Netherlands: Team Leader and Project Manager

Organization: Netherlands Red Cross
Country: Netherlands
Closing date: 19 Feb 2017

The Netherlands Red Cross helps to strengthen resilience of vulnerable people exposed to hazards and crisis situations and we respond to disasters and conflicts to save lives and alleviate suffering. In the Netherlands we do this with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally through technical assistance, supplies and financial aid. Together we act before, during and after natural and man-made disasters to meet the needs and to improve the lives of vulnerable people.

We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles guide our humanitarian work: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

510 is a self-organizing data innovation initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross. Our vision is that smart use of (big) data will help towards faster and more (cost) effective humanitarian aid at a global level. Contributing to open data, data analyses and capacity building in governments and NGOs are essential to increase the understanding of humanitarian data. We want to shape the future of humanitarian aid by converting data into understanding, and to put it in the hands of humanitarian relief workers, decision makers and people affected, so that they can better prepare for and cope with disasters and crises.

510 has opened a vacancy for a:

Team leader and Project Manager

(The Hague, 32-40 hours p/w)

Purpose of the position

To ensure that the vision and mission of 510 are translated into innovation projects by leading a diverse team of data experts in successfully implementing these projects. The Humanitarian Data Team Lead will ensure that 510 is adequately sourced with volunteers, students and staff to accomplish its goal and is responsible for the daily management of the team. This person also actively participates and contributes to the 510 projects. This position reports to the Strategic Lead – 510 initiative.


The 510 initiative was established early 2016 and has grown since into a team of 26 core and project staff, graduates, students, trainees and volunteer data experts with diverse backgrounds. The team is developing data and digital solutions for both international and domestic humanitarian aid. Our main results are published on

510 works together with all departments of the Netherlands Red Cross, as well as with different teams in the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), other Red Cross National Societies, Universities in The Netherlands and abroad, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), national governments and through the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI) with other NGOs and businesses.

Most work of 510 is project based. The team lead will lead team members who work on projects on their own, or in small teams. The team lead will also participate in projects.

We work in virtual teams using a fully digital collaboration environment, which enables us to bridge time differences and physical distances and to continuously work together on some of the most difficult humanitarian challenges. However, we also greatly value the opportunity to work together in a face-to-face setting, which is possible in our office in The Hague.

We invite data literate, bright and creative people, with a hands-on mentality and technical skills to join our team. All our team members should be highly self-motivated to improve the way humanitarian aid is delivered.


Team leadership responsibilities

§ Lead and manage a cohesive, multi-disciplinary team of staff, graduates, students and volunteer data experts. Recruit and guide new volunteers, graduates and trainees when needed.

§ Motivating the team, getting the best out of everyone.

§ Evaluate progress with each team member on a regular basis, and organize a team retreat twice a year.

§ Contribute to the further development and dissemination of the 510 vision and mission.

§ Identify humanitarian challenges and opportunities for 510 by engaging with internal and external stakeholders, in meetings and working groups.

Technical project management responsibilities

§ Provide technical leadership in the relevant areas of some of the projects that are not yet at the scale for which a project manager can be recruited.

§ Proactively informing clients about the status of their projects

§ Contribute to data projects where your own technical skills and competencies are of value.

§ Perform and oversee administrative tasks, such as handling invoices and contract handling.

Stakeholder management

§ Develop and maintain good relationships with internal and external stakeholders or clients with whom we partner, or for whom we are implementing projects.

§ Promote team achievements, both internally and externally, by co-writing blog posts and a newsletter, publishing on social media and reaching out to our partners in person.

§ Lead – and support in – writing proposals for donors or other parties who wish to collaborate with us.

Profile candidate



§ A University degree in preferably science, technology, engineering or mathematics (e.g. computer science, econometrics, artificial intelligence, (applied) mathematics, (applied) physics, astronomy, technology management),

§ Track record showing the capacity to use data to improve processes, operations and decision-making.

§ Living in – or willing to move to – the Netherlands (on own expenses).

Skills and experience***


§ At least 3 years of professional experience in a managerial role for 10+ team members.

§ Demonstrable interest in humanitarian aid

§ Experience in bridging the gap between end users in an organization and a team of technical experts from different disciplines

§ Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor

§ Experience in building and managing relationships with internal and external partners.

§ Experience in developing and leading a multicultural and multi-disciplinary team.

§ Tact, discretion, and the ability to work harmoniously in a team.

§ Demonstrable experience in project management and in the development of project proposals.

§ Experience in financial management and budgeting up to at least € 100.000.

§ Excellent command of the Dutch and English language (written and verbally).


§ Work experience in an international development or humanitarian setting.

§ Working level French

§ In depth experience in any of the following subject matters: data analysis, data visualization, machine learning, data literacy, or programming.


§ Committed to customer excellence.

§ Flexibility and ability to work under pressure.

§ Self confidence

§ Strong listening and feedback skills

§ Being able to communicate clearly and concisely (written and verbally)

§ Being trustworthy.

We offer

§ A full time appointment (based on 32-40-hour work week) for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance.

§ A flexible and human centred working environment in an international environment with a variety of international organizations.

§ Well balanced employment conditions with space for initiative and development.

Remuneration: the salary scale level is set at 12 as mentioned in the CAO, depending on education level and experience. (min. € 3,581.35until max. € 4,778.76 gross per month on the basis of full time employment)

How to apply:

Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to Annemieke van Teeffelen before 19 February 2017 using

For more information about the position, you can contact Maarten van der Veen at

An initial assessment of candidates short-listed is part of the selection procedure.

For more information of the work of the Netherlands Red Cross please go to and NLRC on Facebook: and Twitter: For more information on 510. Visit , and

Acquisition for this vacancy will not be appreciated

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