The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 6.5 people are internally displaced and 9.3 million are in need of humanitarian assistance; the region is hosting over 4.8 million refugees. IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $125 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 1100 staff in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, distribution of food and core relief items, cash assistance, and economic recovery. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.
SCOPE OF WORK
The Economic Recovery & Development (ERD) Coordinator will manage the continued growth, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of basic needs and livelihoods programs in southern Syria, both through direct implementation and exploring the potential for partnerships with Syrian NGOs. The IRC’s ERD programming relies on a market-based approach to the greatest extent possible - meeting the urgent priority basic and livelihood needs of displaced populations without compromising existing market structures and mechanisms as well as looking towards future livelihoods development opportunities.
By working closely with the Deputy Director for Cross Border (DDXB) programs and the ERD Technical Advisor based in HQ and the SRR Cash Specialist based in Amman, the ERD Coordinator will play a key role in the oversight and quality implementation of the ERD portfolio.
The ERD Coordinator will have a strong emphasis on program development, management and implementation, team management, capacity building of national staff, technical support, as well as coaching and compliance oversight to partners to ensure successful and quality implementation of programmatic activities.
Program Management and Technical Quality
Working closely with the DDXB:
* Work with technical units to ensure sound design processes that ensure new or adapted programming for the ERD sector focuses on maximizing efficiencies, impact and integrated approaches.
* Provide leadership, technical and management oversight to all ERD (cash, cash for work, livelihoods) programming in southern Syria with a specific focus on voucher and cash distribution systems development in accordance with best practice, Strategic Action Plan and IRC policy, adapted to the context of southern Syria, with strong remote management mechanisms to support.
* Assess the appropriateness of different programming options, additions, adaptation and ensure implementation modalities best respond to the needs and context.
* In collaboration with ICT4P staff, ensure appropriate technology components are selected, tested and integrated into ERD programming.
* Work in collaboration with supply chain and finance staff to ensure timely payments, distributions and compliance for ERD activities.
* Ensure smooth management and integration of project work plans and budgets (budget forecasting, development of spending plans and budget follow-up), timely recruitment, and accurate reporting in accordance with IRC and donor regulations.
* Liaise with economic advisors within the technical unit to ensure relevant support, tools and resources are being provided and integrated into programming.
* Identify, monitor and report unmet needs and explore the potential of the IRC to address those needs. Conduct additional needs assessments, as required.
* Analyze ERD data collected from the field, to identify trends in market data or beneficiary purchasing power parity.
* Actively and meaningfully participate in the Grant Management Meeting process.
* Participate in relevant working groups both within and outside of the UN cluster system.
Human Resources Management
* Hire, build the capacity of and supervise members of the ERD team with specific technical expertise in relevant areas.
* Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
* Responsible for supervisees’ timesheets, work plans, vacation schedules, and staff training/development activities.
* Promote and monitor staff care and well-being. Model healthy work-life balance practices. Support appropriate interventions in response to identified staff care needs of both national and international staff.
* Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures
* Lead in the development of concept notes and proposals to existing and new donors as needed in order to grow the southern Syria ERD portfolio, in collaboration with country program senior management, business development staff and economic advisors.
* Support the maintenance of a coherent ERD strategy across IRC’s areas of intervention in southern Syria in line with the outcomes contained in the Strategy Action Plan 2015-2020.
* Implement and manage planned programmatic and structural transitions.
* Manage ERD budgets and ensure timely, accurate and compliant spending.
* Ensure the IRC submits quality donor reports as per set schedules (monthly, quarterly and annually) on grant activities, indicators and achievements.
* All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Deputy Director - Cross Border
Position directly supervises: ERD Monitoring Manager, ERD Sr. Finance Officer, ERD Officer
Indirect Reporting: None
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Grants Department, ERD Technical Unit, Supply Chain, Finance, HR, Research Evaluation and Learning Technical Unit
External: Relevant working groups, local and national government entities, businesses and business development entities, peer and partner agencies, donors
* Bachelor degree in social sciences, agriculture, economics, international affairs or related field required.
* 3-5 years professional humanitarian experience.
* Experience with cash transfer programming and market-based emergency responses required.
* Livelihoods experience desirable.
* Prior experience working in remote-management situations preferred, particularly in supporting partners.
* Strong program/technical and budget management skills, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills.
* Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties.
* Personal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
* Fluency in English.
* Arabic a plus.
Amman is currently not assessed as a high-risk environment and it remains a generally safe city as long as IRC security protocols are observed. The post is unaccompanied and housing will be provided by IRC according to the IRC Jordan housing policy.