|Description||We help to reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen resilience by responding to disasters and crises and by supporting community and institutional risk reduction and preparedness. In the Netherlands with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally with the aid of specialists or by sending relief supplies or money. Together we act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people.
We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles guide our humanitarian work: humanity, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The International Assistance Department is looking for a Programs Coordination Delegate who will be based in Jacmel with frequent travels to La Vallée de Jacmel, Cotes de Fer, Les Cayes, Port au Prince and the other project sites.
Position title: Programs Coordination Delegate
Duty station: La Vallée de Jacmel, Haiti
Time period: 12 months with possibility of extension
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Status: Single posting, R&R
Place in the organisation
The Programs Coordination Delegate is a member of the Netherlands Red Cross Haiti delegation and reports to the Country Representative who is based in Port au Prince. The Programs Coordination Delegate will manage local teams working in different geographic locations and will coordinate.
Purpose of the position
The key purpose of this position is to ensure adequate operational capacity to provide high quality Resilience building programes to the target communities in Sud and Sud-Est departments Haiti. This is done in close coordination with his/her team and the colleagues in Port au Prince. The aim of NLRC is to build longer term Resilience programming in Haiti. The Community Resilience Delegate will be instrumental in the design of the Resilience Programs and the maintenance and enhancement of relationships with partners and (potential) donors.
The Netherlands Red Cross in Haiti
The Netherlands Red Cross has a long history in providing humanitarian aid in Haiti and dates back to the end of 1990s. The NLRC responded immediately to the January 2010 Earthquake: Assistance in cash, staff deployment and distribution of food and non-food items. In September 2010 an emergency-early recovery program started consisting of providing water and sanitation reducing the spread of water-borne disease in Jacmel and Leogane. Cholera response programme after the outbreak of October 2011 and three long-term programmes were implemented: DRR and Livelihoods, Capacity development of the Haitian Red Cross and HIV/Aids.
NLRC has opened a new sub-delegation in Sud Department in Les Cayes few days after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Serious needs were identified in food security, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, early recovery, shelter and non-food items distribution. Access to drinking water was limited and hygiene options and practices at lowest level, making the population vulnerable to diseases. Cholera cases increased and became of a serious concern. The NLRC focused its relief interventions in the Disaster Risk Response, WASH sector – water and hygiene promotion and livelihoods recovery.
In 2015, the Princess Margriet Fund, the Netherlands and the Haitian Red Cross started the implementation of the Resilience Framework through a series of disaster risk reduction interventions in the Sud-Est Department of Haiti. These included the building of check dams and tree/vegetable nurseries and natural restoration by replanting of indigenous plants via seedling distribution programs. Together these measures have immediately proven their value during the Hurricane Matthew of October 2016 when the communities living downstream the check dams built by the Netherland Red Cross recorded for the first time in many years the lack of flooding and no victims. However, various obstacles prevented scale. It is these obstacles that we would like to overcome with the 4R4R Approach.
Over more than two decades, the National Societies have collaborated in addressing acute needs of vulnerable people of Haiti through implementation of a wide-range programmes in the areas of primary health care, water and sanitation, food security and livelihoods support, climate change and community resilience, and local capacity building. The organizations, guided by the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement Fundamental Principles and in line with their strategies and mandates, work hand-in-hand to alleviate sufferings and strengthen capacities of the most vulnerable groups of the population in Haiti.
The Haitian Red Cross was founded May 29, 1932 and currently has 200 staff with 10,000 volunteers throughout the country. The HRC is recognized as an auxiliary body, well linked, for coordinating and collaborating purposes, to the government. HRCS and NLRC are currently implementing a number of programmes in the Southern Department.
About NLRC programming in Haiti
NLRC has been implementing a number of Community Resilience projects in Haiti over the last years. NLRC and Haitian Red Cross (HRC) were already partners before the 2010 earthquake. In the partnership Resilience Programming has been the key orientation. In 2014, Resilience projects have been implemented in the Department of Sud- Est in Grand Gosier, Cotes de Fer and Bainet. The projects were funded by DG ECHO, other Red Cross societies and the Prinses Margriet Fonds. Project activities focused on enhancing different elements that influence community resilience.
In October 2016, Haiti has been struck by Hurricane Matthew. The NLRC started directly to provide aid in department Sud, with a base in Les Cayes. The support includes Water Supply, Hygiene promotion and Livelihood recovery. This intervention takes place in coordination with other Red Cross actors. From May 2017, UNICEF has been funding additional WASH activities in the area.
Restoring Paradise Programme
In Haiti, the ecosystem degradation is so extreme that it is becoming the symbol of human dysfunctional relationship with nature and of the terrible consequences that this has on communities’ livelihood and socio-economic systems. The evidence of the scale of such catastrophic degradation can be seen on satellite imagery when confronted with the lush land of its neighbouring country, the Dominican Republic. In Haiti the link between ecosystem degradation and poverty is undeniable. The Netherlands Red Cross, as part of one of the biggest humanitarian network in the world, is trying to face this challenge by applying disaster risk reduction measures that target not only vulnerable communities but also their degraded ecosystems (Resilience Framework).
However, especially in heavily degraded areas, a major paradigm shift is needed to reach scale and real lasting impact on the ground. It is all the more clear that in order to really restore and re-green our planet it is essential to also “empower communities, optimize land use and nurturing nature, based on innovative approaches”. Land degradation is a problem that almost every country in the world is currently experiencing, and which cannot be solved by individuals alone. By supporting innovative organizations which share this belief, COmON Foundation is becoming the catalytic force behind the frontrunners who are trying to accelerate and scale the restoration of degraded ecosystems, for the sake of people and planet. COmON Foundation agreed to be the fuse of this paradigm shift in the humanitarian sector and will support the Netherlands Red Cross in kick starting a landscape restoration programme in Haiti to test and showcase a new approach, being the 4 Returns Approach by Commonland Foundation, integrated in the Resilience Framework by IFRC. This new combination will be called: 4 Returns 4 Resilience approach (4R4R approach) and will aim to serve as the new operating model within the Red Cross Movement. The Netherlands Red Cross will do this in partnership with the Haitian Red Cross and 4 Returns Partners, daughter company of Commonland Foundation.
In the 4R4R approach landscape restoration will be supported by business cases and will aim to create the conditions for vulnerable communities living in disaster prone areas to become more resilient to the negative effects of climate change such as extreme weather events. We will make sure that the 4R4R Approach is institutionalized by developing a showcase programme in Haiti (The Green Pearls Masterplan Programme) (seeing is believing), and through intensive lobbying of its effectiveness within the Red Cross Movement. This programme has started officially in April 2019.
By supporting this shift, NLRC will pave the path for:
Disaster Proof Schools programme
The South-East and South departments are prone to the effects of hurricanes. On average, every two years a hurricane is causing damage in Haiti. The heavy rainfall that comes with it causes flash floods with devastating impact on vulnerable houses, roads and other important infrastructure. Poverty often prevents people to invest in safe house construction.
In this context, public buildings are identified to be used as evacuation shelter before, during and after hazardous events. Often the public buildings are churches, schools or community halls. However, the current state of these buildings especially schools are unfit to serve as such. Hence, an insufficient amount of evacuation shelters are available especially in rural areas. With some small investment, schools can be made suitable for shelter.
Shelter plays an essential role in reducing vulnerability and building communities’ resilience. The NLRC has long experience supporting Haitian Red Cross in the areas of disaster preparedness and risk reduction, including safer schools that could eventually serve as shelter during emergencies, access to basic needs (like water and sanitation) and environmental awareness rising.
This project is not just considered as a matter of building a ‘shelter’ – but rather a ‘learning process’ whereby exposed people gain knowledge and get better prepared to face disasters, not only through improving protection in their own communities, but also engaging them to create a safe and secure environment. The ‘sheltering process’ is a continuum between humanitarian action and long term development, and must include other essential aspects, such as social & education services and responsible use of natural resources.
Please upload your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to Annemieke van Teeffelen by using our online application tool through the following link: https://werkenbij.rodekruis.nl/en/Vacancy/Details/145886/programs-coordination-delegate.html
The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. An initial assessment of candidates short-listed is part of the selection procedure. This is the second time this vacancy is published so the candidates who applied in the first round are encouraged not to apply again.
For more information about the position, you can contact Wassim Beaineh, Partnerships and Portfolio Coordinator by e-mail: WBeaineh@redcross.nl.
|Experience||0 to 3 years|
|Areas of activity||Crisis & Post-crisis management|
|Country||Latin america, Haiti|
|On-line application link||https://werkenbij.rodekruis.nl/en/Vacancy/Details/145886/programs-coordination-delegate.html|
|Advertisement expiration date||16/12/2019|