Deputy Director of Emergencies
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
IRC has been working in Ethiopia since 1999 and is implementing coordinated, community-managed programs aimed at improving the quality of lives and recovery of livelihood of the disaster-affected population, including host communities, through promoting individual participation, strengthening institutions, and emergency response.
As a member of the IRC Ethiopia Senior Management Team, the Deputy Director for Emergencies (DDE) will provide leadership and strategic direction to all aspects of IRC’s emergency response programs, those implemented directly and those implemented by partners. The DDE will manage IRC’s emergency team and two donor funded emergency rapid response mechanizes, working with national and international partners.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Rapid Response Mechanisms
• Lead IRC’s two emergency rapid response funding mechanizes.
• Act as the primary liaison for the two rapid response funding mechanizes with the relevant donors.
• When response gaps are identified, ensure the rapid response mechanizes respond in a timely manner.
Coordination, trigger monitoring and mobilizing
• Lead coordination with the UN clusters, humanitarian forums, working groups, and the government.
• Ensure close coordination with other emergency response funding mechanizes operating in Ethiopia.
• Ensure that IRC is represented in all relevant emergency forums, working groups and donor meetings.
• Lead on the development and renewal of trigger thresholds for response, based on most likely scenarios
• Lead ongoing trigger monitoring, in collaboration with country program’s security focal points, closely monitor the situation and developments in population movements, security context, accessibility constraints, and natural or environmental phenomena.
• Identify gaps in emergency response and as appropriate mobilize resources to respond.
• Lead a participatory process to develop a selection criteria for responsible agency (IRC or pre-identified partner / consortium member) to respond to assessed emergency.
• Collaborate with the Partnership Unit to conduct NGO partner identification, vetting and selection in accordance with IRC Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS) procedures.
• Oversee the review and appraisal of partner’s response proposals.
• Lead on the submission of partner’s proposals for donor review, ensure the proposals are in line with the donor’s requirements and expectations.
• Ensure monitoring of partners performance through, regular meetings / check-ins, review of project technical and financial reports and field monitoring visits.
• Lead the IRC emergency response as emergencies arise.
• Adhere to (and update, as needed) the IRC's emergency preparedness and response priorities, ensuring that programming is in line with IRC Ethiopia's Strategy Action Plan.
• Define the scope and objectives of IRC’s direct response to each specific emergency.
• Collaborate with program technical teams, Grants and Finance, to ensure projects are designed based on sound assessments to address the identified needs and take into consideration best practice and lessons learnt.
• Oversee the implementation of the IRC emergency response programs and ensure that stated goals and objectives are met in a timely and quality manner.
• Collaborate with Supply Chain to ensure propositioning of relief items.
• Collaborate with the MEAL Department to conduct ongoing monitoring and feedback/accountability of response to ensure actions are timely and appropriate.
• Facilitate Knowledge and data management, identification and documentation of lessons learned and a continual focus on adapting to changing on-the-ground realities, improving and learning.
• Ensure high quality and timely donor reporting.
• 8-10 years related experience with Postgraduate or with first degree, respectively.
• At least 6 years demonstrated experience at a senior level, in emergency response program management, coordination in emergencies, and emergency program design
• Oversees/international experience with an international NGO is an advantageous.
• Demonstrated experience, at a senior level, in emergency response program management, coordination in emergencies, and emergency program design.
• Demonstrated experience in managing large, multi-sectoral grants, including monitoring budgetary spending and devising course-correction strategies, indicator tracking, detailed donor and internal reporting, coordinating clear program modifications, and sub-granting.
• Demonstrated experience in representation and ability to interact professionally with donor and external program stakeholders.
• Significant experience in and knowledge of the related humanitarian architecture.
• Proven ability to convene/chair high profile meetings and ability to productively interact with a wide range of organizations.
• Demonstrated experience in managing and capacity strengthening of staff.
• Strong ability to communicate concisely and with impact in English.
• Consistent track record of proactively identifying and communicating potential problems and proposing solutions.
• Must be able to function effectively in a sophisticated work environment and to set appropriate priorities and deal effectively with competing priorities and pressure.
Professional 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, Accountability and Gender Equality. 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 Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances
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