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Shelter Delegate

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St Maarten


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At the moment we are looking for a:

Shelter Delegate

From14-02-2018 LocationSt 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 International Assistance department has opened a vacancy for a technical delegate. To strengthen the Sint Maarten team, the department is looking for a Shelter Delegate.


Position title: Shelter Delegate

Duty station: Sint Maarten

Time period: 6 months

Starting Date: mid-April

Status: Single posting


Purpose of the position

The Shelter Delegate is responsible for the implementation of the shelter repair project currently being implemented on Sint Maarten.



Following the devastating impacts of category 5 hurricane IRMA on the 6th of September 2017, NLRC started to organise relief efforts, focusing on food and water distribution, as well as other distribution of non-food items such as tarpaulins and jerrycans to support vulnerable people with basic needs.

NLRC is currently in the transition to early recovery and longer term programmes on Sint Maarten. The focus of the programming is based on three pillars: shelter and sheltering, economic security, and disaster risk reduction / disaster preparedness. According to the NLRC strategy, the recovery programme 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 to anticipate, adapt, respond and transform.

For the shelter and sheltering pillar, NLRC is currently implementing a shelter repair project. The project is at its inception phase and will soon be ready to roll out assessments for the beneficiary selection. The project is using an owner-driven approach, which means that after selection and assessment of the damage, beneficiaries will themselves be responsible for the repair of their houses. Building suppliers will be reimbursed for the purchases done by individual beneficiaries. Beneficiaries are also responsible for their own repairs, with NLRC checking on the correct use of materials and techniques. The project aims to assist 2000 households and is fully funded from funds received during the Irma fundraising campaign by NLRC.


Position in the organization

The Shelter Delegate reports to the Head of Mission in Sint Maarten


Summary statement and responsibilities

The Shelter Delegate is responsible for supervising and managing all project components. The project team consists of 1 technical coordinator, 1 social coordinator and 1 database coordinator. The technical and social coordinators are responsible for a team of technical and social officers, who will reach out to the beneficiaries in the communities. The initial project plan was for 6 months, or the first half of 2018. There will likely be some delay in implementation of the project.

This position will also liaise with key stakeholders, both Red Cross and non-Red Cross partners including the Government of St Maarten, financial institutions, building suppliers and community leaders to coordinate and ensure successful project implementation.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Day to day implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project
  • Support and coordinate staff together with team of coordinators
  • Ensure that objectives and work plan timetables are met
  • Evaluate, develop and improve on every possible component of the project
  • Liaise with NLRC HQ staff on project progress and get approval on project agreements, contracts, regulations, communication, financial regulations and technical support
  • Liaise with nominated suppliers, government and other relevant stakeholder to ensure agreements are in place and are met, and procedures are followed
  • Monitor closely budget spending of the project and liaise with NLRC identify risks, needs and or requirements related to financial management
  • Produce a final project report (narrative and financial)



  • Higher education in relevant field (e.g. architecture, engineering)
  • Qualification in emergency shelter or reconstruction is an advantage
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience as a Project/Programme Manager and/or Advisor in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Extensive field experience in shelter or rehousing projects
  • Experience working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent is an advantage, especially knowledge orexperience in disaster relief, RC operating environment, recovery or development work


    Key competencies

  • Strong project management skills, incl. budget planning & management, time management and expenditures monitoring as well as reporting skills and programme strategy.
  • Highly developed analytical and communication (oral, written) skills and ability to assimilate and process information to a high level and for wide-ranging audiences
  • Ability and proven experience in transferring knowledge and skills through formal and informal training/capacity building of staff
  • Ability to manage social and construction teams
  • An entrepreneurial personality with an eye for innovation
  • Self-motivated, with good judgment and initiative, and the ability to work with and manage others.
  • Knowledge of integrated programming and accountability systems.
  • Inter-personal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Knowledge of integrated programming and accountability systems
  • Self-motivated, with good judgment and initiative, and the ability to work with and manage others
  • Capacity to familiarize with and to own the project within a short timeframe
  • Organisational sensitivity
  • Strong decision making skills and leadership skills
  • Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word processing)
  • Valid international driving license
  • Fluent spoken and written English and Dutch; Spanish and French preferred.
  • Strong commitment to the Fundamental Principles of the Movement and the ability to model those Principles in relationships with colleagues and partners and translate them to development practice.


We offer

  • A full time appointment (based on 40-hour work week) for 6 months, with the possibility of extension depending on development of future shelter projects.
  • 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.


Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation with reference to Rob Vugs before 26 February 2018 by using through the following link: https://werkenbij.rodekruis.nl/en/Vacancy/Apply/95938 

For more information about the position, you can contact Jesper Jansweijer, jjansweijer@redcross.nl. 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. 

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 www.rodekruis.nl and www.rodekruis.tv.  NLRC on Facebook: Facebook.com/rodekruis  and Twitter: Twitter.com/rodekruis

Acquisition for this vacancy will not be appreciated.

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