Scope of Work:
The IRC will be responding to a USAID RFA for Vulnerable Communities in South East program. One of the key personnel on the proposal will be for a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP). Under the supervision of the Chief of Party, the DCOP leads managerial and operational aspects of the project in compliance with USAID and IRC rules and regulations to achieve project objectives. The DCoP is responsible for the financial management, subgrant management, human resource management, and documentation and reporting. S/he will also regularly engage with and maintain good relationships with local and state government agencies in both Burma and Thailand, consortium partners/Project Management Group (PMG) members, and other stakeholders particularly in Burma. The DCoP will provide support to the CoP in liaising, programmatic, strategic development and quality control duties and reports to the CoP.
Position is contingent on being awarded the USAID grant.
- Under the guidance of the CoP, provide leadership, supervision and oversight of project financial management to ensure the most efficient use of resources by preparing sound budgets, monitoring project budgets against expenditures, and ensuring appropriate adjustments.
- Ensure that sub-grant awards are aligned with project goals and objectives, and ensure project systems support partners working in a rapidly changing environment to deliver the services to achieve project objectives.
- Provide oversight of project Human Resources team to ensure that high quality staff are recruited in a timely manner in accordance with IRC policies.
- Work closely with M&E and grant staff to prepare and produce timely project reports, information and communication materials.
- Under the direction of the CoP, liaise with the Government of Burma/Myanmar (GoB/M), various ministries at local, state and union level especially Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development, and Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development.
- Co-lead project efforts to promote recognition and integration of local partners in mainstream civil society in Burma.
- Facilitate sharing of lessons learned through coordination bodies of the GoB/M, UN, INGOs and local coordination networks and other coordination forums) to improve coverage and impact of program activities.
- Oversee, in coordination with key project staff, the development of workplans with clear objectives and achievable benchmarks, reflecting long-term and short-term priorities.
- Oversee the development of strong and coordinated project monitoring and evaluation systems; the development and maintenance of systematic data collection, storage and dissemination tools; and the capacity building of partners to improve monitoring capacity and data quality.
- Ensure strong collaborative partner relationships – based on principles of mutual trust and respect, mutual accountability, reciprocity, inclusion and transparency – with government, non-governmental and community-based partner organizations, including through regular contact and meetings.
- Promote core project objective of supporting a staged transition of project leadership and management of service delivery systems to local partners, while providing healthcare, education, livelihood, food assistance and other humanitarian assistance in ways that are impactful, cost-effective, and strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable people from Burma.
- Jointly supervise project operation staff with IRC Myanmar’s country management team and supervise and mentor the Senior M&E Coordinator, Communications Manager, and Reporting Coordinator.
- Ensure close coordination and cooperation with the IRC Myanmar country program.
- Graduate or post-graduate degree in humanitarian assistance, civil society development, community development, or other related field.
- Minimum of 10 years’ experience in managing humanitarian and/or development assistance programs and overall management of budget, human resource and documentation/reporting.
- Demonstrated expertise in managing a complex program portfolio spanning humanitarian and development assistance in a variety of operating contexts and beneficiary populations (IDP, refugee, migrant), and in partnership with a diverse array of project partners (government, non-government and community-based partner organizations).
- Deep understanding of the social and political context in Burma.
- Demonstrated expertise in supporting the transition of project leadership and management to local partners to promote program sustainability, effectiveness, efficiency and responsiveness.
- Technical expertise in one or more sectors relevant to the project: health, livelihood, emergency cash and food assistance, education, rights protection (legal assistance, GBV, protection mainstreaming), institutional capacity building, advocacy, with a demonstrated ability to foster the close integration of multiple project sectors.
- Strong experience in community participation and institutional capacity strengthening of project partners.
- Demonstrated ability to foster strong collaborative partner relationships – based on principles of mutual trust and respect, mutual accountability, reciprocity, inclusion and transparency – with all project partners throughout the life of the project, with an ability to promote a common project vision among a wide array of diverse partner organizations.
- Demonstrated ability to ensure appropriate monitoring and evaluation of a complex program portfolio, encompassing the provision of assistance through host government ministries, non-governmental and community-based partner organizations, including in areas with limitations on access for project staff.
- Demonstrated experience in supporting effective liaison with USAID, working closely with USAID to foster a collaborative and constructive relationship that effectively addresses the requirements of USAID.
- Ability to manage large multi-cultural teams delivering complex humanitarian and developmental assistance involving a wide array of project partners and varying implementation contexts with diverse beneficiary populations.
- Strategic planning, monitoring, management, supervision, and budgeting expertise.
- Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written.
- Strong understanding of USAID regulatory framework and standard INGO management systems.
- Demonstrated ability to promote the integration of project efforts with other programming implemented in the same contexts.
- Indigenous and local language (Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Shan, Thai) capability an asset.