Are you an experienced Red Cross/Red Crecent WASH professional?
Danish Red Cross (DRC) have been present in Asia for more than 20 years and have Country Offices in Myanmar, Cambodia, Nepal and Pakistan with a total of 18 international staff in the region. The support focuses on long term interventions within Health, Water/Sanitation and Organisational Development, and Disaster Management interventions within Disaster Response and Early Recovery, Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Preparedness. We emphasize on strengthening of partner organisations, both within organisational development and operational capacity building. We see integrity, transparency, autonomy and sustainable volunteer structures as conditions for building sustainable operational capacity.
The WASH delegate forms a part of the Danish Red Cross (DRC) Asia Regional team and will contribute to the implementation of DRC’s International Strategy and Asia’s Regional Results and specifically the implementation of Danish Red Cross’ commitment to support the WASH component as mentioned below.
On 18 March 2017 the International Federation of Red Cross, IFRC, issued an emergency appeal for CHF 3,3 million to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent (BDRCS) assist about 75,000 migrants from Myanmar for 9 months.
At present, 32,700 people are living in two official camps managed by the UNHCR; Nayapara camp (Teknaf Sub-district) and Kutupalong camp (Ukhiya sub-district) both in Cox’s Bazar. In addition to the registered refugees in the official camps, there are at least 300,000 “Old Influx-Muslims from Rakhine” who have been living in makeshift camps or in host communities over the past three decades. A combination of factors – including low social development in the hosting areas of Cox’s Bazar District, large population influxes throughout the years and the lack of legal status of the population influx from Myanmar – contribute to very poor living conditions for those in makeshift settlements or living with host communities. The lack of recognized legal status by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has also meant that humanitarian assistance has been minimal and restricted to a low-profile approach.
The role of the delegate is to support the DRC bilateral implementation of the Appeal WASH component. DRC has agreed to support the implementation as a bilateral undertaking within the operational Appeal framework.
The delegate will work with these primary responsibilities:
- Follow up that the programme is implemented in accordance with objectives specified in the Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) and or programme documents and budget.
- Support planning at BDRCS HQ level of programme activities with a special focus and technical support to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion making sure the WASH activities are properly integrated and coordinated with other components of the programme.
- Undertake field work to provide technical assistance in WASH to the BDRCS branch office in the operational area.
- Support the BDRCS to develop and implement monitoring and evaluation plans for the WASH component.
- Ensure that WASH activities are designed and implemented according to international and BDRCS recognized standards and policies.
- To identify and explore opportunities for a longer term bilateral partnership between BDRCS and DRC.
- Discuss potentials for consortia participations.
You have a minimum of 8 years of WASH field experience. You have development and/or humanitarian project management experience from a context with a fluid operational dynamic. You are a good writer and feel at ease with reporting, proposal development and have project cycle and financial management experience. You have Red Cross/Red Crescent field experience and know how to navigate within the Red Cross Movement cooperation framework.
Convincingly you can apply your analytical and strategic skills to project design, and understanding donor requirements. Excellent communication, coordination, diplomacy as well as networking and facilitation skills are required and you understand that process and ownership are key components to achieving results in culturally and politically sensitive environments. These skills are also present in your daily working style – both with people alongside you and those working at a distance. You are confident in situations of stress, and able to handle a heavy but varied workload for a long period. Excellent English speaking and writing skills are key requirements.
If you have worked in Asia and in particular Bangladesh, it will be an advantage.
Terms of employment
The starting date is as soon as possible but no later than 21st May, and the contract period is for 9 months with a possibility of extension. The position is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is non-family posting, but it is possible to bring a spouse and children.
Frequent travel to the operational are of Cox Bazar is required and up to 50% of your time should be expected to be in the field.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the DRC Terms and Conditions for Delegates on Long Term Missions. The salary including all allowances and pension will be between DKK 37,800 to 39,800 per month, depending on qualifications and experience.
Deadline for application is 30th April.
The Danish Red Cross (DRC) is part of the global Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement, which includes national RCRCsocieties in 190 countries.