Canada: National Society Development Advisor

Organization: Canadian Red Cross
Country: Canada
Closing date: 15 Jan 2017

POSITION: National Society Development Advisor

DURATION: 12 months

DEPARTMENT: IO – Global Programs


Do you want to make a difference? Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society (CRCS), a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking a National Society Development Advisor.

Reporting to the Senior Manager Advisors, Global Programs, the National Society Development (NSD) Advisor is responsible for developing, promoting and supporting an effective approach for supporting National Societies and their organizational development and capacity strengthening priorities. Particular focus will be placed on supporting the Resource Mobilization capacity strengthening efforts of sister National Societies with reference to relevant frameworks within the RCRC Movement, the CRC and external sources and framed by International Operations (IO) Strategy 2020 (S2020) to deliver in the Last Mile.

The National Society Development Advisor contributes towards the mandate of the Global Programs: Provides technical support for the delivery of programs and services to people and communities within the context of S2020 in four regions: Asia, Africa, Americas and Middle East, North Africa (MENA). The NSD Advisor manages and grow partnerships and relationships with their technical counterparts within the RCRC Movement, National Societies and relevant stakeholders.

The National Society Development Advisor works as a collaborative member of relevant standing working groups(s) as agreed with the Senior Manager, Advisors and/or the Director Global Programs and actively participates in successful implementation of the IO Strategy 2020.The National Society Development Advisor will contribute to the success of the matrix model, agility of the organization, delivering against the One Red Cross vision and interoperability, implement innovations/learning within programs.


Support to National Society Capacity Strengthening

· Ensures best practices and standards for effective collaborations with National Society partners in relation to Resource Mobilization capacity strengthening are reflected in practice (e.g. principles of effective resource mobilization in low income and fragile contexts, organizational development, capacity building).

· Based on the above best practices and standards:

o Provides technical support and quality assurance for assessments, project design, and monitoring and evaluation of projects from the perspective of Resource Mobilization capacity strengthening.

o Provides, adapts or develop tools for assessments, program design, monitoring and evaluation of programs from the perspective of Resource Mobilization capacity strengthening.

o Ensures close collaborations with CRCS Fund Development and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for implementation of capacity building initiatives within programs.


· Supports National Society partners to identify their capacity strengthening priorities.

· Defines and promotes best practice and standards for effective collaborations with National Society partners in relation to humanitarian action, and in support of their development.

· Monitors trends and developments on issues relating to partnership, organisational development and capacity building within the Movement and the broader humanitarian sector.

· Ensures that shifts in knowledge on issues relating to partnerships, organizational development and capacity building are reflected in CRCS strategies, policies, guidelines and practice.

· Facilitates continuous learning within CRCS through collection and dissemination of lessons learnt and best practice, and development and delivery of relevant training and mentoring.

· Engages with Movement counterparts and “thought leaders” such as academics, INGOs, the UN and sector networks to inform joint learning and continuous improvement.

· Explores possible solutions, provides quality technical support to a wide range of counterparts, and develops recommendations for approval. The incumbent has no direct supervisory responsibility and no program management responsibility.

Supports an effective team

· Develops and maintains membership in the functional department, Global Programs, and designated project teams. Collaborates to fulfill the agreed objectives, needs and expectations. Fosters team work through a professional exchange of experiences and expertise that can be transferred to other areas of work. Ensures sharing and dissemination of services related materials to all concerned actors.

· Provides back-up to colleagues as required.

· Mentors colleagues on sourcing processes and systems for back up purposes.

· Follows all CRC’s policies and procedures required to maintain a healthy and safe working environment.

· Integrates volunteer resources within the scope of responsibilities, as required.

· Participates in disaster planning, preparation and response, as required.

· Contributes to a healthy and safe working environment.


Education and experience

· Degree or similar professional qualifications in Fundraising, Business, Organizational Development, Management, Public Administration, International Development, or a related field.

· 5-8 years related experience including significant time working in low-income and fragile country contexts.

· Demonstrated experience in developing tools and processes, providing technical support and quality assurance, and facilitating learning.

· Experience in humanitarian aid and / or international development is desired;

· Excellent skills and extensive experience in developing and managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders.


· Highly developed understanding of methodologies and approaches for fundraising, organizational change management, and institutional capacity building.

· Demonstrated knowledge of results based management and participatory program planning, monitoring and evaluation methodologies.

Skills and Attributes

· Strong communication skills in English & Spanish are essential. Fluency in French is an asset

· Highly skilled at advising, coaching, and facilitating.

· Familiarity with donor agency requirements, especially Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

· Resilience and adaptability to changing circumstances and an evolving environment.

· Commitment to the Principles of the Red Cross Movement.


· The majority of the work is performed in a clean and comfortable environment.

· May include long to moderate hours sitting and using computers and office equipment.

· May be required to some light lifting of supplies and materials from time to time up to 20kg (or another weight).

· Ability to work non-traditional hours on short notice.

· Ability to work in stressful and often ambiguous conditions.

· This position may require domestic or overseas travel to attend conferences, workshops and meetings as required.

· If required, and eligible, periodic travel to country operations may be required (total may amount to 50%). Field missions can involve working in environments that are unstable and with unpredictable access to basic services in emergency contexts and requiring very strict adherence to security regulations.

· Must be able to be Medical Cleared for travel in accordance with established CRC Medical criteria in positions where travel will be required.

How to apply:

Interested parties may submit their application by applying on the Canadian Red Cross Online Career Website by midnight EST on January 15, 2017.

Please note that there is no relocation package for this position.

This position requires a successful Canadian criminal record, vulnerable sector and reference check. The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.

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