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Senior Economic Recovery & Development Manager


The International Rescue Committee 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, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are over 4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.

IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis with an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 1,250 staff in the region. IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women's protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Senior Economic Recovery & Development (ERD) Manager will start up and oversee the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of basic needs and livelihoods programs in southern Syria through partnering with Syrian NGO. The IRC's ERD programming relies on a market-based approach to the greatest extent possible - meeting the urgent priority basic and livelihood needs of displaced populations without compromising existing market structures and mechanisms as well as looking towards future livelihoods development opportunities.

By working closely with the Deputy Director for Cross Border (DDXB) programs and the ERD Technical Advisor based in HQ and the Cash Specialist based in Amman, the Senior ERD Manager will play a key role in the oversight and quality implementation of the economic recovery and development portfolio. The Senior ERD Manager will have a strong emphasis on providing technical support, coaching and compliance oversight to partners to ensure successful and quality implementation of programmatic activities.


  • Technical Quality & Program Strategy Development

  • Start up and provide technical and management support to all ERD (cash, cash for work, livelihoods) programming in southern Syria with a specific focus on voucher and cash distribution systems development in accordance with best practice and IRC policy, adapted to the context of southern Syria, with strong remote management mechanisms to support;

  • Assess the appropriateness of different programming options, additions, adaptation and ensure implementation modalities best respond to the needs and context;

  • Work in collaboration with supply chain and finance staff to ensure timely payments, distributions and compliance for ERD activities;

  • Work in collaboration with the ERD Coordinator for Jordan refugee programming and One Syria team to develop the country sector strategic direction and plans, including expanding economic programming based on needs of target populations based on outcomes of current pilot activities;

  • Liaise with economic advisors within the technical unit to ensure relevant support, tools and resources are being provided and integrated into programming.

  • Human Resources Management

  • Hire, build the capacity of and supervise members of the ERD team with specific technical expertise in relevant areas;

  • Hire Syria-based economic recovery assessors and train in market monitoring as well as support to cash/voucher programming;

  • Lead collaborative partner relationships focused on mutual learning and capacity building as well as technical guidance in areas of IRC expertise, i.e. voucher programming;

  • As required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies;

  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions;

  • Responsible for supervisees' timesheets, work plans, vacation schedules, and staff training/development activities;

  • Responsible for discussing job expectations, performance, and objectives on an informal, quarterly basis with all staff and as a part of the annual Performance Review and Planning Process;

  • Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures.

  • Grant Planning, Implementation & Business Development

  • Anticipate, plan and manage programmatic and structural transitions;

  • Manage ERD budgets and ensure timely, accurate and compliant spending;

  • In collaboration with the country program M&E team, support ERD staff to develop relevant monitoring tools and adapt them to the southern Syria context;

  • Ensure the IRC submits quality donor reports as per set schedules (monthly, quarterly and annually) on grant activities, indicators and achievements;

  • Support the identification of opportunities and development of market integrated programming concepts and proposals in collaboration with country program senior management, business development staff and economic advisors.

  • Partner Identification & Management

  • Ensure regular performance monitoring of partners to achieve the set project's objectives; provide technical support and guidance;

  • Develop and implement capacity building plans and technical support programs to partners with support from SRR Partnership Director and ERD Technical Advisors;

  • Where possible, identify new partners to support economic recovery program activities.

Professional Standards The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the 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.


  • Bachelor degree in social sciences, agriculture, economics, international affairs or related field required
  • 3-5 years professional humanitarian experience
  • Experience with cash transfer programming, market-based emergency responses and livelihoods programming required
  • Prior experience working in remote-management situations preferred, particularly in supporting partners
  • Strong program/technical and budget management skills, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties
  • Personal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well
  • Fluency in English
  • Arabic a plus

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Amman is currently not assessed as a high-risk environment and it remains a generally safe city as long as IRC security protocols are observed. The post is unaccompanied and housing will be provided by IRC according to the IRC Jordan housing policy.

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  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Amman
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-09

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