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Job Number:  42365
Program Manager, CCOPE
Job Posted: Friday, 2 March 2018
Closing Date: Thursday, 15 March 2018
(2 days ago)
Canadian Red Cross
Region: Ottawa area Type: Contract - Full time
Location: ottawa Salary: (not entered)

POSITION: Program Manager, CCOPE

DURATION: Temporary, Full Time (12 months)

DEPARTMENT: IO – Global Programs




Do you want to make a difference? Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking a Program Manager, CCOPE.


The Canadian Red Cross in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and with support from Global Affairs Canada, is implementing the Caribbean Communities Organized and Prepared for Emergencies (CCOPE) project, a multi-year year initiative commencing in April 2018 to enhance community resilience and mainstream a comprehensive disaster management approach in thirteen Caribbean countries through collaboration and evidence-based actions aimed at reducing the risk and loss associated with natural and technological hazards and the effects of climate change. The Project includes focused community emergency preparedness programming in Belize, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname, with the Red Cross National Societies in those countries partnering with CRCS and IFRC for the project’s implementation.


The CCOPE Project Manager is responsible for the successful management and implementation of the project working in coordination with the key project partners and stakeholders. The CCOPE reports to thea CRCS’s Regional Representative for the Americas in Panama, and is under the direction of the CRCS Regional Representative and the IFRC’s focal point. The Project Manager will be located in the IFRC’s sub-regional Office in Port of Spain, Trinidad and lead a team comprising a Project Officer, an Administration/Finance Officer and a Technical Officer and working closely with the IFRC Resilience team.





Project Management

  • Lead all aspects of the project management cycle while ensuring the effective coordination of inputs from IFRC, partner national societies and CRC teams.
  • Ensure effective and required project design, planning, implementation and risk management processes and mechanisms are in place for the project with reliable accounting and budget control.
  • Prepare the Project Implementation Plan, Annual Work Plans and Annual Operational Plans and Budgets as required for Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and CRC.
  • Ensure project planning and budgeting compliance with CRC’s Contribution Agreement with Global Affairs Canada, the Project Implementation Plan and CRC’s internal requirements.
  • Guide and support the National Society Project Teams in St Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname and Belize in the preparation, submission and revision of NS country level plans and budgets.
  • Negotiate and prepare Project Cooperation Agreements with the partner national societies on an annual basis in consultation with the CRC Regional Representative and with the approval of CRC legal services.
  • Ensure the coordination, review, approval and centralization of all project information via the CRC Project Implementation Management System (PIMS).
  • Ensure accurate preparation and submission of narrative and financial reports as required by CRC and GAC.
  • Ensure deadlines and processes are accomplished as per CRC quality and accountability standards.
  • Ensure the highest standard of security information and management for the CRC supported staff in Trinidad and for CRC visitors to Trinidad and all other project locations.
  • Monitor evolving political, social and security issues and makes recommendations as appropriate
  • Perform other duties, as required and assigned by Supervisor.


Leads an Effective Team

  • Lead, supervise and manage a Project Management Team comprised of a Project Officer, an Administration/Finance Officer and a Technical Officer to ensure efficient and effective results-based project management and achievement of results.
  • Engage and coordinate with CRC program support staff and advisors in Ottawa and Panama, IFRC’s Americas Regional Office staff in Trinidad and Panama, and NS staff and volunteers in ST. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname and Belize and other countries in the region as required for effective project management and implementation.
  • Foster team work through regular and clear communication, a professional exchange of experiences and expertise, and creation of a collaborative work environment.
  • Ensure sharing and dissemination of project related materials to all project stakeholders.
  • Provide back-up to colleagues as required.
  • Mentor colleagues as needed.
  • Follow all CRC’s policies and procedures required to maintain a healthy and safe working environment and contributes to a healthy and safe working environment.
  • Integrate volunteer resources within the scope of responsibilities, as required.


Stakeholder engagement (Internal and External)

  • Ensure positive working relationships with all internal and external project stakeholders: CRC national office, CRC Panama office, National Societies, IFRC Americas, humanitarian and development actors operating in the same sector or geographical area, government and donor counterparts.
  • Disseminate timely and regular communication of project activities for internal and external stakeholders as relevant and appropriate.




Education and Experience

  • Post graduate level education in a related discipline is preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5-8 years of experience with an international organization, including field experience managing multiple and complex projects
  • Proven experience in managing personnel in collaborative team approach
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and using RBM frameworks
  • Experience in the management of projects funded by donors. Experience with Government of Canada funded projects is a strong asset
  • Previous experience managing community-based disaster risk reduction considered an asset.
  • Experience working in the region a strong asset
  • Previous Red Cross experience an advantage


Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management tools and processes, including results based management.
  • Knowledge of disaster risk management and/or combination of institutional policies, procedures, and mechanisms related to emergency preparedness and response including community approaches.
  • Knowledge of disaster law is an asset.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in community mobilization and engagement is an asset.
  • Proven budgeting and financial monitoring.
  • Knowledge of Caribbean region a significant asset.
  • Knowledge of Gender equity and climate change adaptation considered a strong asset.
  • Commitment to the principles of the Red Cross movement.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, particularly in project reports and public materials.
  • Proven ability to be a supportive and productive team member.
  • Up-to-date computer skills in MS Office Applications.
  • Self-starter and able to work in an environment with ambiguity.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving capacity.
  • Ability to travel to within Caribbean region and to Panama and Canada is required.
  • Resilience and adaptability to changing circumstances and an evolving environment.




This is a field based position. Working in countries of operation is may be demanding, both physically and psychologically. Difficult working conditions are expected in some locations, including the following:

  • Duties are principally conducted at the IFRC sub-regional office located in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Regular travel to Belize, Suriname, St Vincent & Grenadines and Panama will be required.
  • Issues of access and mobility due to the dynamic nature of an emergency situation and proximity to disaster-affected area.
  • Long hours of work in a demanding context with limited resources.
  • 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.
  • Basic living conditions that may include intermittent electricity, Internet and other basic services.
  • 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 CRCS delegates must be cleared by the Travel Health Team with full medical and vaccination clearance.





Interested parties may submit their application by applying on the Canadian Red Cross Online Career Website by midnight EST on March 15, 2018.


Please note that there is no relocation package for this position.

This position requires a successful Canadian criminal record, reference check, valid provincial driver’s license, valid passport and First Aid certification. The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.


How to Apply:
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Interested parties may submit their application by applying on the Canadian Red Cross Online Career Website by midnight EST on March 15, 2018.
Contact Details:
Canadian Red Cross
170 Metcalfe
ottawa , ON, K2P 2P2
www:   trr.tbe.taleo.net/trr01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CRCS&cws=1&rid=3158

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