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  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Jordan
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
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ERD Coordinator

Jordan (Jordan)

Requisition ID: req3452

Job Title: ERD Coordinator

Sector: Economic Recovery & Livelihood

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Jordan

Job Description

Job Overview/Summary

The Economic Recovery & Development (ERD) Coordinator will provide overall strategic direction for the program in Syria. This role will manage continued growth, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of basic needs and livelihoods programs in Northwest Syria.  The portfolio includes a continuation of direct implementation alongside proactively exploring the potential for partnerships with Syrian NGOs for cash assistance and livelihoods interventions, in accordance with IRC’s Syria strategy. The IRC’s ERD programming relies on a market-based approach to the greatest extent possible. This means meeting urgent priority basic and livelihood needs of displaced populations without compromising existing market structures and mechanisms in addition to seeking opportunities where future livelihoods development opportunities exist.

Working closely with the Deputy Director for Programs and sector leads, the ERD Coordinator will oversee the implementation and growth of the ERD portfolio in line with the country Strategic Action Plan. This will ensure ERD needs-based programs are coherently delivered in Northwest Syria and synergies with other sectors are maximized. The ERD Coordinator will have a strong emphasis on program development, management and implementation, team management, capacity building of national staff, and technical support to partners to ensure successful and high quality implementation of programmatic activities.

Major Responsibilities

Program Management, Technical Quality, and Strategy

  • Lead in the management of the ERD team for Syria, including technical coordinators responsible for delivery of their respective pillars. This is a senior and strategic role which requires strong skills in team management and a structured approach to program delivery.
  • Provide technical and management oversight to all ERD (cash, cash for work, livelihoods) programming in Northwest Syria in accordance with best practice and IRC policy, adapted to the context of Syria, with strong remote management mechanisms.
  • Liaise with program leads, supply chain and finance staff to ensure timely payments, distributions and compliance for ERD activities.
  • Ensure smooth management and integration of project work plans and budgets (budget forecasting, development of spending plans and budget follow-up), timely recruitment, and accurate reporting in accordance with IRC and donor regulations.
  • Liaise with economic advisors within the technical unit to ensure relevant support, tools and resources are being provided and integrated into programming.
  • Ensure interventions are informed by data collected from Syria, especially market data or beneficiary purchasing power parity, and aligned with humanitarian standards coordinated with other actors.

Program Development

  • Proactively continue to grow the Northwest Syria ERD portfolio through development of concept notes and proposals to existing and new donors, maintaining a coherent ERD strategy across IRC’s areas of intervention in Syria.
  • Support the identification of opportunities for ERD programming initiatives in support of service delivery and/or thought leadership in collaboration with country program senior management, business development staff and TU advisors.
  • Collaborate with Syrian partners on the identification of business development opportunities, and the design of new interventions.
  • Anticipate, plan and manage programmatic and structural transitions.
  • In collaboration with the MEAL team, support ERD staff to develop relevant monitoring tools and adapt them to context.

Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development

  • Hire, supervise, and build the capacity of ERD team members in relevant technical and management competencies.
  • Coach, train, supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, providing regular and timely positive and constructive performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews.
  • 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.
  • Approve and manage all time, attendance and leave requests to ensure adequate departmental coverage; ensure monthly, accurate timesheet submission and carry out probationary reviews.
  • Hold high-quality meetings with direct reports on a regular and predictable basis, at least monthly.
  • 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.
  • Promote and monitor staff care and well-being. Model healthy work-life balance practices. Support appropriate interventions for staff care needs for national and international staff.
  • Develop and implement remote management capacity building approaches to build the strengths of the team in Syria.
  • Look for opportunities to support staff in their career growth, where appropriate. As part of succession plan and nationalization goals, identify, train and develop capability and capacity of national staff to successfully transition role and responsibilities, by the end of assignment.
  • Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures, and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.

Research, Learning and Analysis

  • Lead ERD assessments and context-appropriate research aimed at generating a strong evidence base for IRC protection programming, as well as informing IRC advocacy.
  • Support the greater sharing and use of research and learning within IRC’s program sectors, including by contributing to program development and design, to ensure interventions are responsive to needs and informed by a sound understanding of the environment(s) in Syria
  • Identify, monitor and report unmet needs.  Explore the potential of the IRC to address those needs within the parameters of the Strategic Action Plan and sector priorities.

Coordination & Representation

  • As needed and in coordination with other protection sector leads and country program management, represents IRC in inter-agency forums and discussions.
  • Regularly coordinate with internal program and operational stakeholders, the Protection/Rule of Law Technical Advisors, Women’s Protection and Empowerment, Children’s Protection, Economic Recovery and Development, Education and other IRC colleagues.
  • Participate in relevant working groups both within and outside of the UN cluster system.
  • Attend relevant donor meetings and present on ERD activities
  • Lead responsibility for the strategic development and maintenance of partner relationships with Syrian organizations.

Key Working Relationships

Position Reports to:  Deputy Director for Programs
Indirect/Technical Reporting: ERD Technical Unit

Position directly Supervises: Senior Livelihood Manager, Rural Livelihoods Manager, Cash and Basic Needs Manager, and Information Manager

Key Internal Contacts:

  • Country Program:  Senior Management Team members across partnerships, field management, operations, HR, grants and compliance.
  • Region: Team members in security, partnerships, public affairs, HR, finance, supply chain, monitoring and evaluation, ICT4P and others

Key External Contacts: 

  • National and International NGOs
  • Donor agencies
  • Government ministries/authorities
  • UN agencies

Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, agriculture, economics, international affairs or related field required.

Work Experience:

  • Over five years’ of professional humanitarian/development experience.
  • Experience with cash transfer programming and market-based emergency responses required.
  • Livelihoods experience highly desirable.
  • Strong writing ability and communication skills
  • Able to solve complex problems through a collaborative and consultative approach
  • Prior experience working in remote-management situations preferred, particularly in supporting partners.

Demonstrated Technical Skills:

  • Strong program/technical and budget management skills, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Strong technical and operational knowledge of ERD in a remote context.
  • Proven experience in grants management.
  • Experience in donor reporting and proposal development.

Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:

  • Excellent relationship-building, interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively represent IRC at forums and with donors.
  • Strong negotiation skills essential with experience in conflict resolution desirable.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, with ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to design and lead training engagements with staff and partners to enhance skills and adapt to changing program demands.
  • Positive attitude to work, self-reflective, motivated, inspired, collegial.
  • Proven ability to work well in and promote teamwork, thrive in a multi-cultural environment, be flexible and handle pressure with professional grace.

Languages: 

  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
  • Familiarity with Arabic is an advantage.

Computer/Other Tech Requirements:

  • Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. 

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