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International Rescue Committee - IRC

International Rescue Committee - IRC


Position: Chief of Party
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


The International Rescue Committee’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded over 80 years ago, the IRC is a leading humanitarian and development organization with a presence in more than 40 countries. Across contexts, the IRC is committed to delivering innovative, high-impact programs tailored to the needs of communities affected by crises.

Position Summary:

IRC is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated multi-million dollar USAID BHA Ethiopia Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM). The aim of the mechanism is to facilitate time-bound emergency humanitarian assistance in the wake of an acute shock in any region of Ethiopia.

The COP will be responsible for ensuring that the proposed project is implemented in accordance with the terms of the BHA award, BHA regulations, and internationally recognized quality of assistance standards. The COP will work closely with the IRC country program, regional, and HQ leadership to ensure that the project is implemented in accordance with IRC policies and principles.

In addition, the COP will be the primary representational link with BHA staff for the activity and will liaise with the mission to provide project updates, and discuss strategies, obstacles, performance plans, and progress against targets. The COP will liaise with BHA agreement/contracting officers, technical support staff, partner organizations, outside contractors, and implementers of other BHA-funded initiatives as required. The COP will represent the project to all key stakeholders, government officials, and donors at coordination fora and other related meetings and will ensure that project initiatives achieve the expected results.

The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Recruitment is contingent upon the successful award of the project, and the selection of the final applicant is subject to BHA approval. The project is anticipated to begin in February 2024.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic and administrative leadership and direction, define, and implement activities to achieve the greatest impact toward project goals and objectives.
  • Oversee technical direction and project delivery to ensure activities are in line with the performance framework and meet all standard operational policies and procedures.
  • Oversee development, review, and monitoring of yearly work plans, project strategy documents, implementation measures, knowledge management, and sustainability efforts to ensure long- and short-term impact goals are achieved.
  • Manage consortium partnerships and maintain collaborative partner relations, ensuring that all partners are aware of the project’s expectations and are actively involved in achieving the objectives while using the project management tools developed or adapted for the consortium.
  • Support the DCOP in managing partners and providing financial and operations support that optimizes resources through sound budgets, consistent financial tracking, and timely submission of reports to the donor.
  • Report to BHA through both formal and informal debriefings, and annual and semi-annual reports, ensuring timely submission of high-quality content.
  • Maintain active and cooperative relationships with all key stakeholders, including government officials, project partners, other implementing agencies, and related institutions.
  • Represent the project and the organization in national, regional, and international fora, including technical conferences and policy briefings, and share information about project achievements and lessons learned within the organization and wider development community.
  • Support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, and mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility


  • Degree from an accredited university in, international development, or related field; equivalent experience may be substituted for a graduate degree.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in similar emergency response activities, and experience managing complex international donor-funded development activities in challenging environments
  • Minimum of 8 years of project management.
  • Experience working in fragile contexts leading emergency responses and programs
  • Proven experience in administrative and financial management for large projects and significant knowledge of BHA compliance, rules and regulations
  • Proven experience in developing and maintaining strong and effective partnerships.
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with local counterparts, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Substantial experience managing diverse sub-grantees/sub-contractors, including INGO, NGO, local FBO and private sector actors.
  • Demonstrated innovation and success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and gender-sensitive programming and implementation.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Fluency in English is required.

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, Accountability and Gender Equality. 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

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal 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, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.