encouraged to apply.
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.