Senior Urban Renewal & Shelter Delegate
Client: The Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/)
Location: Port-au-Prince (with significant in-country travel), Haiti
This is a full time position for a minimum of 366 days with the possibility of extension. This is an accompanied post with spouse only.
In response to the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross seeks an experienced Senior Urban Renewal & Shelter Delegate to develop and carry out a large portfolio of shelter projects in Haiti to meet basic needs, save lives, reduce diseases and restore dignity as part of the objectives of the American Red Cross relief, recovery and mitigation framework in Haiti.
The Senior Urban Renewal & Shelter Delegate will oversee the day-to-day urban renewal & shelter operations of the Haiti recovery operation. They will work with the national society to identify vulnerable populations, ensure short term needs are met and develop an on-going plan for the long-term recovery effort. The Senior Urban Renewal & Shelter Delegate will be expected to use a high degree of initiative and contribute to achieving objectives within Haiti, and specifically take the overall coordination and leadership on objectives related to urban development/urban renewal, shelter and settlements.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Ensure the implementation of the American Red Cross urban renewal and shelter activities in Haiti according to approved plans and budgets, regulations and policies including those activities funded by the American Red Cross but implemented by Red Cross and non-Red Cross partners.
• Lead the urban and shelter component in HAP.
• Develop relevant partnership with national and local stakeholders related to urban and shelter component
• Coordinate and mobilize international urban and shelter assistance for the HAP recovery program and promote cooperation between the operating and participating national societies.
• Monitor, review and identify vulnerable populations and assess their capacities, vulnerabilities and needs including technical assessments and targeting criteria for relief and recovery efforts.
• Plan, implement, monitor and report the urban and shelter component of the HAP recovery program including implementation of project management tools, documentation systems and design of management structures.
• Ensure rapid and well-coordinated urban and shelter actions to meet basic needs, reduce vulnerability and poverty and restore dignity.
• Ensure involvement of affected population and consideration of safety, environmental and sustainability matters in the technical design and works on site.
Provide technical guidance on urban and shelter issues particularly in relation to land issues and housing standards
• Ensure alignment with American Red Cross and International Federation guidelines and policies and compliance with local, national and international best practices, standards, regulations and laws.
• Provide hands-on urban and shelter management as required by the circumstances and in agreement with the operating national society.
• Define (scope, timeframes, deliverables/outcomes, costs et cetera) the urban and shelter component of the disaster response operation and recovery program in accordance with the affected population's needs and capacities.
• Ensure achievement of the outcomes/deliverables of the urban and shelter component of the plan of action (including meeting the need of affected population) in a timely fashion and within budget and quality standards (including compliance with safety and environmental standards).
• Collaborate closely with other ARC sectors, such as health, water and sanitation, and disaster preparedness, to ensure integrated approaches at the field level.
• Oversee preparation of accurate and timely reports.
• Manage direct line reports and assigned resources (financial, equipment, etc.) soundly.
• Represent ARC and liaise with counterparts from participating national societies and the Federation as well as external partners, such as clusters, UN agencies, NGOs, donors, bilateral and multilateral organizations and missions active in the country within the mandate of the key tasks and responsibilities set in this job description.
• Bachelors degree in engineering, or related field required, masters degree preferred.
• Minimum of seven years relevant experience and one year management experience required.
• Experience in implementing urban development and shelter programs in both emergency and non-emergency setting required as is familiarity with the Red Cross Movement.
• Specific experience in slum upgrading and relocation projects required.
• At least five years of experience overseas.
• Strong international project design and project management experience with proven track record of successful management of several projects simultaneously.
• Extensive experience managing staff, contractors, and construction works.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and achieve results through collaboration are preferred.
• Must be flexible and adaptive to change and computer proficient, especially in MS Office.
Fluency in French and/or Haitian Creole is strongly preferred.
The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Applicants should send their resume/CV and cover letter detailing how you believe your skills and experiences meet the needs of the position and The American Red Cross. There is no fixed closing date this position. Please send your application at the earliest possible date to:
Jill Solomon, Senior Recruiter
Global Recruitment Specialists