Malawi: Expert Delegate Disaster Risk Reduction Belgian Red Cross-Flanders, Malawi

Organization: Belgian Red Cross
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 15 Apr 2017

The disaster preparedness program in Malawi is funded by the European Commission – Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO). Belgian Red Cross-Flanders (BRC-FL) leads the program, which is implemented by a consortium between the Netherlands Red Cross, Danish Red Cross and Malawi Red Cross. The overall objective of the program is to strengthen the capacities to cope with and respond to natural hazards, both on an institutional level (Malawian authorities as well as Red Cross response structures) and on a community level, with special attention to setting up cash transfer structures.

Job Description

  • The expert delegate is the overall end-responsible for the ECHO-funded Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) project, and works in close collaboration with the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders Country Representative and with representatives of the Netherlands and Danish Red Cross, consortium partners to this project.
  • The expert delegate provides technical and managerial assistance to its implementing partner, the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) to ensure the successful, qualitative and timely implementation of the ECHO-funded DRR project.
  • As an expert delegate, you are the point of contact for managerial and technical input on disaster preparedness (DP) & DRR for the various parties involved in the program, and you coordinate the delivery of technical input from the different partners, according to the assigned areas of expertise and agreements.
  • You ensure qualitative planning, monitoring and reporting throughout the project implementation phase, in line with ECHO, BRC-FL and MRCS guidelines and procedures, and as per the MoU’s and grant agreement. You assure adherence to these guidelines through guidance, overview, coaching and capacity building of MRCS national staff involved in the project. You facilitate joint progress reviews based on quarterly financial and narrative (indicator-based) reporting, and adapt planning and budget forecasts accordingly.
  • You are also responsible for facilitating the knowledge transfer on DP and DRR towards and between the Red Cross partners and other organizations by assisting them, among others, in the documentation of lessons learned and good practices, organizing exchange activities and workshops, or developing and delivering relevant training.
  • You will report directly to the Head of Humanitarian Operations of BRC-FL, providing accurate and timely information regarding progress against targets and financial status.


  • You possess a Master’s degree or have similar qualifications based on experience.
  • You have at least 7 years of professional experience, of which the implementation of DRR/DP programs has been an essential part.
  • You are familiar with ECHO-funded programs and with their requirements regarding financial and narrative management and reporting.
  • Your extensive knowledge on DP/DRR and humanitarian aid in general make you an expert in this field.
  • Experience in international project management is considered an added value.
  • You possess a thorough knowledge of the most common software tools (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, …).
  • You have an excellent knowledge of English, both spoken and written; knowledge of Dutch would be an added value.
  • You have knowledge of evidence-based methodology or are motivated to enhance your knowledge in this field;
  • You are a results-oriented problem solver with a strong team spirit and sense of initiative;
  • You have strong communication and negotiation skills combined with the necessary diplomatic skills;
  • You have a driving license;

Further information

  • You are part of an internationally recognized humanitarian organization, which can make a difference;
  • An exciting and relevant challenge;
  • A fixed-term contract of 15 months (with possible extension);
  • Beginning of contract: between 01/07/2017 and 01/09/2017;
  • Compensation based on BRC-FL salary scales and seniority, including overseas social security and comprehensive insurance;
  • Non-accompanied posting.


Malawi Red Cross office in Lilongwe with frequent travels to project districts


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