Dominican Republic nationals: Coordinator, Programs and Operations/Regional Advisor for 1BC & Climate Change Adaptation

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Santo Domingo, , DO


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Organizational Context

The Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is organised in five Regional offices, one of which is the Americas. The Americas Regional Office (ARO) supports Americas National Societies to increase humanitarian and development standards, helping them to remain relevant within their country and sustainable and accountable for their actions, guided by the implementation of strategy 2020. The Country Cluster Support Team for the Latin Caribbean (Haiti, Cuba and Dominican Republic) is responsible for ensuring the provision of effective technical support services to its membership while promoting membership adherence to strategies, policies, and agreements which will maintain and uphold the image and integrity of the Federation and Movement. This requires that effective coordination mechanisms be established in all stages of the programme management cycle, and includes information management and external relations coordination. The Programs and Operations Coordinator requires a strategic and operational approach to facilitating technical excellence in longer term development and capacity building context which includes differentiated participatory approaches with urban and rural constituencies, but also an increased role of National Societies served by the Cluster (Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti) and its partnering RC/RC. The position also has a continental approach focused on supporting ARO 1 BC and Climate change adaptation (CCA) efforts as stated in the Houston Commitment: Build partnerships for the One Billion Coalition for Community Resilience that tackle key challenges such as climate change and rapid urbanization, and contribute to the health, development and strength of communities.

Job Purpose

At the operational level, this position is required to support a technical standard setting, integrated strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation approach within both a Movement Coordination Framework and within a shifting external political and donor stakeholder environment geared to more effectively advocate for and provide services to beneficiaries, engage in short and long term planning, and to support the Cuban, Dominican Republic and Haitian NS’ in relevant and sustainable OD and CB initiatives. Experience shows that technical sector coordination and leadership in defining program quality standards within the Movement and with external actors must be a priority to ensuring a well organised and effective RC/RC Movement response. As less Red Cross and Red Crescent partners as well as large multilateral and bilateral international donors disengage from the humanitarian and cooperation, it becomes imperative for the IFRC to provide the highest level of technical leadership and convening power.

The Programs and Operations Coordinator is the designated second in command after the Head of Country Cluster Support Team ensuring implementation of technical program quality. He/she is responsible to oversee the implementation of the Development Operational Plans for Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti ensuring assessments and updates as needed in the fluid context. He/she is accountable, under the direction and guidance of the CCST Head for supporting and assisting the National Societies in utilizing Movement resources in the most effective and efficient way and that the humanitarian intervention is coherent within a common framework.

As the Caribbean Regional Advisor for Community Resilience, he/she is responsible to oversee the regional community resilience strategy from a technical program quality, ensuring coherence between the two CCST technical teams. He/she is accountable, under the direction and guidance of the CCST Head for supporting the implementation of regional projects relating to community resilience.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Relationships

  • Lead the development of technical partnerships with the Government of Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti, technical inter-agency cluster working groups, Movement partners and the international and local private sector.
  • Develop new opportunities for resource development with multilateral and bilateral donors and the private sector including overseeing proposal writing.
  • Act as the ARO focal point for The Nature Conservancy continental partnership.
  • Lead the SMCC process in Haiti

Technical Movement Coordination

  • Ensure that the Movement Coordination team globally contribute to: a good coordination between Secretariat, PNS’, ICRC and NS’, a good Representation of RC/RC membership, a relevant Technical Assistance and Documentation and Learning
  • Lead the Technical Movement Coordination team, which will guide and lead the movement wide implementation of the Federation Wide Strategic Framework with a strong focus on technical excellence, incorporating best practices and highest technical standards in predominately urban redevelopment settings.  Programmatic and functional areas of importance include shelter and settlements, reconstruction, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, disaster risk management, livelihoods, violence prevention, information management, evaluation, accountability and learning
  • Ensure that the Movement Coordination team produce some key deliverables for the membership and the Secretariat (guidelines, case studies, evaluations, etc.

Programs and Operations

  • Ensure the sound and effective implementation of strategic inter-agency projects and/or initiatives: with governments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations and civil society including, but not limited to, Disaster Law, Cluster.
  • Outline the support, tools, and networks that will assist National Societies and Secretariat units to engage in HD more effectively at the national level; Foster a greater willingness to engage in collective advocacy amongst National Societies and Secretariat programs.
  • Manage the implementation of key components of the Movement Cooperation framework related to technical excellence in programming; these include programme technical committees, and the performance and accountability working group; provides strategic input and support
  • Ensure effective management ongoing IFRC response operations in Haiti, DR and Cuba.
  • Provide technical support to the relevant technical teams on implementation of regional projects in the Caribbean supporting both the Clusters in Haiti and Port of Spain.

Deputy Head of CCST Responsibilities

  • Deputize for the Head of CCST in his/her absence ensuring representation of the International Federation and liaising with counterparts from Participating National Societies, the ICRC and external partners, such as the UN agencies, NGOs, donors, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and missions active in the country, within the mandate of the key tasks and responsibilities set in this job description.
  • Lead the process to assess and update the Movement Coordination Framework with other key stakeholders to ensure continued relevance in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti (adopting new structures as needed) and to promote the modernization of such frameworks in complex recovery operations
  • Provide management oversight of and support to all staff, including direct report lines of the Head of CCST, during her absence

1 Billion Coalition

  • To ensure that 1 Billion Coalition for Community Resilience initiative is well integrated in ARO sectorial strategies representing 8 areas of focus
  • In very close coordination with 8 areas of focus teams and Auxiliary role team in ARO act as an internal focal point for the Americas of the IFRC’s “1 Billion Coalition” Working Group, regarding global discussions the Initiative;
  • To represent the IFRC in the 1BC initiative with national authorities, international/national organizations, embassies, donor governments and international/national media and develop good relationships to promote the work of the IFRC
  • To review and develop guidelines, procedure and adapt relevant policies in order to provide clarity and standards to others within the 1BC initiative and ensure that team members from 8 areas of focus are able to deliver in ways that improve services for the NS
  • Co-develop with partners strategic and operational plans for realizing the goals of the 1BC
  • To act as a role model and encourage others to deliver good practice, continuous learning and knowledge sharing between teams within 1BC initiative
  • Establish and manage feedback processes from NS to help improve them to be part of 1BC initiative
  • Provide a link to National Societies and Partner National Societies in the Americas region, interested in supporting the “1 Billion Coalition” initiative.
  • “1 Billion Coalition” dissemination and socialization: Support the roll-out of community resilience guidance for the Red Cross in the Americas

Climate Change and adaptation

  • To develop a sound climate change plan of action for ARO based on DRR strategy
  • Promote the information sharing between CCA focal point in GVA of the Action carry out in Americas.
  • Provide technical support and advice at the country level:  Strengthen policy frameworks on CCA and DRR
  • Promote a greater understanding and information-sharing about existing policies, laws and rights in CCA. Develop guidance tools concerning CCA
  • Overall, promote climate related links between Science – Policy – Practice practitioners to provide adequate guidance to NS
  • To ensure that knowledge from initiatives like Early Warning-Early Action approach, forecast based financing, local ecosystem protection and other climate related experiences is mainstreamed within ARO and NS.
  • Help identify and meet capacity building needs and opportunities in climate change.
  • Facilitate engagement between in-country partners to optimize synergies in the strategic CCA related policy engagements
  • Help promoting climate-smart policies into national and subnational practices
  • Help to carry lessons learned from local practices to national/regional/international policy makers
  • Develop advocacy messages on CCA and diffusion of global studies and tools.


  • Relevant University degree or equivalent qualification
  • Relevant advance university degree (Master’s or higher) or equivalent qualification


  • 10+ years of experience in international coordination and cooperation in disaster response, recovery and development settings 
  • Experience of managing programs and projects in complex settings
  • Experience in strategic planning and evaluation
  • Experience in working for a humanitarian aid organisation in a low-income least-developed country
  • Familiarity with Movement and International Federation policies and guidelines – the Seville Agreement and Supplementary Measures and the Code for Good Partnership  – Preferred
  • Previous experience in disaster management
  • Experience in high level representation

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • A high degree of competence in leadership, planning and coordination of projects
  • Furthermore, networking, negotiation and communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills in general are essential in coordinating the overall operation
  • Good analytical skills and solution focused person 
  • Excellent stress management skills


  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Fluent spoken and written French
  • Fluent spoken and written Spanish

Competencies and values

  • VALUES: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability
  • CORE COMPETENCIES: Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Decision Making; National Society and Customer Relations; Creativity and Innovation, Building Trust;
  • MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES: Managing Staff Performance; Managing Staff Development
  • FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES: Strategic Orientation, Building Alliances; Leadership; Empowering others


Applicants will need to send their applications together with a letter of motivation no later than the closing date. In order to assure a proper comparative evaluation of your application for this vacancy and to enable us to consider your profile against other similar current and future vacancies, we ask that you submit your application taking into account the following:

Important Note:

  • Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through a national contract; therefore, only nationals of Dominican Republic or foreigners holding a valid work permit will be considered; 
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and applicable national laws;
  • The closing date is midnight Geneva time.
  • Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified.
  • The position will be based in Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana