Job Purpose Reporting to Head of Country Office and coordinating with Continental Operations Coordinator, Americas 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 and 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 gui