Saving Lives Senior Consortium Coordinator

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 10 August 2018

Job Description

Requisition ID: req2542

Job Title: Saving Lives Senior Consortium Coordinator

Sector: Program Administration

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Sierra Leone

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) 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, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. 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 delivers education programs in 22 conflict-affected or post-conflict countries around the world.

Present in Sierra Leone since 1999, IRC supports the Sierra Leonean institutions - government, civil society, community-based organizations and private sector - to provide improved social services. The IRC does this through programs and partnerships designed to improve the life of women, youth and children by implementing Health, Education, and Women’ s Protection and Empowerment programming.

IRC, along with its Consortium partners has bid for a funding opportunity from DFID - Saving Lives (Phase II) as the lead for the NGO consortium. The Saving Lives programme seeks to support the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) to save women’ s and children’ s lives by improving the quality, availability and accessibility of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services. This will be achieved by increasing the utilization of quality RMNCAH services through a multifaceted approach that seeks to strengthen quality, expand access, and build the demand for RMNCAH services in Sierra Leone. The programme duration is October 2018 - March 2021.

The IRC is recruiting for a Senior Consortium Coordinator who will be responsible for overseeing the coordination and management of the Consortium’ s work under the programme. Working in close collaboration with the Consortium partner organizations, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), and other key stakeholders, the Coordinator will play a key role in ensuring that the Saving Lives programming is implemented to a high technical standard and is in full alignment with relevant national RMNCAH (& supply chain) policies and protocols and under the leadership of the MoHS.

The Saving Lives Senior Consortium Coordinator will work under the oversight of the Deputy Director of Programmes and will supervise four reports.

This position is contingent on funding.


* Oversee the implementation of the NGO Consortium’ s Saving Lives (Phase II) Programme in Sierra Leone;
* Ensure technical coordination of district-level activities related to RMNCAH/Saving Lives;
* Actively develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, government, the UN Consortium, NGO Consortium partners and other NGOs;
* Contribute to national discussions and strategic planning exercises regarding RMNCAH Strategy implementation in Sierra Leone;
* Oversee the initial training of the mentors during the inception phase as well as their continuous professional development;
* Represent the Consortium at the Project Steering Committee meetings;
* Represent the Consortium on the Programme Delivery Management Committee; and
* Represent the Consortium at all other relevant meetings.

Programme Management
* Develop key project planning management approaches and tools and orientate relevant staff on their use;
* Coordinate and closely monitor the implementation of Saving Lives programme against agreed work plan, performance target, and budget to ensure that programming is on track;
* Conduct regular field visits to the districts to provide technical support and monitor performance;
* Work closely with Consortium partners to identify and address implementation challenges in a diplomatic and professional manner;
* Liaise regularly with IRC HQ-based technical advisors to promote intra-organizational learning and discuss RMNCAH strategy implementation in country;
* Ensure strong coordination within the NGO Consortium through chairing regular technical meetings with partners to review progress, discuss challenges, and share best practices;
* Represent the Consortium on the Strategic Management Board on a regular basis to give high-level updates on progress, risks and potential mitigations;
* Lead the production of timely and high-quality project reports that document achievements, best practices, and lessons learned;
* Ensure quality completion of baseline and end-line assessments during the inception and close out of the programme;
* Maintain open and effective communication amongst the Consortium, government officials, partners, and the donor; and
* Oversee the implementation of the MEL Framework and facilitate course correcting interventions based on emerging findings.

Staff Management
* Supervise any direct reports, including consultants, in accordance with IRC HR policies and local law; and
* As necessary, lead the recruitment of new programme staff in coordination with the Deputy Director of Programmes, IRC HR team, and HQ technical unit.

Budget Oversight
* Ensure that project resources, including financial, are used effectively and transparently and in order to achieve project objectives;
* Regularly monitor partner expenditures to ensure that spending is on track and to proactively identify and address any expected under/overspend;
* Ensure promptly response to all partner budget-related inquiries in collaboration with grants and finance staff; and
* Hold consultation meetings with partners, the UN Consortium and MoHS.

Representation and Advocacy
* Attend national RMNCAH meetings and other workshops, working groups, and coordination forums as required to ensure close coordination and collaboration;
* Liaise closely with implementing partners to ensure that field-level perspectives and operational considerations are taken into account during national discussions on RMNCAH strategy implementation; and
* Analyze and present current program data in creative new ways to influence national-level discussions on RMNCAH strategy implementation.

September 2018 - April 2021

* To effectively deliver this engagement, the applicant should meet the following requirements:
* Master’s degree in public health, social sciences or other relevant field or the equivalent in professional work
* Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in management of programmes in a developing country or other resource-poor context (ideally Sierra Leone), including experience in implementing/managing RMNCAH programmes
* At least 3 years of experience in a managerial position and demonstrated capacity in project management and budget planning, including the development of spending plans, procurement plans and work plans
* Prior demonstrated experience developing proposals for and working with institutional donors, preferably the UK Department for International Development (DFID)
* Excellent budget planning and management skills, previous experience effectively managing multimillion-dollar grants required
* Understanding of and experience with the RMNCAH programming in Sierra Leone - a distinct advantage
* Proficient multi-tasker with the ability to delegate tasks while still maintaining a high attention to detail
* Energetic and self-driven with the ability to independently address and overcome challenges
* Exceptionally patient with a strong commitment to teamwork and capacity-building
* Ability to provide technical support and feedback with a high degree of tact and diplomacy
* Ability to integrate different experiences, methodologies, and approaches from a diverse range of stakeholders, organisations, and technical experts from multiple sectors
* Strong communication skills and effective in representation and liaison with external actors
* Excellent English speaking/writing skills required.

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.

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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