Head of Delegation

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Benghazi, Libya

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th April, 2021

Job Description

Job Purpose

The role of the Head of Delegation (HoD) of the IFRC in Libya is a strategic support function with the National Society at the centre, including  volunteer management,  branch development, the development of support services in Planning Monitoring Evaluation Reporting (PMER), Logistics, Finance, Human Resources, IT, ER and other as prioritized by the LRCS.

The delegation also provides Membership Coordination and Movement Cooperation to reinforce the red pillar actions


Strengthening the local National Society (NS) to scale up delivery of humanitarian services and to advocate on behalf of vulnerable people

  • Establish and maintain close working relations with the leadership of the country National Society related to issues of NSD, programmatic directions, policy and overall cooperation and coordination with the IFRC.
  • Strengthen the local national society to continuously deliver efficient humanitarian services to vulnerable / affected, disaster / epidemic or as part of the project activities or development programs.
  • Understand the needs and concerns of the local NS and ensure at all times that IFRC provides relevant support and make stronger the support to Youth and volunteering and for the capacity of the national society to self-sustained essential services.
  • Ensure that Secretariat delivers and provides quality support to the NS and core programmes are properly planned, managed and monitored and that capacity building opportunities are fully exploited.
  • Ensure that evaluations of Federation supported programmes are carried out according to project/programme plans and that lessons are effectively shared.
  • Lead resource mobilization for the Federation Secretariat and NS programmes in the country and for global activities of the Federation and the NS.
  • Support and co-lead for effective membership coordination and engagement with external and UN global / regional RCRC forums as relevant.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Implementation of Strategy 2030 and Agenda for Renewal

  • Ensure effective and regular analysis on the humanitarian impact in Libya of the IFRC five global strategic priorities identified on the S2030 and work with LRCS on practical solutions to respond to the needs derive from those humanitarian challenges that are most relevant and impacting the country.
  • Facilitate the conditions to put in place the IFRC Agenda for renewal to enhance the IFRC Secretariat internal efficiencies and the provision of relevant support to LRCS priority transformations to realize and integrate into their plans the goals of S2030.
  • Ensure a regular support and monitoring mechanism to evaluate the progress of LRCS in the implementation of the National Society Regional Conference commitments.

Coordinate, cooperate, and form strategic partnerships

  • Oversee and co-lead effective membership coordination in the country to ensure greater efficiency in the collective financial and technical support of Partner National Societies operating in Libya. This will include greater compliance with Federation policies, procedures, guidelines and quality standards and coherent support aligned with the national society priorities.

Strengthen Movement Cooperation and Coordination (SMCC)

  • Facilitate cooperation and coordination in all programmes and operations between the host NS, PNS and ICRC to ensure the most effective mobilization and utilization of resources across the country.
  • Build effective partnerships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders in government, civil society, academia and the private sector to support the National Society strategic and operational plan and priorities.
  • Reinforce understanding, application and engagement of LRCS and Movement partners in Libya around Seville Agreement and its Supplementary measures and SMCC0.
  • Coordinate with the Regional Office to strengthen the strategic relations IFRC has with the National Society and on other relevant regional partners or initiatives that be promoted from Libya.

Support global IFRC initiatives

  • Working with the NS and local Government, to build global alliances and develop interest in and support to the global work of the IFRC aligned to S2030 and the outcomes of the National Society Regional Conference commitments.
  • Support the conclusion and implementation of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) for international humanitarian and development cooperation with the Government and the NS.
  • Support the leadership of the NS on global partnerships with the Government and other institutions in the country.
  • Lead and propose actions to ensure greater agility, efficiency and impact on all IFRC activities.

Develop effective humanitarian diplomacy

  • Monitor and analyze political, economic, social and humanitarian trends in the country for planning purposes and for keeping the Federation Secretariat and partners informed and using the information for decision making and the revision of plans together with the NS.
  • Engaged with the NS in the formulation of policy objectives for advocacy, communications and external relations for the country in line with Federation global priorities.
  • Represent IFRC at national events taking place in the country – also at meetings which are of global relevance.
  • Ensure effective cooperation with ICRC and IFRC membership in the country in representation and advocacy work.

Respond to disasters

  • Reinforce preparedness and readiness to respond to shocks; enhance community resilience including early warning, action and anticipation to mitigate risks from multi-hazards affecting the lives, the livelihoods and the living conditions of vulnerable communities and most disadvantages and hard to reach. Respond to all types of crises and disasters in the most effective and efficient way to save lives and put in place conditions for early recovery
  • Provide effective support to facilitate effective disaster response, coordinate with national response mechanism and build on and strengthen NS capacities in the country.
  • Ensure that national resources from the country are made available rapidly and efficiently to support Federation disaster response.
  • Work closely and in timely manner with the Regional Emergency and Crisis team, Health and care and all Senior Management teams, as required on the management of international appeals and international response coordination. Ensure effective membership coordination and effective application of SMCC 2.0 principles.
  • Management of Secretariat resources in the country


  • Ensure that an effective and relevant organizational structure is in place to support the National Society.
  • Manage and support all staff under his/her authority
  • Ensure the compliance with all established HR, Security, Finance, Administration, IT, Logistics, policies and procedures. And that national staff hired in country are employed in accordance with local laws and practices.
  • Implement the Federation Secretariat's gender and diversity policies.
  • Ensure dissemination and compliance of the Code of Conduct and policies and procedures for all Staff.
  • Ensure sound financial management of the Secretariat's programming in the country, that effective budget planning is in place, and that programmes operate within approved budgets.


  • Ensure the quality and timeliness of the reporting of the Federation Secretariat's programming.
  • Maintain regular management reporting to the Regional Director.
  • Ensure highest standards of accountability through preventive measures and firmed actions on issues raising concern of no compliance on integrity, reputation and transparency along with the IFRC policies and procedures.
  • Ensure sound risk management culture within the Delegation and in the support to the of LRCS digital transformation to advance on a common agenda to address greater accountability and institutional operational efficiencies.


  • Ensure all IFRC (and other RCRC) personnel, assets, and operations under IFRC responsibility are adequately protected under comprehensive and effective 24/7 security management, and that identified security risk are mitigated and much as possible, including regular trainings, coordination and advice with security sensitive situations.
  • Undertake security risk assessment of Federation operations according to the needs to ensure compliance with the Federation's Minimum-Security Requirements (MSR) and develop/update appropriate security plans and procedures in accordance with MSR. This includes Office, Residential and Site security coordination.
  • Monitor and analyze security, political and socio-economic situation, and identify security related trends and issues that affect the Federation and RC/RC Movement and establish and maintain coordination with external stakeholders and ensures country specific security briefings and debriefings as appropriated.


  • Post-graduate (i.e., Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences/development studies, strategic/programme management, management studies or other relevant discipline - Preferred
  • IMPACT course or equivalent knowledge - Preferred


  • 10+ years work experience in managing operations for a humanitarian aid organization and or development cooperation organization - Required
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience at a senior management level - Required
  • 5 years of work experience including management in a Red Cross/Red Crescent National Society, IFRC or ICRC - Required
  • 5 years’ experience of proven high-level communication skills backed by proven track record in programmes management - Required
  • Proven results-based experience on relationship management and resource mobilization - Required
  • Proven record of security regulations implementation - Required
  • Proven experience of working in the region - Preferred 
  • Proven experience in governance and leadership support - Required
  • Proven experience of acting in a representational role and maintaining donor and partner relations - Required

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Strong management and organizational skills, including ability to delegate authority and responsibility - Required
  • Good intercultural communication skills - Required
  • Ability to work in a cross cultural and cross functional environment - Required
  • Strong financial management skills - Required
  • Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office - Required
  • Excellent interpersonal negotiations skills, including ability to effectively communicate a vision, solve problems and manage conflict - Required
  • Proven people management skills in a multi-cultural environment and strong track record of developing people - Required
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake high-level representational and advocacy role
  • Drive change and improvements and ability to deliver strategies in a challenging environment - Required
  • Understanding of and commitment to the IFRC’s mission and values - Required
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity, and substantial experience of strategic thinking, including identifying, analyzing, problem solving and responding to opportunities and challenges and the ability to translate these into practical plans of action - Required
  • Fluently spoken and written English - Required
  • Good command of another IFRC official language (Arabic, French and/or Spanish) or language relevant in the region - Required


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