Field coordinator

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 August 2018

Job Description

Requisition ID: req2550
Job Title: Field coordinator
Sector: Emergency Response
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: USA-Global - Roving

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC Emergency Unit leads or oversees IRCs global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the Emergency Unit is to help meet the immediate survival needs and reduce suffering in conflict or disaster affected populations during the acute phase of an emergency. The Emergency Unit also works in protracted emergencies, where the risk to life may be reduced but the population is still subjected to rights abuses and a lack of basic services The Emergency Unit is also charged with enhancing the IRCs global and country level emergency preparedness capacity. The Emergency Response Team serves as the standing team of specialized professionals ready to deploy to an emergency within 72 hours.

Job Overview/Summary:
The Emergency Unit is seeking field coordinator to oversee programs and operations in complex field environments. The posting require a high degree of leadership, resilience, resourcefulness and operational savvy, including excellent diplomatic skills and security awareness.

The Field Coordinator leads, coordinates and oversees field operations and represents the Unit at field level. Within the assigned area of responsibility, the role ensures coordination and alignment of effort, implementation of program and project plans, responsive and compliant support functions, and timely and effective external representation. The coordinator will identify and escalate needs, gaps and issues and coordinate and prioritize multiple competing demands. The coordinator will support efforts to assure program quality and accountability to beneficiaries, in coordination with technical advisors.

Major Responsibilities:
* Lead and coordinate field operations to align team effort with project plans, program objectives and strategic goals, and ensure project progress and implementation
* Oversee field finance, HR, supply chain and safety and security, ensuring adherence with policy and procedure and responsiveness to program needs
* Develop and maintain effective working relationships with local coordination structures and stakeholders, representing the Unit in external fora and with local authorities
* Provide timely, concise, action-oriented reporting and communications on a scheduled and ad hoc basis to keep leadership informed and situationally aware and escalate issues as required
* Proactively identify, assess, monitor and implement measures to reduce or control risks that may impact field operations and program delivery
* Act as Security Focal Point for area of operation, and own and oversee implementation of Security Management Plan, adherence to standard operating procedures and scheduled review of measures
* Ensure the provision and management of adequate facilities and office services, including office and living space, ICT and office equipment, administration, and budget planning and management
* Lead field-level strategic initiatives and cross-team efforts as assigned, such as beneficiary complaints and feedback, joint assessments, context analysis and emergency response, and ensure alignment and coherence with country and regional strategies as appropriate
* Ensure robust monitoring, evaluation and accountability systems are in place and implemented

Key Working Relationships
* Position Reports to: Field Director
* Position directly supervises: Program Managers, Operations Managers

Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Program, Operations and Finance Coordinators
External: INGOs, coordination structures, local authorities

Job Requirements
* Degree in humanitarian assistance, logistics, management, administration, international affairs, area studies, public health or related field, advanced degree preferred, experience considered in lieu of degree;
* Demonstrable operational skill and experience in low-resource, deep field settings including oversight of communications, fleet management, facilities and safety and security operating procedures;
* Demonstrable ability to lead, motivate and support teams in challenging environments;
* Excellent planning and organizational skills and capabilities;
* Excellent interpersonal and representational skills;
* Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure effectively and productively;
* Safety and security aware, driven and self-starting, resilient and emotionally intelligent;
* Fluent in spoken and written English, additional languages an advantage.

Working Environment
The positions will be based in complex field locations with medium to high security risk and basic living conditions, compensated by ex-country R&R and hardship allowance.

About the Organization

From emergency response through post-conflict development work, in a great variety of roles around the world, the International Rescue Committee’s 8,000-plus staff is a force for humanity and hope. If you’re skilled and passionate, we’d like to add your energy to ours.

Careers at the IRC are as wide-ranging and far-reaching as our work. Encouraging staff development through promotion, transfer and rehire, the IRC nurtures long-term career paths and helps employees grow within the organization.

At any given moment, on any given day, all around the world, IRC staff members are restlessly and effectively working for the sake of the most vulnerable among us—to restore and renew hope, dignity and freedom.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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