The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 6.1 million people are internally displaced and 13.1 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 2.1 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are 5.6 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.
IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and an expanding portfolio, supported by more than 1,800 staff in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and Iraq as well as in refugee-hosting countries of Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, cash assistance, and livelihoods programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.
Job Overview/Summary: The Regional Durable Solutions Advisor will be a key member of the Middle East and North Africa regional team responsible for supporting IRC country programs in the Middle East to identify, design and implement activities that contribute to durable solutions for people displaced by conflict in Syria, Iraq and Libya, including refugees, IDPs and host communities. This role will actively engage with other organizations to explore ways to promote durable solutions through programming and advocacy, providing guidance and support as useful.
Key objectives for this role include:
Build technical capacity of country programs to have a clear understanding of durable solutions for refugees and internally displaced and how to practically reflect durable solutions-oriented activities, adaptations and analysis in IRC’s programming;
Working with the country programs and regional technical advisors to develop detailed cross-sector plans for advocacy and programming outcomes around durable solutions as part of their strategy action plans.
Ensure IRC MENA is well-represented in key durable solutions platforms and that information is shared with relevant regional and country program colleagues.
This position will be located in the Middle East and North Africa regional office in Amman or in Beirut – with significant travel to Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon, as well as to Libya.
Working with country programs to:
• Using relevant theories of change and global standards, work closely with country programs and Technical Units in assessing the effectiveness of country level and cross-border programming in achieving established durable solution outcomes. This includes mapping existing program activities that contribute to durable solutions, identifying gaps in interventions and/or necessary linkages at country-level or across borders to collaboratively support an integrated strategy, identify advocacy needs and design dedicated interventions.
• Lead the roll out of existing durable solutions monitoring frameworks for Syria and Iraq and support joint accountability to monitor progress and challenges to achieving durable solutions.
• Provide leadership in working with country programs and Technical Units to integrate durable solutions in SAP implementation plans in each context. This includes working to prepare contingency plans for responding to population movements.
• Work collaboratively with Technical Advisors in the IRC Middle East and North Africa to mainstream durable solutions in and across all relevant sectors, ensuring alignment to IRC’s signature and core outcomes, country-specific strategies and global standards.
• Jointly with Technical Advisors, develop and curate guidance materials and project concepts for durable solutions-framed activities and activity adaptations across program areas;
• Capacity build staff and act as a resource for country programs and partners on durable solutions concepts, advocacy messaging and programming, including providing advice on program design and integrating global standards outlined in the IASC Durable Solutions Framework, UNHCR Refugee and Protection Mixed Migration: A 10 Point Plan of Action.
• Support the project design/planning processes for Middle East and North Africa country programs to ensure programming addresses and is responsive to the changing needs of displaced populations, especially related to livelihood and protection programming that builds greater resilience.
• Engage with Syrian, Iraqi and other local partner organizations to understand operational and contextual realities, challenges and opportunities, as well as their perceptions of and ideas about durable solutions.
• Collaborate with partner organizations as appropriate in the development of strategies, approaches, and evidence to inform program design and advocacy messaging that promotes durable solutions.
• Participate in regional and global discussions within the IRC related to durable solutions, asylum and migration and develop positions to guide debates.
• Serve as IRC liaison to the regional Durable Solutions Platform (DSP) as a member of the advisory group in the role of IRC technical specialist, and work in close collaboration with the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Communication.
• Actively participate in the Regional DS Working Group and in the various durable solutions working groups and fora at various levels across the different countries to ensure approaches are in line with best practices and global learning.
• Support the IRC regional office and country programs to identify and competitively seek funding opportunities to support durable solutions work and, in coordination with country programs, develop strategic donor relationships. Ensure proposals incorporate a durable solutions lens where appropriate. Share cross-context durable solutions learning with country program staff across the Middle East and North Africa Region.
• Collaborate closely with the Middle East and North Africa advocacy and communications staff to shape messaging and activities related to durable solutions, engaging stream-specific technical advisors when appropriate.
Key Working Relationships:
Direct Reporting: Deputy Regional Director, Middle East Region
Partnership and Consultation: Regional Partnership Director, Country Deputy Director of Programs, relevant Technical Coordinators, Partnership Coordinators, and M&E Officers, Director of Advocacy and Communications, country program advocates, Technical Advisors
External Contacts: DSP Advisory Group, Regional Durable Solutions Working Group; UNHCR and other relevant agencies; Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey Durable Solutions planning and coordination bodies; INGO coordination mechanisms and other NGOs, relevant public donor agencies and policymakers
Education: Bachelor’s Degree required; post-graduate degree is a plus; background in humanitarian assistance
Work Experience: Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in the humanitarian sector
Field Experience: At least 2 years programming experience in humanitarian settings.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
• Demonstrated expertise in durable solutions programming
• Strong understanding of humanitarian programming and aid system architecture
Proven success with program design, proposal development and funding acquisition
• Demonstrated capacity to effectively engage and collaborate with local government and civil society actors toward common objectives
• Self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to develop positive relationships with local and remote team members at multiple levels in the organization
• Ability to work successfully independently and with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to apply analytical thinking to evidenced, justified recommendations
• Ability to communicate and advocate effectively on durable solutions to all stakeholders
• Experience in Syria and Iraq region desirable
Language Skills: Proficiency in English required; Arabic a plus.
Working Environment: Standard office work environment, travel up to 50% depending on location base
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the 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.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances
Work Environment: The role requires some travel to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Turkey and other locations as necessary.
Returning National Candidates: We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the Country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the Syria Response Region has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply. IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs.