Deputy Director – Education Research in Conflict and Protracted Crisis (ERICC) at International Rescue Committee

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Deputy Director – Education Research in Conflict and Protracted Crisis (ERICC)

Specific Responsibilities

  • Grant fund. We will allocate funds (approx. £2.4M in total) to partners in ERICC focal countries to support the cost of piloting, scaling up and adapting education programmes.

Pre-Award

  • Develop standard operating procedures for the fund, including eligibility criteria, appropriate vetting, due diligence, compliance procedures, procedures for avoiding real or perceived conflict of interest, and financial management.
  • Assess the number, size, and length of grants to be funded and number of funding windows.
  • Set up appropriate arrangements with FCDO for IRC to act as an agent to grant funds.
  • Work with web developers to build a portal for proposal submission and review, including ensuring accessibility and equity for all marginalized groups
  • Develop information strategy for potential applicants and build Frequently Asked Questions
  • Coordinate calls for proposals, initial screening & vetting, and crafting the scoring criteria.
  • Establish and convene the proposal Review Panel.

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Post-Award

  • Onboard Grantees and provide technical assistance, and ensure regular reporting.
  • Support grantees, particularly smaller organizations, on financial systems, monitoring, and evaluation (M&E), safeguarding, risk management and governance.
  • Develop procedures for disbursement of, and invoicing for, grant funds
  • Coordinate with grantees to receive and review timely narrative and financial grant reports
  • Build systems to identify problems at the grantee level and to put in place remedial actions.
  • Supervise projects against objectives and in compliance with donor and IRC guidelines.
  • Draft responses to FCDO enquiries or Parliamentary Questions.
  • Share progress reports with the ERICC Research Directorate and FCDO.

Closeout

  • Lead Grantees Closeout Process including issuing closure letters, feedback form, closeout meeting, closeout audit, asset disposal processes, and documentation filling.
  • Provide operational, financial and contractual oversight of the programme, including:
  • Serve as the primary liaison for FCDO contractual compliance and contract management.
  • Ensure sound financial management (forecasting, monitor budget vs actuals, cash flow, etc)
  • Conduct financial analysis to ensure value for money and adequate funding to achieve results
  • Contracting with partners, including vetting, pre-award assessment, and agreeing on budgets and special conditions.
  • Support workplanning based on priorities identified by programme leadership.
  • Support the preparation and submission of donor reports.
  • Ensure strong risk management and mitigation.
  • Ensure institutional capacity strengthening for project sub-contractors on key issues such as governance, key policies, human resources, transparency, safeguarding, and finance.
  • Lead process for consultancies and commissioned work.
  • To deputize the Programme Director when required.

Experience

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • Significant experience in leading FCDO contracts, particularly operational, contracts, and financial leadership and management
  • E xperience in running funds or other large granting mechanisms
  • B udget development and spending plans, and supervise the financial health of projects
  • Risk assessment and mitigation, due diligence assessments and/or audits
  • Excellent written and oral English
  • Excellent IT skills (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Track record of working on own initiative as well as on diverse teams.
  • Maintaining positive relationships with collaborators, and having e xcellent communication skills
  • Ability to lead varied workload and work under pressure

Preferred Experience And Skills

  • Experience of working in international organisation or on a consortia
  • Research project experience
  • Having worked in one or more of: Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Syria, South Sudan, Bangladesh and Myanmar
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