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
- Provide strategic direction, leadership and overall technical and management support to ERD programs in southern Syria in line with the Strategy Action Plan outcomes for economic wellbeing.
- Lead design processes that ensure new or adapted programming for the ERD sector focuses on maximizing efficiencies, impact and integrated approaches.
- Provide 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 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.
- Work in collaboration with the ERD Coordinator for Jordan refugee programming and One Syria team to develop the country sector strategic direction and plans, including expanding economic programming based on needs of target populations based on outcomes of current pilot 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.
- Manage a team of Syria-based economic recovery assessors and train them in market monitoring as well as support to cash/voucher programming.
- Lead collaborative partner relationships focused on mutual learning and capacity building as well as technical guidance in areas of IRC expertise, i.e. voucher programming.
- Develop and implement remote management capacity building approaches to build the capacity of the team in Syria.
- As required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies.
- 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.
- Responsible for discussing job expectations, performance, and objectives on an informal, quarterly basis with all staff and as a part of the annual Performance Review and Planning Process.
- As part of succession plan and nationalization goals, identify, train and develop capability and capacity of a national staff to successfully transition role and responsibilities, by end of assignment.
- 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
- Proactively continue to grow the southern Syria ERD portfolio through development of concept notes and proposals to existing and new donors.
- Support the development and 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.
- Anticipate, plan and manage programmatic and structural transitions.
- Manage ERD budgets and ensure timely, accurate and compliant spending.
- In collaboration with the cross-border M&E team, support ERD staff to develop relevant monitoring tools and adapt them to the southern Syria context.
- Ensure the IRC submits quality donor reports as per set schedules (monthly, quarterly and annually) on grant activities, indicators and achievements.
- Support the identification of opportunities and development of market integrated programming concepts and proposals in collaboration with country program senior management, business development staff and economic advisors.
Partner Identification & Management
- Ensure regular performance monitoring of partners to achieve the set project’s objectives; provide technical support and guidance.
- Develop and implement capacity building plans and technical support programs to partners with support from SRR Partnership Director and ERD Technical Advisors.
- Where possible, identify new partners to support economic recovery program activities.
- All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.
- 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.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.