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Junior Delegate Home Repair St. Maarten

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Junior Delegate Home Repair St. Maarten

From07-06-2019 LocationSint Maarten Hoursna Educationna

We help 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 with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally through technical assistance, supplies and money. Together we act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and 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.

The International Assistance department is responsible for all Netherlands Red Cross international support for victims of disasters and conflicts and for vulnerable people exposed to hazards.

The Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) on Sint Maarten has opened a vacancy for a temporary Junior Delegate Home Repair.


Position title:     Junior Delegate Home Repair    

Duty station:     St. Maarten       

Time period:      2 months, longer term extension possible pending availability of donor funding

Starting Date:    1 July 2019

Status:                 Unaccompanied posting


Purpose of the position

The Junior Delegate Home Repair is expected to actively participate with the implementation of the Home Repair Project within the communities. The Junior Delegate Home Repair will assess the eligibility of a certain house, provide training on repairing a house hurricane resilient, provide on-sight technical advice and monitor the advancing of the repairs. In addition, the Junior Delegate Home Repair will advise and support the construction teams.



On September 6th, 2017 hurricane Irma, category 5, struck the island of Sint Maarten. Irma had a devastating impact on the island. Many buildings suffered extensive damage, leaving large parts of the populations without a safe roof to live under. As recommended in the shelter strategy report , the different levels of destruction and security of tenure  within the affected population requires a project approach that is practical, and addresses the sensitivities around, and the variety of, the tenure status of the affected population. Agreed with the government is the principle that the population will be as much as possible assisted within their own communities, and avoid as much as possible relocation in centralized mass sheltering solutions.

Following the devastating impacts hurricane IRMA, NLRC started to organize relief efforts, focusing on food and water distribution, as well as other distribution of non-food items. A team of approx. 70 people (volunteers and paid staff) has coordinated Red Cross efforts in the areas of WASH, Restoring Family Links, health, shelter, food, mapping of the most vulnerable area’s and conducting assessments. Early recovery focused on cash based assistance, home repair and school meal projects. Long term recovery will focus on three main pillars in 1) Safe & Healthy living, 2) Economic security, 3) Disaster risk reduction & response preparedness. According to the NLRC strategy the recovery program will focus on increasing the resilience of beneficiaries and focus on building back better to avoid or reduce future disaster impacts. This approach takes into account the adaptation to climate change and climate variability. Increased resilience focuses on the building blocks of increased capacity of people to anticipate, adapt, respond and transform.

As part of the early recovery efforts, the Netherlands Red Cross, in close cooperation with the authorities of Sint Maarten, developed a "Home repair program" to support the affected population with the recovery following the devastating impact of hurricane Irma on September 6th 2017. The overall goal of the "Home repair programme" is to support the most vulnerable households with the repair of the damages on roofs, windows and doors. The implementation modality is the owner driven approach, giving the control of the repair activities to the beneficiaries. With this owner driven approach, we aim to enhance the capacities and resilience of the families and communities. Informed by a damage assessment, the Red Cross will provide the required materials whilst the beneficiaries organises the repair activities, mobilising the required craftsmen. For families that have no means of organizing the repairs themselves, NLRC will provide for free a by NLRC trained construction team.


Position in the organization

The Junior Delegate Home Repair is part of the Home Repair project team, which includes several Junior Delegates, several Project Support Officers and the Home Repair Project Manager. The Junior Delegate Home Repair reports directly to the Home Repair Project Manager.

The Junior Delegate Home Repair will be working for the International Department of the Netherlands Red Cross and will be employed as a junior delegate based on Sint Maarten. The Junior Delegate falls under the security umbrella of the NLRC.

The Junior Delegate Home Repair will team up with the  Red Cross project staff to actively participate with the implementation and coordination of the Home Repair Programme within the communities. The Junior Delegate Home Repair will work closely with the community councils, the beneficiaries and will support NLRC trained construction teams and organize the related trainings- and sensitisation activities.     


Summary statement and responsibilities

  • Support improvement of communities' ability and technical skills to prioritize and implement collective action;
  • Implement the technical aspects of the application, verification and registration of beneficiaries for the house repair program, resulting in the identification of vulnerable families eligible for shelter assistance according to established selection criteria;
  • Support household focal point to develop accurate Bills of Quantities for house repair;
  • Closely coordinate with the relevant Project Support Officers during the verification phase and flag social frictions or issues with the social officer or the direct line manager;
  • Make detailed plans for community level infrastructure improvements;
  • Support and provide technical guidance to households and contractors before and during the house repair;
  • Ensure repairs are complying to technical guidelines and are of good quality;
  • Improve and adapt construction training curriculum when needed;
  • Support the construction trainings for builders and the establishment of construction teams to undertake the house repair for preselected households;
  • Undertake quality control of construction work implemented by these builder teams and make adjustments to the executed works when needed;
  • Coordinate and conduct community meetings, community action planning and trainings in selected topics (e.g. on hurricane resistant building, DRR, or prioritized community needs);
  • Promote humanitarian principles and key cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, environmental awareness and disaster risk reduction;
  • Promote and share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in the activities;
  • Help strengthen links with relevant ministries (VROMI mainly) of Government and shelter coordination bodies when relevant;
  • Line manage project assistants and when needed/ relevant, manage technical volunteers and/or CfW people;
  • Provide regular operational reports on activities, progress and achievements in the designated areas of responsibility.
  • Contribute to the various program processes such as refining plan of action, development of project proposals and evaluations;
  • Other to the job relevant tasks that may be assigned by the line manager and/ or Head of Mission.


Requirements/ Qualifications

The candidate should at least have:

  • A Degree/Masters in architecture or construction engineering (HBO/WO) or equivalent.
  • About 3 years of relevant experience in construction, preferably on site.
  • Completed the IFRC "Shelter Technical Training" (preferable).
  • Capacity to work with beneficiaries, community representatives and other stakeholders.
  • Experience in community participatory development and mobilisation skills (preferable).
  • Experience in project cycle management (preferable).
  • Due to the dynamics of the repair works, the candidate should be flexible and willing to work during weekends and early evenings if needed.


Key competencies

  • A good command of the English language both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of Spanish and French is an asset.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Preferable experience with or interested working in multicultural Caribbean context and willingness to work in post disaster settings is desirable.
  • Ability to coach/train others as well as be open to learning from others. Willingness to different opinions and learning.
  • Organized and able to respect timelines.
  • High degree of integrity, discretion, and personal conduct, as well as pro-active, a quick learner and flexible, with a pragmatic approach to problem solving.


We offer

  • An interesting role in an international working environment with the aim to help the vulnerable people of St. Maarten;
  • A full-time appointment (based on 40-hour work week) from 1 July 2019 until 31 August 2019, with the possibility of an extension up to 1 year pending availability of donor funding;
  • This is a delegate position in St Maarten.



Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to Rob Vugs before Thursday 20 June 2019 16:00 pm CET using our online application system via:

Due to the short timeframe of the vacancy, selection process will be ongoing throughout this period, and a candidate may be selected before the end-date of the vacancy. 

For more information please contact Yvonne Wilmer ywilmer@redcross.nl.


Acquisition for this vacancy will not be appreciated.

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