Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Technical Advisor (Governance)

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Job Description


Founded in 1933 at the behest of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping communities rebuild. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation, creative partnerships, and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. At work today in over 40 countries and 28 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted. The IRC’s vision is to lead the humanitarian sector through implementing high-impact, cost-effective programs for people affected by crisis and by using our learning and experience to shape policy and practice. To achieve that vision, the IRC’s Technical Excellence (TE) provides technical assistance to IRC’s country program staff and share learnings to influence policy and practice. TE is comprised of five technical units: Economic Recovery and Development; Education; Governance; Health; and Violence Prevention and Response.

The Technical Advisor, Governance, provides leadership and project oversight to governance programming in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, such as health and education systems strengthening, peacebuilding, social accountability, civil society strengthening, and city government technical assistance.

Join the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in this role if you would like to support West Africa-based staff in person or remotely to craft, implement and evaluate projects that bring to life our mission! Do you also want to influence, advocate, support research and internal initiatives? If so, come and join a small, dedicated, tolerant and inclusive team of governance advisors!

The Governance Unit supports IRC Country Programs in crafting and implementing programs that amplify the voice of people whose lives have been impacted by conflict and crisis. Governance programs help them regain control of their future by championing their right to influence the issues affecting their cities, towns, and communities.

To achieve this, we

1. Strengthen the ability of people to have a voice in decisions that affect their communities

2. Enable governments, Civil Society Organizations, community representatives, and the IRC to respond to their voices and provide effective and inclusive services, and

3. Promote constructive communication between leaders and the people they represent so that actions are meaningful and lasting.


As the Governance Technical Advisor for West Africa, you are responsible for ensuring high quality technical assistance to one IRC region comprised of 7 country programs. You will promote and collaborate with relevant stakeholders to achieve high quality, high impact interventions that are informed by evidence and best practice, contextually appropriate, driven by client and partner voices, and widely inclusive.

Program Design & Business Development: You will support country programs to design winning submissions and generally position IRC for continued success in our technical domains:

  • Support designated country programs’ proposal technical lead through participation in and/or facilitation of program design meetings
  • Promote and support design collaboration with partners and clients
  • Advise on program modalities, and strategic partnership development based on how we can best support, complement, and reinforce local systems
  • Advising and/or providing hands-on support on assessments, including application and contextualization of technical standards
  • Reviewing technical design quality, including alignment of narratives, log-frames, and budgets to IRC standards and outcomes

Implementation Support: You will support country program staff and other key stakeholders in implementing technical interventions:

  • Support country programs and other stakeholders with the recruitment and training of Technical Coordinators
  • Assess program quality and inform improvements, providing follow up support to country programs as needed
  • Collaborate with country program colleagues to monitor and analyze key indicators to inform periodic review, program adaptation, and course-correction as needed
  • Provide technical capacity strengthening through ongoing mentoring, coaching, and trainings with country program focal points

Knowledge & Learning: You will support continuous sectoral learning and IRC technical leadership:

  • Document learnings from program activities and sharing takeaways and opportunities
  • Share cross-contextual learnings with country program staff across the region
  • Refresh the sectoral evidence-base in collaboration with global and regional staff to influence approaches
  • Collaborate with other technical advisors within the region to promote integrated programming leadership
  • Contribute to the delivery of Governance Technical Unit’s strategic priorities
  • Maintain currency with sectoral best practices through continual learning and development


Success in this position requires an individual with expertise in designing and delivering technical assistance to Governance programs, and with a deep understanding of the cultural, societal, and political contexts in at least one of the regions where IRC operates.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in implementing and/or managing Governance programs, with on the ground programmatic experience in a service delivery organization, NGO or comparable international agency required.
  • Experience and familiarity with related donors, peer agencies and national contexts required, preferably in humanitarian and transitional, post-crisis contexts.
  • Demonstrated expertise in technical program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills; proven ability to prioritize and deliver projects on time and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate a dynamic, cross-functional, global team structure in a large multi-national organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Strong analytic problem-solving skills.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to manage and work through change in a proactive and positive manner.

Education: Master’s/post-graduate degree in public Administration, development economics, conflict management, public policy, political science, international development, or another relevant field.

Language Skills: Excellent spoken and written English and French is essential.

Key Working Relationships: This position reports to the Senior Technical Adviser, Governance and Systems Strengthening based in Brussels. This position may potentially supervise occasional consultants and/or interns. Regular communication with other Technical Units staff, regional and country program teams, awards management and Grants Management staff, and other internal stakeholders.

Working Environment: Standard office working environment. This role may have some international travel up to 40% of the time. This role is based in one of our international hubs in Dakar. Other IRC locations such as Abidjan and Abuja are possible.

Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality

IRC acknowledges and honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other protected characteristic. IRC is also 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.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, 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.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, Egalite, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.

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