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Project Manager Home Repair Project

From01-11-2019 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 (NLRC) international support for victims of disasters and conflicts and for vulnerable people exposed to hazards. The International Assistance department has opened a vacancy for a Home Repair Project Manager to strengthen the Sint Maarten team and to head phase 2 of the home repair project, pending financing from the World Bank.

Position title:                   Project Manager Home Repair Project

Duty station:                   Sint Maarten

Time period:                   Up to 12 months (until 31 October 2020*)

Starting Date:                 as soon as possible

Status:                            Unaccompanied posting

an initial shorter term contract might be given, depending on availability of funding

Purpose of the position

The Project Manager is responsible for the implementation of the second phase of the home repair project on Sint Maarten, which is currently in preparation. Implementation is expected to start on 1 December 2019. We are currently in the process of signing the grant agreement with the World Bank. The Project Manager will manage a team consisting of Junior Delegates, Project Support Officers, Construction Coordinators and Construction Teams.

Background

On 6 September 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 population without a safe roof to live under. Following the devastating impact of 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) 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 efforts focused on cash based assistance, home repair and school meal projects. As recommended in the shelter strategy report, the different levels of destruction and security of tenure  within the affected population require a project approach that is practical, and addresses the sensitivities around, and the variety of, the tenure status of the affected population. We are currently in the phase of long term recovery in which we focus on three main pillars: 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 project" to support the affected population with the recovery following the devastating impact of hurricane Irma. The overall goal of the Home repair project is to support the most vulnerable households with the repair of the damages on roofs, windows and doors. Following a successful Home Repair Phase 1 project, we are about to embark on a Home Repair Phase 2 project based on lessons learned from Phase 1. Informed by an assessment the most vulnerable people will be selected, materials will be provided and NLRC trained construction crews will carry out the repair activities. NLRC aims to repair 200 houses as part of phase 2. We are therefore looking for a project manager to be able to start as soon as possible, to ensure smooth implementation of the second phase.

Position in the organization

The Project Manager will be a member of the Hurricane Irma Recovery Programme of the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) and reports directly to the Head of Mission. The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall project and for the team management of the home repair project, which includes two Construction Coordinators, two Junior Delegates, one Information Management Delegate, two Community Mobilizers, 1 Admin Officer and a team of site supervisors and construction workers.

Summary statement and responsibilities

  • Overall team structure and team management. Responsible for line management of all team members in the home repair team. Provide guidance and mentoring to all team members in the home repair team on a day-to-day basis;
  • Ensure project goals are set, objectives are met and activities completed within the agreed time frames and resource available;
  • Responsible for overall project management, in close collaboration with team members in M&E, HR, Finance and Logistics;
  • Responsible for ensuring the link between project and local branch in relevant areas;
  • Provide regular operational reports on activities, progress and achievements in the designated areas of responsibility;
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with relevant government ministries (mainly VROMI), shelter coordination bodies and other project stakeholders, such as suppliers that provide building materials for the repairs, and ensure agreements are in place and are met, and procedures are followed;
  • Monitor budget spending of the project closely and liaise with NLRC to identify risks, needs and requirements related to financial management.
  • Liaise with NLRC HQ staff on project progress and get approval on project agreements, contracts, regulations, communication, financial regulations and technical support;
  • Evaluate, develop and improve on every possible component of the project when required;
  • Support and provide technical guidance to households and construction teams before and during the house repair, ensure the repairs are compliant with technical guidelines and repairs are of good quality;
  • Coordinate the construction teams, conduct construction trainings for these teams and undertake quality control of the construction work (together with the Construction Coordinators);
  • Promote humanitarian principles and key cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, environmental awareness and disaster risk reduction.

 Requirements/Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree or advanced course in architecture, construction engineering, or related field required, Masters’ degree desirable;
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience as a Project/ Programme Manager and/or Advisor in a humanitarian/ recovery context;
  • Field experience in shelter or rehousing projects;
  • Qualification in emergency shelter or reconstruction is an advantage;
  • Experience working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent is an advantage, especially knowledge or  experience in disaster relief, RC operating environment, recovery or development work;
  • Experience working in the Caribbean is an advantage;
  • Experience in working in community participatory development and mobilization skills is an advantage;
  • (International) driving license;
  • Willingness to work flexible working hours; occasionally early evenings and/or weekend days.

Key competencies

    • Leadership skills;
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
    • A good command of the English language both verbally and in writing;
    • Knowledge of Spanish or French or Creole is an asset;
    • Computer literate (MS Office, spreadsheets, Outlook);
    • Training/ workshop facilitation skills desirable;
    • Self-motivated, with good judgment and initiative;
    • Ability to prioritize in a demanding environment;
    • Ability to work with deadlines and handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
    • Ability to quickly adjust to changing circumstances and problem-solving mentality;
    • Ability to guide and mentor others;
    • Strong interpersonal skills and culturally sensitive, open to learn from others and open to different opinions;
    • Team player;
    • Displays accountability;
    • Strong commitment to the Fundamental Principles of the Movement.

We offer

  • A full-time appointment (based on 40-hour work week) until the end of October 2020;
  • An international working environment with a variety of ethnical backgrounds;
  • Well-balanced employment conditions with space for initiative and development;
  • This is a delegate position in St Maarten.

Applications:

Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation, with reference to Annemieke van Teeffelen, before Monday 18 November 2019 by using our online application system via:https://werkenbij.rodekruis.nl/nl/Vacancy/Postulate/145968

Due to the short time frame 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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