Full-Time CARE VANUATU RECOVERY MANAGER
CARE International in Australia is recruiting for the position of Recovery Manager for its Country Office in Vanuatu.
About CARE Australia
CARE is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. As a non-religious and non-political organisation, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development projects and providing emergency relief. We know that supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities. We depend on support from the Australian public to carry out our work.
CARE Australia is a member of the CARE International confederation. We strive for a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
For over 27 years, CARE Australia has earned an international reputation for our ability to respond quickly to emergency situations in countries as diverse as Haiti, Pakistan and East Africa. We are also renowned for our innovative, sustainable and effective long-term development projects. All our projects are designed to equip the people we support with skills and resources so they can take charge of their lives and work towards a better future.
CARE Australia is directly responsible for program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as management and contractual control of all projects. As a consequence, we have a high degree of accountability and transparency. CARE Australia is committed to protecting the rights of children in all areas we work around the world.
About the Country Office
CARE has worked in Vanuatu for over a decade delivering impactful disaster risk reduction, resilience and gender equality programs. CARE International in Vanuatu is implementing an emergency response program for Tropical Cyclone Harold and responding to the impacts of the COVID19 pandemic in Vanuatu. Through this program, CARE is supporting shelter and livelihood recovery, gender and protection and effective communication and engagement with communities. CARE is working in close partnership with local organizations including Vanuatu Christian Council, Vanuatu Red Cross Society and Vanuatu Society for People with Disability.
You will lead the CARE Vanuatu response to impacts of the concurrent emergencies resulting Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold and COVID 19 Team, including managing all program implementation and supervising response and recovery team members.
The Recovery Manager ensures that CARE’s multiple donor funded recovery programs are implemented effectively, to a high standard, on time and that risks are appropriately managed.
The position is based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Given current restrictions, if an appropriate candidate is not available locally, CARE will consider a remotely located role, or a remote role transitioning to in country when conditions allow. All candidates should apply regardless of location, and candidates already in Vanuatu, including Ni-Vanuatu nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Assessment, Programme Design and Planning
- In collaboration with the ACD and other program team members, ensure the evolving context as relates to COVID19, TC Harold recovery and potential new emergencies (eg cyclone season) is constantly monitored and assessed to ensure CARE’s program is appropriate and relevant to needs, always with a gender lens
- Contribute to the development of new programming concepts and donor proposals
- Coordinate the development of all emergency related implementation plans and budgets within the framework of the agreed emergency response programme and strategy.
Emergency Project Management and Implementation
- Lead programming planning and implementation of all funded emergency response and recovery programs, including project planning, budgeting, implementation oversight and direction, monitoring and program quality
- Support the recovery teams to have a sound understanding of the project goals and develop appropriate and effective workplans and implementation schedules
- Effectively manage project budgets, costed work plans and expenditure in compliance with CARE’s financial manual and donor requirements
- Coordinate closely with the Finance and Operations Director and team to ensure timely and effective coordination between recovery program and procurement, logistics and finance teams to enable timely and effective delivery of the response program
- Coordinate and monitor implementation to ensure projects are on track, on time and meeting deliverables
- Actively manage risks and adapt programs plans as needed to changes in the operating context and emerging issues
- Ensure high quality and on time donor reporting against all programs
- Coordinate with the CARE Vanuatu Program Quality Team to ensure effective Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning processes are implemented for CARE’s recovery programs
- Ensure CARE’s programs effectively integrate gender equality approaches
- Ensure program related data is accurate, up to date and accessible
- Ensure CARE’s programs are of a high quality and meet technical standards.
- Work with the Program Quality Team to facilitate reflection and learning processes including an After Action Review.
- Ensure that different sectoral activities are implemented in a coordinated and integrated manner to ensure an efficient and effective response.
General Management and Leadership
- Effectively manage the response and recovery team, ensuring effective lines of supervision are in place at all levels, that CARE’s values are modelled and adhered to by all team members and effective HR processes are followed.
- Working closely with the ACD and Safety and Security Focal Point, ensure all recovery team members are fully briefed on all aspects of security, social and cultural norms and local conditions and behaviour, all safety and security rules are followed and any issues are reported and handled appropriately.
- Together with the CD and ACD, establish and maintain constructive working relationships with other NGO’s, UN agencies, government (both national and at provincial levels), bilateral and multilateral donors, and other principle stakeholders
- Keep the Senior Management Team informed on any risks or issues arising.
Required qualifications and skills:
- Minimum of 5 years humanitarian aid experience in complex and natural disasters
- Strong program management experience including managing large scale budgets from various institutional donors
- Demonstrated experience delivery high quality programs including familiarity with MEAL and reporting requirements
- Experience in complex decision-making and leading a multi-disciplinary team under difficult circumstances
- Demonstrated high level communication skills including in representation and negotiation with governments and donors
- Effective team management skills
- Strong understanding of the humanitarian emergency operating context, including SPHERE, the humanitarian system, donors, security, and program management
- Strong understanding of gender issues in the Pacific context and of designing programs in a gender-sensitive, and where feasible gender transformative way.
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