Jul 302016

Organization: Danish Red Cross
Country: Mali
Closing date: 21 Aug 2016

Country Coordinator for Danish Red Cross in Mali

DRC’s is looking for a new Country Coordinator in Mali to support and work closely with Mali Red Cross and consortium partners in the implementation of current projects and in developing a consortium approach, which includes all partners as well as national institutions and the civil society in line with MRCs 5 year strategy 2015-19 and DRCs adhering country strategy up to 2020.

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

Danish Red Cross is closely coordinating its support with IFRC, ICRC and other movement partners contributing to the IFRC OD-delegate support function to MRC. In collaboration with ICRC an enhanced capacity building effort in the northern regions focusing on Mopti is being put in place from start of 2017.


  • 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 various consortia with 6 Partner National Societies (PNS) together with MRC are efficient, implemented in a unified manner and adhere 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 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, WB, business enterprises and others.

  • 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 (Progress reports, 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, Environment/Tropical agriculture, 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 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 interests.

  • Proven project cycle and financial management as well as resource mobilization experience 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 the Sahel context is an advantage.

    Technical Skills:

  • Experience of EU/ECHO 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 within certain but not all of below mentioned areas: livelihood/ DM/ OD/youth development/ health/ WASH/ and psychosocial support in emergency environments.

  • Knowledge on resilience initiatives and modalities for implementation of resilience projects a huge advantage.

  • 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 are 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 as soon as possible in 2016. 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 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 below and submit your written motivation letter in English and upload your CV, after creating a profile. Kindly note that candidqates who are not proficient in french will not be considered for the position. Deadline for applications is 21 of August, 2016. Interviews are expected shortly after. Start date is on 1 of October 2016.

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