The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Job Vacancies [2 Positions]

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19 Jun, 2018

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NGO Jobs in Nigeria

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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Health Program Assistant (Maternity Cover)
Vacancy No: IFRC02333
Location: Abuja
Duration: 4 months
Category of Staff: Temporary staff
Grade: To be determined

Organizational Context

  • The Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is organized into four Business groups in Geneva and five Business Groups in the field, namely the Regional Offices for Africa, Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • The Africa Regional Business Group is organized through cluster offices covering the National Societies in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, West Coast, Sahel and Central Africa as well as country offices in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Somalia. The IFRC, in its commitment to build strong National Societies (NS) and to support scaling up of National Societies’ services to the most vulnerable populations, is established in Nigeria since 2013
  • The NS/IFRC carried out several needs and capacity assessment in the last months. As a result of the deteriorating situation, an Emergency Plan of Action (EPOA) was done. This EPoA would target a total more than 300.000 people most in need of urgent assistance, specially IDPs and returnees in the NE States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe to be assisted with food, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, resilience building, community health services (primary health), psychosocial support (PSS), livelihoods as well as cash transfers
  • This plan of action is expected to be implemented until the end of 2018. The IFRC EPoA to support the Nigerian RC, is part of One International Appeal, issued by ICRC.

Job Purpose
Reporting to the Health Delegate, the Health programmes assistant will:

  • Assist in the follow up of the management of programme implementation in the operational area
  • Assist in close collaboration with the National Societies to ensure close and appropriate linkages between the health team and the branches;
  • Provide the data management services for the operation.
  • Provide administrative support in the timely and smooth implementation of the tasks and responsibilities linked to the health plan and priorities.
  • Provide comprehensive administrative and technical support to the health team and to all the programmes.
  • Assist to support the operational team in the translation and dissemination of their needs within the communities.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
Administrative Support:

  • Accountable for providing professional administrative expertise and support.
  • Support the health team in the organization of meetings internally or externally: Planning and events, issuing and preparing invitations and requests for meetings.
  • Collect, compiles, tracks and anticipates the necessary documentation and files containing briefings and information for meetings, events and mission travel and ensures the required clearances.
  • Attend meetings and prepares meeting notes, meeting reports (syntheses, summaries, agreements and action points for follow-up), upon request identify meeting content.
  • Keep the various operational file holders informed of requests and upcoming commitments and deadlines.
  • Perform other administration duties as assigned by the health team at the field level.


  • Conduct research on various ad hoc projects.
  • Support to the program activities during the assessments to be carried out.
  • Supports the team in the daily program activities and provide assistance to compile any financial report.


  • Provide support in drafting, editing and preparing presentations, correspondence and other communications when required.
  • Support knowledge management systems and file.
  • Maintain a central filing system for the operational team coordinate with archives and records ensuring all key documents are accessible and appropriately archived for all health-related programmes.
  • Manage the health team office inventory stocks and archives in collaboration with the Logistics delegate
  • In close collaboration with the health team, develop and maintain up-to-date mailing lists, contact lists for internal and external stakeholders for health-related matters.


  • Relevant University Degree in Health Management, Public Health or other related fields
  • Administrative or Secretarial Diploma


  • A Minimum of 2 years’ experience in Health Programmes management
  • A Minimum of 2 years’ professional experience working with local or international non- governmental organization
  • Experience of writing report
  • Experience of working with National Societies
  • Basic secretarial skills

Knowledge, Skills and Languages:

  • Ability to identify and handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Good negotiation skills, good judgment and maturity
  • Good knowledge of the operational context and area
  • Flexibility and ability to travel in the operation’s areas
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Self-supporting in computers
  • Very good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Motivated, self-starter personality, sense of responsibility and organization skills
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure, and prioritize workload in order to meet tight deadlines

Competencies and Values:

  • Judgement-Decision-making
  • Results focus and accountability.
  • National Society relations
  • Communication – Teamwork
  • Professionalism – Integrity – Diversity

Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply

Application Deadline 21st June, 2018.


Job Title: Head of Country Cluster, West Coast
Vacancy No: REST_HR00037
Location: Abuja
Duration: 2 years
Category of Staff: Delegate
Grade: F1

Organizational Context

  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC or “the Federation”) is the World’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organization established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
  • It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.
  • Part of the Africa Region, the West Coast Cluster facilitates sub-regional cooperation through relevant countries in the West Coast and provides direct support to Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast. The Office may also host technical resources which can be available for the sub-region and beyond. The cluster office will promote country centered longer-term programming, provide a platform for sub-regional cooperation and learning, provide technical support in countries lacking the technical capacities, and manage the performance of the secretariat staff in the countries in its responsibility.

Job Purpose

  • As the senior representative of IFRC in the cluster, and the business manager for the countries covered by the office The Head of Country Cluster (West Coast) is accountable for developing the Secretariat’s support strategy for National Societies within the cluster, under the guidance and leadership of the Regional Director. The Head of Cluster represents the IFRC and its members in relevant countries, and leads Federation support to the corresponding National Societies.
  • To be successful in the role, the incumbent will have an active diplomatic presence, with a focus on National Society internal development and leadership, to ensure coordination among Movement and non-Movement partners to support programs, and grow the resource base of the National Societies and the Secretariat..
  • Partnership development includes support to National Societies in optimising its auxiliary role to the government, identifying and cultivating new domestic and international relationships and being an assertive and active advocate for each National Society and the Movement in general.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
Strengthening National Societies:

  • Lead the team to organise and manage the support to National Societies, ensuring good relationships are built and maintained, and that the needs and concerns of the National Societies involved in these countries are well understood. Provide support to the National Societies to
  • Ensure that programming in support of National Societies core programs is properly planned, managed, and monitored and that capacity building opportunities are fully exploited. Ensure the appropriate evaluation of Federation programs is properly undertaken, and that lessons are effectively shared.
  • Lead resource mobilisation for the Federation Secretariat and National Society programmes in these countries for the sub-region and for global activities of the Federation and the National Societies;

Planning and coordination:

  • Ensure alignment with IFRC plans, strategies, structures and key initiatives of IFRC in Africa.
  • Facilitate cooperation and coordination in all programmes and operations between the host NSs, participating NSs and ICRC to ensure the most effective mobilisation and utilisation of resources across the region;
  • Build effective cooperation and partnerships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders in government, civil society, academia, Regional and continental bodies e.g. ECOWAS and the private sector.
  • Represent effectively and appropriately the IFRC in the sub regional arena as well as at country level. In Coordination with Regional Humanitarian Diplomacy (HD) and Partnerships team, support the NS to develop concrete HD and Partnerships initiatives.
  • Ensure that Federation policies, procedures, guidelines and quality standards are known and complied with;

Support global IFRC initiatives
Work with National Societiess and Governments, particularly in Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast to build global alliances and develop interest and support for the global work of the IFRC
Support the conclusion and implementation of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) for international humanitarian and development cooperation with these Governments and National Societies.
Support and lead global partnerships with Governments and institutions in these countries, in close consultation with the concerned National Societies.
Support National Societies efforts to develop innovative solutions to empowering and attracting youth members and developing tools for effective volunteer management.
Develop effective humanitarian diplomacy in the sub-region:

  • Monitor and analyse political, economic and social trends in these countries as they affect the work of the IFRC for planning purposes and for keeping the Federation Secretariat and partners informed.
  • Support and represent the Director of Africa Region as delegated and keep him/her informed of relevant developments related to changing humanitarian or operating context, building partnerships, relationship management and humanitarian diplomacy initiatives.
  • Take the lead in the planning and implementation of policy objectives for advocacy, communications and external relations activities for these countries in line with Federation global policies and priorities;
  • Provide assistance to National Societies to develop effective humanitarian diplomacy, communications and external relations, ensure that these build on and promote Federation priorities;
  • Assist National Societies to develop effective advocacy, communications and external relations and support the implementation of policy objectives for advocacy in line with Federation`s global priorities, based on good relations with the national authorities, international organizations, donor governments and other organizations represented in the country as well as national and international media with the approval of the Somali Red Crescent Society.
  • Raise funds in support of Federation Appeals and activities and for NS programmes in close coordination with the Africa Regional Office.
  • Ensure effective cooperation with ICRC in representation and advocacy work.

Respond appropriately to disasters:

  • Provide effective support, including technical advice, to ensure that appropriate disaster preparedness and response mechanisms are established in each National Society, both to facilitate effective disaster response and to build on and strengthen National Society capacities in this area;
  • Ensure that national resources from these countries are made available rapidly and efficiently to support Federation disaster response;
  • Work with the Regional Disaster Management Unit on the management of international appeals and international response coordination where and when appropriate.

Finance and Risk Management:

  • Ensure sound financial management of the Secretariat`s programming in these countries, including ensuring effective budget planning is in place, and that programmes operate within approved budgets.
  • Ensure grant compliance, reporting, procurement and implementation is consistent with partner expectations and agreements, Federation and National Society rules and regulations and generally accepted accounting standards.


  • Ensure that risk of harm to staff and Secretariat property are minimised at all times;
  • Ensure the preparation, dissemination and enforcement of specific security rules and regulations;
  • Ensure specific plans for emergency evacuations of staff including medical evacuation. (Where appropriate consult and include ICRC).


  • Post graduate (i.e. Master’s or PhD Degree or equivalent) in Social Sciences/Development Studies, Strategic/Programme Management, Management Studies or other relevant discipline
  • IMPACT course or equivalent knowledge


  • Minimum of 10 years work experience in humanitarian operations for a humanitarian aid organisation and or development cooperation organisation, 5 of which should be at senior management level
  • 5 years of work experience including management in a red Cross/Red Crescent National Society, IFRC or ICRC, or a relevant international organization
  • 5 years’ experience of analysing, planning and managing programmes and resources and resource mobilisation
  • 5 years’ experience with diplomatic engagement and representative to donors and partners.
  • Proven record of security regulations implementation and updates
  • Proven experience of working in the region

Knowledge, skills and languages:

  • An advanced level of English is required for this position. A good level of French is also required.
  • Competencies and values
  • 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

Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply

Application Deadline 28th June, 2018.

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