The Canadian Red Cross is looking for a Country Representative, Bangladesh. Reporting to the Head of Region, Asia-Pacific, the Country Representative (CR) is the senior Canadian Red Cross (CRC) representative in Bangladesh. The Country Representative is responsible to ensure that CRCS programs are implemented efficiently and effectively through effective partnerships and coordination with the Bangladesh Red Crescent and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. He/She is accountable for the development and implementation of CRC’s strategy for Bangladesh.
The CR will ensure that CRC projects and programs are implemented efficiently and effectively framed by IO Strategy to deliver in the Last Mile.
The CR contributes towards the mandate of the Global Programs: Oversee the delivery of programs and services to people and communities within the context of S2020 in four regions: Asia, Africa, Americas and MENA. Manage and grow partnerships and relationships with select National Societies and key stakeholders.
The CR role in Bangladesh will be guided by the CRC International Operations’ Redefinition of Roles and Responsibilities (R3) initiative. The CR will assume full responsibility for pursuing programming and partnership opportunities, to initiate growth in CRC strategic priorities and maximize the impact of CRC-supported activities in Bangladesh and the region.
The CR will contribute to the success of the matrix model, agility of the organization, delivering against the One Red Cross vision and interoperability, implement innovations/learning within programs, and ensure robust risk management and personnel wellbeing.
Who you are:
- You have international experience working in emergency, conflict or post conflict contexts.
- You have strong experience in effective country-level planning, Project Management and have strong technical capacity in community-based health and community-based surveillance.
You will enjoy:
Culture: an organization that is guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality
Opportunity: to work with the best and brightest in the non-profit field, in an environment that promotes continuous learning, creativity and collaboration
Employee Benefits: achieve a work/life balance for you and your new team with competitive vacation time, generous personal days and flexible work arrangements
Meaningful Work: The Country Representative is the most senior representative of the CRC in Bangladesh with supervisory and managerial responsibilities.
In this role you will:
- Ensures quality in CRC program implementation in Bangladesh and works in close collaboration with BDRCS and CRC Program Partners (particularly IFRC and Norwegian RC) in Cox’s Bazar,Dhaka, and with partners’ regional or national offices in coordination with colleagues at CRC National Office.
- Ensures effective development and implementation of CRC program activities according to approved plans, budgets, regulations and policies.
- Ensures delegation planning, budgeting and reporting is carried out in a timely manner and in accordance with CRC, Partner and donor requirements, formats and standards.
- Represents CRC and maintains active, strong relationships with BDRCS, other Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies working in Bangladesh and the Region, IFRC, ICRC, national authorities, international and national organizations, donor organizations, and national and international media.
- Provides high level representation, particularly at Movement coordination platforms, and with stakeholders at external meetings to actively advance the strategic interests of CRC programs in Bangladesh.
- Supports Head of Region for AP in strategic relations, networking and communications in the Bangladesh and the Region.
- Builds collaborative and effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including Movement partners, other humanitarian organizations, Government of Canada High Commission officials, and potential donors.
- Liaises with Partner NS country representatives, and heads of delegation with IFRC and ICRC on operational matters pertaining to the CRC and Movement operations in Bangladesh and the Region.
- Provides strong leadership, expertise and innovation in human resource planning and in the management and support of the delegation team, including direct and second line reports.
- Meets financial objectives by forecasting requirements.
- Prepares and monitors annual budget in coordination with program colleagues at CRC National Office.
- Within existing RC/RC security frameworks, ensures the dissemination and enforcement of country delegation specific security rules and regulations for Bangladesh, and their understanding and respect by all CRC staff in country, including visitors.
We’re looking for:
- Post graduate level education in a related discipline is preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Previous Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement experience is required along with a demonstrated commitment to the principles of the RCRC Movement.
- A minimum of 3 years experience working in conflict and post conflict programming preferred (preference given to complex environments).
- Experience managing back-donor relationships and in meeting reporting and compliance requirements
- Experience in and knowledge of Asia geographical area a strong asset.
- Experience in implementing community and primary health projects in complex/protracted environments a strong asset.
- Demonstrated experience in senior level representation, relationship building and management, and strong diplomacy and negotiation skills.
- Proven experience in effective country-level planning and coordination with a range of different stakeholders.
- Solutions oriented with demonstrated analytical skills.
- Proven experience in overseeing program or operation budgets.
- Demonstrated experience in managing and motivating multi-cultural teams in complex and high stress environments.
- Fluency in spoken and written English;
This position is based in Cox’s Bazar and will involve occasional travel to Dhaka and may require travel to other locations in Bangladesh or the Region in the event of natural disaster or emergency. Working conditions can be stressful and require a high level of management.
- Issues of access and mobility due to the dynamic nature of an emergency situation and proximity to disaster-affected areas.
- The ability to work in a high risk, fluid and evolving situation may be required, as is the ability to work in stressful and often ambiguous conditions.
- CRCS supports a safe working environment and comfortable accommodation however, as in all contexts, delegates must be aware and responsible for their personal safety and that of employees under their supervision.
- In some contexts, legal frameworks and institutions to enforce the rule of law are largely undeveloped.
- In some remote areas access to healthcare could be limited or non-existent
- All CRC delegates must be cleared by the Travel Health Team with full medical and vaccination clearance.
The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.
Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process.