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Publicado el 14 de March de 2020

Senior Officer, Partnerships and Resource Development

Fecha límite: 19 de March de 2020


Date of issue:28-02-2020                                 

Closing date (Geneva time zone):19-03-2020


Duty station:Panama



Duty station status: N/A                                    

Accompanied status: N/A


Duration:1 year

Category of Staff: National Staff


Grade: Not applicable


Vacancy No: IFRC03791

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192 member National Societies. 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.

Organizational Context


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (“the Federation”) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network with 190-member National Societies. 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. The Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (“the IFRC”) works to a Business Model and has a Business Delivery Plan with key commitments that sharpen its focus, clarity, and efficiency and accountability results. The Secretariat, headquartered in Geneva, has five decentralized regional offices: one of which is the Americas, guided by the Secretariat strategies for implementation and areas of focus that builds on the vision of strategy 2020. The Americas’ region is organized in two main hemispheres: a group of service-based departments and geographical configurations of (i) Country Cluster Support Teams and (ii) Country Office(s), as well as the Deputy Regional Director, each of them led by the Regional Director; and another hemisphere: six building blocks composed by (i) Partnerships and Resource Development, (ii) Policy, Strategy and Knowledge; (iii) Communication, (iv) Disaster and Crisis: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, (v) Health and Water Sanitation and, (vi) Logistics, each of them led by the Deputy Regional Director. The position is in the Americas regional office in Panama, and reports directly to the Head, Partnerships and Resource Development.

Job Purpose


Coordinate Partnerships and Resource Development strategies to help reach 100% coverage on Operational budgets, including the submission of high-quality funding applications, effective relationship management, and donor accountability


Job Duties and Responsibilities


The specific duties and responsibilities of the Senior PRD Officer will focus on resource development for thematic or longer-term programs.

Partnerships and Relationship Management

·       Establish new partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships across different income streams, including the following:

·       Partner National Societies: with a Federation-wide approach, including multilateral and bilateral partners, and including those within the region;

·       Government partnerships: in cooperation with respective partner National Societies; European Union: including DG ECHO, DG Devco and other EU institutions;

·       Multilateral and financial institutions partnerships: including Development Banks, UN agencies etc.;

·       New funding opportunities: Research and dissemination of all funding opportunities to National Societies, IFRC country cluster offices and IFRC programmes teams.

·       Resource mobilization for IFRC’s Operational Plans in the Americas region

Work with the IFRC’s regional office and country/multi-country cluster offices in the following:

·       Funding applications: Coordinate fundraising initiatives and presentation of proposals, providing technical support and ensuring quality.

·       Operational plans: ensure timely follow up with partners on all new funding opportunities and that all funding information is kept up to date on CRM.

·       Pledge management: ensure efficient processing of all pledges for operational plans, according to established guidelines/procedures. Follow-up of pledges created, reports and payments due.

·       Grant management: ensure all grants of funding received through the IFRC secretariat are managed well, that all funding proposals are of good quality, and that guidelines/procedures are followed. Ensure the management of all information/ data related to partnerships/funding in the Americas region is kept fully up to date in the IFRC’s CRM and financial system.

·       Contract negotiation: coordinate the contract negotiations with all relevant areas once the funding is approved.

·       Donor reporting: work with project managers and PMER to ensure that all donor reports are prepared to quality standards, compliance with agreed donor conditions/requirements, and all reporting deadlines are met



·       University degree in relevant discipline

·       Relevant post-graduate degree (International Relations, Humanitarian Affairs, Business Administration or other relevant).

·       Relevant professional training courses (Red Cross/Red Crescent related, humanitarian and development sector, management).


·       3 to 5 years relevant experience in fundraising with partners/donors with demonstrable success.

·       3 to 5 years relevant experience in relationship management and partnership development.

·       Relevant work experience within the humanitarian sector and knowledge of systems and processes in communications, resource mobilization, planning and reporting.

·       Experience facilitating training in fundraising and resource development, as well as in mentoring/coaching.

·       Work experience with non-profit organizations, NGOs and/or governmental development agencies.

·       Experience of working in the Americas region, outside of Panama


Knowledge, skills and languages


·       Familiarity with government aid systems and that of multilateral organizations

·       Experience in developing corporate fundraising

·       Ability to work in a diverse cultural context

·       Strong knowledge of information sharing tools

·       Experience in using a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system

·       Excellent networking and relationship building skills, including ability to strengthen internal and external networks, as well as Movement partnerships

·       Strong communication skills, written, spoken and presentation

·       Fluently spoken and written English

·       Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic)


Competencies and values


·       VALUES: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability

·       CORE COMPETENCIES: Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Decision Making; National Societies and Customer Relations; Creativity and Innovation; Building Trust

·       FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES: Building Alliances; Leadership; Empowering Others



Applicants are required to submit a motivation letter along with their applications no later than the closing date. In order for us to assure a proper comparative evaluation of your application for this vacancy and to enable us to consider your profile against other similar current and future vacancies, we ask that you submit your application taking into account the following:

·       Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through a national contract of Panama; therefore only nationals of this country or those holding a valid work permit or legal status will be considered for the post;

·       The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and applicable national laws;

·       The closing date is midnight Geneva time;

·       Only shortlisted candidates for interviews will be notified;

·       The position will be based in Panama, Republic of Panama

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