Senior Technical Coordinator

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. The IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services. The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.

Detailed Job description / requirements:

BRC-IFRC is looking for a Senior Technical Coordinator, who will be responsible to support NRCS for implementation of high-quality projects BRC supported projects by bringing technical synergy across all projects, providing technical backstopping for timely and effective implementation of all project activities. This position will act as overall technical focal person at BRC for providing technical guidance to programme team for DRR-CCA, resilience programming and disaster climate risk governance across all its projects. During the course, the position is required to liaise with relevant state and non-state actors in order to obtain strategic support necessary for the pursuit of programmatic goals.

Interested applicants should submit their CV accompanied by a cover letter demonstrating how their experience is relevant to the specific technical requirements and details of the job duties and responsibilities as mentioned in the job description no later than 17th August 2022. 

Job Description

Job Title
Senior Technical Coordinator
Classification Level
Grade 8

Organizational Unit / Duty Station

(Department / Zone Office / Delegation..... etc)
British Red Cross Delegation Nepal working under IFRC delegation in Nepal, Kathmandu
Immediate Supervisor’s Title
Country Manager

Technical Manager’s Title

(if applicable)
Regional DRR Advisor

Number of Direct Reports

(if applicable)

Number of Indirect Reports 

(if applicable)

Organizational context (where the job is located in the Organization)

British Red Cross (BRC) a member of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (RCM) is committed to increasing impact of the RCM by supporting communities and individuals to better prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters, conflicts and other crises. Under the 2030 International Strategy BRC has been increasing its support to the RCM’s disaster response operations around the world in the areas of disaster preparedness, health and social care, water, sanitation and hygiene, disaster risk reduction, and organisational development.

In Nepal BRC is supporting Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in implementation of various donor and internal supported funding project/ programmes aligned with its regional action plan to strengthen disaster preparedness, DRR/M, Cash Preparedness, Population and Migration, Humanitarian Response and Recovery, addressing health inequality with DRR-CC approach, National Society Development, to improve the disaster & climate resilience of local governments, the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and citizens, including vulnerable groups. 

This role is based in Kathmandu with regular field visits (approx. 70%) to programme areas and will work in coordination with programme and support team and National Society. The position will directly report to the Country Manager and with dotted line with Regional DRR Advisor as technical manager.

Job Purpose

The overall purpose of the position is to support NRCS for implementation of high-quality projects BRC supported projects by bringing technical synergy across all projects, providing technical backstopping for timely and effective implementation of all project activities. This position will act as overall technical focal person at BRC for providing technical guidance to programme team for DRR-CCA, resilience programming and disaster climate risk governance across all its projects. During the course, the position is required to liaise with relevant state and non-state actors in order to obtain strategic support necessary for the pursuit of programmatic goals. 

S/he will also provide support to the country manager in reinforcing BRC’s profile in the country through development of innovative technical concepts with safe and inclusive approaches and having evidence-based documentation that are in line with the BRC international, regional and NRCS plans and strategies. S/he is required to support in formulation of technical activities budgets, ensure timely reporting and review in line with programme objectives, indicators, work plans. S/he will work closely with Regional DRR Advisor to adapt Movement tools and approaches in DRR and CCA for application in accordance with country context and in generation of evidence and learning on DRR-CCA resilience. In case of Country Manager’s absence, the Sr. Technical Coordinator substitutes, and acts on behalf as per the delegated authority.

Job duties and responsibilities

Technical Management

  • Provide overall technical guidance to the programme team to be able to deliver high quality deliverables as per programme documents, Theory of Change (ToC), logframe, budget, action plans, donor requirements and risk management analysis. 
  • Ensure effective interlinkages of Disaster preparedness, Response, Recovery and Development Nexus utilizing ongoing BRC programme and other internal/ external resource programmes. 
  • Support in analysing the current disaster risk reduction/management policy environment, in terms of opportunities, barriers, incentives and /or implication for stakeholder that contributes to building resilience of vulnerable HH and communities.
  • Provide technical support to NRCS, PNSs for mainstreaming disaster-climate risks culminating into formulation of integrated disaster risk sensitive local level plans, policies and standard procedures.
  • Oversee implementation of network-based approach to disaster resilience, Humanitarian disaster preparedness to respond, along with target vulnerable group approach, address missing maps through advocacy and behavioural change models and collaboration and cooperation to reduce duplication.
  • Ensure mapping of technical needs to deliver the programme goals and coordinate with BRC technical advisors for support.
  • Provide oversight for the formulation of programme implementation plans and technical progress monitoring.
  • Support programme team in critical review of technical deliverables ensuring outputs, outcomes and impacts is delivered in a timely and integrated manner. 
  • Overall financial and compliance oversight of all bilateral supported projects including budget holder for the assigned projects.
  • Work with BRC team (programme and finance) and NRCS HQ team to develop and monitor overall, annual and quarterly project(s) budgets, resource allocation and utilization, budget revision and reconciliation of activities and expenditures.
  • Work on the possibility of engaging the private sector, cooperatives, insurance and risk transfers mechanisms. 
  • Ensure technical coordination and synergy between the different programme components of BRC & it’s partnering agencies through sharing of experiences, tools, methodologies, approaches and lessons learned.
  • Ensure technical programme delivery meets BRC’s internal quality standards, donor procedures and policies and that are consistent with the Red Cross Code of Conduct, the Fundamental Principles of the RC/RC Movement.   


  • Support the country manager in fund raising through leading on the stakeholder analysis, needs assessment, providing technical advisory for the development of innovative project ideas aligned with the BRC’s international/ regional / IFRC and NRCS strategies and that addresses community needs. 
  • Support in collaborative technical design process and workshop with NRCS and other stakeholders.

Monitoring, Evaluations, Reporting and Learnings

  • Support NRCS with technical review meetings, tracking issues and escalating issues when necessary for decision making processes. 
  • Carry out the technical review of donor reports and other internal progress reports prior to submission to country manager.
  • Support during setting technical questionnaire formulation for baseline, mid-term, end-line assessments, and other community surveys. 
  • Coordinate with BRC technical advisors for technical guidance, external academic, research organisations and learning partner to facilitate cross learning in disaster and climate resilience. 
  • Support in identification & technical documentation of best practice, case studies and sharing of learnings in different internal and external platforms. 
  • Contribute to technical synergise in projects and share learning with other PNSs.

People Management and Mentoring 

  • Line manage the Sr. DRR Officer and Sr. PMER Officer and perform annual staff appraisals for the line reporters and develop a HR development plan.
  • Mentoring BRC, partnering NS and NRCS on DRR-CCA-Resilience and mainstreaming, risk transfer instruments and disaster risk governance thematic.
  • Support through exchange of DRR-CCA- Resilience technical expertise in BRC regional country (ies) as per the identified needs and requests following the regional action plan.

Other Tasks

  • Provide support to NRCS in the event of any disaster and subsequent response operations.
  • Represent BRC as requested by Country Manager.
  • Any other tasks specific to this position to be identified and agreed upon by the job holder and line-manager

Duties applicable to all staff

1.Actively work towards the achievement of the BRC country and Asia region’s goals through effective managerial and lateral relationship and teamwork
2.Produce timely reports based on defined templates and indicators
3.Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross/Red Crescent principles
4.Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager

Position Requirements

Master’s degree in social science, rural development, development studies, disaster management or other relevant field from recognised university/institution.
Minimum of 7-10 years of experience working in DRR for large, multi-year donor funded programmes in the humanitarian and development sector.
Hands on experience in providing technical support to local stakeholders in disaster climate risk sensitive plans, disaster risk governance, localisation of policies and mainstreaming in local plans and programmes. 
Experience in providing technical support for development of different thematic plans, policies, procedures and guidelines
Through understanding of national and international DRR guidelines, frameworks, local planning procedures.
Proven track records of working in post disaster recovery activities and nexus approach
Experience of working within the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement

Demonstrable experience of managing human and financial resources 

Proven track records of conceptualisation of technical ideas for funding proposals targeting different donors 
Proven track record of working through, and in support of, partner organisations (e.g. National Societies, or NGOs/ CBOs etc) including working to develop their organisational capacity.
Experience of analysing humanitarian contexts and operations, identifying pertinent issues, making operational and strategic recommendations
Experience with active learning methodologies and knowledge of PMEAL

Experience of working with local governance structure
Knowledge and SkillsRequiredPreferred
Comprehensive understanding of the disaster climate resilience sector including National DRR/M Acts, policies and guidelines
Understanding of international, national and local DRR frameworks and procedures
Understanding of public-private sector engagement, social accountability mechanisms, municipal government engagement contexts
Sound understanding of project cycle management in the development / humanitarian sectors
Understanding of the various standards that are applied to humanitarian operations (e.g. SPHERE, HAP, the Red Cross Code of Conduct, etc.)

Demonstrable strategic thinking, leadership, coaching and mentoring of staff
Working knowledge of using computers and IT systems
Excellent writing and analytical skills
Trust building and relationship management of programme teams 
Organisational development of partner organisations
Embracing diversity and working cross-culturally
Fluently spoken and written Nepalese and English
Competencies (to be filled in by HR)


  • Takes the time to get to know others and their perspective formally and informally 
  • Manages relationships and partnerships for the long term – sharing information, building trust, constructively and openly tackling conflict in order to agree solutions


  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment, taking ownership and involving others in order to contribute to the British Red Cross achieving its purpose 
  • Helps team members to understand the bigger picture in a way that is meaningful and engaging for them 
  • Is approachable, empathetic and supportive, helping people to solve problems, address issues or adapt to change


  • Reflects on how their communication methods impact others 
  • Uses their understanding of others to tailor and choose the approach that will have the greatest impact 
  • Provides explanations, raises awareness of issues and sends consistent messages in order to support progress

Additional requirements: 

  • Upholds the fundamental principles and acts with integrity, in accordance with the Society’s values (inclusive, compassionate, courageous and dynamic). Ensures inclusive practice and promotes diversity
  • In good mental and physical health
  • Follows the RC’s Fundamental Principles and mandate
  • Willingness to travel as required
  • Willingness to work additional hours at times of emergency/particularly busy periods as required

Job Overview

Category Development and Project
Openings 1
Position Type Full Time
Experience Please check vacancy details.
Education Please check vacancy details
Posted Date 01 Aug, 2022
Apply Before 17 Aug, 2022
City Kathmandu