Lebanon: Regional Representative, Middle East & North Africa region

Organization: Norwegian Red Cross
Country: Lebanon
Closing date: 19 Feb 2017

The Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement is composed of 190 national societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It is the largest network of humanitarian actors in the world, with 100 million members and volunteers. The Red Cross in Norway has 130000 members and close to 30000 volunteers carrying out activities in 400 local branches.

Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross) is a member of the world wide Red Cross Movement working in the fields of relief and assistance and the development of sister Red Cross societies. Norwegian Red Cross has established regional- and country representations, to ensure proximity to key partner Red Cross / Red Crescent societies as well as donors and international partners.

We are now seeking a Regional Representative for Middle East & North Africa region to be based in Beirut, Lebanon.

The Regional Representative is the main responsible for NorCross engagement in the MENA region. He/she liaises with partners and stakeholders on an overall, strategic and operational level, supporting the Country Managers in their partner dialogue when necessary. The Regional Representative ensures the regional operationalization of the international strategy, and approves the country portfolios. The Regional Representative is the Team Leader of the regionally based field team, ensuring a good team relationship and a functional division of labor and tasks within the team. The Regional Representative is responsible for delivering annually on strategic and operational commitments and financial obligations.

The position reports to the Head of Programmes of Norwegian Red Cross, based in Oslo.

Main responsibilities

  • Actively participate in the extended management group. Lead regional strategic processes. Oversee, guide and support country specific security framework implementation
  • Ensure a functional division of tasks and efficient use of resources. Provide guidance and support to NorCross staff in the region. Enable the team’s participation and involvement in the thematic networks
  • Lead and oversee the recruitment processes for positions in the region
  • Oversee the development of the annual budget for the regional portfolio, including office budgets, in line with the overall budget process. Requests changes to approved budget to HQ when necessary
  • Approve applications and reports from the region according to given guidelines. Support reporting and application processes in the countries under his/her responsibility
  • Maintain communication vis-à-vis the Norwegian authorities and international donors, such as ECHO, and other relevant actors
  • Develop and maintain a good cooperation with NorCross partners in the region; NS, Federation and ICRC on an overall level
  • Be a spokesperson on behalf of NorCross towards media for the Region.
  • Participate actively in Disaster Task Force as per established procedures and travel to disaster-affected areas within the region upon need

Qualifications and Personal Skills we are looking for:

  • A Master degree in social or political science, extensive and relevant field experience can compensate for the lack of a relevant university degree
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience, minimum 5 years of leadership experience
  • Experience in conflict contexts. At least 5 years field experience in a humanitarian operation
  • Experience in strategy development/implementation, finance and risk management, people and performance management
  • In-depth knowledge in either Health, WASH or Organizational Change Management
  • Strong understanding of the socio-political situation of the region
  • Fluent written and oral English
  • Experience in working in the Middle East is an asset
  • Working proficiency in Arabic an asset
  • Advanced knowledge of Red Cross Movement an asset
  • NorCross requires that all delegates have a valid driver licence (class B1)

We offer:

  • A meaningful job in the world’s largest humanitarian organization
  • Valuable field experience
  • Salary/benefits according to the Norwegian

How to apply:

Please visit this link to submit your application

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