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Technical Advisor, Livelihoods

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Project and Programme Management
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Background/IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC), responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive, recover and gain control of their future. The IRC is working to improve the safety, health, education, economic well-being and power of people in crisis affected places. The Economic Recovery and Development Technical Unit (ERD TU) supports the development and implementation of sustainable and ethical programs such as, but not limited to, cash and voucher transfers, food security promotion, climate-smart agro-pastoral production and enterprise development and employment promotion. The TU’s technical assistance to this wide variety of programs ensures quality and use of evidence-based best practices; promotes innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion; and drives data-based management.

Job Overview/Summary: The Technical Advisor (TA), Livelihoods will take a lead role supporting IRC countries on crafting and implementing evidence-based projects to improve livelihoods programming to high quality standards. Moreover, we expect all TAs to be well versed in gender-sensitive programming and be able to support gender-transformative approaches. To this end, the TA will work closely with TU team members from the cash & emergencies and livelihood teams as well as staff from the health, protection and governance technical units. The successful candidate will work in a range of focal countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The country portfolio is subject to change if and when necessary.

The position requires a dynamic, self-motivating, driven and forward-thinking personality with experience in working remotely with a broad range of people from very different cultural backgrounds. The remote nature of this position with both the TU team and countries teams that are being supported means that TAs need to be excellent in pro-active communication and relationship building.

Standard job functions:

1. Provide technical support to country programs

  • Assist in the design, quality implementation and M&E of programs across all of ERD TU’s OEF outcomes to an average of 6-8 countries in accordance with our Technical Assistance model.
  • Provide expert advice to and build capacity of TU colleagues and country staff on skills development, job placement, financial inclusion, private sector partnership and overall economic empowerment programming. Include a strong component of promoting gender equality, local partnership and inclusion.
  • Communicate regularly with country staff through phone and email. Provide remote support and conduct regular field visits to assess quality of programs, deliver technical support and trainings, provide recommendations, and engage in knowledge sharing.
  • Support recruitment of key field positions (management/coordination level and consultants).

2. Drive tool development, integrated programming and innovation

  • Research, adapt and write evidence-based guides, manuals and other resources to improve and innovate livelihoods programs, with a particular focus on remote delivery through the use of learning technology.
  • Collaborate with other technical units to promote integrated programming, avoid redundancy and integrate gender equality, inclusion, context flexibility, client responsiveness, partnership and ICT
  • Participate in ERD TU strategic design, special projects, meetings, communications material development, intra-net content development.

3. Local partnership building and business diversification

  • Support countries and TU in pursuing emergency and long-term business development opportunities for livelihoods projects and resilience building. Tasks include donor and partner mapping, relationship-building (with a focus on local partners and private sector partnerships), program design and narrative review, and technical proposal development.
  • M&E framework review and/or development promoting mobile monitoring, standard indicator use and data-use for management

4. Representing and communicating internally and externally

  • Engage in priority networks, working groups, panels and external fora on livelihoods issues
  • Regularly provide briefings and responses to information requests on livelihoods and ERD programs, emerging issues and political developments to many audiences, including IRC colleagues, donors, the media, UN agencies, inter-agency networks, and new recruits.

The TA will undertake other special projects and tasks as needed within the realm of his/her expertise and within the TU’s function.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Senior Technical Advisor for Livelihoods Programs

Other Internal and/or external contacts: Close coordination and collaboration with members from the ERD TU team and other TUs

Job Requirements:

Education: Master’s degree in international development, business, economics or related fields. A bachelor’s degree with 4 or more years of field and research experience may substitute.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of proven experience in international emergency and development field posts, related private sector entities and/or research entities
  • Experience in managing large evidenced-based economic emergency and development programs, including staff and budget management, preferably in conflict- or disaster-affected environments
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: (i) technical skills development, (ii) business incubation and business development, (iii) Research/innovation services (iv) Innovative finance
  • Demonstrated dedication to a Do No Harm approach, gender quality and inclusion
  • Demonstrated success in large business development for economic programs and familiarity with key donors and their funding streams.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Language: Demonstrated excellence in writing and editing in English and working proficiency in French highly desirable.
  • Capacity to work flexible hours, as appropriate to accommodate for different time zones
  • Ability to travel 30% – 40% of the time, including to countries of higher levels of insecurity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills involving listening to, interacting with, and communicating clearly with people from diverse nationalities and backgrounds, and senior level internal and external partners, with a high degree of professionalism and pro-activity.
  • Solid organizational skills: proficiency inworking independently and productively in a fast-paced environment and under remote team and management structures
  • Proficiency with Windows-based software, knowledge management tools, remote training and engagement tools, and familiarity with mobile monitoring tools

Standards of Professional Conduct: 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.

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 more.

Language interpretation for the interview process can be made available upon request.

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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