Senior 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 people affected by 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 homeWe are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Senior Program CoordinatorLocation: Maiduguri, BornoSector: Program AdministrationEmployment Category: Fixed TermScope of WorkThe Senior Program Coordinator (SPC) will work closely with the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP) to lead program quality, development and strategy.S/he will ensure effective program coordination and technical support, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and accountability.The SPC will provide direct program oversight of IRC Nigeria’s implementation across the specified Outcome Areas of Safety, Health, Education, Economic Well being and Power.S/he will help represent the IRC program to major stakeholders, relevant government authorities and other program partners.Areas of ResponsibilitiesProgram quality and development:Monitor the humanitarian context in North East Nigeria through consistent participation in relevant information and coordination forums.In Liaison with the M&E Coordinator, lead the deployments of assessment teams ensuring accountable approaches applying international standards.Contribute 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.Provide leadership to the sector leads in setting program strategy and priorities that align to the country program’s goals, objectives and targets;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 the people we serve;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;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.Work with designated Technical Advisers to ensure that program implementation is aligned to minimum standards and in adherence to tools, systems and procedures that are in place.Ensure that donor reports produced by the Programs team effectively demonstrate the impact of IRC’s program interventions.HR and Staff Management:Supervise both national and international program technical teams in the field and participate in the hiring and orientation of new team members as necessary;Support project staff through close attention to staff care, mentoring, and development and monitoring of IRC Performance Plans through coaching sessions and appraisals.Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;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 Advocacy:In 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.Key Working Relationships:Position Reports to: Deputy Director of ProgramsPosition directly supervises: Program Coordinators in the sectors of Health, Nutrition, Environmental Health, Economic Recovery and Development, Protection and Rule of Law, Women Protection and Empowerment, Education and Child ProtectionOther internal and/or external contacts: M&E staff, grants staff; finance, HR and supply chain departmentsProfessional Standards:The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation. 

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