Latest Job Vacancies at the International Rescue Committee
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 people affected by 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
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Senior Program Coordinator
Requisition ID: req2794
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Sector: Program Administration
IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster. Since then, the IRC has expanded its scope and size of the programs as new areas became accessible after prolonged conflict and insecurity, in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.
The IRC’s response to the humanitarian situation includes integrated Health and Nutrition services, Reproductive Health care and Women Protection services, Environmental Health, Child Protection, Economic Recovery and Development, Education and General Protection. In 2015, IRC Nigeria developed a five-year long term Strategy Action Plan: The plan has Health, Education and Economic Wellbeing as high priority program areas.
Scope of Work
- The Senior Program Coordinator (SPC) will work closely with the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP) and the Deputy Director Field Management (DDFM) to lead program quality, development and strategy.
- S/he will ensure effective program coordination and technical support, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and accountability.
- The SPC will provide direct program oversight of IRC Nigeria’s implementation across the specified Outcome Areas of Safety, Health, Education, Economic Welbeing and Power.
- S/he will help represent the IRC program to major stakeholders, relevant government authorities and other program partners.
Areas of Responsibilities
Program Quality and Development:
- Monitor the humanitarian context in North East Nigeria through consistent participation in relevant information and coordination forums as assigned by the DDFM.
- In Liaison with the M&E Coordinator, lead the deployments of assessment teams ensuring accountable approaches applying international standards.
- Contribute to the preparation of concept papers and grant proposals for submission to major donors, especially through the early flagging of humanitarian emergencies and the gathering of primary and secondary data.
- Support program sector leads to effectively implement and promote project reviews and other learning events.
- Provide leadership to the sector leads in setting program strategy and priorities that align to the country program’s goals, objectives and targets;
- Work with the DDP to conduct analyses to determine humanitarian/development gaps and how the IRC should position itself to best serve the needs of the people we serve;
- Facilitate the coordination between different programs and ensure that program managers and technical coordinators for cross-cutting themes are able to work together effectively according to program work plans;
- Work with technical leads to ensure adherence to grant agreements, IRC’s policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations;
- Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites for monitoring, quality control and program staff mentoring and coaching.
- Work with designated Technical Advisers to ensure that program implementation is aligned to minimum standards and in adherence to tools, systems and procedures that are in place.
- Ensure that donor reports produced by the Programs team effectively demonstrate the impact of IRC’s program interventions.
HR and Staff Management:
- Supervise both national and international program technical teams in the field and participate in the hiring and orientation of new team members as necessary;
- Support project staff through close attention to staff care, mentoring, and development and monitoring of IRC Performance Plans through coaching sessions and appraisals.
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;
- Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance, and reach objectives;
- Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options, and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
Representation and Advocacy:
- In coordination with the Senior Management Team, actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Nigeria including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
- Develop strategic partnerships with local organizations, wherever possible.
- Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required.
- Upon request by the Senior Management Team in Nigeria, assist in organizing donor site visits by supporting field staff in the smooth design and implementation of agendas and visit activities.
Key Working Relationships:
- Position Reports to: Deputy Director of Programs (DDP) and Deputy Director Field Management (DDFM)
- Position directly supervises: Program Coordinators in the sectors of Health, Nutrition, Environmental Health, Economic Recovery and Development, Protection and Rule of Law, Women Protection and Empowerment, Education and Child Protection
- Other internal and/or external contacts: M&E staff, grants staff; finance, HR and supply chain departments
- The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
- Master’s degree in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Security Studies, Human Rights, Diplomacy, International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, Communication or related fields
- Possesses at least five years of field-based experience managing staff and programs, particularly in complex emergencies and insecure environments
- Demonstrated experience in program management, project design and use of project design tools
- Demonstrated experience in supervising expatriate and national staff, and in mentoring of national staff and with strong commitment to staff capacity development;
- Demonstrated qualities of leadership, sensitivity to cultural setting, communication skills, commitment, and sound judgment.
- Aptitude to adapt to a different context regarding security, culture, climate or health issue, demonstrated by experience outside of country of origin
- Willingness to travel at least 25% of your time
- Demonstrated ability to organize, plan and prioritize work tasks
Specific Security Situation/Housing:
- The Senior Program Coordinator will be based in Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria with travel throughout the sites where IRC has a presence.
- The security situation in the North-East Nigeria continues to be volatile in with the security level at 3 (orange).
- The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in insecure environments. This is a non-accompanied position. The Senior Program Coordinator will live in shared housing.
Standards for Professional Conduct:
- The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation
Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply
Job Title: Senior Grants Coordinator
Requisition ID: req3274
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Scope of Work
- The Senior Grants Coordinator (SGC) will be directly supervised by the Deputy Director for Programs (DDP). The position is based in Maiduguri, Borno State with occasional travel to other IRC field sites in the North East.
- S/he will be central to ensuring coordination and quality of all grants matters for the country program, working together with the DDP to drive the country programs business development strategy, and directly supervising the Grants Managers and Partnerships Manager.
- S/he will work to increase visibility of both the humanitarian context in the NE as well as IRC Nigeria profiling. The SGC will work collaboratively with the IRC’s senior management team, Senior Program Coordinator, the technical coordinators, operations team, and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team.
- Together with the DDP, lead the development process of a comprehensive and coherent business development strategy and help prioritize approaches to donors for the Country Program.
- Research and analyze the changing donor environment and strategies and advise on effective influencing of donors, linking in with affiliate HQ (donor leads) as appropriate.
- Oversee the delivery of the grants and partnerships commitments in the implementation of the IRC Nigeria 2020 Strategic Action Plan (SAP).
- In coordination with the DDP, oversee the grants unit development of concept notes and proposals (including program design meetings) to ensure quality and alignment with both internal and donor standards and compliance.
- Oversee coordination across departments and with relevant HQ units in relation to proposal development and project revisions and donor reporting.
- Conduct final quality control reviews of all proposal packages assembled by the Grants Managers.
- Lead on proposal development as needed.
Grants and Partnerships Management:
- Ensure that grants are implemented in compliance with IRC and relevant donor regulations.
- Ensure uniform and effective systems are in place and utilized for proposal development, information management, and grant management (including reporting, implementation monitoring and tracking, and filing) across the Grants Unit.
- Monitor and support the use of grant management tools such as FM01, Budget vs. Actual (BvA), and OTIS for the proper monitoring and the successful, compliant implementation of programs and early warning in case of obstacles or challenges.
- Play a key role in Grant Opening and Closing Meetings, as well as monthly/regular grants management meetings, which include representation from each unit (finance, programs, and logistics) and ensure proper follow up of issues raised.
- Monitor and supervise all external reporting to ensure timely delivery of high-quality reports which meet donor and IRC requirements.
- Lead on report drafting as needed.
- Review donor agreements and coordinate their review with the relevant IRC HQ office.
- Support IRC Nigeria’s strategic approach to partnerships and ensure that partnership and sub-grant related administrative processes and procedures are consistently implemented throughout the program, including pre-award compliance checks, agreements, and disbursements and reporting.
- Support Grants Managers and Partnership Manager to ensure ensuring HQ staff are kept informed of important issues affecting the country program’s portfolio and ensure that IRC business practices are rolled out to Nigeria staff.
- Work with program sector leads to develop and produce IRC information materials such factsheets, program updates, emergency situation reports, newsletters, contributions to global IRC news bulletin, and annual and sector reviews.
- Facilitate development of success stories for reporting and lessons learned to inform project design
- Oversee knowledge management of all communications related to programs/donors and ensure communication and visibility requirements are met.
- Work with the DDP to coordinate any donor visits and facilitate any reasonable requests from funding affiliates and governing bodies
Staff Management and Capacity Building:
- Supervise Grants Managers and Partnership Manager and provide on-the-job training. Discuss job expectations, set objectives, and provide appropriate and timely feedback regarding performance.
- Develop a deep understanding of relevant donor policies, regulations and procedures and train other country team members in these areas.
- Ensure staff from Grants, Programs and Operations departments, as well as staff from any sub-partners, receive trainings and capacity building to enable them fulfill their responsibilities with regard to proposal development, grant management, and donor reporting and compliance.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in International Affairs, Communications, Development or related subject
- At least four years of experience working in project and/or grants management and proposal/business development/design
- Excellent oral and written reporting skills and demonstrated ability to write and edit reports and proposals and to meet required deadlines
- Working knowledge of budget development and management
- Experience conducting assessments, preferably using participatory approaches
- Excellent inter-personal, cultural, and diplomatic skills
- Ability to work in unstable security environments
- Prior knowledge of donor regulations (UN, SIDA, USAID/OFDA, Europe Aid, USIAD/FFP, DFID, SV, SDC and ECHO)
- Fluent written and spoken English required
- International experience with preference in Africa
- Previous successful experience developing projects and writing proposals and reports for public donors
- Good communicator with strong organizational, time management, and analytical skills
- Strong capacity to mentor and build capacity of staff
- Ability to juggle competing priorities, meet demanding deadlines, and work under pressure in unstable security environments
- Strong computer skills
- IRC experience is an asset
Specific Security Situation/Housing
- The Senior Grants Coordinator will be based in Maiduguri, Nigeria with travel throughout the country. The security situation in Nigeria continues to be volatile in the NE with the security level at 4 (red). The candidate should be prepared to work in insecure environments. This is a non-accompanied position. The Senior Grants Coordinator will live in shared housing.
Standards For Professional Conduct
- The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply