Background/IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC), responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive, recover and gain control of their future. The IRC is working to improve the safety, health, education, economic well-being and power of people in crisis affected places.
The Economic Recovery and Development Technical Unit (ERD TU) is responsible for supporting the development, implementation, and monitoring of client-centered programs such as, but not limited to, cash and voucher assistance (CVA), rural & agricultural livelihoods, and enterprise development and employment promotion. The TU’s technical assistance to this wide variety of programs ensures quality and use of evidence-based practices; promotes innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion; and drives data-based management and decision making.
Job Overview/Summary: The Technical Advisor (TA), Livelihoods will take a lead role supporting IRC countries on crafting and implementing evidence-based projects to improve livelihoods programming (with specific focus on agro-pastoral climate resilience, enterprise development and employment, and financial inclusion) to high quality standards. Moreover, we expect all TAs to be well versed in gender-sensitive programming and be able to support gender-transformative approaches. To this end, the TA will work closely with TU team members from the cash & emergencies and livelihood teams as well as staff from the health, protection and governance technical units.
The position requires a dynamic, self-motivating, driven and forward-thinking personality with experience in working remotely with a broad range of people from very different cultural backgrounds. The remote nature of this position with both the TU team and countries teams that are being supported means that TAs need to be excellent in pro-active communication and relationship building. The successful candidate will support a range of focal countries in both the Middle East/North Africa and Asia regions. The specific country portfolio is subject to change if and when necessary.
Provide technical support to country programs
• Assist in the design, quality implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programs across all of ERD TU’s programmatic outcomes to an average of 6-8 countries in accordance with our Technical Assistance model and based on programs’ Strategy Action Plans
• Provide expert advice to and build capacity of TU colleagues and country staff on skills development, job placement, financial inclusion, private sector partnership and overall economic empowerment programming. Include a strong component of promoting gender equality, local partnership, and inclusion.
• Communicate regularly with country staff through phone and email. Provide remote support and conduct regular visits to assess quality of programs, deliver technical support and trainings, provide recommendations, and engage in knowledge sharing.
• Support recruitment of key programmatic positions (management/coordination level and consultants).
• Input into go / no go decisions on proposals and on budgets required for project delivery
• When necessary, write technical narratives of proposals and provide support on monitoring and evaluation aspects of ERD projects
• Engage with donors, participate to donors’ meetings and do outreach in support of country programs
Drive tool development, integrated programming, and innovation
• Research, adapt and write evidence-based guides, manuals, and other resources to improve and innovate livelihoods programs, with a particular focus on remote delivery through the use of learning technology.
• Collaborate with other technical units to promote integrated programming, avoid redundancy and integrate gender equality, inclusion, context flexibility, client responsiveness, partnership and ICT
• Participate in ERD TU strategic design, special projects, meetings, communications material development, intra-net content development.
Local partnership building and business diversification
• Support countries and TU in pursuing emergency and long-term business development opportunities for livelihoods projects and resilience building. Tasks include donor and partner mapping, relationship-building (with a focus on local partners and private sector partnerships), program design and narrative review, and technical proposal development.
• M&E framework review and/or development promoting mobile monitoring, standard indicator use and data-use for management
Representing and communicating internally and externally
• Engage in priority networks, working groups, panels, and external fora on livelihoods issues
• Regularly provide briefings and responses to information requests on livelihoods and ERD programs, emerging issues and political developments to many audiences, including IRC colleagues, donors, the media, UN agencies, inter-agency networks, and new recruits.
The TA will undertake other special projects and tasks as needed within the realm of their expertise and within the TU’s function.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: STA, Livelihoods
Other Internal and/or external contacts: Close coordination and collaboration with members from the ERD TU team and other TUs
Education: Master’s degree in international development, business, economics or related fields or a combination of equivalent education and lived experience.
• Minimum of 6-8 years of proven experience in international emergency and development field posts, related private sector entities and/or research entities
• Experience in managing large evidenced-based economic emergency and development programs, including staff and budget management, preferably in conflict- or disaster-affected environments
• Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: (i) technical skills development, (ii) business incubation and business development, (iii) Research/innovation services (iv) Innovative finance
• Demonstrated success in large business development for economic programs and familiarity with key donors and their funding streams.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
• Capacity to work flexible hours, as appropriate to accommodate for different time zones
• Proven assessment, data collection and analysis skills, including needs assessments, market assessments and incorporation of gender analyses into assessment approaches.
• Demonstrated dedication to a Do No Harm approach, gender quality and inclusion
• Demonstrated ability to work across functions and sectors to build strong working relationships and to ensure high-quality market-based program delivery.
• Knowledge of main institutional donors and a proven track record in developing funding proposals and reports for a range of institutional and other donors.
• Strong program/technical, project design, proposal development and budget management skills, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills involving listening to, interacting with, and communicating clearly with people from diverse nationalities and backgrounds, and senior level internal and external partners, with a high degree of professionalism and pro-activity.
• Solid organizational skills: proficiency inworking productively in a fast-paced environment and under remote team and management structures
• Proficiency with Windows-based software, knowledge management tools, remote training and engagement tools, and familiarity with mobile monitoring tools
• Demonstrated dedication to an anti-racist and Do No Harm approach, gender equality and inclusion
Language Skills: Demonstrated excellence in English and/or Arabic, IRC’s working languages in the MENA and Asia regions; Additional relevant regional languages (e.g. Urdu, Burmese, Kurdish) a plus
Working Environment: Up to 40% travel is expected, Covid-19 restrictions permitting. This position will be based in relevant IRC country office, with flexibility for remote work in alignment with IRC’s flexwork policy.