The purpose of this position is to lead a team composed of different functions which have overall responsibility for Humanitarian Diplomacy, Regional Liaison Support and the Communications. The position is responsible for overseeing different positioning initiatives and coordinating external relations of the Regional Director’s Office as well as the implementation of IFRC’s Humanitarian Diplomacy agenda in the region. The position is responsible for managing Communications, Risk Management and Executive Support. Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Regional Director, this position ensures that IFRC engages and influences key stakeholder through various forums and events, engagement with the diplomatic community, governments, and international organizations and humanitarian diplomacy initiatives with the aim of advancing the IFRC agenda and better positioning the IFRC in the humanitarian field.
The role also includes communications with staff, National Societies, and a wide range of external stakeholders.
As required, the Regional Director will directly engage on certain files such as communications and/or risk management as necessary.
Provide strategic direction focusing on internal and external stakeholder engagement in support of humanitarian diplomacy goals.
In close liaison with communication and technical leads, facilitate the production of analytical pieces, briefs, or reports to support effective advocacy.
Collaborate with, and leverage support from, internal and external partners to support the development of innovative approaches and initiatives that build advocacy expertise and enable collective strategic positioning within the IFRC network.
External Relations and Events:
Ensure thorough preparation and coordination of external relations and events.
Coordinate the preparation and content development of supporting documentation for strategic meetings.
Engagement with the Diplomatic Community, Governments, and International Organizations:
Ensure the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the Regional Director’s strategic outgoing correspondence by coordinating with relevant internal stakeholders, providing analysis on political and humanitarian issues and compounding contexts and stakeholders as well as finalizing supporting documentation.
Proactively identify opportunities for engagement with the diplomatic community, governments, and International Organizations and ensures effective follow-up as appropriate.
Manage the provision of strategic risk management to the Regional Director.
Ensure the successful implementation of the IFRC’s Risk Management Policy / Framework by ensuring its’ operationalization across country and regional teams.
Manage the successful embedment of risk management into day-to-day tools, processes and policies.
Lead the analysis, collation and dissemination of salient information and advice pertaining to the management of risks facing IFRC in the region.
Ensure informed decision making based on tracking, assessment, mitigation, escalation, and reporting of operational risks faced by IFRC and its stakeholders in the region.
Provide proactive solutions to existing risk management issues.
Duties and Responsibilities (continued):
Convening of Humanitarian Diplomacy Forums and Capacity Building:
Serve as a trusted adviser in positioning IFRC appropriately in the humanitarian diplomacy space and liaises closely with key internal and external stakeholders to support the Regional Director in the advancement of the Federation´s Humanitarian Diplomacy agenda in the region.
Lead the planning, coordination, and management of the regional conference.
Identify key decision-makers, power centres and policy opportunities to develop engagement plans to strategically position the IFRC within the Region.
Prepare, coordinate, and promote policy position papers and briefs on relevant topics and ensure their implementation.
Establish a clear HD strategy for the region, taking in to account the challenges outlined in the Strategy 2030.
Facilitate support to and engagement of National Societies in enhancing their auxiliary role and national positioning as well as in contributing to regional and global humanitarian diplomacy goals.
Ensure proactive and effective coordination both internally and externally with a wide range of stakeholders, including the Movement, on humanitarian diplomacy and communications issues to further the IFRC agenda.
Manage high level PNS coordination, including mapping and alinement of regional strategies with IFRC planning.
Proactively coordinate with technical counterparts for each portfolio covered within the teams’ responsibilities.
Regional Liaison Support:
Ensure the effective planning and management of strategic forums and relationship development with key external stakeholders.
Ensure smooth strategic and administrative support to both the Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director.
Responsible for identifying risks within their work area, monitoring the development of the risks, and implementing risk responses or escalating to the Director when necessary.
Effective Matrix and People Management:
Ensure a well-managed team while promoting a culture of performance and continuous learning.
Contribute to the effective coordination with the technical units of the Regional Office, country/cluster offices and PNSs.
Ensure effective coordination with focal points from Country Delegations, Country Cluster Delegations and Geneva.
Work actively towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals.
Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles.
Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager.
Master´s degree or equivalent in management, public administration, business administration, international relations, law, or other relevant field of study; or a first-level university degree combined with extensive relevant experience. - Required
Qualification or certification in project management or risk management qualification such as IRM. - Preferred
At least 7 years of experience in Humanitarian Diplomacy in the humanitarian sector or similar. - Required
At least 7 years of experience managing staff. - Required
At least 5 years of experience working on risk management in an international environment. - Required
Strong experience working in a multicultural and cross-disciplinary environment. - Required
Experience in providing front office support. - Preferred
Experience in managing external relations with International Organizations, diplomatic missions and other key actors. - Preferred
Red Cross / Red Crescent experience. - Preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Languages
Highly developed leadership skills. - Required
Professional credibility, strong analytical skills, and ability to work at various levels of complexity. - Required
Excellent communication, networking, and representation skills. - Required
Proven ability to motivate and manage a team. - Required
Strategic analysis, systematic planning, and implementation skills. - Required
Excellent collaborative and teamwork skills. - Required
Highly organized and results oriented. - Required
Strong interpersonal and influencing skills and ability to negotiate while maintaining effective working relations. - Required
Risk Management. - Required
Fluent spoken and written English. - Required
Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish, or Arabic).