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Regional Grants & Business Development Coordinator, Central Africa

The Purpose of the Role:  

  • In the Central Africa region (Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania) IRC responds to acute and longer-term needs with integrated programs that improve health and safety, prioritize children’s education, foster economic wellbeing, and empower communities to regain control over their lives. 
  • Where support is required by country programs in the region, the Regional Grants and Business Development Coordinator will be deployed to work as part of the grants, partnerships and/or program teams in country offices. This could include acting as a temporary member of the grants, partnerships and/or program team (e.g. as Grants Coordinator), or to provide surge support to assist in the development of proposals as well as donor reports, and to perform general grants management functions during peak periods. When not deployed, the person will support the Regional Program and Awards Support (RPAS) team or provide remote support to country programs.
  • The Regional Grants and Business Development Coordinator reports to the Senior Program and Awards Advisor (SPAA) and works closely with the Regional Program and Awards Support Team as well as country office and other regional and AMU staff. When deployed, the Regional Grants and Business Development Coordinator will also be accountable to the relevant line manager in the respective country program. 
  • The position will be preferably based within the region, or a European or African country where IRC has an office, with frequent travel to country programs within the region for in-country assignments.

Scope and Authority: 

  • No formal line management. However, when the position is deployed there could be line management responsibilities depending on the function performed in-country. 

Key Working Relationships: 

  • The Regional Grants and Business Development Coordinator reports to the Senior Program & Award Advisor (SPAA) and works closely with Grants, Partnerships, Programs and Finance teams in country, as well as other members of the Regional Program and Award Support (RPAS) Team for Central Africa, the Central Africa Regional Finance Director, and other AMU and regional staff.

Key Accountabilities: 

  • The Grants and Business Development Coordinator will be assigned to support specific country programs or the Regional Program and Award Support Team, and may be responsible for the following, as requested: 

Proposal Development

  •  Work closely with country programs to support specific proposal development coordination and tasks, such as developing proposal work plans, writing non-technical sections, consolidating and editing written inputs, developing annexes, writing budget narratives, and other tasks as needed. The position will provide additional bandwidth, or backfilling for country grants staff when needed to support these processes. 
  •  Act as proposal development lead, writer and/or coordinator, as identified by country programs and the regional team.
  •  Facilitate design sessions in coordination with country grants teams with key country program, partners, regional and HQ teams, and ensure proposal design is in line with the country program SAP.  
  •  Liaise with the Awards Management Unit’s global Business Development and Regional Program and Award Support Teams to ensure proposals are of high quality, meet internal and donor standards and are submitted on time to the donor. 
  •  When in-country and in coordination with the DAM and the Senior/Program Development Advisors (S/PDA), support the country team in the cultivation of donor relationships at the country level and support country offices in the capture and pre-positioning for upcoming BD opportunities. 

Awards Management & Compliance

  •  Work with country teams to develop donor reports and other award deliverables (e.g. work plans, M&E plans) and ensure they are high quality, coherent, accurate and submitted on time in accordance with donor and IRC internal requirements, providing additional bandwidth, or backfilling for country grants staff when needed to support these processes. 
  •  Manage and/or support agreement and amendment/modification reviews and negotiations, and support award close-out, as needed. 
  •  Provide technical guidance on donor rules and regulations to country team to ensure compliance,
  •  Proactively raise potential compliance issues to country team and keep senior management and regional team informed of any projected inabilities to meet contractual obligations and of spend rates/significant budget variances.
  •  Monitor and support the use of award management tools such as monthly financial reports, procurement plans, and activity plans amongst program teams to ensure accurate tracking of implementation and timely alerts to potential challenges/obstacles. Where support is required, act as focal point in facilitating the review of donor deliverables and approvals by technical advisors and other relevant persons at HQ and/or the region. 
  •  Participate in and support the coordination of country program’s project cycle meetings, as well as donor and partner meetings, as required.

Partnerships

  •  Where necessary, support the management and implementation of partnership responsibilities including partner identification for positioning or proposal development processes, due diligence, partnership agreement package development and reviews, partnership agreement amendments and close-out in line with the IRC’s partnership management system’s (PEERS) and relevant donor requirements.  
  •  Support country program to strengthen existing systems and structures around PEERS implementation in-country and provide coaching and mentoring to country teams for a deeper understanding and effective implementation of PEERS.

Training/Capacity-Building and Regional/Global Initiatives

  •  Contribute to the development of training materials/modules and/or adapt and contextualize training resources and materials to respond to in-country needs.
  •  Train and support country program’s grants and program teams on reporting, donor compliance, proposal development and grants management. 
  •  Support country programs in the use of Project Cycle Meetings (PCM) guidance and provide capacity-building to the teams for its effective implementation. 
  •  Train and onboard newly arrived Grants and Partnership team members within country programs, as needed.   
  •  Support and/or facilitate (as appropriate) regional and country program PEERS related trainings. 
  •  Contribute to contextualizing global/regional initiatives (such as PEERS, PCM, Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion, etc.), and their roll-out within Country Programs.
  •  Capture best practices and lessons learned and support cross-learning opportunities across the region and globally.
  •  Contribute to country program SAP development and implementation, as requested. 

Regional Support

  •  When not deployed, cover and provide surge support for other positions within the Central Africa RPAS Team.
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Job Requirements: 

  •  Degree in international development/affairs, public administration, or related subject,
  •  Five to seven (5-7) years’ experience working with non-governmental organizations in the area of program development, grants management, and/or project management; preferably in Central Africa,
  •  Successful experience developing projects, writing proposals, and developing budgets for USG, United Nations, and European donors, and with partner organizations,
  •  Experience working in grant management in humanitarian/conflict or post-conflict settings,
  •  Fluent English and French written and verbal communication skills, 
  •  Enhanced interpersonal skills and ability to work in a diverse team setting,
  •  Ability and willingness to travel to across the region (up to 60% of the time),
  •  Demonstrated ability to prioritize high volumes of work to meet tight deadlines.
  • Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: 
  • IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal. 

Education Technical Adviser, West and Central African Region

Job Description
Scope:

  • The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
  • In 2022, the IRC reached over 800,000 children and youth in 20 countries with education programs. We ensure that even the hardest to reach children in the most challenging places are able to go to school and thrive. In the midst of conflict and disaster, education is one of the first things parents and children say they need. Education is a human right. It also helps keep children safe and gives them the skills needed to be resilient, do well now, and later in life. Education offers a glimmer of hope. The IRC defines success with education outcomes from infancy to young adulthood, ensuring results for all girls and boys, regardless of age.  These outcomes are: Early childhood learning and nurturing care; Primary school-aged learning; and youth learning; as well as the complementary Safety in school outcome.
  • The IRC seeks an Education Technical Advisor (TA). This role will have a primary geographic focus on West and Central Africa Regions to guide on program design, provide direct technical support, and build technical capacity to implement, measure and continuously improve education programs in IRC country programs in West and Central Africa (Niger, Nigeria, Mali,  Sierra Leone, Cameroon, DR Congo, as well as other countries upon request).  To ensure quality programming towards impacting the lives of children and youth affected by conflict and crisis through IRC’s work, the Education Technical Advisor will: support country programs to design programs and projects that are aligned to the IRC’s outcomes and evidence framework / theories of change / core indicators; lead technical design processes of proposals and write technical narrative as needed;  review and ensure technical quality of proposals; input into proposal go/no go decisions and pre-positioning; analyze data to inform course correction; conduct technical trainings and ongoing technical coaching, share cross-context learning with country program staff; design, review and share program-specific tools; support senior technical country program recruitment and capacity–building.  
  • This position involves frequent travel, reflecting the regular requests and demand for additional in-person TA support for education assessment, design, start-up, and implementation. The Education TA will support projects or country teams across IRC that require additional support in education in emergencies, including through deployments. Please note that only candidates who are fluent in both English and French will be considered. 

Major Responsibilities:
Core Functions:

  • Support country program staff to design programs and projects, ensuring that they are:
    • Aligned with the IRC’s strategy 2020 which includes contextualizing education outcomes, the theories of change and include interventions chosen based on best available evidence;
    • Responsive to client needs and preferences based on sound context and gender analysis 
  • Support selection of indicators for country programs based on available and emerging indicator testing;
  • Lead and facilitate as needed technical design of proposals; write technical narrative as needed; review technical quality of proposals, including providing input on budgets required for project delivery, technical activities, ensuring alignment to IRC’s education and cross-sectoral outcomes; 
  • Input into go / no go decisions and pre-positioning on upcoming proposals; 
  • Help analyze data to inform periodic review and course correction to ensure that IRC’s programs are based on evidence and are evidence-generating; 
  • Conduct technical training and ongoing technical coaching for country program staff, including on outcomes, theories of change, evidence and indicators; 
  • Provide specific guidance to IRC education programs in West and Central Africa in efforts to integrate best practices into standard IRC Teacher Professional Development 
  • Share cross-context learning with country program staff across the region; 
  • Review and share program-specific tools / resources / curricula working with IRC education specialist to contextualize and adapt global and country-specific materials; 
  • Support planning and implementation of partnership activities, including research initiatives with academic partners 
  • Support senior technical country program recruitment;

Additional Functions:

  • Engage with donors and do outreach in support of country programs, especially in relation to program start up;
  • Help define approach to teaming / partnering with regional and national organizations, including youth led organizations;
  • Present IRC research findings across contexts and relevant conferences;
  • Support senior country program staff onboarding;
  • Support as requested education projects that need additional support in education in emergencies.   This includes liaising with the Senior Education Technical Advisor for Emergency Response to build preparedness and response plans for the continuity of education services during new acute crisis.  
  • Work across sectors to develop integrated and holistic approaches to child and youth development. 

Key Working Relationships: 

  • Position Reports to: Director of Education for Country Support
  • Position directly supervises: This position could potentially supervise on occasion consultants, specialists, and/or interns.  
  • Other Internal and/or external contacts: 
  • Internal: Works directly with the Regional Vice Presidents and Deputy Regional Directors to ensure education programs are in line and supporting regional and country level priorities.  Regular relationships with EHAU and regional technical advisors in violence prevention and response, health, economic recovery & development, and governance technical unit teams.  Works directly with country program coordinators and managers as well as country program leadership.  Interacts with IRC internal departments, including business development, external relations and advocacy departments.
  • External: Serve as IRC program representative in outside regional meetings and global meetings (as needed) and academic forums with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency groups and foundations. Engage regularly with partners, including academic partners, to ensure programmatic and research collaborations remain on track. 

Job Qualifications: 

Education:

  • Master’s/post-graduate degree in education, education psychology, social work, human development or relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  Participate in ongoing training courses and share knowledge and skill sets within the unit.  

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 6-8 years’ experience of implementing and/or managing large Education programs and teams is required, within a humanitarian or international development setting, as are at least 2-3 years acting in an advisory capacity on education programming. Education work experience in West or Central Africa is required. Experience in technical tools and materials development, monitoring and evaluation, and research in relation to education is highly desired.  Experience in strategy development and working across sectors or disciplines is highly desired.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated expertise in education program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action.  Demonstrated expertise in youth programming, literacy, and/or numeracy preferred.   Strong verbal and written communication skills.  Demonstrated commitment to renewing and maintaining currency with best practices.  

Language Skills:

  • Fluency in French and English is a non-negotiable requirement. 

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