Apr 092016

Organization: Danish Red Cross
Country: Mali
Closing date: 25 Apr 2016

Country Coordinator for Danish Red Cross in Mali


Danish Red Cross (DRC) has supported Mali Red Cross (MRC) since the mid-nineties through several projects in 1) water, sanitation and hygiene in the region of Ségou, 2) environmental protection, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience projects in Segou & Mopti, 3) cash transfer and income generating activities in Mopti and 4) beneficiary communication for epidemiological control in Bamako and the southern regions.

Since 2014 Norwegian Red Cross has joined DRC in its support to MRC’s Disaster Risk Reduction DRR and resilience agenda in Segou and Mopti together with national research institutions, Red Cross Climate Centre and Mali government line ministries. Presently a consortium approach involving Belgian RC, French RC, Netherlands RC, Spanish RC and Danish RC is being established. It aims at a joint support to MRC through EU-Resilience (FED) and migration funding (Trust Funds).

Danish Red Cross also provides general institutional and capacity development support at Headquarter in Bamako and Branch level to MRC, especially within the establishment of financial software, hardware and procedures.

Danish Red Cross is closely coordinating its support with IFRC and is presently also developing in collaboration with ICRC an enhanced capacity building effort in the northern regions focusing on Mopti.

DRC’s is looking for a new Country Coordinator in Mali to support and work closely with MRC and consortium partners in the implementation of the current projects and especially in developing a useful consortium approach, which includes all partners at various levels as well as national institutions and the civil society in line with MRCs 5 year strategy 2015-19 and DRCs adhering country strategy.


  • Developing & coordinating the consortium by defining the partnership strategy in Mali in collaboration with other partners and with guidance from the DRC Head of Region (HoR).

  • Ensure that the consortium of 5 Partner National Societies (PNS) together with MRC is efficient, implemented in a unified manner and adheres to the principles of partnership and cooperation as promoted by the Red Cross movement.

  • Elaborate the annual Result Based Contract for Mali in collaboration with the other delegates in Mali. Identify on needs for monitoring and evaluation of projects and conduct related field visits.

  • Identify potential areas of interest for coming projects and elaborate concept notes for alternative funding possibilities available locally such as EU/ECHO, local business enterprises, etc.

  • Provide daily supervision, partnership guidance and managerial support to technical delegates and other staff in the country office.

  • Elaborate job descriptions and participate in the recruitment of local staff or any local consultant financed by DRC in collaboration with MRC.

  • Responsible for the timely submission of the annual reports for the projects according to donor formats (PPR, Annual Thematic reports, EU formats).

  • Review and approve quarterly narrative and financial project reports before submitting to the regional office. Implement Audit recommendations and follow up on good financial practice.

  • Support the capacity building effort of MRC by promoting an efficient organizational development and sound management offering technical and material support to the relevant departments (headquarters and regions) in coordination with the PNSs, IFRC and ICRC.

  • Draft security reports and act as focal point of contact for the management and communication of safety and security instructions and briefing to DRC staff, their families, and official visitors to Mali.


The ideal candidate holds a Master’s Degree in Development studies, Project Management, Disaster Management or other relevant field


  • 7 years of relevant international field experience in the overall coordination, formulation, design, planning and implementation of development programmes/ project.

  • Experience working for a humanitarian aid organization and preferably within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is preferable.

  • Experience in capacity building of local partners is essential

  • Ability to work within a partnership set up with many different actors and varying interests

  • Proven project cycle and financial management experience as well as resource mobilization with major donors/funds, project proposal and report writing.

  • Team management experience, in the context of development projects or major humanitarian emergency response situations.

  • Regional experience in a context of Sahel is an advantage

    Technical Skills:

  • Experience of EU and DANIDA funding, and in particular knowledge of their implementation and reporting procedures.

  • Good understanding of organizational development, particularly in the context of Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies and branches, would be an advantage.

  • Knowledge of livelihood/ DM/ OD/youth development/ health/ WASH/ and psychosocial support in emergency environments, would be useful.

  • Good analytical skills.

  • Relevant training and practical experience in staff security management in insecure environments.

    Personal qualities:

  • Ability to adapt to changing situations and readiness to work in a challenging environment is required

  • Must be able to work independently and in a small team. Team player skills is essential

  • Confidence in situations of stress, and able to handle a heavy but varied workload

  • Excellent communication, coordination as well as networking and facilitation skills and understanding that careful preparation, process and ownership is key to achieving results in a culturally and politically sensitive environment.

  • Good cultural understanding and the ability to build the confidence of partners in a challenging multicultural environment are essential.

  • Strong interpersonal and coordination skills


  • Excellent verbal and written skills in French and English are a must.

  • An excellent communicator, with good negotiation skills and a diplomatic flair.

  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office package and a valid international driving license.

Employment Conditions

The delegate will report to Danish Red Cross’ Head of Region in Dakar, Senegal.

The duty station is Bamako in Mali, which is a family post. The starting date of the assignment is latest 1st of June 2016 and preferably earlier. The length of the contract will be two years with possibility of extension. The contract will be administered in accordance with the Danish Red Cross Terms and Conditions for Delegates. The monthly salary included allowances and pension is within the range of DKK 41.696 and DKK 44.761, depending on experience and qualifications.

Further information

Please refer to the Job description at (/media/1825995/Job-description-Country-Coordinator-Mali-final-.doc ) and for further details you may contact Head of Region, Frode Kirk on tel. +221 77 639 87 25, mail: or Desk officer Elise Bjerkrheim, tel. +45 35 25 93 43, mail (

How to apply:

Click on the link and go to the bottom of the page to Send Application to send your written motivation letter in English and upload your CV, after creating a profile on our EasyCruit portal. Deadline for applications is 25th of April, 2016. Interviews are expected on 2nd or 3rd of May. Start is by latest 1.06.2016 or preferably earlier.

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