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Country Manager El Salvador
The Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement is composed of 190 national societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It is the largest network of humanitarian actors in the world, with 100 million members and volunteers.
Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross) is a member of the world wide Red Cross Movement working in the fields of relief and assistance and the development of sister Red Cross societies. Norwegian Red Cross has established regional- and country representations, to ensure proximity to key partner Red Cross / Red Crescent societies as well as donors and international partners.  
We are now seeking a Country Manager for El Salvador. The Country Manager is the overall responsible for Norwegian Red Cross supported programmes in the countries. He/she represents the organization vis-à-vis El Salvador Red Cross Societies, The ICRC, The IFRC, other Partner Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies working in the country, the Norwegian Embassy and international donors and organizations present in the country.  
The portfolio includes Urban Violence, Protection Health, and Organizational Development. The Country Manager reports to the Americas Regional Representative based at the NorCross regional office in Panama City, Panama.  
Main responsibilities  
  • Cooperate closely with El Salvador Red Cross, ensuring common understanding of goals, priorities and programs. Provide guidance and support on needs analysis, programme development, quality assurance and management.  
  • Manage the programme portfolio, ensure that project planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting is carried out in a timely and appropriate fashion in accordance with NorCross regulations.  
  • In coordination with the ICRC Urban Violence Expert and relevant ICRC Delegation/Mission, provide analysis, guidance and technical advice to the National Societies’ capacities and competencies on regards to urban violence programs in the Region.  
  • Establish close coordination with the ICRC Urban Violence Expert based at ICRC HQ in Geneva and other relevant advisors based at NorCross Regional offices, Norcross HQ and El Salvador RC.  
  • Provide guidance and support to El Salvador Red Cross on programme development, quality assurance, management and admin/finance.  
  • Strategic responsibility in-country: Ensure that activities are based on country plans which are consistent with Americas Framework Document and that work plans comprising donor requirements are used monthly and revised mid-year.  
  • Ensure that El Salvador RC has designed plans and implemented measures articulating its auxiliary role in improving access to health and education services in insecure environments with the respective Ministry of Health and Education.  
  • Program follow up: Ensure that all new MFA funded projects are approved; count on baseline surveys and that monitoring and reports are based on tracking progress towards humanitarian outcomes.  
Qualifications and experience we are looking for:  
  • Relevant post-secondary degree in health in emergencies, primary health care or protection.  
  • Extensive and relevant field experience can compensate for the lack of a relevant university degree.  
  • Excellent level of Spanish and English, oral and verbal.  
  • Minimum 5 years' field experience from humanitarian work, in a relevant field.  
  • Excellent understating of the socio-political situation in El Salvador and the region.  
  • Proven experience in urban violence programs.  
  • Proven experience in designing programmes, and financial management of programmes.  
  • Strong analytical skills.  
  • Experience managing EU/ECHO grants is an advantage.  
  • Experience working for the Red Cross /Red Crescent Movement is an advantage.  
Personal Competencies we are looking for:  
  • Self-driven, committed and determined, achieves high quality results.  
  • Cooperates effectively and harmoniously with colleagues and/or partners from varied cultures and professional background.  
  • Excellent communication skills.  
  • Strong diplomatic and representation skills.  
  • Systematic and good planning skills.  
The successful candidate should be willing to travel in the region and to field sites as needed  
We offer:
  • A meaningful job in the world's largest humanitarian organization.  
  • Salary/benefits according to the Norwegian Red Cross’ salary system and relevant qualifications.  
  • 24 months' contract (with possible extension).  
  • This is a family posting.  
Driving License Class B1 is a requirement.  
The position is considered an expat position: Salvadorian nationals are therefore not eligible to apply. 
Application deadline: 18th December 2017 (midnight Norwegian time)  
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  
Please contact NorCross Regional representative for Americas, Gonzalo Atxaerandio, if you have questions regarding the position. Email:  

Would you like to use your professional competence and commitment in developing one of the  world’s biggest international humanitarian organizations?

Kontakt oss

Gonzalo Atxaerandio 
Regional Country Representative
+502 4202 3511

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