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International Rescue Committee - IRC

International Rescue Committee - IRC

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Position: Director of Programs
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Posted date: 6 months ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation, and development support to vulnerable people and communities in over 30 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in six regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.

Job Overview

IRC Ethiopia seeks a dynamic individual for its Director for Programs (DP). The DP reports to the Country Director (CD) and is responsible for overall leadership in the design, implementation, and management of IRC Ethiopia’s programs to address clients’ needs and priorities. She/he manages and has direct oversight of the refugee and local community contexts. She/he is responsible for providing strategic direction of programs, conceptualizing and promoting innovations, and continuing to deepen the impact of IRC’s programs on the ground.

The DP assists the CD in the integrated planning and implementation of activities crucial to the success of field programs. This includes senior-level, internal and external coordination and stakeholder engagement, including with donors, government and non-government partners, and IRC technical and regional support teams; overseeing multi-sector project design and implementation; managing sector teams to propose, coordinate, and deliver quality programs aligned with strategic priorities and beneficiary needs; and leading strategic funding opportunity tracking, – partnering and pre-positioning decisions. The DP will work closely with the Deputy Director for Grants and Partnerships, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator, and the Deputy Director for Emergencies (DDE). The DP will actively collaborate with Directors for Operations (DDO), HR, Finance, and the Deputy Director for Supply Chain as well Field teams. The DP will directly supervise seven Technical Coordinators, the Deputy Director for Grants and Partnerships (DDGPU), and the Senior Program Quality Coordinator. She/he is a key member of the Senior Management Team.

Specific Responsibilities:

Program Leadership and Management

  • Provide overall leadership and management to IRC Ethiopia programs, leading and promoting the strategic program direction while ensuring programs align with strategic priorities and beneficiary needs.
  • Serving as the country program’s focal point, for strategy action plan development and delivery, rollout of related strategic initiatives, monitoring, reporting, and leading strategic action plan review processes.
  • Investigate opportunities for increased integration of IRC Ethiopia projects and approaches.
  • Collaborate and coordinate closely with the Deputy Director for Emergencies (DDE) to encourage holistic programming and ensure that all opportunities for sector integration are utilized in project design and implementation.
  • Collaborate and coordinate closely with the Director of Operations (DO), Deputy Director for Supply Chain (DDSC), Deputy Director for Grants and Partnerships (DDGPU), Field Coordinators, Human Resources (HR), Deputy Director for Finance (DDF) to deliver quality programs and timely resolution of implementation challenges and bottlenecks.
  • Liaise with key donors and partners on funding opportunities, program priorities and strategies, and ongoing program successes and/or support needs.
  • Oversee and facilitate decision-making related to project design, pursuing funding opportunities, and partnership/consortia development.
  • In collaboration with the Accountability and Learning Coordinator, support the Technical and Project Coordinators to design monitoring, evaluation and learning activities in order to ensure responsive programs that use data and evidence for project design and course correction.
  • In collaboration with the Accountability and Learning Coordinator, ensure that all Ethiopia projects have Client Feedback Mechanisms, as appropriate, and support Technical and Project Coordinators in registering, analyzing and taking actions on the basis of beneficiary feedback, including closing the feedback loop.
  • Investigate opportunities to expand existing programs to deepen the impact on the lives of IRC Ethiopia clients/beneficiaries.
  • In collaboration with the DDE, initiate new programming relevant to all IRC sector capacities and strategic priorities, and provide senior-level, strategic direction and direct support to the proposal development process.
  • Lead, operationalize and institutionalize new strategic initiatives within the IRC Strategy and country office Strategy Action Plan (SAP) frameworks.
  • Work with program teams and operational departments (e.g. Finance, Supply Chain, HR) to strengthen and to ensure integrated (financial and programmatic) planning and measure performance against the plan.
  • In collaboration with the DD Finance, and DDO and Senior Program Quality Coordinator, ensure that procurement plans, spending plans and budget versus actual analysis are carried out regularly by Technical and Project Coordinators and support following on recommendations to correct any deviations that impact program delivery.

Human Resources & Capacity Building

  • Directly supervise seven direct reports: 2 EH Coordinators, a Health Coordinator, an Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) Coordinator, a Child and Youth Protection and Development (CYPD) Coordinator, a Community well-being initiative (CWI) Coordinator – responsible for Women Protection and Empowerment programming, and SINCE and RDPP Projects Coordinator with a total team of over 554 staff, including Assistant Coordinators, Project Managers, Officers, and Assistants.
  • Provide complementary technical support to Emergency Response and Grants Units with the CD and DDE.
  • Promote positive and productive teamwork and overall working environment.
  • Work with the Technical and Project Coordinators to review staffing structure, analyze continuously if teams are fit for purpose, and implement steps to address identified gaps.
  • Support Technical and Project Coordinators in HR management of the staff they supervise, and ensure timely, quality performance review and feedback among program teams.
  • Assess and identify the capacity-building needs of the technical staff and match them with the available capacity-building opportunities within and outside of IRC.
  • Be an active change agent and support the technical teams in acquiring the necessary skills and competencies to successfully transition to the new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.
  • Ensure Technical Coordinators develop and follow up on individual capacity-building plans of their staff.

Liaison and Special Tasks

  • In coordination with the CD, DDE, and DDO, liaise with national and district authorities, donors, NGOs, and other operational partners, including attendance at scheduled and ad hoc meetings, and represent IRC and IRC interests by maintaining positive, constructive relations.
  • With the CD, take a lead in donor relations, representing the IRC at various donor and other internal and external stakeholder forums.
  • Ensure IRC participation in sector-specific coordination forums and help foster exchanges of program information and lessons learned with partners, client communities, and other IRC country programs.
  • Supervise and complete special projects, as assigned, by the CD.

Job Requirements:

  • At least 7 years of experience in Program Management within one of the sectors the Ethiopia Country Program operates in, preferably in relief/development work with management and supervisory responsibilities in program administration at senior management level.
  • Ethiopia and/or the Horn of Africa experience is considered an advantage.
  • Past experience as a Deputy Director, Project Director, Consortium Director or equivalent is required for this role.
  • Experience working with US, EU and UN donors, and experience coordinating with other INGOs, national NGOs and government agencies.
  • Proven ability to manage complex teams and work collaboratively with programs and operational departments, particularly in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Strong writing and communication skills, with fluency in English, is one of the most essential skills for the position.
  • Strong multi-tasking and time management skills are essential, as are flexibility and adaptability.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the full project cycle, including project design and M&E systems and procedures required.
  • Innovative and creative problem solver.
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field from a recognized university is preferred.

Preferred experience & skills:

  • Proven flexibility to meet internal and external deadlines in the context of heavy workloads and competing priorities.
  • Ability to independently organize work and prioritize tasks.
  • Works well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual.
  • Willing to travel extensively to monitor implementation and program quality and support donor visits.

IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality 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 Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons.

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.