The IRCs Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU) leads or oversees IRCs global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the EPRU 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 EPRU 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 EPRU 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.
The IRC ERT staff is expected to be deployed in the field, either in an emergency or roving capacity, for up to 65% of the time and must be able to deploy to the site of an emergency within 72 hours of notification.
Members of the Emergency Response Team are deployed to either support existing country programs in their emergency response, or to initiate a new program in the crisis zone. The overall responsibility of the team is to rapidly and effectively design, develop and manage the IRC’s on-site humanitarian response to meet the immediate needs of the affected population. The ERT is also responsible for supporting the transfer of responsibilities and knowledge to the long-term staff to ensure the continuity of IRC programming and operations.
The ERT Coordinator is a member of the Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) Technical Unit. During emergency deployments ERT staff will work under the direction of IRC’s Emergency Field Director or designated country emergency lead. During times with no acute emergency deployment the Coordinator will report to the ERD Senior Technical Director. The ERD ERT Coordinator for Cash and Vouchers will bring to the position a strong track record in collaborating between program and operational teams at field and headquarters level for the successful implementation of cash and voucher-based programming in food security, livelihoods, NFI, health, WASH, protection, or other sectors. Successful candidates will have strong experience managing the operational aspects of cash and voucher programming (specifically supply chain and finance functions) as well as programmatic experience with high-quality program delivery.
- Ensure high quality and timely markets, food security, and livelihoods assessments of humanitarian needs and provide prioritized recommendations for program interventions to the ERT Field Director/emergency lead. Support other ERT Coordinators from other sectors to apply a livelihoods and market-sensitive lens to cross-sectoral assessments.
- Design cross-sectoral program responses and strategy, including geographic areas of intervention, in coordination with ERT Coordinators from other sectors and external actors.
- Draft technical proposals and budgets for international donors, work in close collaboration with IRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information.
- Manage grant/program implementation including staff recruitment and training, workplan development, procurement and inventory planning, and budget management.
- Prepare high quality and timely donor and management reports on grants and sector activities.
- Select and implement appropriate monitoring systems ; ensure consistent reporting and analysis of results to enhance program effectiveness and quality.
- Ensure compliance with IRC policy and procedures throughout the program team and activities.
- Represent and coordinate with other agencies, local government, donors and other stakeholders to promote deliver of best practice humanitarian assistance.
- Support media and communications activities as requested by the ERT Field Director/CD/in-county emergency lead.
- Provide a comprehensive handover to successor, including ensuring transfer of all related documentation, program monitoring data and staff performance information.
- Work with EPRU staff and the ERD Technical Unit staff to develop emergency preparedness and response strategies and tools.
- Work with country programs to implement emergency preparedness and response in selected IRC countries.
- Contribute to the continual development of cash and voucher preparedness and contingency planning processes and tools, and support the uptake of pre-crisis market analysis and cash preparedness activities across the organization.
- Provide technical support on cash or voucher programming design and implementation, market strengthening, and internal collaboration among operational and programmatic stakeholders involved in cash/voucher programming to existing country programs remotely and through in-country visits or short-term deployments
- Assist in the development and launch of new technical policy, procedures and training materials
- Contribute to the design and implementation of emergency components of the ERD Technical Unit strategic plan
- Build IRC staff capacity in the utilization of economic recovery methodologies and resources, including cash transfer programming, the EMMA Toolkit, the Minimum Standards for Economic Recovery in Emergencies, and the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS).
Education: Undergraduate degree, in nutrition, food security, agriculture, logistics or related field and technical accreditation or equivalent
Work Experience: 3-5 years experience managing technical projects including 2 years in emergency/conflict areas and at least 2 years of experience implementing cash or voucher programs in diverse contexts
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
- In-depth knowledge of Supply Chain and Financial Management and Controls of cash and/or voucher programs, and demonstrated ability to work across function and sector to design and implement high-quality market-based programming.
- Excellent understanding of food security and livelihoods technical concepts and experience conducting detailed market, food security, livelihood, and protection needs assessments.
- Superior internal and external communication and coordination capabilities and excellent team management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate technical expertise and standards and implement best practice approaches to implementing rapid, consistent, high quality emergency projects
- Experience managing donor funded programs and grants; including staff management, budget oversight, monitoring and evaluation systems, and technical input to proposal-budget development and donor reports.
Working Environment: The IRC ERT staff is expected to be deployed in the field, either in an emergency or roving capacity, for up to 65% of the time and must be able to deploy to the site of an emergency within 72 hours of notification.