Senior Technical Advisor, Emergency Livelihoods

International Rescue Committee, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th October, 2017

Job Description

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.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and implementation of global strategies to guide high quality livelihoods emergency preparedness and response programs. Provide technical supervision to the delivery of emergency livelihoods response programming and assuring compliance with grant provisions, IRC quality standards and its overall global strategy. Coordinate closely with country offices and the Emergency Unit to identify humanitarian livelihoods needs and arrange necessary support via deployment of livelihoods emergency response personnel, remote support, or program design assistance. 
  • Serve as a member of the senior management team for the Emergency Unit to ensure timely decision making and deployment of emergency resources into emergency responses and optimal investment into and coordination of programming between preparedness, response and recovery phases. 
  • Provide oversight and guide the implementation of strategic projects relating to cash or market-based program delivery, including those developed as part of the global cash strategy and emergency livelihoods strategy. 
  • Provide management and technical leadership to a talented team of emergency response personnel, including through mentorship, training, and expert technical guidance. 
  • Provide direct remote and on-site technical support and assistance to an assigned portfolio of country programs, supporting the design, implementation, monitoring and management support for country teams. Technical assistance will cover emergency as well as high-risk early recovery settings implementing cash and food security programming. 
  • Maintain relationships with regional and country program coordinators and managers and offer them support, as needed, on program implementation and monitoring. 
  • Provide leadership and technical review in the development of proposals for TU-led and managed grants, relating to global technical support projects for emergency programming. Interact with IRC's Business Development Unit, Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit and country programs to assess opportunities and evaluate which are most needed to address humanitarian needs in context of the IRC's strategic priorities and how to best leverage available resources. 
  • Represent livelihoods emergency preparedness and response programming across the organization, serving as a key resource to IRC staff seeking information about program activities, including external relations and advocacy departments. Respond to field queries regarding program activities. 
  • Represent livelihoods emergency preparedness and response programming and the IRC in outside meetings of importance with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency working groups, foundations and other practitioners in the field. Share and learn best practices to support more robust evidence-based programming within IRC.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Senior Director, ERD

Position directly supervises: 3 ERT Coordinators

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

  • Internal: Interact regularly with IRC's Business Development Unit, Emergency Preparedness and Response unit, external relations and advocacy departments and country programs.
  • External: Represent livelihoods emergency preparedness and response programming and the IRC in outside meetings of importance with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency working groups, foundations and other practitioners in the field.

Minimum Qualifications

Job Qualifications:

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.


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