External Roster: Emergency Partnerships Coordinator
Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
The IRC Emergency and Humanitarian Action Unit supports the IRC’s global vision of serving people affected by emergencies, including in the hardest-to-reach communities, with quality, responsive humanitarian aid. We aspire to ensure programs that are properly resourced, locally led and always designed and delivered in partnership with local organizations and communities. Members of the IRC’s External Emergency Roster are specialized professionals ready to deploy to emergencies within 72 hours to support either existing country programs in their emergency response, or to initiate a new program in crisis zones.
Length of assignment: Occasional employee, similar to a consultant
Languages: Must have at least two of the following languages – English, French, Arabic, Spanish
Working in partnership with local civil society, government and private sector actors is fundamental to the IRC’s mission to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their futures. Effective local partnerships are central to the IRC’s strategy, resulting in more effective, responsive and durable assistance that reaches more people and produces better outcomes for the people we serve. This is equally true in acute emergencies. We continue to express solidarity by standing with communities impacted by conflict and crisis; but we also want to partner more, and better, in emergencies. We know that our work is more effective when we are guided by partners on what value we can add to existing capacities and systems. We seek to share power and space with partners more often, and ensure that partners access a bigger share of our program spend.
The Emergency Partnerships Coordinator is responsible for ensuring consistent collaboration with partners, and promoting and modeling effective partnerships with local actors. At emergency outset, the Emergency Partnerships Coordinator will lay the groundwork for effective partnerships by ensuring contextual adaptation of tools and lead on the stakeholder analysis and partner mapping, and then support program teams to prioritize and establish equitable partnerships.
The Emergency Partnerships Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Strategic Initiatives in EHAU, and in close collaboration with ERT country directors, Senior Technical Advisors, Regional Emergency Directors, and program coordinators.
During deployments, the overarching responsibilities of the Emergency Partnerships Coordinator include but are not limited to:
•Co-facilitate and support robust stakeholder analysis processes and informed decisions in each outcome area as to whether working in partnership with local civil society, government and private sector actors, or implementing services directly, or both, will produce the best outcomes for the people we serve.
•Co-facilitate and guide partner mapping and selection processes to identify new partners, including to identify women-led and women/girls serving organizations.
•Collaborate with technical coordinators to proactively identify potential partnerships with local and national organizations, including those that are led by women and serve women and girls.
•Promote and apply the IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results system (PEERS), ensuring that IRC’s partnership principles, skills and approaches are applied by staff across programs and projects with partners.
•Coordinate and co-lead Partner Identity and Background Review (Vetting) processes and partner's Project Capacity Review (PPCR) processes.
•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 timely, quality implementation of the plan.
•Collaborate with technical coordinators to integrate technical capacity sharing approaches, including how IRC can learn from local partners, and to resource support needs.
•Coordinate and participate in timely and effective partner program, finance, and compliance review and reflection (monitoring), and work with the Technical Coordinator to address any project performance issues.
•Facilitate systematic partner feedback on IRC’s management of the partnership relationship, including the documentation of, and response to partner feedback.
•Work collaboratively with partners and IRC staff to constructively resolve any issues that may arise.
•Provide regular feedback to the emergency response leadership and/or SMT, incorporating input from technical coordinators and operational leads as appropriate.
•Promote and identify ways for continual learning between IRC staff and partners.
•At least three years of program and/or grants experience with NGOs in emergency settings.
•IRC PEERs experience is preferred.
•Demonstrated experience in managing partnerships and sub-grants.
•Must be capable of applying skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including implementation, advisory functions, training and the transfer of technical knowledge and management skills to others under stressful working conditions
•Excellent communicator with technical writing ability in at least two languages – English, French, Arabic, Spanish – is required.
•Proven track record in working with teams, excellent interpersonal skills, positive and professional attitude, ability to lead and work well in a team setting and with multiple partners.
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