The IRC’s and the ACME Region
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 leads the way from harm to home. IRC’s International Programs focus on various relief, rehabilitation, and development programs for refugees, internally displaced persons and those affected by conflict and natural disasters worldwide. Each region is managed by a regional team that supports the country teams, headed by a Regional Director (RD), Deputy RD for Programs, and supported by a Regional Program Officer (PO) and two Regional Program Managers (PM). The Asia, Caucasus and Middle East (ACME) region includes country offices in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Pakistan and Thailand, and projects through partnerships in Nepal and the Philippines. The IRC has been present in the region for over 40 years, has more than 3700 staff and an annual budget of ca 94 million USD, with a committed budget of close to 340 million USD.
The IRCs EPRU
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. We do this by supporting the development and training of IRC Country Emergency Teams, assisting in the development of emergency focused partnerships with local civil society organizations, supporting the IRC country teams in emergency preparedness planning, maintaining regional and global capacity to rapidly identify and deploy qualified emergency response personnel and supporting country-level contingency planning.
SCOPE OF WORK
The Senior Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (REPC) initial task will be to support the development of partnerships for emergencies with national Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in the Philippines and Japan. The REPC has a key role in the planning and delivery of the capacity building, see developed SOW attached.
The REPC will be situated in the ACME regional team, and collaborate closely with the IRC’s EPRU and ACME Regional and Country Teams as well as other IRC departments, including Human Resources and Technical and Operations Units and will work closely with the EPRU’s Senior Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (HQ based), Emergency Preparedness Technical Advisor and other REPCs in other regions to assure a highly integrated work.
Emergency Preparedness Planning on Country Level
- Initiate, support and facilitate the Emergency Preparedness Planning process for the work in the Philippines and Japan during 2016, this includes: implement EPP workshops and managing the finalization of EPP drafts, feedback, approval and recurring review processes of the Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) as well as follow-up on progress of the partners against the emergence preparedness action points identified in the EPP; supporting and advising on the development of in-house suitable emergency response systems and structures for the partners.
- Support the development of a regional emergency preparedness perspective through analyzing the EPPs from within the region and identifying hazards and threats that could affect neighboring countries and supporting the development and maintenance of a regional emergency-risk monitoring and preparedness tool.
- Prior hands-on field experience and proven track record in:
- humanitarian staff competency and capacity development
- emergency preparedness planning and programs
- establishing and developing partnerships with local civil society organizations based on shared objectives and visions and through investing into local NGO and CSO partners’ capacity strengthening
- organizing and facilitating training / capacity building workshops.
- University degree in human resources, international development or related field, Masters degree preferred, equivalent work experience will be considered
- Minimum of 5 years overseas experience, preferably in complex humanitarian and/or emergency settings.
- Proven abilities in developing and implementing new structures and processes including building support and consensus across departments and delivering on timelines
- Excellent oral and written communications skills (English) , bilingual (French or Arabic) advantageous
- Previous experience in international humanitarian aid or development required
- Able and willing to undertake significant travel within the Region to potentially insecure environments.