The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and regain control of their future. The IRC began its programs in Yemen in October 2012 and currently operates in the south and north of the country through direct programming and local partnerships in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Economic Recovery and Development, Education, Child Protection, and Women’s Protection & Empowerment. The country program operates from main offices in Aden and Sana’a and field offices in Abyan, Al Dhale’e, and Hodeidah governorates.
The Partnership Coordinator will support the Yemen country program in the strategic management and oversight of partnerships across the country. The position is responsible for facilitating the delivery of high-quality partnerships with national NGOs and certain government entities, and will ensure compliance with IRC and donor requirements, quality services and outcomes for the communities we serve, and consistency with the IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS). Working in close collaboration with the programs, grants, and operations departments, the Partnership Coordinator will oversee all steps in the partnership management lifecycle and will ensure that partnerships are appropriately integrated into overall project cycle management. This position will also play a pivotal role with the Emergency Preparedness and Response Mechanism (EPRM), under which most responses are implemented with partners.
This position reports to the Deputy Director for Programs and is based in Aden with regular travel to program sites across Yemen.
1. Partnership Management
•Facilitate partnership management processes to ensure well planned, timely, coordinated, and coherent partnerships across technical sectors. Manage the Partnership Working Group, including referral of issues to senior management as appropriate.
•Co-facilitate and guide competitive and non-competitive partner selection processes to identify new partners and follow-on applications from existing partners.
•Coordinate and co-lead Partner Identity and Background Review (vetting) processes, including completion of reports for approval.
•Coordinate and co-lead Partner's Project Capacity Review (PPCR) processes, including contributing to and facilitating collaborative risk analysis and management.
•Determine appropriate partnership agreement type and draft agreements, considering the due diligence outcomes and specific project and donor requirements. Liaise with HQ for review and approval; obtain donor approval as necessary.
•Co-lead Partnership Project Opening, Review, and Closing Meetings together with the relevant technical coordinator.
•Liaise with finance and technical teams to achieve timely funds transfers and proper financial support for partners. Work with finance to address any challenges in payments.
•Coordinate and participate in timely and effective partner review and reflection (monitoring) activities across programs, finance, and compliance. Lead the Partnership Working Group to address any project performance issues.
•Coordinate partner narrative and financial reporting processes, including review and provision of feedback.
•Work collaboratively with partners and IRC staff to constructively resolve any issues that may arise.
•Where partner performance issues are identified, facilitate timely action by the IRC to address any areas of non-performance.
•Co-lead the performance review of the partner, of the IRC (including on the basis of partner feedback), and of the partnership itself, including documentation of successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
2. Partnership Strategy and Program Approach
•Collaborate with technical coordinators to proactively identify potential strategic partnerships with NGOs, government bodies, and the private sector, including deliberate pursuit of partner entities that are led by women and serve women and girls.
•Assist in ensuring that strategic partnership considerations are incorporated in program design. Contribute relevant proposal content and ensure appropriate budget resourcing for partner projects and support.
•Proactively engage partners in program development efforts.
Promotion of Effective and Respectful Partnerships
•Serve as a leader in building a culture of effective and respectful partnerships. Promote attitudes and values conducive to collaborative partnerships across the country program.
•Promote and apply the IRC’s PEERS approach. Contribute to building a strong understanding of PEERS throughout the IRC Yemen offices.
•Ensure that IRC’s partnership principles, skills, and approaches are applied across programs and projects.
•Facilitate systematic partner feedback on IRC’s management of the partnership relationship, including documentation of and response to partner feedback.
3. Partner Support and Capacity Sharing
•Facilitate the collaborative development and delivery of the partner project support plan, ensuring that it appropriately addresses issues identified in the due diligence process, and coordinate with relevant departments for the effective implementation of the plan.
•Ensure IRC Yemen understands partner capacity strengthening priorities and identifies opportunities to support partner capacity strengthening efforts.
•Support the resourcing and implementation of organizational development support as required.
•Collaborate with technical coordinators to integrate technical capacity sharing approaches, including how IRC can learn from local partners.
•Promote and identify ways for continual learning between IRC staff and partners.
•Other relevant duties as assigned by supervisor to further IRC partnerships.
•Minimum of five years of experience managing humanitarian programs, including substantial experience managing partnerships with NGOs and government entities.
•Technical understanding of and experience working with IRC’s PEERS approach is strongly preferred.
•Genuine interest in and commitment to collaborating with national and local NGO and government partners for effective and context-appropriate humanitarian response.
•Demonstrated understanding of project planning and management cycles, including strong program design skills.
•Significant knowledge of grants processes and key donor compliance regulations, particularly BHA, ECHO, and Sida.
•Demonstrated experience in an inter-departmental coordination role and the ability to communicate with and balance the priorities of a range of stakeholders.
•Experience training, facilitating dialogue, and promoting action across both internal colleagues and external partners.
•Experience leading a multi-functional team, including advanced mentoring and coaching abilities.
•Excellent English writing and editing skills and strong computer skills required. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.
•Strong cross-cultural communication skills and comfortable working as part of a diverse team. Sensitive to interpersonal differences and a range of viewpoints.
•Demonstrated advance planning skills. Able to effectively prioritize and follow multiple activities and deadlines simultaneously. Highly organized with a close attention to detail.
•Flexible and innovative. Able to adapt plans and pivot approaches in response to changes in context.
•Proactive, reliable, and able to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
Work Environment: There is active conflict in parts of the country and a possibility of the conflict expanding into other locations. The situation in Aden is currently quiet but remains unpredictable. Security will be thoroughly discussed during the interview process.
Housing: Lodging in Aden is in a shared IRC guesthouse. All IRC sites have electricity and internet.
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
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.
The IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.