The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC is at work today in over 40 countries and 30 U.S. cities. The IRC’s US Programs (USP) department creates opportunities for refugees and other vulnerable migrants to survive and thrive in America. USP serves more than 35,000 individuals each year, among them over 12,000 newly arrived refugees, through a diverse portfolio of programs aimed at five core outcomes: Health, Safety, Economic Wellbeing, Education and Power.
Economic Empowerment is a core sector of IRC’s work in the US that works to develop, protect, and improve the economic wellbeing of clients served by increasing their knowledge, income, and assets. Specific programs and services include: financial literacy and credit-building; career and workforce development, vocational training and job placement services; asset development and incentivized savings; micro-lending and microenterprise development. Technical support for the Economic Empowerment sector is provided through the Program Quality and Innovation unit, which supports program quality, development and evaluation across IRC’s US network.
The Technical Advisor, Economic Empowerment provides technical support to IRC’s Economic Empowerment (EE) programs in 30 US cities and, on occasion, to international projects. The Technical Advisor is responsible for helping USP field offices identify opportunities, and build and monitor sustainable, cost-effective programs and services that promote client economic well-being and self-reliance. The Technical Advisor will promote the development, adaptation and dissemination of workforce development and integration models and develop strong institutional relationships with employers, donors and other partners to expand career development programming in USP. S/he will ensure that USP develops efficient, sustainable, evidence-based program models, and help the IRC increase the scope of its Economic Empowerment programs.
Technical Support to Field Offices
- Ensure that IRC’s domestic EE programs are technically sound and of the highest quality
- Provide remote and on-site technical support and assistance in the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EE programming
- Develop and adapt tools, policy and curriculum to support standard program delivery, in particular in the area of employment, career development and workforce development
- Establish best practices and develop resources to support replication of successful EE models, with emphasis on workforce and career development services.
- Coordinate delivery of technical training on EE program topics
- Leverage internal and external technical resources to expand IRC capacity
- Support and enrich an active Community of Practice on career development
- Monitor and report to USP senior management on the successes and challenges of EE program
Strategy, policy & institutional capacity building
- Contribute to the development of organizational strategy and policy to promote economic wellbeing of IRC clients in the US and to support global economic wellbeing outcomes.
- Contribute to the development of best practices and internal and external learning around workforce development and integration of EE services with other core sectors
- Research and liaise with external communities of practice on trends in EE programs, in particular workforce development
- Support field offices in the recruitment and selection of new EE field staff
Business Development and Representation
- Attract financial and technical resources towards the achievement of USP economic wellbeing outcomes
- Build corporate and institutional partnerships that promote opportunities for employment and career-laddering for USP clients
- Cultivate donor and academic relationships to support EE programs and related initiatives
- Lead the development of concept notes and proposals for EE programs
- Provide guidance and support to field offices to effectively access funding and provide technical review of proposals prepared by field staff
Assessment & Evaluation
- Ensure economic empowerment methodologies are evidence-based
- Coordinate tracking, compilation and analysis of key indicators and outcomes for economic wellbeing
- Adapt and develop evidence-based tools for measurement and assessments of EE programs
- Contribute new evidence, ideas and analysis to promote program impact and cost-effectiveness
- Identify and share best practices across the network and with external partners
- Undergraduate degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Community Development or related field required; Master’s degree strongly preferred
- Minimum of five years of experience with progressive responsibility in implementation of workforce development, financial inclusion or related programming
- Demonstrated expertise in program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action ;
- Demonstrated understanding of career and workforce development services a must; experience with financial literacy, asset development, micro-lending or related programs a plus, ideally within the context of serving low-income immigrant and refugee communities
- Demonstrated success in securing public and private funding, in particular related to career and workforce development
- Strong track record of external and public relations with partners and donors
- Excellent communication, team building and interpersonal skills
- Ability to think strategically and creatively.
- Strong organizational skills with ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time and meet deadlines, and proven ability to work under pressure