Country Manager ECHO

10 January 2021 Ref: Location: Brussels – Resident position

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.
Brussels is home to the main institutions of the European Union (EU) – the Council of the EU, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission, the European Parliament – and to the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). We, as the ICRC delegation in Brussels, seek to make our mandate better known and to mobilize political, diplomatic and financial support for our activities. We also seek to ensure that relevant political and military decision-makers in Western Europe view the ICRC as the main reference point for neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian action, as well as for International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

Purpose
The European Commission , through the Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), is the ICRC's fifth biggest donor, with contributions of over EUR 100 m per year. Funding is provided through country- or region-specific contracts that require substantial interaction with the respective DG ECHO units. This position is based in Brussels and comprises the direct relationship management role in the institutional funding interaction with DG ECHO. Close collaboration with the Brussels delegation in relation to all relevant EU files is also expected as funding may be closely linked to thematic and operational engagements. Contacts with other EU services may be required in the future, depending on the evolution of the European Commission – ICRC relationship.
The Resource Mobilisation Division (REM) manages the institutional relationship between the ICRC and its various donors. The European Commission Unit deals mainly with funding from DG ECHO and potentially, in the future, other Commission DGs and services (nexus approach).
Under the supervision of the Head of Unit, the Country Manager is the regular interlocutor for the fundraising relationship with one of ICRC's key donors and partners, DG ECHO . The Country Manager is responsible for negotiating all the funding contracts with ECHO as well as subsequent top ups, in close collaboration with operational delegations worldwide. The preparation of the funding proposals, subsequent interim and final financial and programmatic reports is coordinated with the European Commission unit and the Reporting unit in Manila.
The Country Manager participates in the potential diversification of funding support from the European Commission concerning new budget lines, if pertinent and required, and provides support to the activities of the ICRC's Brussels delegation.

Responsibilities
The Country Manager, who reports to the REM European Commission Head of Unit, has the following responsibilities: · The negotiation of agreements and funding allocations with ECHO and the constant exploration of increased funding opportunities, in collaboration with the unit and operational delegations;
· The analysis of trends, opportunities and threats in ECHO funding; · Constant and structured dissemination to ECHO interlocutors of ICRC IHL mandate, what the ICRC does, and how ICRC is different; · Active support in the negotiation and implementation of the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA), which governs all ECHO funding, including the level of earmarking, the nature and frequency of reporting, budget format, contractual issues, eligible costs, procurement, payment schedules, visibility/communication, evaluation/verification, etc. Input on other issues such as ECHO Single Form, Pillar Assessment and Evaluation may be required. - Follows up on all work-related messages and correspondence with the relevant contacts and departments; - Is aware of the delegation's objectives and has a good knowledge of the Movement and other contacts relevant to the position; - Collects and shares information so as to improve the ICRC's understanding of the environment and humanitarian trends and responses; - Represents the ICRC in an appropriate way during activities, in meetings and in the field, and avoids any activity that may reflect negatively on the ICRC's image; - Takes responsibility for their own professional learning and development.

Candidate Profile

Professional experience • 7 to 10 years professional experience in humanitarian sector • Minimum 3 years operational experience in the field with an international organization or NGO • An ICRC experience is an asset • exposure to ECHO's working modalities an advantage • good understanding of EU institutions and dynamics

Educational background and specific skills required • Master degree in a field related to the position. • good presentation and negotiation skills • good team, interpersonal, networking and organizational skills • flexible, independent and able to prioritize work • capacity to work efficiently in a team divided between Geneva, Nairobi and Brussels • skilled communicator with a capacity for concise and concrete presentation of ICRC and related issues

Languages Proficient oral and written English and French

What we offer • An opportunity to join one of the most respected international humanitarian organization in the world • A Full Time open-ended contract under Belgian legislation • An office space in Brussels and a multicultural team • A stimulating benefit package • Grade: C1 • Starting date: February or March 2021 (subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation)

To apply for this position, please send your resume and a cover letter before 28/01/2021 by email to: BRU_recruitment@icrc.org

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.