The British Red Cross (BRC) helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. BRC is part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. It enables vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. When the crisis is over, it helps them to recover and move on with their lives. In the UK the organisation operates through 33,000 volunteers and 2,800 staff organised into 21 areas, which are grouped into 4 territories.
The international work of BRC is managed by an International Division of around sixty people based in the organisation’s UK Office in London and by staff employed overseas supporting BRC bilateral programmes, supporting partner national societies, or as delegates to the Federation and ICRC. The International Division consists of six departments:
• Partnership Development (management of relationships with national society partners).
• Disaster Management.
• Humanitarian Policy.
• Performance and Accountability.
• International Law.
• International Finance.
BRC has prioritised long-term support to national society partners’ programmes that aim to develop community and individual resilience. This includes support for health and care, disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness activities. The Partnership Development (PD) department plays the central role in assisting partners to develop their capacities to deliver programmes in these areas. As such, organisational development is an integral part of our programme support. The department is currently supporting long-term programming in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and Central Asia. BRC currently has a field presence managed by PD, supporting partners’ long-term programming in East Africa, Southern Africa, South Asia and East Asia.
Reporting to the Head of Partnership Development, the post holder is responsible for leading and managing our partnerships and programme support in Africa and the Middle East. This includes the development and implementation of BRC’s strategy for support in Africa and the Middle East and management of the Africa and Middle East programme management teams, both in the UK and overseas. The development of a regional strategy forms part of a wider international growth strategy at BRC, where it is seeking to extend the reach and impact of its international work through deepening the partnerships with the Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement (RCM) and scaling up programme support.
The Africa and Middle East Manager will work with the Head of Department (HoD) and other managers in the department to ensure that the department is well led and managed effectively, both operationally and strategically. S/he will work closely with other departments in the International Division to strengthen integrated ways of working and with other BRC divisions to ensure that BRC continues to innovate and develop its approaches to partnership, organisational capacity building and programme development. The post-holder will work with the Partnership Development Management Team to maximise the impact of departmental resources in the delivery of BRC’s corporate strategy, “Saving Lives, Changing Lives”. The Partnership Development Management Team comprises of:
• Head of Department
• Resilience Team Manager
• Asia Manager
• Africa and Middle East Manager
The post-holder will ensure the effective management of and accountability for BRC’s resources allocated to activities in Africa and the Middle East. S/he will also be a member of the extended divisional International Management Team.