With 192 National Societies as members, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the biggest humanitarian organization in the world. The main objective of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” Prior to, during, and after catastrophes, health emergencies, and other crises, IFRC strives to provide for the needs of vulnerable people and enhance their quality of life.
Together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the IFRC is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement). The core values of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntarism, unity, and universality serve as the foundation for the IFRC’s activities.
IFRC is led by its Secretary General and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters is organized into three main Divisions:
- National Society Development and Operations Coordination;
- Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy, and Digitalization; and
- Management Policy, Strategy, and Corporate Services.
The IFRC maintains five regional offices, one each in the Americas, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia Pacific, Africa, and Africa. Additionally, the IFRC has national delegations and country cluster delegations all across the world. The IFRC Secretariat is made up of the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster, and country).
Since 1990, the International Fund for Refugee Cooperation (IFRC) has maintained a constant presence in Afghanistan to assist the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) with organizational growth, outreach, and auxiliary roles, humanitarian diplomacy, partnership building, humanitarian response operations, and longer-term programming. In order for the IFRC network to reach its full potential as a trustworthy, accountable, and engaged global humanitarian actor and to carry out an agreed-upon agenda, it is imperative that it coordinate and support the activities of its member National Societies. In accordance with an existing Movement Cooperation Agreement, the IFRC Secretariat collaborates with the ICRC on movement coordination and cooperation.
The IFRC is assisting ARCS in expanding its humanitarian response while also supporting longer-term programs in Afghanistan due to the enormous humanitarian needs there. The IFRC will provide funding for ARCS programming in 2023 under the following three headings: Pillar 1 will focus on addressing urgent humanitarian needs; Pillar 2 will assist recovery and serve as a bridge to development; and Pillar 3 will improve local response capacity.
- Vacancy No.S03434
- Contract TypeInternational
- Application Deadline17-May-2023
- Job Posted on08-May-2023
- country Afghanistan
- Duty StationKabul, Afghanistan
- Duty Station StatusNon Family Duty Station
- Accompanied StatusNon-Accompanied
The National Society Development (NSD) Delegate, who reports to the Deputy Head of Delegation and works under the technical direction of the Regional Head of Membership Services, is responsible for directing and supporting ARCS in its continued implementation of NSD priority work, providing technical assistance to NSD work whenever necessary, facilitating the engagement of additional expertise (including expert support from the IFRC network), and coordinating NSD support given by other parties.
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Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Facilitate support and follow-up on ARCS’s legal base revision process, ensuring the process and revised legal base meet the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement) standards.
- Provide technical assistance and support to ARCS in setting approaches to create a shared understanding of its Strategic Plan and Operation Plan across all levels (among different departments as well as across its regional offices and branches).
- Provide technical assistance and support to ARCS in developing, contextualizing, and rolling out necessary training and induction to disseminate its Strategic Plan and Operation Plan.
- Provide technical assistance and support to ARCS in defining or streamlining roles and functions to implement its Strategic Plan and Operation Plan as well as approaches to follow-up with their implementation and revision accordingly.
- Provide oversight and support to ARCS in implementing its NSD initiatives – including but not limited to Branch Development, Digital Transformation, Finance Development, HR development, Leadership Development, Logistics Development, Quality and Accountability, sustainability of flagship services, and Volunteering and Youth Development – as defined by various working groups of the National Society and endorsed by the leadership.
- Coordinate and integrate NSD support provided by various Movement and non-movement actors in close collaboration with the ICRC Cooperation Coordinator, ensuring that such support is aligned with the ARCS NSD priorities, existing Membership and Movement and coordination mechanism (wherever applicable), and contributing to the ongoing transformation process of the National Society in a manner which avoids fragmentation of support.
- University degree or equivalent qualifying experience in a relevant field
- Background in non-profit management or consulting such as on Organizational Capacity Assessment and Certification (OCAC) & Branch Organizational Capacity Assessment (BOCA)
- Basic Delegates Training Course (BTC), IMPACT, WORC, or equivalent knowledge
- At least 5 years of relevant professional experience, including in NSD, in the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
- Experience in local capacity building, volunteer management, and/or community development in cross-cultural and diversity-sensitive environments
- At least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience in progressive career development and growth, working in the RC/RC Movement
- Experience in management at the senior level or in consulting and facilitating organizational transformation in a National Society
- At least 3-5 years experience in mentoring, coaching, and managing staff
- Experience in systems thinking and facilitating or coordinating cross-departmental/sectoral collaboration in the change process
- Experience in supporting National Society leadership to identify, manage and mitigate organizational risk, and setting and implementing change strategy/process.
- Experience in facilitating and setting coordination approaches among multiple organizations
- Extensive experience in writing plans, proposals, and narrative reports
- Field experience in high-risk and/or fragile context(s)