International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Economic Recovery and Development Coordinator

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Description

The IRC started operations in Chad in 2004 to respond to the humanitarian crisis caused by the influx of refugees from Darfur to eastern Chad, with intervention in the Ouré Cassoni refugee camp. Assistance to Sudanese refugees has now expanded to the management of the ten camps in the East and one camp in the West with assistance to refugees and local communities in health, nutrition and water, hygiene and sanitation. In 2012, to respond to drought and food insecurity, IRC expanded its geographic coverage in the Guéra region. IRC is currently working in three health districts Mongo, Mangalmé and Melfi and is providing prevention and treatment of malnutrition to the local population. In May 2016, IRC opened an office in the Lac region to respond to the Boko Haram crisis. IRC implements assistance projects in health, nutrition as well as protection and response to gender-based violence and women’s economic empowerment. IRC Chad is committed in its 2015-2020 Strategic Action Plan, to continue to provide essential humanitarian services in health, nutrition and protection and GBV response, while improving the economic well-being and building the resilience of beneficiaries, especially women and girls. IRC Chad will continue to work with and closely support states actors and Ministries for key areas of intervention to ensure the alignment of IRC interventions to national policies in order to ensure better ownership of actions taken towards. Building on this work over the years, the IRC Chad has committed to ensure access to quality health care, sexual and reproductive health care, more specifically to prevent unintended pregnancy, to protect and treat them for complication of pregnancy and childbirth. IRC Chad has also committed to protect from and treat women and girls for the consequences of Gender Based Violence (GBV). Furthermore, in terms to better respond to needs of our clients, IRC proposes projects integrating different sectors and various approaches. IRC has committed to work in consortium with local and international partners as well as with local authorities, to assure sustainability of our actions. SCOPE OF WORK IRC seeks a dynamic leader and programme strategist to fill the role of Economy Recovery and Development (ERD) Coordinator. The ERD coordinator will lead and oversee all the livelihoods components of IRC Chad’s program portfolio, including directing strategic planning, decision making, and supervision of staff. The ERD Coordinator will identify specific growth opportunities for livelihoods programs including cash and voucher programming, agriculture and livestock, micro and small business development and access to informal and formal financial institutions. The ERD Coordinator will also support the development of a long-term strategic vision for ERD programming in Chad within the 20XX, IRC Chad Strategic Action Plan. He/she will serve as the key liaison with local and international implementing partners, Food Security Cluster, Cash and Voucher Working Group, Nexus working group and the Government of Chad, the Private Sector and other stakeholders. MAIN RESPONSABILITIES: Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Programme (DDP) and with Technical Support from ERD TAs, the ERD Coordinator will be responsible for:
  • Ensure the technical quality of a range of IRC Basic Needs Assistance and Livelihoods Programming including VSLAs, cash and voucher assistance, agricultural and livestock and micro enterprise support.

  • Design and seek funding for livelihoods programming that bridges emergency and recovery/resilience needs.

  • Conduct extensive partner Mapping and value/chain and market assessments to inform activity design

  • Refine a comprehensive strategic approach to ERD programming for IRC Chad

  • Ensuring effective implementation of project activities.

  • S/he will provide overall managerial oversight and leadership for the ERD project, including oversee operational functions for achieving the goals of the project.

  • Ensure that gender, protection and environmental stewardship are mainstreamed in all programming under direct responsibility. RESPONSIBILITIES: Program quality/Management and implementation

  • The ERD coordinator is responsible for the overall project coordination in all provinces and in line with the IRC Country Strategic Action Plan within IRC international priorities, frameworks and policies.

  • Provide technical leadership and direction for all ERD activities; define and implement activities to achieve the greatest coverage and impact possible. This includes providing technical guidance on contextually appropriate methodologies for delivering livelihoods activities.

  • Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information Management Systems are in place for appropriate program analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy in line with the overall program M&E.

  • Ensure regular communication with Technical Coordinators within IRC Chad, and headquarters-based Technical Advisors for Economic Recovery & Development, Protection and Health (including WASH and Nutrition) to integrate appropriate technical unit priorities in Program Design and implementation.

  • Provide overall leadership, mentoring, quality control and coordination to strengthen program outcomes.

  • Lead the development of detailed implementation plans along with Project Managers, flowing from annual strategic work-plans, and ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems and adaptive management principles to reach desired impacts.

Team management/Staff Supervision & Development
  • Oversee project implementation team and ensure that all staff are following work plans and ERD projects deliverables are completed as planned.

  • Oversee the development and implementation of staff technical capacity building plans that promotes a culture of learning through systematic analysis and reflection of program data and lessons learned and ensure staffs receive training accordingly.

  • 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.

  • Assist ERD staffs in identifying professional development needs and opportunities.

  • Provide continuous performance feedback to staff; identify performance issues and work with staff and Human Resources to document and address issues in a timely manner.

  • Assist with and as necessary lead the recruitment of ERD staffs, in coordination with IRC Chad human resources and senior management, and headquarters’ technical units.

Business Development
  • Collaborate with key staff and senior members of other technical sectors to prepare strategic work-plans with clear objectives and achievement benchmarks, long-term and short-term priorities, implementation plans, financial projections and tools for evaluation.

  • Identify gaps and needs in current programming areas of VSLA, CVAs, agriculture and livestock and micro enterprise programming.

  • Facilitate co-design sessions that involve potential partners and are responsive to client needs

  • Develop concept notes and proposals related to ERD programming expansion and continuation.

  • Ensure the integration of cash and voucher assistance activities across outcomes mainly with health, protection, and WASH.

Coordination & Representation
  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors, in consultation with the Deputy Director Programs and the Senior Nutrition Manager.

  • Regularly attend relevant cluster and working group meetings at appropriate levels to feed in IRC priorities from the field.

  • Seek out donor opportunities in line with livelihoods strategy and priorities.

  • Develop partnership with local private sector and value chain actors

Monitoring, Evaluation Accountability and learning
  • Maintain an effective monitoring, evaluation and planning system

  • Analyze all relevant data and share information with the Meal Coordinator, DDP and relevant stakeholders

  • Coordinate program evaluations and reviews ensure documentation of lessons learned informing reporting and program development.

  • Support the MEAL Coordinator and client responsiveness officers in addressing complaint and feedback from clients and partners

Partnerships
  • Identify and develop partnerships with local and international implementing partners as appropriate for program design and service to beneficiaries.

  • Strengthen relationships with national bodies such as Early Warning System (SISAAP), the Safety Nets National Programme etc.

  • Identify private sector partners and linkages to support VSLA, cash and voucher assistance, agriculture and livestock, and micro enterprise- related interventions.

Reporting
  • Collect, compile and revise ERD program narrative reports and ensure timely submission.

  • In collaboration with grants assure quality of reports to be submitted to donors

  • Provide up-to-date information on success stories to Comms and Advocacy team

Professional Standards
  • Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the team; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to the SMT, and when liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for IRC programs

  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs

  • All IRC staff are required to adhere to the IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.

Qualifications Education: Advanced degree in International Development, Business Administration, Economics, Management, Agriculture, Livestock, women empowerment or others similar areas, Demonstrated Skills and COMPETENCIES:
  • At least 5-7 years of relevant work experience in cash and voucher assistance, social protection, agriculture, livestock and/or other humanitarian and development programmes with demonstrated experience leading a team to achieve results.

  • Knowledge and experience of cash and voucher assistance, market and value chain analysis, private sector engagement, livelihoods mapping, rural livelihoods, access to finance and micro enterprise support

  • Fluency in French and English required.

  • Previous experience managing programming in complex emergencies as well as ability to manage, supervise, coach and mentor staff/team teams remotely.

  • Proven leadership and strategic planning capabilities with demonstrated budget management ability.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of gender and proficiency in managing development projects that mainstream gender

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and maintaining unbiased and professional working relationships with government officials, civil society partners, and other counterparts and clients

  • Proven ability to work well in and promote teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure with professional grace.

  • Knowledge of all regulatory, contractual, legal and financial compliance requirements associated with international donor funding.

  • Willingness to travel to the field and occasionally at field sites with rustic conditions and various levels of privacy.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook

  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills in French and English, effective in representation and advocacy with external parties.

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