The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world's leading agencies working in post-conflict and development contexts, supporting communities in over 40 fragile, failed and developing states. In this capacity, we work to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted, struggling to endure and wishing to advance on a path of development. The IRC began working in Myanmar in May 2008 with emergency response and early recovery interventions for communities affected by Cyclone Nargis. Since then, the IRC has broadened its portfolio with health, protection, livelihoods, and social development programs aiming to employ a holistic approach to meeting the needs of crisis affected and vulnerable communities to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. In conjunction with longer-term programs working in system strengthening, participatory community-driven development, and local stakeholder capacity development, the IRC works in emergency preparedness and response, supporting its staff and its partners to be able to become more resilient and responsive to shocks and respond quickly when they occur. IRC Myanmar operates an annual portfolio of approximately $15 million, through the implementation of over 18 grants country-wide funded by 10 different international donor agencies. In addition, IRC prioritizes partnership with local civil society organizations, and manages on average about 20 sub grantees.
SCOPE OF WORK
The IRC seeks a Project Coordinator for a three-year, multi-million dollar LIFT-funded Access to Safe Livelihoods and Nutrition project in Myanmar. Building on LIFT's work on economic and social development, the project aims to ensure that humanitarian and development needs of all people in Rakhine are addressed in a coordinated way for greater stability, interdependence, prosperity and growth. The Project Coordinator is a key position for this project with overall responsibility for managing, monitoring and coordinating the delivery of activities across consortium partners and ensuring effective engagement with other key stakeholders. The successful candidate will demonstrate her/his capacity to be a key decision-maker, an adept project manager, lead a diverse team of direct reports, and liaise with multiple implementing partner organizations to ensure operational and programmatic efficiency and success.
The Project Coordinator will report directly to the Deputy Director for Programs. S/he will supervise the IRC project team, coordinate the wider consortium project team, and lead the Project Implementation Committee constituted of members of the implementation partners. S/he will be accountable for ensuring that the project objectives are met and that the project is implemented in compliance with IRC and donor regulations.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide overall leadership for the project, informing strategic direction and decision-making and overseeing administrative, financial and project management aspects to ensure successful and timely implementation of planned activities and appropriate expenditure of funds;
- Serve as the coordinator between consortium members, external and internal technical advisors, and key program stakeholders;
- Serve as the consortium's key project liaison for the donor's contracting and technical support staff;
- Coordinate all annual work planning, project reviews/evaluation activities and project implementation activities with team members and stakeholders. Ensure the timely submission of all deliverables to the donor, including annual work plans and project monitoring and evaluation plans;
- Together with other key IRC staff at the Yangon and field level, foster and manage productive relationships with representatives of the Government of the Union of Myanmar, statelevel authorities, and relevant line ministries;
- In consultation with key project staff and IRC senior management, ensure identification of advocacy issues, development of advocacy and influencing plan, and its proper implementation with government as well as with other stakeholders.
- Ensure strong communication and coordination with other IRC projects, with other relevant initiatives, and other LIFT-funded investments in Rakhine in order to maximize the use of resources and achieve multisector program integration as well as promoting the consortium's brand and acceptance in the Rakhine context;
- Collect and share successes and lessons learned across the partners as well as externally.
- Bachelor degree in international relations, economics, social science, human rights or related field required, with 8 years of work experience; Masters degree in relevant fields with at least five years of experience.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience implementing complex programs in developing countries in relevant areas such as agriculture; improving quality and access to financial services; development of community participation in the improvement of livelihoods and food security.
- Demonstrated skills in strategic and project planning, and strong organizational skills.
- Proven ability in collaborating closely with multilevel stakeholders; experience in managing projects implemented in consortia will be considered an advantage.
- Previous employment with or extensive knowledge of NGOs; experience working with NGOs in a similar position is a plus.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Familiarity with international donors' regulations and policies, as well as significant experience interacting with donor agencies is important.
- Knowledge or prior work experience in country preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
- Capacity to work well under pressure, and the ability to communicate appropriately and effectively crossculturally is critical.