Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Background / IRC Summary:
The Economic Recovery and Development Technical Unit (ERD TU) provides dynamic support and consultation to IRC's field offices on livelihoods and market-driven programming - including emergency response, cash transfers, financial inclusion, agriculture, and enterprise development. The unit provides direct technical assistance to field staff, ensuring innovation, promotion of best practices, and improvements to information collection and analysis for all economic/livelihoods programming implemented by the organization, from emergency response to post-crisis recovery.
The Senior Technical Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Response is responsible for leading technical support efforts for the livelihoods-based emergency response, aiming to achieve emergency service delivery as envisioned within the IRC2020 strategy. The Senior Technical Advisor develops and implements global programming strategies and provides advice on strategic projects. This position guides and informs IRC on strategic design for emergency programming, supports the technical assistance and ERT team, and ensures the quality and consistency in delivery of emergency programs. The Senior Technical Advisor serves as a spokesperson and technical expert on specific programs in context of IRC's humanitarian purpose.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Senior Director, ERD
Position directly supervises: 3 ERT Coordinators
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Education: Master's/post-graduate degree in international relations, economics, agriculture, nutrition or relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience are required.
Work Experience: A minimum of 8 to 10 years of work experience within a humanitarian or international development setting is required, with 3 to 5 years of field-based experience in emergency or crisis contexts preferred. In-depth programmatic experience coordinating emergency response efforts, conducting in-depth livelihoods assessments, and starting-up emergency programming required. Extensive experience in cash transfer program implementation is essential, additional experience in food security, agriculture, nutrition, WASH, health or protection programming is highly valued.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Strong supervisory skills are required. This position requires strong communication skills, with the ability to effectively articulate strategic vision within the team, throughout IRC and with external audiences. Demonstrated experienced in mobilizing and coordinating internal and external stakeholders to achieve common objectives. Expert-level fluency in livelihoods technical terminology, concepts and approaches is essential. Demonstrated commitment to renewing and maintaining currency with best practices.
Language Skills: Proficiency in French or Arabic is highly desirable.
Working Environment: Travel between 20% and 40% of time.