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FSF Project Director

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Project leadership, delivery, management, coordination and quality assurance

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· Hold overall responsibility for high-quality design and implementation of all aspects of the program, based on actual needs and response analysis.

· Provide strategic guidance, strong leadership and ensure technically sound decision-making processes in coordination with the Technical Advisor and Steering Committee comprised of regional and country management staff.

· Serve as main point of contact with AFD and maintain regular communication (in French and/or English, as specified by the donor)

· Represent IRC in all relevant fora at all times.

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· Ensure compliance with and adherence to IRC and AFD rules and regulations.

· Ensure timely startup and implementation of the program in collaboration with country program staff, partner(s) and relevant departments.

· Lead a well-functioning consortium of 3 partners

· Lead the establishment of and support a well-functioning team

· Uphold feminist principles through all aspects of work

· Ensure regular and on time monitoring, including in-country monitoring, and monthly reporting on all program management aspects including the Action Plan (budget and actual expenses analysis, work-plan progress and updating, data collection and analysis and monitoring of indicators, partner sub-awards). Document monitoring observations and outcomes and communicate them to key stakeholders. Flag and troubleshoot when issues arise during implementation.

· Take full responsibility for the delegated budget holding function on the programmatic aspects of the program, participate actively in award review meetings and contribute to financial decision making, ensuring that value for money can be effectively demonstrated to the donor. Support budget realignments and grant amendments/modifications

· Support baseline surveys, regular monitoring, review and evaluation, in cooperation with the partners.

· Foster an integrated approach by coordinating and cooperating with all related thematic areas during program implementation and for future program design and development.

· Produce high quality reports within agreed reporting schedules.

· Ensure that cross-cutting themes such as client responsiveness, gender and best use of resources (BUR) are effectively integrated throughout implementation. Ensure internal IRC policies and procedures (e.g. OTIS, PEERS) are followed.

· Ensure that established international, national and inter-agency standards and guidelines are followed.

· Document program learning, and incorporate analysis and lessons learned into new strategies/activities.

· Stay informed about programmatic issues and security and & political developments in the project regions and how they might affect program implementation

Requirements

· Master’s degree in International Development, Gender, Sociology or related field.

· At least 8-10 years of experience with a humanitarian and development NGO or multilateral agency with specific focus on leading programming for women and girls

· Experience in working within or in close collaboration with femisit/women’s movements and/or organisations in the GLobal South

· Experience in leading or managing consortia

· International field experience, especially in the region, preferred

· Program and/or grants management experience with key donors, such as AFD, USAID, DFID, and/or European Union/ECHO.

· Experience managing for donor compliance, proposal writing, budgeting, and representing implementers to donors

· Proven ability to lead, manage, and develop teams, including staff working at a distance

· Proven ability to manage multiple work streams and to coordinate across teams/functions

· Excellent relationship-management skills with colleagues in the field and HQ, senior stakeholders, and donors

· Ability to drive adaptive thinking and management, by creating a culture of open communication, problem solving and learning.

· Ability to travel internationally approximately 40% of the time

· English and French fluency required

Adolescent Girls Technical Adviser

The Technical Advisor’s specific responsibilities are as follows:

•         Provide technical leadership to ensure a shared regional framework, as well as context-appropriate adaptation, for program design, innovation, influence, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning for the FSF project;

•         Support consortium partner staff to undertake FSF activities, ensuring that they are aligned with the project strategies which include contextualizing gender equality in education outcomes and including interventions chosen based on best available evidence;

•         Provide support to ensure proposed activities are responsive to client needs and preferences based on sound context and gender analysis;

•         Document and share cross-context learning internally (with country program staff) and externally (in relevant meetings, conferences, etc. in national, regional, and global  fora);

•         Regular communication and coordination with the Project Manager and key home office staff  as well as other regional Technical Advisors on  technical and project management issues;

•         Give technical input to relevant communication materials such as fact sheets, briefs, papers, and presentations that can be disseminated and used for influence at the national and global level; 

•         Produce technical inputs to internal and external reports, as needed;

•         In collaboration with education Technical Advisor, act as lead technical focal point for education in emergencies technical questions with the donor.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  FSF Project Director in VPRU

Job Qualifications:

·       Education: Master’s/post-graduate degree in gender studies, international 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 of implementing and/or managing large education, or gender equality and empowerment programs and teams, is required, within a humanitarian or international development setting, with at least 1—2 years acting in an advisory capacity on women’s protection/ gender equality programming. Experience in technical tools and materials development, monitoring and evaluation, innovation, and research in relation to women’s protection/ gender equality is highly desired.  Experience working in adolescent girls programming. Experience in strategy development and working across sectors or disciplines is highly desired.

·       Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

·       Demonstrated expertise in program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action.  Strong verbal and written communication skills.  Demonstrated commitment to renewing and maintaining currency with best practices. 

·       Experience working directly with partners through a consortium is highly desirable.

Language Skills: Fluency in English and French is mandatory. 

Short term Technical Advisor, Education

Major Responsibilities:

Core Functions:

1.     Provide leadership support and guidance to country program staff to implement projects and ensure that IRC institutional goals for program quality are met and programming is in alignment with the IRC’s Strategy 100, which includes contextualizing education outcomes and theories of change, ensuring interventions are based on best available evidence, responsive to client needs and preferences and based on sound context and gender analysis.

2.     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.

3.     Input into go / no go decisions on proposals.

4.     Oversee and help analyze data to inform periodic review and course correction to ensure that IRC’s programs are based on evidence and are evidence-generating.

5.     Develop, conduct and lead technical training and ongoing technical coaching for country program staff, including on IRC outcomes, theories of change, evidence and indicators.

6.     Share cross-context learning with country program staff across the region.

7.     Support senior technical country program recruitment.

Additional Functions:

8.     Engage with donors and system actors and conduct outreach in support of expanding country programming.

9.     Contribute to technical design of interventions in proposals.

10.  Play a leadership role in defining approach to teaming / partnering with other organizations.

11.  Support senior country program staff onboarding.

Specific priorities for the East Africa/Great Lakes role:

1.     Country support and program review – conduct field visits to Ethiopia and Tanzania country programs; identify recommendations for improving effectiveness, efficiency and general quality; review and revise country support plans; provide targeted training to teams.  

2.     Business development – review program strategies and implementation plans for Tanzania and Ethiopia; identify potential areas of growth and added value for IRC education programming; conduct business strategy development visit to one other country in region.

3.     Regional youth strategy – work with EA TA in development of regional youth strategy.

Key Working Relationships:

Reporting:  the role will report to and work in consultation with the East Africa Education Technical Advisor.

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal:   Regular relationships with education, violence prevention and response, health, economic recovery & development, and governance technical unit teams as well as with regional and country program coordinators and managers.  Interacts with IRC internal departments, including business development, external relations and advocacy departments, to keep them informed of program activities.

External:  Serve as IRC program representativein outside regional meetings and global meetings (as needed) and academic forums with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency groups and foundations.

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 8 years of implementing and/or managing Education programs is required, preferably also within a humanitarian, international development setting.   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 program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action.  Strong verbal and written communication skills.  Demonstrated commitment to renewing and maintaining currency with best practices. 

Working Environment: Position to be regionally based. Up to 40% travel may be required. 

Safety & Security Officer

Specific Responsibilities:

  • To craft security training materials/packages with assistance from SSM to set standards, around a ‘learning outcomes’ principle, ensuring that key security messages are conveyed to IRC staff and visitors, consistent with the Preparedness, Prevention, Response and Recovery Plan (PPRR).
  • To deliver these standardized training courses and security briefing sessions to all Hagadera field-based staff as well as IRC visitors where relevant.
  • Develop and carry out a regular schedule of refresher trainings for key staff involved in security and communications (i.e., radio operators, guards, drivers, and other operations staff).
  • Conduct frequent field visits and deliver high quality training to IRC field offices in Hagadera and Kambioos camps, supporting field-based staff in gaining greater awareness and being better prepared in taking care of prevailing security threats and incidents.
  • Accurate, up-to-date security/communications information is available in appropriate local language(s) to staff in all office locations.

General Duties

  • Lead all aspect of Hagadera field safety and security, taking the lead as the security focal person in all matters related directly or indirectly to IRC workers and assets.
  • Own the field safety and security department through leadership and supervision of personnel, and, to develop and deliver standard refresher training to key security personnel involved in radio communication, in Hagadera.
  • Provide general support and back-up to the SS-Coordinator, taking on the Acting Security Manager role in the absence of the SS-Coordinator.
  • Ensure that accurate, updated, neutral security information, and communication is shared to all staff in Hagadera
  • Supervise and track both staff and vehicle movement in the field and ensure all IRC vehicles, premises and equipment are aligned with the basic security standards.
  • Leading all aspects of, and carrying on, accurate security risk assessment of IRC Hagadera offices and staff residence; accounting areas of interests to the SSCo. /FC and implementing appropriate mitigation measures.
  • Participate in all security related meetings in Dadaab as requested by the FC/SS Co.
  • Collect and review incident reports (IR) and ensure recommendations are made and corrective actions taken. Maintain an IR tracking matrix and provide monthly reporting.
  • To ensure implementation and enforcement of safety and security policies and SOPs as summarized in the Hagadera Mini – SMP.
  • To liaison, develop and maintain close working relation with other security agencies including the UNHCR, UNDSS, INSO, Contracted Security Company and the government security forces.
  • Supervise the procured security company deployed to IRC facilities.
  • Aid the SSco. and Field Operations Managers in ensuring that IRC motor vehicles, premises, and assets, follow basic security standards.
  • Assist the SSCo. and Field Operations Managers in conducting and maintaining accurate risk assessments of IRC offices and residences, reporting any matters of concern to the SS co./ Deputy Director, Operations.
  • Assist the SS Co. and Field Coordinator in running routine activities and performance of guards and communications staff to ensure that all duties are carried out effectively and in a professional manner.
  • Ensure that relevant information from coordination meetings is shared in a timely manner, both internally and in other sectors.
  • To assist, with forming and implementing security-related workplans including contingency plans, as the need arises.
  • Ensure that installed security equipment/apparatus are appropriately deployed and maintained. This includes CCTV, Detectors, emergency alarms.
  • Assist with incident management and incident reporting, as the need arises.
  • In liaison with Safety & Security lead and field-based security and operations staff, provide comprehensive, neutral, and non-partisan information on security risks, threats, and incidents.

Common Duties

  • Implement and uphold the IRC Way (Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality) at the respective areas of work.
  • Follow and enforce all IRC codes of conduct and policies (worldwide and in-country).
  • Report any violations to appropriate IRC authority and participate in preventative initiatives.
  • Actively seek opportunities that will complement ability to fulfill position’s responsibilities as well as further professional development, such as taking part in internal and external trainings.
  • Carry out other relevant duties as may be advised or assigned by the supervisor. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from recognized institutions in Criminology, security management, law enforcement, or public administration.
  • 3-5 years’ security-related work experience from INGOs.
  • Experienced and knowledgeable in security/safety-related subjects, threat/risk assessment, security management, and personal and organizational security awareness.
  • Prior experience in the development and delivery of standardized training packages to both national and international staff.
  • Strong experience and skills in disaster management.
  • Technical proficiency and training experience in field-based communications systems (such as HF Codan, Motorola VHF/Thuraya).
  • Proven experience of working effectively in sophisticated security environments.
  • Proficiency in English and Swahili (written, spoken, comprehension).
  • Digital literacy (including MS Word, Excel, Access, and internet) an advantage.
  • Ability to work closely, professionally, and constructively with all others regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion, race, family, or cultural background.

Senior Supply Chain Officer

Job Objective

To provide all vital Supply Chain support to the Supply Chain focal lead and Field Coordinator to embrace effective supply chain planning and preparation, to support field project activities to proceed with maximum efficiency while adhering to the Global IRC’s Supply Chain Manual.

The Senior Supply Chain Officer is responsible for working closely with domestic and external collaborators in program implementation.

  • You will support the Supply Chain lead in developing a high standard, long-term operational excellence strategy, to improve program support, efficiency, and results.
  • Develop procurement plans for active grants, cooperating with program Coordinators/Managers and internal and external partners to support program implementation.
  • Ensure the program teams develop distribution plans for supplies and assets of closed grants in the warehouses.
  • Coordinate with Supply Chain field staff to make certain that there are sufficient spaces in warehouses before sending program supplies to the field sites.
  • Ensure that supply chain department is well staffed and roles and responsibilities of each have clear job description.
  • Preparing and implementing procurement, warehousing and transport plans following related IRC procurement Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Ensure procurement plans are developed for all active grants.
  • Develop sourcing strategies and relationships with suppliers.
  • Supervise supply market and conduct market surveys & analysis.

Procurement

  • Lead market analyses by collecting, organizing, and analyzing market data and financial reports.
  • Handle all procurement for the satellite office.
  • Ensure that procurements are done, commensurate with IRC’s modus operandi. Ensuring that the purchases of goods and services are appropriate in terms of quality and fair market price.
  • Assure that all purchases are properly authorized in conformity with IRC Finance and business logistics management policies and procedures.
  • The creation of, and regular review of the procurement and distribution plans.
  • Ensure compliance with IRC Supply chain Manual and stay in sync with the policies.
  • Develop and regularly review Grant(s) procurement and distribution plans, ensuring resolution of all related issues collaborating with programs unit leadership.
  • Develop and implement category sourcing strategy.
  • Review PRs, BA, and Contracts/ PO prior to sending it to the FC for signature and ratify that a proper record for any procurement act is kept, and inventory of used LPOs is maintained for future references.
  • Handle intercessions with suppliers.
  • Own the bidding process by developing and issuing request for proposals (RFP) and completing a purchase request process.
    Maintain associations with suppliers, and program staff.
  • Prepare, review, and use Procurement contracts, including Master Agreements (MPA, MSA) for purchases.
  • Prepare and submit timely and accurate supply chain report(s) to advise decision-making process.
  • Guarantee the maintenance of all other procurement files.
  • Coordinate closely with the Procurement / Logistics Department in Nairobi to ensure that program supplies purchased from Nairobi are delivered in timely fashion.

Inventory, Warehousing, and Assets Management

Ensure:

  • Effective handling and control of inventory, including drug storage, cold chain, buffer stock, contributions in kind (CIK) and food commodities.
  • The IRC inventory policies are implemented during the emergency support for all project Items (cycle count, reporting discrepancies, pharmaceutical quality assurance as well as cold chain policies where applicable).
  • Develop and ensure material distribution plans and up-to-date and being adhered to.
  • Coordinate inventory disposal procedures.
  • Placement of the assets maintenance plans as per IRC policies, including repairs and insurance coverage process.
  • Conduct Asset needs assessment.
  • Directly supervise staff involved in the assets management and records keeping.
  • Update the asset register, and the inventory list for assets and expendable store and produce monthly reports.
  • Supervise the movement of IRC assets, and the vital documentation is done when an asset changes its status.
  • Ensuring that all assets are controlled, and up-to-date records are handled accurately in accordance with donor-specific polices.
  • Review all monthly asset reports from all field sites.
  • Handle asset and property disposal, and auction management.
  • Ensure that grant inventory and asset report is accurate, regularly produced, reviewed, and approved before the Grant closing date.
  • Directly supervise the warehouse staff in Dadaab and provide the required technical support.
  • Ensure that they update stock records daily both on the prologs and stock cards
  • Ensure that warehouse clerks follow all stores procedures as well as by other staff.
  • Ensure the shipping and receiving associate retains controlled access to all IRC stores and ensure that stores premises are secure.
  • Ensure that the filing system for stores is well maintained by warehouse clerk.
  • Ensure that an efficient storage and inventory system is maintained by warehouse staff.
  • Review monthly stock reports.
  • Ensure that all supply chain established procedures are followed and adhered to in all transactions.
  • Do weekly spot checks in field warehouse and maintain a file for the spot check reports.

Logistics and Fleet Operations

  • Develop country specific fleet management policies that are consistent with Country department of transport requirements.
  • Ascertain and ensure adherence to IRC transport and vehicle policy.
  • Dissemination and adherence of the vehicle safety policies by all vehicle users.
  • Conduct transport need assessments.
  • Develop and supervise fleet movement plans, vehicle repairs, drivers’ assignment, vehicle safety, and fuel consumption.
  • Develop vehicle management cost analysis.
  • The fleet legal status (customs clearance, registration, licenses, insurance) are up to date.
  • Regular issuance, review, and usage of vehicle monthly reports to advise strategic decision-making process.
  • Review monthly vehicle reports outlining fuel usage and maintenance cost per vehicle and motor bikes before sending to Nairobi.
  • Provide transport, maintenance, fuel, and movement reports.

Compliance

  • Handle discrete aspects of the supply chain function (i.e., procurement; warehousing; fleet) if deployed, and report timely, any IRC procurement deviations following the mechanism in place for appropriate follow up.
  • Develop/maintain the orientation material for SC department; provide orientation to all new staff (international and national), ensuring full understanding of roles, responsibilities, and compliance issues.
  • Implement and sustain segregation duties in procurement and other related functions.
  • Review and provide feedback on assigned supply chain reports submitted by country offices.
  • Develop and support implementation of improvement plans.
  • Promptly advise the Supply chain coordinator, Deputy Director Operations and/or County Director any areas of concern or potential or suspected supply chain policy violations.
  • Provide constructive support to other functions to ensure effective, compliance to policies & procedures.
  • Implement discrete, time-bound Supply Chain initiatives which improve performance or compliance (i.e., implementing post-audit corrective action plan).

Staff Management and Development:

  • Support recruitment of staff (written tests and interviews) through the effective utilization of the IRC supply chain competency matrix.
  • Ensure each team members’ objectives are set following the organizational unit visions as well as operations context(s).
  • Provide face to face and remote orientation to newly hired supply chain associates, in designated counties.
  • Identify staffing and/or skill gaps and see that these gaps/needs are filled; support the professional development training programs.
  • Deliver Training and Professional development programs.
  • Coordinate trainings and maintain training records.

Technical Management & Systems:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of ERP, BvA and other Supply Chain systems and, when vital, SC standard Operating Procedures.

Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

  • In collaboration with the health team, ensure forecasts and supply planning for pharmaceutical supply are created for all health projects by project start date.
  • With the guidance and support from global pharma leadership develop a supply strategy for the supply of pharmaceuticals (global, regional, national) including freight.
  • Ensure the IRC standard pharmaceutical inventory tracking tool is in place and accurately maintained in each location
  • Ensure implementation IRC pharmaceutical quality assurance policy, associated SOPs and procedures for Cold Chain standard methodology in the warehouse and in local transport.
  • Ensure adequate drugs management and transportation tool and materials are available for the effective management of drugs.

Internal and/or External Contacts:

  • Internal: Regular relationships with regional and country Supply Chain staff at all levels, Deputy Director of Operations and Project Coordinators/Mangers. Actively participate in global and regional supply chain, conferences, and leading sessions as required.
  • External: May Serve as IRC Supply Chain representative in outside meetings, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency groups and foundations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in procurement, supply chain, logistics or related field
  • Advanced professional certification in supply chain management preferably, CIPS and/or emergency response management strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability in handling humanitarian supply chain in international NGO 3 of which should be at senior level.
  • Strong ERP roll out and management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and roll-out supply chain policy and SOPs.
  • Clear training, coaching and mentoring ability.
  • Ability to function optimally in sophisticated and high-pressure work environment, set appropriate priorities and deal successfully with numerous simultaneous demands at short notice.
  • Management ability to lead, empower and develop staff.
  • Positive demeanor with good sense of humor.
  • Committed team player.
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel).
  • Experience working with a diverse portfolio of Donors and knowledge of specific donor guidelines.

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