Job Title： Belt and Road Coordinator
Organizational Unit / Duty Station：IFRC Country Cluster Support Team (CCST) – Beijing
Line Manager / Immediate Supervisor’s Title：Head of CCST, Beijing
Second Line Manager’s Title：Regional Director, Asia Pacific
Technical Manager’s Title：Head of Partnerships, Asia Pacific
Please send your Cover Letter and CVs (Chinese and English) with photos to Eastasia.firstname.lastname@example.org before the September 15,2018.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 191 member National Societies, 165,000 local branches and more than 11 million active volunteers. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. As a collective, the Red Cross Red Crescent is reaching 150 million people each year. The Organization acts before, during and after disasters, crises and health emergences in order to meet the needs and build the resilience of vulnerable people.
IFRC Asia Pacific Regional Office is a decentralised part of the Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Mandated by the Federation’s Constitution, the Secretariat coordinates and supports the efforts of the membership to improve and scale up work aimed at addressing the increasing number of humanitarian and development challenges in the world. Supervised by the AP Regional Office, the Asia Pacific Regional Team supports 38 National Societies, many of which have significant capacities and resources as well as domestic and international programmes. Partner National Societies are active both bilaterally and multilaterally in the Region, with IFRC coordination and support, and significant programming is under way to support National Societies to carry out their Strategic Plans and to assist them in case of disaster responses as well as in longer term development programs.
The four countries supported by the country cluster support team (CCST) in Beijing – China, Japan, Mongolia and Republic of Korea, cover 28 per cent of the Asian continent and comprising 1.5 billion people. Disasters, poverty, unprecedented aging of the population, urbanization and migration contribute to increased vulnerability in this region. The population are also exposed to increased health risks due to epidemics, communicable and non-communicable diseases. The CCST Office in Beijing supports Red Cross Red Crescent Societies in East Asia in becoming stronger at home and abroad and in both disaster response operations and sustainable development initiatives.
Launched in 2015 by China, The Belt and Road Initiative aims at creating an infrastructure network by building roads, ports and railway tracks along ancient trading routes (‘Silk Roads’) that is now covering more than 100 countries and 60% of the global population. This ‘multi-trillion’ initiative provides a platform for corporations, industry, financial institutions, governments, scholars and humanitarian organisations to engage and collaborate towards a common goal of ‘greater connectivity, prosperity and security’. While the Red Cross Society of China has been engaged to expand the ‘humanitarian silk road’, Red Cross Red Partners have strong potential for further involvement through principled humanitarian and development activities in line with IFRC One Billion Coalition for Resilience Initiative.
IFRC Country Cluster Support Team (CCST) – Beijing will work closely with Asia Pacific Partnerships and Resource Development (PRD) Team on the implementation of the IFRC partnership and cooperation agendas with public, private and Movement partners in Asia Pacific, in coherence with the global PRD approach and priorities, and with a view to maximising IFRC contribution to resilience through trusted and durable partnerships, influence and resource generation across the region. PRD also ensures quality control on IFRC relationships with, and reporting to, partners and coordinates efforts to enhance IFRC value proposition in promoting high accountability standards.
The Belt and Road Coordinator is part of the CCST – Beijing but covering also work on a regional and even global scale in close collaboration with the PRD team. The Belt and Road Coordinator drives the CCST Beijing through the Red Cross Red Crescent engagement platform, in support to Red Cross Society of China, for principled humanitarian action along the Belt and Road initiative. Guided by principled humanitarian action and strong commitment to community resilience, the Coordinator will develop the IFRC position paper on the Belt and Road, implement an engagement plan and IFRC collaboration platform in support to the Red Cross Society of China that maximise partnerships opportunities and programme development across the Belt and Road priority countries, in Asia Pacific and in close liaison with other regional offices across the globe. Under the supervision of the Head of CCST – Beijing and working as part of the IFRC Regional Partnerships Team for Asia Pacific
The purpose of the Belt and Road Coordinator is to:
➢ Lead on collection of information, data and analysis on trends and opportunities offered by the Belt and Road Initiative
➢ Develop support materials to guide IFRC structured engagement along the Belt and Road in close cooperation with the Red Cross Society of China and in support of concerned National Societies.
➢ Establish a cooperation platform between Chinese Government, RCSC and IFRC on Belt and Road initiative on people to people connectivity.
➢ Establish a partnership platform coordinated by the IFRC on priority initiatives in support to the Red Cross Society of China and inclusive of in-country and Movement partners
➢ Ensure effective coordination on key initiatives with China-based institutional partners, including under the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund (SSCAF), China State International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDCA), investment/development banks, foundations and corporate sector.
➢ Ensure compliance with IFRC Principles, policy, procedures and accountability standards.
Job duties and responsibilities
o Lead on collection of information, data and analysis on trends and opportunities offered by the Belt and Road Initiative
➢ Develop an overall mapping and analysis on risks and opportunities in Asia Pacific and beyond.
➢ Work with the Red Cross Society on China to map out key stakeholders and priority development areas.
o Develop support materials to guide IFRC structured engagement along the Belt and Road in close cooperation with the Red Cross Society of China and in support of concerned National Societies.
➢ Complete, disseminate and ensure compliance with IFRC position paper on Belt and Road.
➢ Work with Red Cross of China to develop a comprehensive cooperation and engagement strategy, in close liaison with IFRC KL and Geneva.
➢ Develop guidance and support materials for National Societies and IFRC offices related to engagement in the Belt and Road or for specific priority projects.
o Establish a partnership platform coordinated by the IFRC on priority initiatives in support to the Red Cross Society of China and inclusive of in-country and Movement partners
➢ Leverage IFRC One Billion Coalition for Resilience as a natural vehicle for strategic collaboration with China and Movement partners.
➢ Facilitate engagement of Movement partners on priority projects, including Volunteers on Wheels, the International Humanitarian Academy initiatives and others.
➢ Collaborate with the Red Cross Society of China in maximising fundraising efforts and partnership development with Belt and Road related priorities.
o Ensure effective coordination on key initiatives with China-based institutional partners, including under the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund (SSCAF) and China State International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDCA).
➢ Facilitate a strategic, tripartite partnership with China government on targeted humanitarian and development contexts
➢ Coordinate application to and implementation of potential grant under the SSCAF
➢ Facilitate increased engagement with relevant Chinese government ministries, academe and corporate sector.
➢ Facilitate increased engagement with multilateral actors including the Asia Infrastructure and Investment Bank, the World Bank, the Asia Development Bank and relevant UN agencies.
o Ensure compliance with IFRC Principles, policy, procedures and accountability standards.
➢ Promote and monitor IFRC Fundamental Principles, policies, procedures and accountability standards, including IFRC Principles of Cooperation in Resource Mobilisation, the Corruption and anti-Fraud policy and the Code of Conduct.
Duties applicable to all staff
1. Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals
2. Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles
3. Perform any other work related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager
4. Be on stand-by in case of any emergencies
University degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline is required
Relevant post-graduate degree or MBA is required
Relevant professional training courses are required
Experience (All Required)
Minimum of 7 – 10 years relevant work experience partnership, strategic planning and project management.
5-year experience and solid track record in policy and market analysis
Working experience with humanitarian or international organisations
Experience in project management including multi-stakeholder engagement
Working experience with international funding agencies (e.g. governments, financial institutions…)
Knowledge and Skills （All Required）
Advanced experience with proven track record in working with government, multilateral funding systems and corporate sector
Expertise in context and policy analysis and strategic thinking
Ability to work in a diverse cultural context
Strong knowledge of information sharing tools, and the ability to implement them
Highly organised, with ability to create a team approach
Excellent communication skills; influencing skills
With extensive experience in developing project concept notes, proposals and reports
Excellent relationship building skills; ability to build and strengthen internal and external networks and establish effective partnerships.
With knowledge and appreciation on developing tools, marketing materials and other important partnership documents.
Humanitarian Diplomacy skills
Facilitation and presentation skills
Have knowledge and ability to network with strategic partners in different levels
With good skills in word documents, PowerPoint and excel applications through laptop, notebook and mobile phone.
Has the ability to understand, create and implement robust innovative approaches and initiatives in relation to partnerships.
Excellent spoken and written Chinese and English are required
Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic) are preferred