Senior Emergency Program Coordinator at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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.IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state.  In early 2014, IRC opened a field office in Mubi town of Adamawa state in NE Nigeria followed by offices in Yola (Adamawa state) in November 2014 and Maiduguri (Borno state) in October 2015.  IRC has ECHO, OFDA, and Gates funds to respond to Humanitarian, nutrition, GBV, and WASH activities.  In late 2014 and early 2015, IRC received additional funds from SV, SIDA, USAID, and UNICEF to carry out education, child protection, general protection, emergency food distributions, shelter support, and NFI distributions to newly displaced IDPs.   In late 2015 into early 2016, IRC received Swiss and UNHCR funds for additional emergency response humanitarian-focused programming in NE Nigeria. Job Title: Senior Emergency Program CoordinatorSector:    Emergency Preparedness & ResponseSCOPE OF WORK:The Senior Emergency Program Coordinator will work closely with the Deputy Director of Programs (DDO to lead program development and strategy, and ensure effective program coordination and technical support, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and accountability. S/he will help represent the IRC program to major stakeholders, relevant government authorities and other program partners. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:Monitor the humanitarian  context in North East Nigeria through consistent participation in relevant information and coordination forums.Lead rapid deployments of assessment teams ensuring accountable approaches applying international standards.Lead startup of emergency response activities as neededContribute to the preparation of concept papers and grant proposals for submission to major donors, especially through the early flagging of humanitarian emergencies and the gathering of primary and secondary data.Support program sector leads to effectively implement and promote project reviews and other learning events.Lead on the development of SitReps for internal and external use.Work with the DDP in implementing the IRC Nigeria country strategy, ensuring that existing programs contribute to strategic goals, objectives and targets;Provide leadership to the sector leads in setting program strategy and priorities as well as capacity building their management skills;Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve program and agency objectives;Lead the identification of new initiatives and opportunities that respond to identified needs and contribute to the objectives of the country strategy;Work with the DDP to conduct analyses to determine humanitarian/development gaps and how the IRC should position itself to best serve the needs of beneficiaries;Provide leadership in all aspects of program coordination to ensure consistent quality, including the incorporation of cross-cutting themes, lessons learned and best practices;Facilitate the coordination between different programs and ensure that program managers and technical coordinators for cross-cutting themes are able to work together effectively according to program work plans;Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners, and aligned with the IRC principles, values and strategic roadmap and country strategy;Work with technical leads to ensure adherence to grant agreements, IRC’s policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations;Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites for monitoring, quality control and program staff mentoring and coaching.Ensure that program documentation and program minimum standards are consistently adhered to;Ensure that donor reports produced by the Programs team effectively demonstrate the impact of IRC’s program interventions;Review all reports to ensure a high-quality product ManagementSupervise both national and international program technical teams in the fieldSupport project staff through close attention to staff care, mentoring, and development and monitoring of IRC Performance Plans through coaching sessions and appraisals.   Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews;Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary;Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance, and reach objectives;Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options, and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes. REPRESENTATION AND ADVOCACYIn coordination with the Senior Management Team, actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Nigeria including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.Develop strategic partnerships with local organizations, wherever possible.Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required.Upon request by the Senior Management Team in Nigeria, assist in organizing donor site visits by supporting field staff in the smooth design and implementation of agendas and visit activities.

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