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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 refugees forced to flee from 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.

    IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In early 2014, IRC opened a field office in Mubi town of Adamawa state in NE Nigeria followed by offices in Yola (Adamawa state) in November 2014 and Maiduguri (Borno state) in October 2015. IRC has ECHO, OFDA, and Gates funds to respond to Humanitarian, nutrition, GBV, and WASH activities. In late 2014 and early 2015, IRC received additional funds from SV, SIDA, USAID, and UNICEF to carry out education, child protection, general protection, emergency food distributions, shelter support, and NFI distributions to newly displaced IDPs. In late 2015 into early 2016, IRC received Swiss and UNHCR funds for additional emergency response humanitarian-focused programming in NE Nigeria.

    Senior Emergency Program Coordinator

     

    SCOPE OF WORK:

    The Senior Emergency Program Coordinator will work closely with the Deputy Director of Programs (DDO to lead program development and strategy, and ensure effective program coordination and technical support, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and accountability. S/he will help represent the IRC program to major stakeholders, relevant government authorities and other program partners.

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Monitor the humanitarian context in North East Nigeria through consistent participation in relevant information and coordination forums.
    • Lead rapid deployments of assessment teams ensuring accountable approaches applying international standards.
    • Lead startup of emergency response activities as needed
    • Contribute to the preparation of concept papers and grant proposals for submission to major donors, especially through the early flagging of humanitarian emergencies and the gathering of primary and secondary data.
    • Support program sector leads to effectively implement and promote project reviews and other learning events.
    • Lead on the development of SitReps for internal and external use.
    • Work with the DDP in implementing the IRC Nigeria country strategy, ensuring that existing programs contribute to strategic goals, objectives and targets;
    • Provide leadership to the sector leads in setting program strategy and priorities as well as capacity building their management skills;
    • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve program and agency objectives;
    • Lead the identification of new initiatives and opportunities that respond to identified needs and contribute to the objectives of the country strategy;
    • Work with the DDP to conduct analyses to determine humanitarian/development gaps and how the IRC should position itself to best serve the needs of beneficiaries;
    • Provide leadership in all aspects of program coordination to ensure consistent quality, including the incorporation of cross-cutting themes, lessons learned and best practices;
    • Facilitate the coordination between different programs and ensure that program managers and technical coordinators for cross-cutting themes are able to work together effectively according to program work plans;
    • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners, and aligned with the IRC principles, values and strategic roadmap and country strategy;
    • Work with technical leads to ensure adherence to grant agreements, IRC’s policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations;
    • Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites for monitoring, quality control and program staff mentoring and coaching.
    • Ensure that program documentation and program minimum standards are consistently adhered to;
    • Ensure that donor reports produced by the Programs team effectively demonstrate the impact of IRC’s program interventions;
    • Review all reports to ensure a high-quality product

    Management

    • Supervise both national and international program technical teams in the field
      Support project staff through close attention to staff care, mentoring, and development and monitoring of IRC Performance Plans through coaching sessions and appraisals.
      Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews;
    • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;
    • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary;
    • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance, and reach objectives;
    • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options, and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

    REPRESENTATION AND ADVOCACY

    • In coordination with the Senior Management Team, actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Nigeria including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
    • Develop strategic partnerships with local organizations, wherever possible.
    • Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required.
    • Upon request by the Senior Management Team in Nigeria, assist in organizing donor site visits by supporting field staff in the smooth design and implementation of agendas and visit activities.

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Master’s degree in international relations, peace and conflict studies, security studies, human rights, diplomacy, international cooperation, humanitarian aid, communication or related fields
    • AT least five progressive years of working in humanitarian settings
    • Experience in emergency settings is an added value
    • Aptitude to adapt to a different context regarding security, culture, climate or health issue, demonstrated by experience outside of country of origin
    • Willingness to travel at least 25% of your time
    • Demonstrated ability to organize, plan and prioritize work tasks

    SPECIFIC SECURITY SITUATION/HOUSING

    The Senior Emergency Program Coordinator will be based in Maiduguri, Nigeria with travel throughout the country. The security situation in Nigeria continues to be volatile in the NE with the security level at 3 (orange). The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in insecure environments. This is a non-accompanied position. The Senior Emergency Program Coordinator will live in shared housing.

    Standards for Professional Conduct:

    The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in 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

    IRC leading the way from harm to home.

    Senior Emergency Food Security Manager

     

    Scope of Work:

    The Senior Emergency Food Security Manager is responsible for coordinating the technical aspects of the project and ensuring quality implementation, standardization, monitoring and evaluation of all food security emergency activities in Borno state. S/he will focus on emergency response capability, with the ability to respond to a fluid programming context, and deliver key services rapidly and effectively.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Ensure that the food security projects are delivered according to the donor contractual requirements and that all activities and deliverables are completed within the agreed timescale and budget.
    • Provide the technical supervision and support of the food security emergency activities; with a focus on cash-based programming and food vouchers;
    • Support the project team have and utilize customized protocols, policies and guidelines;
    • Supervise the development of relevant M&E systems and ensure regular follow-up on monitoring data relevant to IRC programs to feed into on-going review of project cycle and decision-making for programming;
    • Design and regularly update detailed gender responsive work plans and ensure these are used by the team appropriately to monitor progress towards completion and achievement of project objectives;
    • Collaborate with the sector Coordinator and Technical Advisors to support the development of an economic wellbeing program strategy that is aligned to the IRC Nigeria Strategic Action Plan (SAP) 2015-2020.
    • Ensure that programmatic and financial reports for donors and IRC country program are prepared as required, ensuring these are of the highest quality and submitted in a timely manner to the donor;
    • Assist with the preparation and revision of a realistic budget, authorizing and monitoring expenditure in line with the budget, donor guidelines and IRC's grant management and financial regulations;
    • Identify opportunities for program development;
    • Ensure the execution of technical assessments to inform ongoing programming and contribute to program design as required.

    Coordination and Representation:

    • In coordination with the supervisor, represent IRC to UN, international and national NGOs, relevant line ministries, and donors for economic recovery, food security and technical working groups;
    • Participate actively in national food security, early warning networks and technical working groups;
    • Coordinate closely with the operations teams including: administration, HR, supply chain and finance as they relate to the program; and actively participate in periodic program meetings and ensure a summary of progress and challenges are prepared and presented with follow-up actions as required;
    • Participate in internal coordination and management meetings to promote effective and efficient information sharing and program integration.

    Qualifications & experience

    • Professional degree preferably at the advanced level (Master) in international development, economics, agronomy etc;
    • Minimum of three years' of experience managing experience in field based emergency food security and cash programming;
    • Experience with ICT-based cash programming is preferable;
    • Demonstrated skills in strategic planning, budget development and management, gender responsive multi-sector work plan development, and program reporting for diverse audiences;
    • Experience working on gender transformative food security projects or food security projects that address gender constraints across sectors related to the availability, access, and utilization/consumption of food resources is preferable;
    • Experience working in emergency, humanitarian setting;
    • Must be familiar with USAID rules, regulations and policies;
    • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload;
    • International experience with preference in West Africa;
    • Able to respond rapidly to changing environments and work under pressure.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

    The Senior Emergency Food Security Manager will be based in Maiduguri. The security situation in Nigeria continues to be volatile in the NE with the security level at 3 (orange). The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in insecure environments. This is a non-accompanied position. The Senior Emergency Food Security Manager will live in shared housing.

    Standards for Professional Conduct:

    The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in 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

    Health Coordinator

     

    Scope of Work:

    The Senior Emergency Food Security Manager is responsible for coordinating the technical aspects of the project and ensuring quality implementation, standardization, monitoring and evaluation of all food security emergency activities in Borno state. S/he will focus on emergency response capability, with the ability to respond to a fluid programming context, and deliver key services rapidly and effectively.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Ensure that the food security projects are delivered according to the donor contractual requirements and that all activities and deliverables are completed within the agreed timescale and budget.
    • Provide the technical supervision and support of the food security emergency activities; with a focus on cash-based programming and food vouchers;
    • Support the project team have and utilize customized protocols, policies and guidelines;
    • Supervise the development of relevant M&E systems and ensure regular follow-up on monitoring data relevant to IRC programs to feed into on-going review of project cycle and decision-making for programming;
    • Design and regularly update detailed gender responsive work plans and ensure these are used by the team appropriately to monitor progress towards completion and achievement of project objectives;
    • Collaborate with the sector Coordinator and Technical Advisors to support the development of an economic wellbeing program strategy that is aligned to the IRC Nigeria Strategic Action Plan (SAP) 2015-2020.
    • Ensure that programmatic and financial reports for donors and IRC country program are prepared as required, ensuring these are of the highest quality and submitted in a timely manner to the donor;
    • Assist with the preparation and revision of a realistic budget, authorizing and monitoring expenditure in line with the budget, donor guidelines and IRC's grant management and financial regulations;
    • Identify opportunities for program development;
    • Ensure the execution of technical assessments to inform ongoing programming and contribute to program design as required.

    Coordination and Representation:

    • In coordination with the supervisor, represent IRC to UN, international and national NGOs, relevant line ministries, and donors for economic recovery, food security and technical working groups;
    • Participate actively in national food security, early warning networks and technical working groups;
    • Coordinate closely with the operations teams including: administration, HR, supply chain and finance as they relate to the program; and actively participate in periodic program meetings and ensure a summary of progress and challenges are prepared and presented with follow-up actions as required;
    • Participate in internal coordination and management meetings to promote effective and efficient information sharing and program integration.

    Qualifications & experience

    • Professional degree preferably at the advanced level (Master) in international development, economics, agronomy etc;
    • Minimum of three years' of experience managing experience in field based emergency food security and cash programming;
    • Experience with ICT-based cash programming is preferable;
    • Demonstrated skills in strategic planning, budget development and management, gender responsive multi-sector work plan development, and program reporting for diverse audiences;
    • Experience working on gender transformative food security projects or food security projects that address gender constraints across sectors related to the availability, access, and utilization/consumption of food resources is preferable;
    • Experience working in emergency, humanitarian setting;
    • Must be familiar with USAID rules, regulations and policies;
    • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload;
    • International experience with preference in West Africa;
    • Able to respond rapidly to changing environments and work under pressure.

    Nutrition Coordinator

     

    SCOPE OF WORK:

    The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of IRC's Nutrition program in Nigeria, working in collaboration with the Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Director of Programs, and directly with the project teams. As the focal point for Nutrition programs in Nigeria, s/he will provide technical support to the nutrition program for project design, proposal development and reporting, ensuring that IRC programs are of high quality and that programs are driven by data and learning, working in conjunction with other colleagues in the IRC Nigeria program. S/he supervises other nutrition staff, and reports to the Humanitarian Coordinator. The position is based in the IRC Maiduguri field office in Borno state but with regular trips to IRC's nutrition programs throughout Nigeria. The Nutrition Coordinator will receive technical support from the Nutrition Technical Advisor based at IRC HQ.

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • In collaboration with the other nutrition program staff in Nigeria, oversee the implementation of nutrition projects implemented by IRC Nigeria.
    • Provide technical supervision and guidance of all IRC nutrition projects. Extend technical support and supervision to the IRC's implementing partners as the need arises
    • Ensure that nutrition programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the Federal Ministry of Nutrition and WHO. Ensure that all nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices.
    • Promote the quality of the IRC's nutrition programs by setting up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other staff.
    • Ensure sound data collection and information management systems are in place for ongoing performance analysis and programmatic action based on data and identified needs.
    • Ensure that the stated goals and objectives of all nutrition projects are met with strong monitoring and evaluation (M&E) follow up, including any required operational research, with technical support from the Nutrition Information Management team in New York Nutrition Unit and the Country Technical Advisor as needed.
    • Participate in the design of robust M&E plans and design/adapt nutrition information systems including surveillance systems for the IRC nutrition programs in Nigeria
    • Provide technical support to the nutrition program for program design, proposal development and reporting, ensuring that IRC programs are of high quality and that programs are driven by data and learning, working in conjunction with other colleagues in the IRC Nigeria program.
    • Ensure all designed Nutrition projects use the IRC theories of change and that outcomes are evidence-driven and evidence-generated.

    MANAGEMENT

    • Provide supportive supervison to the other nutrition staff to develop work plans to guide implementation of approved grants. Support the Field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and community.
    • Review Budget vs. Actual expenditure for nutrition programs on a monthly basis with staff.
    • Participate in the development of staff development plans for nutrition staff based on performance reviews in collaboration with the human resources department and contribute to the training of nutrition staff (mentoring, on-the-job sessions as well as formal trainings). Review performance evaluation of nutrition staff in the field.
    • Develop/organize training opportunities to build the capacity of the nutrition staff and local partners in order to transfer skills. This includes staff training in program management areas such as reporting, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision.
    • Oversee the implementation of nutrition sector priorities, ensuring that program growth is in line with country strategic plans.
    • Review all reports prepared by the nutrition staff and provide appropriate feedback to the concerned staff, and ensure that reports are written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner.

    REPRESENTATION AND ADVOCACY

    • In coordination with the Humanitarian Coordinator and Senior Management Team actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Nigeria including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
    • Develop strategic partnerships with local organizations, wherever possible.
    • Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required.
    • Upon request by the Senior Management in Nigeria, assist in organizing donor site visits by supporting field staff in the smooth design and implementation of agendas and visit activities.

    EDUCATON AND REQUIREMENTS

    • Degree in Food Science, Nutrition or related field e.g. MBChB, Public Health, B.Sc Nutrition etc
    • Minimum 5 years experience in nutrition programs in resource poor settings with at least 3 years in project management position, experience managing nutrition programs; specifically in the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and nutrition BCC approaches.
    • Experience working in Nigeria/West Africa a plus. Willingness to travel extensively in Nigeria
    • Background in conducting situation analysis, nutrition and nutrition assessments. Training and competency in LQAS, SPSS, SQUEAC and SMART methodology for conducting surveys is an added advantage. Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods, community development and partnership.
    • Experience and competency in proposal development, report writing and grant management.
    • Competent in Windows, MS office programs (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint), email and database (HMIS, DHIS, EPI-Info) experience.
    • Experience implementing nutrition programming in hard to reach areas/displaced communities
    • Experience in capacity building and mentoring of nutrition staff
    • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation skills; Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills; Excellent coordination and networking skills; Excellent written and oral English skills
    • Additional qualities: ability to multitask, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, be flexible, and adaptability to transitions.

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