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Junior Delegate Home Repair Project

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Junior Delegate 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 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 two Junior Delegates Home Repair Project, to strengthen the Sint Maarten team and to support the implementation of phase 2 of the home repair project, pending financing from the World Bank.

Position title:    Junior Delegate Home Repair Project    

Duty station:    St. Maarten      

Time period:     4 – 6 months, with possibility of extension

Starting Date:   As soon as possible

Status:             Unaccompanied posting

Purpose of the position

The Junior Delegates Home Repair are expected to support and actively participate in the implementation of the second phase of the Home Repair Project, which is currently in preparation. Implementation is expected to start on 1 December 2019. The Junior Delegates will work among other things on developing and fine-tuning the assessment tool, beneficiary selection, technically assessing the eligibility of houses, provide on-site technical advice and evaluate the repairs. The Junior Delegates will work within the communities and will actively engage with (possible) beneficiaries, together with community mobilizers.  

Background

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 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) 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 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 looking for two Junior Delegates to start as soon as possible, to ensure smooth implementation of the second phase.

Position in the organization

The Junior Delegate Home Repair is part of the Home Repair project team, which includes the Home Repair Project Manager, 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. The Junior Delegate Home Repair will report directly to the Home Repair Project Manager. 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 will work closely with the communities and beneficiaries.

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.

Summary statement and responsibilities

  • Support improvement of communities' ability and technical skills to prioritize and implement collective action;
  • Support the development and fine-tuning of the assessment tool;
  • 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 the Construction Coordinators to develop accurate Bills of Quantities for house repair, if needed;
  • Closely coordinate with the relevant community mobilizers during the verification phase and flag social frictions or issues with the community mobilizers 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, provide on-site technical advice;
  • Evaluate the repairs and ensure they are complying to technical guidelines and are of good quality;
  • 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;
  • 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:

  • Bachelor Degree or advanced course in architecture, construction engineering or related field. Master’s degree desirable;
  • A minimum of one year of relevant experience;
  • Capacity to work with beneficiaries, community representatives and other stakeholders;
  • Experience in community participatory development and mobilization skills an advantage;
  • Field experience in shelter or rehousing projects an advantage;
  • Experience in project cycle management an advantage;
  • Willingness to work flexible working hours; occasionally early evenings and/or weekend days.

Key competencies

  • A good command of the English language both verbally and in writing;
  • Knowledge of Spanish, French or Creole 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);
  • This is a delegate position on 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/145987

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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