Reporting to Head of Country Office and coordinating with Continental Operations Coordinator, America´s Region Office, the incumbent provides the technical lead to ensure the optimal coordination and direct management of resources required for the effective and efficient implementation of the already existing Migration / Population Movement operation. Situational Context The Colombia-Venezuela border has been experiencing a constant mixed migratory flow of people since mid-2017, who use Colombia as a transit zone, temporary shelter or a supply point. The considerable number of people in transit has become a regional issue,
as it is now affecting Colombia’s border crossings with Ecuador and Brazil and expanding to countries to the south such as Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. In addition with the COVID19 Context we have been able to see a continuation in migration that has not slowed down, in soime cases has become stranded in areas such as Choco and in some cases has reverted or turned back to point of origin (Venezuela). There are no official figures on the number of people entering Colombian territory through informal border crossings, which represents a growing concern for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other protection agencies. In addition, the intensification of immigration controls and measures could lead to an increase in informal crossings. These crossings pose risks to migrants due to the presence and circulation of armed groups, such as the National Liberation Army (ELN for its acronym in Spanish), the Popular Liberation Army (EPL for its acronym in Spanish) and others, who are fighting for control over drug trafficking and smuggling routes. The CRCS is carrying out different humanitarian actions in response to the situation generated by the massive mobilization of people crossing the border. These actions have been done through its local branches in the border zone (Departments of Norte de Santander, La Guajira, Arauca, Vichada, Guainía, Cesar and Boyacá); as well as in the host cities that receive the migrant population, where early recovery activities have been developed through the Recovery and Strengthening of Livelihoods strategy. The interventions carried out were financed previously through the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with operations also being supported by the German Red Cross. The CRCS had reached millions of people through health care, water distributions and hygiene promotion, restoring family links, distribution of food for migrants, in addition to humanitarian assistance and early recovery of livelihoods.
Job Duties & Responsibilities 1
• Negotiate, plan and mobilise IFRC resources in support of the NS in the assessment, planning, and implementation of the emergency response. • Supervise IFRC technical leads to ensure they work closely with the managers of relevant NS departments in all related programming roles and responsibilities, providing advice and recommendations that carefully consider local capacity and context. • Along the NS, build alliances and partnerships with other emergency actors to enhance the implementation of the emergency plan of action. Support, the NS to enhance their position vis a vis the national and international coordination mechanisms. • Support IFRC technical leads to develop programme approaches which strengthen and develop the National Society’s structures, capacity and performance; analyze and understand their current strengths and weaknesses and to ensure provision of necessary technical and material support particularly in relation to the ongoing crisis. • Promote and assist the integration of humanitarian priorities and interventions within all relevant programming divisions in the NS. • Ensure that the response is based on frameworks and approaches that are consistent with or have considered national and international standards and guidelines, as well as IFRC policies, procedures and tools. • Assist the NS, Movement and external partners in the achievement of planned outcomes and deliverables following quality standards, in a timely fashion, and within budgets. • Ensure a robust and coherent monitoring of the situation and its potential evolution, and ensure that humanitarian interventions are responsive to current and emerging needs and threats. • Work with the regional DM or DCPRR Unit to develop, implement and review contingency planning for identified threats in operational areas, as well as the development of capacities within the NS for emergency response. • Support the NS in setting up the structure needed to ensure that all components of the response are identified, planned and carried out in a coordinated, collaborative and integrated manner with Movement and external partners. • Support the NS in developing and implementing operational standards, tools and procedures that ensure quality, consistency and sustainability of emergency response interventions. Together with the NS and the Head of Country Office, represent IFRC in coordination meetings and forums, involving national authorities, national and international agencies, donors and other partners in the country. • Support the NS in establishing an effective information management system for the response, including statistics. • Work with PMER leads in IFRC and the NS to ensure that planning and reporting requirements are met in a timely and efficient manner. • Advise on the need of additional human resources and support deployments in coordination with the Country and Regional IFRC offices, HR departments and/or surge desk. • Ensure sound financial management is applied to all Federation-assisted programmes within the NS, that budgets are monitored and any problems identified and solutions implemented in timely and effective manner. • Manage operational budgets to ensure that expenditure relating to IFRC-supported operations is within income and approved ceilings, in compliance with IFRC finance procedures and in line with donor earmarking requirements.
Job Duties & Responsibilities 2
Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles Perform any other work related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager
University degree in relevant area Basic Delegates Training Course or IMPACT. FACT, ERU, RDRT training
At least 5 years of disaster management experience, including managing staff required Field experience in coordinating and managing disaster and crisis management projects and activities especially population movements required Work experience with RC/RC required Experience in project cycle management including proposal development, budgeting and reporting, monitoring and evaluation required Good knowledge and relevant work experience in the regional context preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Language
Effective team and project management skills required Good analytical skills and solution-oriented required Good mentoring and capacity development skills required Ability to work well in a multicultural team required Excellent stress management skills required Demonstrated accountability required Fluently spoken and written English and Spanish required Good command of another IFRC official language (French or Arabic) preferred
Competencies and Values
Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust Functional competencies: Strategic orientation; Building alliances; Leadership; Empowering others
Job Reference: IFRC04108