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  • Posted: May 21, 2024
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    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian and development network, with millions of volunteers in 190 member National Societies. We are guided by Strategy 2020 - our collective plan of action to tackle the major humanitarian and development challenges of the present decade. We wil...
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    Executive Assistant (Bilingual)

    Job Purpose

    • Reporting to the Senior Executive Officer the Bilingual Executive Assistant will perform day to day administrative and programmatic support that may be necessary for the efficient running of the Africa Regional Office. The executive assistant will handle a wide range of contacts with stake holders including national societies, ICRC, Government departments and the international donor community.

    Job Duties And Responsibilities
    Administration

    • Managing the day-to-day operational and administrative activities of the Regional Director by prioritizing incoming requests, maintaining the Director’s diary, paperwork, and following up to ensure timely responses.
    • Review all outgoing correspondence prepared for the director’s edit as appropriate to ensure correct spelling, grammar, and formatting style in addition draft standard administrative correspondence.
    • Schedule briefings and debriefing of secretariat, PNSs and ICRC representative with relevant regional departments and National Societies (NSs) as appropriate.
    • Maintaining an in-depth knowledge of the regional operations, responding and / or re-routing general requests for information, screening correspondence, issuing acknowledgements, replying to enquiries as appropriate and drafting correspondence on behalf of the director.
    • Maintaining office supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level, anticipating needed supplies and placing and expediting orders.
    • Following up on actions required by the director, filing documents and maintaining the relevant files.
    • Take minutes of staff meetings and any other meetings as may be requested by the line manager.
    • Provide secretarial support to the regional office.
    • Prepare and maintain a contact list for critical groups and stakeholders of the Africa Regional Office.
    • Create and maintain a yearly event matrix.
    • Reconcile and allocate working advances for the Director. Follow up with finance to ensure working advance has been cleared.

    Information Management

    • Manage the information flow of the Director’s Office, Geneva, Regional and Country Offices, National Societies, and ICRC.
    • Ensure timely and accurate transmission of information and follow-up to ensure feedback is provided, necessary action is taken, and deadlines met.
    • Identify and handle confidential / sensitive material professionally while protecting the interest of the federation and the Africa Region.
    • Organize and maintain efficient information storage and retrieval systems that guarantee the correctness and integrity of records as well as ease of cross referencing with well-defined levels of access.
    • Consolidate relevant reports for the Regional Director in consultation with the Regional Unit Heads and Heads of Delegations in Africa.
    • French and English translation of official correspondence, and simultaneous interpretation support during verbal dialogue. The role shall include procuring external service provides when extended translation support is required.

    Job Duties And Responsibilities (continued)
    Calendar and Events Management

    • Coordinating administrative and logistical arrangements for visitors, including arranging appointments for the regional director, compiling, and providing information or relevant materials required and updating information regarding the regional director’s planned travel and meetings.
    • Making necessary arrangements for regional meetings, workshops, and conferences-arranging for venues, booking rooms, drafting, and sharing agendas, compiling, and distributing background documentation.
    • Demonstrating flexibility in undertaking special assignments e.g., events, and other activities as assigned. Contributing to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
    • Organize/Coordinate events such as retreats, off site meetings and official events ensuring that the required logistics are provided for by administration and logistics unit.

    Travel Management

    • Working closely with the travel unit in organizing the Director’s calendar and the regional visitors’ local and international travel by providing timely information; contacting hosts and arranging hotel accommodation and airport transfers; preparing documents related to travel.
    • Visa application to be done on time and ensure efficient follow-up.
    • Prepare meeting pack with relevant documentation including ticket, letter of invitation, accommodation booking and security regulations.
    • Share travel information with relevant people in host countries.

    Duties applicable to all staff

    • Actively work 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.

    Education

    • University degree in relevant field. Required.

    Experience

    • 3-5 years of relevant experience. Required.
    • Experience in workshop planning and organization. Required.
    • Experience in an administrative/coordination role. Required.
    • Experience in managing workflow. Required.

    Knowledge, Skills and Languages

    • Excellent computer skills. (e.g., Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat). Required.
    • Experience in office management principles and procedures. Required.
    • Experience in problem identification and solution. Required.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Required.
    • Discrete and diplomatic behaviour. Required.
    • Knowledge and commitment to Red Cross Red Crescent Fundamental Principles, and ability to model those Principles in relationships with colleagues and partners and translate them to development practice. Required.
    • Fluency in both written and spoken English and French. Required.
    • Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic). Preferred.

    Competencies, Values and Comments

    • Core Competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust.
    • Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability.

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    Consultant - Food and Nutrition Resilience

    Job Purpose

    • The Program Coordinator will be the IFRC focal point responsible for supporting the effective and timely implementation of all tasks related to the development of the regional initiative. This will include overall quality assurance of all program documents, management of relationships and engagement with stakeholders, coordination, communication, mobilization of technical support, SPRM engagement, and any other support to senior leadership in key internal or external dialogues on the initiative.

    Job Duties And Responsibilities

    • Lead the review of country proposal packages and ensure they are complete and of a required quality, in cooperation with technical and country teams;
    • Prepare related program summaries and other documents for internal and external audiences, as per the need, and with support of relevant teams (technical, communications, etc.);
    • Design and lead implementation of the internal stakeholders’ engagement and coordination mechanisms – plan and convene regular review meetings and ensure clear and inclusive information sharing among all stakeholders;
    • Consolidate, communicate and follow up on the tasks of all work streams, thereby ensuring accountability, transparency and timely implementation;
    • In consultation with the senior leadership, plan, organize and take part in consultations with relevant external stakeholders (the NS, government representatives, the AU, external partners, donors);
    • Ensure sensitive and tactful management of the complex political dimension of the initiative both internally (secretariat and its membership) and externally (AU, government agencies).
    • Monitor progress and performance towards deliverables, identify risks and inform senior management of actions to be taken to mitigate risks.
    • Lead the preparations in terms of content and organization, and provide necessary support to the relevant governance bodies, by organizing and attending relevant meetings and overall enabling the group to take strategic decisions.
    • Ensure the IFRC leadership is kept abreast of the programme developments and milestones, enabling them to steer the overall direction of the programme and to provide critical decision making.
    • Ensure connection and cross-learning with other global or major initiatives within the IFRC network.
    • Undertake research and analysis as needed, to inform relevant decisions.
    • Systematically document progress of the initiative for continuity and future learning.
    • Carry out any other related task assigned by the senior management.

    Education

    • Degree in International Development, International Relations, or other relevant fields. Required.

    Experience

    • Minimum 10 years of experience in engaging in multilateral partnerships and resource development functions at a global level for a national/international organization. Required.
    • Experience in partnering with development banks (World Bank and regional ones), specialized funds, UN agencies, and large government donor agencies. Required.
    • Experience managing partner and resource development relations in a context of
    • humanitarian and/or development programmes. Required.

    Knowledge, Skills and Languages

    • Advanced knowledge of multilateral landscapes, priorities, policies, and financing instruments supporting development programmes and the attainment of the SDGs.
    • Demonstrated ability to negotiate funding agreements, and to navigate complex funding mechanisms.
    • Experience in communicating with high level partners and successfully navigating multilateral partner decision-making processes, funding instruments and requirements.
    • Outstanding networking, representational, communication and negotiation skills contributing to a client-focused culture.
    • Ability to be proactive and persuasive.
    • Ability to identify and articulate strategic issues, risks and priorities that need to be brought to the attention of senior management.
    • Proven ability to translate strategy into action.
    • Results-oriented and demand-driven individual; strategic thinker; entrepreneurial and hands on.
    • Track record in producing high quality work within short deadlines and ability to make effective, timely decisions.
    • Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multilingual, multidisciplinary environment.

    Competencies, Values and Comments

    • Core Competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust.
    • Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability.

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