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Senior Program Advisor, Great Lakes region

Major Responsibilities:

Regional Strategy Support:

  • Maintain awareness of key partnership trends and debates in the humanitarian sector and support the regional leadership team to track and engage in these initiatives, as necessary
  •  Promote a space for dialogue and manage risks associated with organizational transformation related to partnership
  •  Use findings and recommendations from the Great Lakes “Decolonizing strategic growth” analysis to coordinate development of a contextual informed partnership model;
  •  Provide regional oversight for developing regional analyses and engaging with regional/sub-regional organizations/networks and regional partnership programming with relevant donors, given the cross-border dynamics within the region and the regional ambition to increase our partnerships throughout the region
  •  Lead the IRC Great Lakes engagement in strategic partnerships and networks with key local/national/regional organizations to support program quality, research, advocacy, communications, and capacity strengthening that are complimentary to the IRC’s expertise and humanitarian & development goals
  • Track and analyze partnership key performance indicators for learning and decision-making.

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 Partnership Management and Country Support:

  •  Support Great Lakes country programs in developing strategies to reinforce existing and build nascent partnership relationships with civil society organizations, government entities and private sector actors, as well as with networks
  • Support country program in applying proven principles and approaches that will fulfill the Great Lakes region partnership ambitions, including through application of organizational guidance provided as part of the PEERS review process 
  • Collaborate with technical advisors, regional and programmatic and operation leads, including the Regional Program and Award Support (RPAS) teams, to support Great Lakes country programs to analyze the roles of local actors, to define IRC’s approach based on how it can best ‘add value’, prioritizing opportunities to support and reinforce local capacities and systems (asking ‘why not partner’)
  •  Facilitate meaningful partner participation in key decision making, including in the context of strategy development and program design and management, and accountability to partner perspectives and feedback
  •  Provide support and guidance to business development efforts with the aim of reinforcing partnership within multi-country/sub regional opportunities, working closely with the Senior Program Development Advisor or other identified

Business Development support teams. 

  • Promote and guide principled, collaborative, and contextualized risks analysis and management with partners across all organizational functions, consistent with the IRC Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS,) working closely with the Regional Program and Awards Support (RPAS) teams to identify risk mitigation measures and strategies as needed. 
  •  Work with country programs, IRC’s partnership and client responsiveness teams, and the regional business development, and program and awards support teams, to improve clients’ and partners’ greater influence over program design and delivery   
  •  Support effective capacity sharing and systems strengthening approaches across Great Lakes country programs, as well as broader organizational development and systems strengthening approaches, and ensuring that IRC is understanding and leveraging opportunities to learn from partners
  •  Guide, coach, and mentor partnership leads in each country program in the use of PEERS for the development and management of principled, collaborative partnerships. 
  • Help country program to evaluate partners on a regular basic 
  •  Support Great Lakes country programs to conduct partnership capacity self-assessments, and to address the priority strengthening opportunities identified through those self-assessments, including through in-country support
  •  Lead structured interactions with Great Lakes partners to promote accountability and solicit feedback with respect to IRC’s role and partnership practices.

 Key Working Relationships: 

  • Direct Reporting: Great Lakes Deputy Regional Director and Partnership Unit Director
  • Coordination: work in close collaboration with Country Programs SMT, regional SMT, RPST, and other HQ relevant functions as needed
  • External Contacts:  national, regional/sub-regional networks/organizations

Job Requirements: 

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree is a plus; background in humanitarian and development assistance.
  • Work Experience: Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience. 
  • Field Experience: At least 2 years of senior level field experience in relevant settings.
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 Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: 

  • Experience in a range of sectors, in both humanitarian and development contexts, including proven partnership-focused results, experience in building principled partnership rooted in feminist value across various contexts 
  • Demonstrated experience of coordinating complex projects and leading change both through working culture and business processes
  • Experience fostering and collaborating with community-led local organizations, including conducting CBO capacity strengthening 
  • Team player, flexible and able to work within a small group of decision-makers to diagnose and provide support to country teams in a timely, efficient, and effective way
  • Self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to develop positive relationships with local and remote team members at multiple levels across the organization
  • Professional experience within the Great Lakes to understand the partnership landscape and cultural context  
  • Ability to work successfully independently and with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to apply analytical thinking to evidenced, justified recommendations
  • Experience in programs and grant management will be an asset.

Community Based Maternal and Newborn Care TA

Job Overview / Summary:

The Community Based Maternal and Newborn Care (CBMNC) Technical Advisor (TA) is primarily a field-facing position with a central responsibility on program quality. The CBMNC TA will spend most of their time supporting CBMNC programs and respective evaluation research in Somalia & South Sudan. Subsequently, more countries will be included for improvement of CBMNC services.

The CBMNC TA’s specific responsibilities are as follows:

  • Support program development and start-up of a CBMNC program in Somalia and South Sudan, working closely with IRC’s research and innovation team, which will provide inputs into developing an effective and operationalizable program model that aligns with national policy, and with evaluating the effectiveness of the CBMNC program.
  • In consideration of the existing heath systems and referral pathways/structures, identify and support appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address community-level delivery gaps.
  • Build technical capacity of relevant country program staff on CBMNC to ensure ongoing program quality and innovation, by coordinating technical and training needs, reviewing and adapting training materials, and conducting mentoring for program staff.
  • Lead efforts to document and disseminate program findings, and contribute to the evaluation and scale-up of promising practices in community settings.
  • Engage in business development and program design: support countries with establishing or implementing CBMNC programs; select or adapt interventions based on evidence and client needs, and based on context and gender analyses
  • Project delivery support: work with country program colleagues, SRHR staff, and Health and Nutrition TAs to analyze data for review and course correction; to review and share program-specific tools and resources; and to contextualize and adapt global and country-specific materials.
  • Assist with and advise on critical initiatives in the HU, including joint initiatives with other technical units as agreed upon by the supervisor; for example, outcomes and evidence, measurement, context adaptability, best use of resources, emergency preparedness, client voice and choice, and research and development.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to: Advisor, Maternal and Newborn Health
  • Other Internal contacts: This position will engage closely with HU teams, the Research and Innovation Department, Awards Management Unit, Private Fundraising, country colleagues, and regional offices and departments. They will also work with Health TAs, Nutrition TAs, and SRH staff; the MNH Research and Innovation team; and the HU M&E Advisors on data system improvements.

Job Requirements:

  • Health or other related degree, with a community health background plus MPH or equivalent;
  • At least 5 years public health experience in technical and management positions, including provision of remote technical support;
  • At least three years of residence or work experience in low- and middle-income countries;
  • Expertise in community-based MNH, integrated community case management (iCCM), community-based provision of family planning (CBP/FP), and/or community-based nutrition (CB-N).
  • Expertise in program management and fundraising (e.g., program development, proposal writing, monitoring & evaluation, and management of donor relations, local partnerships, capacity strengthening).
  • Ability to work within a team, motivate others and promote efficiency, resolve challenges, and contribute to a cheerful work environment.
  • Proven organizational skills, and the ability to be flexible and productive when dealing with various priorities, in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Good communication skills, including writing professional documents, and building and delivering presentations to different audiences.
  • Professional-level fluency in English. French proficiency will be a plus.
  • Ability to travel approximately 20 – 30% of the time.

Budget Advisor (Cost and Pricing Advisor)

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Budget Advisor provides budget development support to a portfolio of competitive multi-year proposals; this position collaborates closely with appropriate finance staff as it performs the following functions:

  • During capture, validates cost data, prepares back of envelope projections and advises on pricing strategy;
  • Prepares full cost proposals by developing cost analysis and budget projections, facilitating budget reviews and negotiating budgets with international and local budget partners; ensures proposal accuracy and certifies cost data;
  • Prepares internal budget development packet, timelines, and partner packets; offers guidance and coordinates budget inputs;
  • Facilitates the two color-team reviews of the budget;
  • Offers advice on donor rules and regulations, and specific solicitation requirements as they pertain to budget development;
  • Supports efforts to disseminate company-wide guidance and tools, including making presentations, trainings, templates and guidance documents.

Job Qualifications:

  • Degree (minimum BA) or equivalent experience in a relevant field such as public administration, business administration, management, economics, or similar;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budget development and cost analysis good practices; familiarity with project design methodologies, price-to-win approaches and proposal development processes is a plus.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience, including experience with budget development of multi-million dollar projects; international development, management and training experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrates in depth understanding of USAID, UK FCDO or EU rules and regulations, particularly as they pertain to budget development; is able to identify donor-specific risks and design cost proposals in a way that mitigate those risks;
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work in a team environment and independently and ability to meet unexpected demands;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues in ‘remote’ and diverse teams;
  • The ability to work productively and accurately while under pressure in a fast-paced, demanding environment;
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively;
  • Ability to travel internationally; (up to 20% of time);
  • Ability to work autonomously and under remote management;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English is required; French, Spanish or Arabic is highly desirable.

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