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Governance Technical Advisor

New York City

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Senior level - Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • International Relations
    • Democratic Governance
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

*Location can be any IRC HQ location and flexible on location in GL countries*

Job Overview:  

The Governance Technical Advisor will provide technical leadership and project oversight for governance programming which includes health and education systems strengthening, peace building, social accountability, civil society strengthening, and city government technical assistance. S/he will deliver technical assistance in person and remotely to country program colleagues in countries in the Great Lakes region (DRC, CAR, Burundi,  and Tanzania). This is a primarily field facing position with the central responsibility focused on the design, implementation and evaluation of multi-sectoral projects and mission-relevant development opportunities. The remaining 0-20% of the Technical Advisor – Governance time is spent on influence, advocacy, research and internal initiatives at the discretion of their supervisors.

The Governance Team, within the Technical Excellence Department, supports IRC country programs with the design and implementation of programs that amplify the voices of people whose lives have been impacted by conflict and crisis. Governance programs help them regain control of their future by championing their right to influence the issues that affect their cities, towns, and communities.

To achieve this, we:

1)Strengthen the ability of people affected by conflict and crisis to have a voice in how decisions are made in their communities;

2)Enable governments, civil society organizations, community representatives, and the IRC to respond to their voices and provide effective and inclusive services; and

3)Promote communications between leaders and the people they represent so that actions are meaningful and lasting.

Major Responsibilities:

Guiding program design:

  • Support country program staff to design programs and projects that are:
    • Aligned with the IRC’s Global Strategy, which includes supporting country program staff with contextualizing outcomes and the theories of change, and selecting interventions based on the best available evidence and the local context;
    • Responsive to client needs and preferences;
    • Based on sound context and gender analysis
  • Help define approach to teaming / partnering with other organizations
  • Support selection of indicators for country programs

Engaging in business development:

  • Review technical quality of proposals, including review of technical activities and ensuring alignment to IRC’s outcomes
  • Input into go / no go decisions on proposals
  • When necessary, write technical narratives of proposals
  • Provide input on budgets required for project delivery
  • Engage with donors and do outreach in support of country programs

Building technical capacity of country program staff to ensure ongoing program quality and innovation:

  • Work with country program colleagues to help analyze data that inform periodic review and course correction as-needed
  • Share cross-context learning with country program staff across the region
  • Conduct technical training and ongoing technical coaching for country program staff, including on IRC outcomes, theories of change, evidence and indicators
  • Review and share program-specific tools / resources / curricula and work with Technical Unit specialists to contextualize and adapt global and country-specific materials
  • Support senior Governance country program staff recruitment and onboarding

Influence the IRC, peer agencies and donors to use proven interventions and generate new evidence:

  • Present IRC research findings across contexts and relevant conferences
  • Representation with policy makers, donors and peers

Job Requirements:

Work Experience:

-A minimum of 5 years’ experience in designing, implementing and/or managing governance interventions, is required, preferably within a humanitarian and international development setting

-A proven track record with at least 3 years of field based experience working in developing, fragile and conflict affected countries

-Applied experience of governance work in health, education or other basic services is required

-Prior experience providing technical advisory support to country programs

-Experience in strategy development and working across sectors or disciplines is highly desired

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

-Strong analytical, presentation, organizational and problem solving skills

-Demonstrated expertise in program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action;

-Must be a team player with a track record of collaborating across disciplines;

-Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Education: Master’s/post-graduate degree in public administration, public policy, political science, international development, economics or other relevant field.

Language Skills:  Fluency in English and French is required

Preferred experience & skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, in English and French, as well as, an overall ability to be clear and concise in all communications
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills; proven ability to prioritize and deliver on time
  • Strong analytic problem solving skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic, cross-functional global team structure
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to manage and work through change in a proactive and positive manner.

Working Environment:  

·Standard office working environment

·Some international travel as needed up to 40%

·This role may require working remotely full or part time and part time remote employees may be required to share workspace.  

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.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles. 

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