Program Assistant (British Red Cross)
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Abuja, Nigeria
4d ago


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

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 (IFRC or the Federation ) is the World’slargest volunteer-

based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organization established by andcomprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Along with National Societies and theInternational Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and RedCrescent Movement.

The overall aim of the IFRC is to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times allforms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human sufferingand thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.

It worksto meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, healthemergencies and other crises.

The Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world.The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the InternationalFederation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies.

  • The Secretariat’s focus includes providing supportto the IFRC governance mechanisms; setting norms and standards; providing guidance;
  • ensuring consistency;coordination and accountability for performance; knowledge sharing; promoting collaboration within and respectfor the RCRC Movement;
  • and expanding engagement with partners. The Secretariat has five regional office, asfollows : Americas (Panama City); Africa (Nairobi);
  • Asia / Pacific (Kuala Lumpur); Europe (Budapest); Middle Eastand North Africa (Beirut). The IFRC office in Abuja is the hub to support the Red Cross National Societies of the West Coast Cluster (Nigeria,Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Liberia) and has a status agreement with Nigerian government.

    The WestCoast cluster office deliver the IFRC mandate in the sub-region with a focus on Disaster Management, CapacityBuilding of the National Societies and Humanitarian Diplomacy.

    The British Red Cross (BRC) opened an office in Abuja in January 2019. Focus of BRC activities were around strengthening the Nigeria Red Cross Society (NRCS) through capacity building and the development of a business plan for the commercial activities of the NRCS.

    BRC will continue supporting these commercial activities, but also, jointly with the NRCS, develop a program portfolio in the areas of Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Response for the years to come.

    Job Purpose

    Under the direct supervision and the guidance of the Head of Country Cluster, the Programme Assistant (Nigeria) will support the IFRC Country Cluster office in matters relating to National Society development, Programme Development and -

    implementation, reporting, administration, and the overall organization of the office. While formally reporting to the Head of Country Cluster, he / she will be operationally managed by the Country Manager, British Red Cross.

    Job Duties and Responsibilities

    1.Provide support to issues related to the Development of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, including :

  • Coordination with the National Society and other relevant RC / RC movement partners on the follow-up of the findings of the due diligence process to ensure that identified organizational weaknesses will be addressed
  • Support in preparing for meetings related to National Society Development (review of documents, drafting of position papers)
  • Support in accompanying the National Society in the process of operationalizing the NRCS country strategy.
  • Provide support to the setting up and supervision of an external entity in charge of selected commercial activities which previously were managed by the Nigerian Red Cross Society
  • Research and write background papers and analysis as requested :
  • media review
  • context analysis
  • Prepare regular reports and organize records
  • Monitor trends and prepare context analysis for Nigeria
  • Provide support in the development of programme proposals
  • Organize a filing system for important and confidential documents :
  • Policies and procedures
  • Financial documents
  • Programmatic and strategy related documents
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Maintain the office calendar :
  • Keep an overview of relevant meetings and events
  • Maintain an overview of staff on visits to Nigeria
  • Support in the procurement of items and services according to office procedures
  • Follow up on other office services and maintenance when needed (plumbing, painting, etc)
  • General office administration
  • Adhere to the RC / RC movement values
  • Undertake other duties as are reasonably required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations or any other field relevant for the work of the RC / RC movement
  • Experience

  • Minimum one -year work experience
  • Working experience in Organizational Development in the non-profit sector
  • Work experience within a multi-cultural environment
  • Previous experience within RCRC
  • Working experience in Humanitarian environment
  • Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Strong communication skills
  • Computer Literate
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Initiative and flexibility
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of strategies and operational plans of the NRCS, IFRC and BRC (Nigeria)
  • Communication
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • National Society and Customer Relations
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Comments

    The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.

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