Experienced Branch and Volunteer Development Delegate for Ukraine
Years of experience:
Danish Red Cross
12 Jan 2020
The Danish Red Cross (DRC) has been engaged in Ukraine since 2014 and is currently supporting Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) to provide Humanitarian Aid, Psychosocial services, developing social cohesion interventions, and Disaster Risk Reduction in conflict affected areas. DRC and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have a joint engagement in Ukraine for the National Society Development, along with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and others Red Cross Movement partners. They support branch and volunteer development of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) to have increased organisational capacities and improved volunteer management to better respond to local needs – while the country still faces an active armed conflict.
The Branch and Volunteer Development Delegate will be part of the Danish Red Cross Country team, and report directly to the DRC Ukraine Country Manager. The team is composed of 5 staff with following functions: Disaster Management, Psychosocial and Social Cohesion, Finance and Administration, Management.
The Danish Red Cross in Ukraine is under an Integration Agreement with the IFRC. The delegate will also have a technical advisor based in DRC HQ in Copenhagen. Although integrated in the DRC Country Team, the delegate will work in a very close cooperation with URCS, ICRC and IFRC. The key responsibility is to continue developing the capacities of the URCS in branch and volunteer development in various regions of Ukraine, included in the conflict affected areas controlled by the Government of Ukraine.
The main tasks of the branch and volunteer delegate are to:
- Contribute to National Society Development of URCS in close cooperation with ICRC, IFRC and other relevant partners
- Support the development of the URCS NSD Framework and the Branch and volunteer development program implementation
- Work with URCS to develop its technical skills/capacity in the areas of volunteering and branch development, at national and local level
- Support URCS in addressing social and humanitarian needs in a structured manner through branch activities and volunteer’s initiatives
- Contribute to support Branches’ volunteer leaders and staff by functioning as an active advisor in planning, implementing and evaluating and following up on action plans.
- Support the planning and progress on programme implementation related to Branch and Volunteer Development
- Within the focus of volunteer management and branch development, provide sound Monitoring and Evaluation inputs, as well as technical reports.
Experience and qualifications
You have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in humanitarian/development context and in providing technical support, with at least 5 years’ experience of engagement with the Red Cross Movement. You must have a sound knowledge about Red Cross branches self-development and volunteerism. Previous experience with the Danish Red Cross within this line of work will be an additional advantage.
You need to be ready to travel frequently (70%) within the country to work at regional and local level directly with URCS staff and volunteers, including in conflict affected areas. You have a relevant academic degree in International Relations, Development, Human Sciences or relevant related field. You have good numeracy skills and a high level of proficiency in written and spoken English. It is a high added value if the candidate is Russian or Ukrainian speaker, and if not, a strong willingness to learn as majority of the work will be done in the field with local staff and volunteers. DRC provides an allowance for language courses.
More general requirements are excellent mentoring and capacity building skills. You must possess excellent communication, diplomacy, coordination as well as networking and facilitation skills. Good cultural understanding is essential and the ability to withstand the pressure of very regular field trips and still maintain an appropriate work / life balance. You must be self-supporting in computers.
The ideal starting date is ASAP or at the lasted March 1, 2020 and the length of the contract is 12 months with possibility for extending if funding is available. The salary including all allowances and pension payment will be between DKK 43,000 and 44,500 per month, incl. pension contribution, depending on qualifications and experience.
Housing is provided in Kiev, free of charge, and travel expenses covered as per terms and conditions.
The conflict affected areas still requires enhanced security measures when having field trips, as per active armed clashes and UXO polluted areas. There are no significant risks in the rest of the country. Travelling to regional/local branches within Ukraine is possible, but requires long distance trips, and specific measures to be applied depending of the locations.