National Adaptation Coordinator

The American Red Cross (ARC) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and educating future humanitarians. In the coming years the American Red Cross will deepen and expand its programming around the world while also working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent network, in order to deliver vital help and hope to some of the most vulnerable communities.


The National Adaptation Coordinator is responsible for management of local and provincial level activities as part of ARC’s partnership with Winrock International on the Vietnam Forest and Deltas program. The program is based around community and school-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) activities in northern and southern Vietnam. The National Adaptation Coordinator will contribute to the development of the overall program of activities, the scheduling of tasks and management planning for supervision of province level teams. With support from team members, including the Adaptation Team Leader and the Adaptation Technical Advisor the primary function of this position will be to organize, manage and inspire provincial managers and field operations staff to ensure high quality technical standards and timeliness of implementation. At the local level, implementation will be by undertaken by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VNRC) in cooperation with several NGOs who, in turn, will report to provincial level managers.

Location: Hanoi with travel to project sites as required

Reports to: ARC’s Resilience Delegate and Adaptation Team Leader

Effective date: 1 July 2015


Key Responsibilities:

  • In consultation with the Adaptation Technical Adviser, support program design and detailed programming of activities
  • Manage implementation of the provincially based program of DRR/CCA activities according to agreed plans and budgets
  • Inspire, energize and lead provincial and commune based staff. Proactively identify problems, develop innovative solutions and strive to maintain momentum
  • Provide financial oversight and assure cost effectiveness of program activities
  • Facilitate beneficiary accountability, participation and ownership as part of program/project implementation
  • Actively network with other organizations and across sectors to establish links, identify opportunities for cooperation and advocate the main messages from the Vietnam Forests and Deltas program
  • Assist in identifying capacity building needs within the project team. Collaborate on the design and conduct capacity building activities as needed. This may include skills development in specific technical areas as well as in reporting, program management, M&E and gender issues
  • Support local level implementation, including occasional workshop facilitation as well as active participation in awareness raising events
  • Prepare regular reports on program implementation including information on current and projected progress and expenditure
  • Assist with the development of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, including survey design and preparation of questionnaires. Train provincial and field staff in the use of systems, collate, process and report on M&E data. Report regularly on the achievement of M&E targets
  • Liaise with implementing partners and government counterpart staff to coordinate activities and strengthen relationships
  • Identify opportunities and prepare descriptions of success stories as part of overall communications
  • Facilitate arrangements for official visitors, host site tours for official visitors.


Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum five years relevant experience including at least two years of managing staff and managing complex work programs. International work or study experience preferred
  • Demonstrated working experience with international projects including work planning and implementation management
  • Demonstrated leadership experience including supervising, inspiring and mentoring staff as well as being able to show initiative, think innovatively and proactively solve problems
  • Proven record of effective teamwork across multiple organizations and stakeholders at both local and national levels
  • Proven expertise in undertaking capacity building for local partners, particularly government at provincial, district or commune levels
  • Experience with the development and delivery of training and participatory workshops
  • Experience with preparing information for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to international standards, including design of evaluation materials, data collection and reporting
  • Knowledge of DRR/CCA tools, training materials and activity content not essential but is preferred
  • A background or experience in gender and gender analysis to take into consideration the differing needs of men and women, would be an advantage
  • Ability to effectively manage complex programs and to meet or exceed target objectives
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills in English and fluency in Vietnamese
  • Proficient in MS Office.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Applicants should send a scanned copy of the original degrees together with a current resume and a cover letter containing the name and contact details of three references, as well as salary expectations in English to [email protected] by close of business 24th June, 2015.

Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
The American Red Cross (ARC)
Application Deadline: 
Wed, 2015-06-24