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  • Hotline Handler at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

  • Posted on: 14 March, 2019 Deadline: 28 March, 2019
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  • The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to people affected by war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

    Hotline Handler


    Requisition ID: req4207
    Location: Maiduguri, Borno
    Sector: Monitoring & Evaluation
    Employment Category: Fixed Term
    Employment Type: Full-Time

    Scope of Work

    • The IRC is guided by three core principles/standards (the IRC Way); Service, Integrity and Accountability.
    • Also, the organization is guided by the principles of the Core Humanitarian standards (CHS) as well as the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP).
    • To uphold and ensure commitment to these principles in all its projects, IRC Nigeria operates a Community Accountability Feedback Mechanism .
    • One of the mechanisms is to collect communities’ feedback through toll free telephone system. Thus, the IRC would like to hire an experienced person for this job.
    • The purpose of the Hotline Handler, in general, is to receive feedback and complaints coming from the communities where IRC is working regarding the services the organization is rendering through the various Accountability Feedback Mechanisms.
    • The position holder will closely work with the program team specially in liaising between the community and the organization in terms of information flow from one to the other and vise-versa.
    • S/he will collect feedback coming from the community through the toll free system as well as other feedback mechanisms and pass onto the respective sector team following the organization's feedback mechanism information flow system or depending the category level of the feedback, respond to the person who reported the complaint.

    Collect feedback from communities and report to the concerned body:

    • Answer tool free calls, record the complaints/feedback applying the template/s prepared for the purpose;
    • Ensure confidentiality of all information received is upheld and respected.
    • Regularly update herself/himself with IRC projects to understand the areas of thematic and geographic areas of operation;
    • Understand well and brief staff and others on IRC Nigeria Community Accountability Mechanisms;
    • Regularly update herself/himself with the new policies and procedures of IRC particularly in relation to accountability;
    • Understanding of Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP), Core Humanitarian Standards and other relevant global standards.
    • Respond to those like information requests or answer questions if it is within her/his mandate specified in the IRC Nigeria Community Accountability Mechanism document;
    • Summarize the information and report to the concerned body as stated in the Community Accountability Mechanism document;
    • Whenever needed and got approval from her/his supervisor, share relevant information that can be used in the new projects designs;
    • Whenever needed, clarify the questions reported to the Complain/Feedback Analysis Committee;
    • Excellent communication skills and experience in report writing.
    • Make preliminary analysis and share the summary to the respective sector concerned staff (following the Community Accountability Mechanism);
    • Participate in lesson sharing meetings/bazars/workshops; and
    • Systematically and securely document the reports;
    • Build the capacity of program staff on the accountability and feedback mechanism

    Managing/Maintain the hotline services and other Accountability Mechanisms:

    • Make sure the monthly subscription is paid on time so that the system is always up and running;
    • Maintain the telephone apparatuses and make sure the batteries are always charged full;
    • Report any technical problems to her/his supervisor on time and follow up its maintenance;
    • Design a strategy and regularly check whether all the target communities have access to the hotline service and other Feedback Mechanisms;
    • Managing suggestion boxes installed for feedback collection.
    • Devising and implementing ways of effectively communicating the Accountability Mechanisms to all project stakeholders

    Perform other duties assigned by the supervisor (----% of time):

    • Perform other similar task, related to her/his area of responsibility, proposed by her/his supervisor/s

    Skills, Experiences and Personal Character

    • A minimum of Diploma in Communication or similar areas of studies;
    • Experience in similar areas, developmental work and communication is an advantage;
    • Must be able to maintain confidentiality of information and individuals
    • Excellent computer skills especially in the use of MS Word and Excel.
    • Well conversant with e-mail communication, especially Microsoft Outlook.
    • Good verbal communication skills in local languages (Hausa, Fulfulde and Kanuri) and working knowledge of English is a must;
    • Keen to the organization grievance reporting mechanism and commitment to IRC values and principles; and
    • Passionate to humanitarian work;

    Work Environment:

    • Security level orange. The situation in Maiduguri, Borno remains unpredictable; there is active conflict in many parts of the country and a possibility for further expansion of the conflict and violence into other areas and other states.


    • Competitive Monthly salary,
    • Health Insurance Coverage for Family, Pension, Creche Facilities available for Women with babies under 12 Months.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.


    • Only shortlisted candidates will be communicated for an Interview.
    • 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 or disability. However, female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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