Economy Recovery and Development (ERD) Coordinator
More than 3.6 million people have fled across borders to seek safety in the 1st month since the escalation of conflict in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and over 6.5 million Ukrainians are reported to be displaced. As the vast majority of the displaced are women, girls, and boys, this could become the worst humanitarian crisis Europe has seen in decades.
Between February 7-23, 2022, an IRC team undertook a scoping mission covering Poland and Ukraine to better understand the context, humanitarian and civil society landscape, and anticipated service gaps in the event of an escalation of conflict in Ukraine and consequent displacement into neighbouring Poland. As of February 24th, the IRC has pivoted to an emergency response, and have identified partner agencies in Ukraine and Poland to facilitate immediate assistance that can be used where it is the most needed. Simultaneously, the IRC is establishing operations across Ukraine and Poland to complement partner response services either in breadth or scale
IRC seeks a dynamic leader and program strategist to fill the role of Economy Recovery and Development (ERD) Coordinator. The ERD Coordinator will lead and oversee cash, basic needs, and livelihoods programming in Ukraine, including directing strategic planning, decision making, and supervision of staff. The ERD Coordinator will identify specific opportunities for local partnerships with municipalities, governments, and NGOs; steer IRCs direct programming to complement this partner-first approach; and develop strategic directions for the country program for cash-based programming including cash across sectors. They will serve as the key liaison with local and international implementing partners, Cash and Basic Needs Working Group, Cash Working Group, municipalities and governmental partners, the Private Sector and other stakeholders.
This position will be based in Vinnytsia, with occasional travel to Dnipro and other locations as necessary. As this is a fluid and rapidly changing context, the location of this assignment may change based on the needs of the program. Housing will initially be in hotels, or shared, IRC accommodation.
Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Programmes (DDP) and with technical support from ERD Technical Advisors, the ERD Coordinator will:
• Ensure the technical quality and effective implementation of a range of IRC Basic Needs Assistance and Livelihoods Programming including Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA), employment and enterprise support for people displaced or otherwise affected by the conflict, in both partner and direct projects.
• Design and seek funding for CVA and livelihoods programming that bridges immediate support to the large-scale refugee arrivals as well as future recovery/resilience needs.
• Conduct extensive partner mapping and value/chain and market assessments to inform activity design.
• Refine a comprehensive strategic approach to the integration of livelihoods programming and CVA across all IRC programming (direct and with partners).
• Provide overall managerial oversight and leadership for the ERD department, including overseeing operational functions for achieving the goals of the project, hiring and staff management, and budget management.
• Ensure that gender, protection and environmental stewardship are mainstreamed in all programming under direct responsibility.
Program quality/Management and implementation
• Responsible for the overall project coordination with partners and direct program implementation in line with the IRC Country Strategy Action Plan and IRC international priorities, frameworks and policies.
• Provide technical leadership and direction for all ERD activities; define and implement context-appropriate activities to achieve the greatest coverage and impact possible for both immediate support to people displaced by the conflict in Ukraine and for future recovery and resilience needs
• Ensure regular communication with Technical Coordinators within IRC Ukraine, and headquarters-based Technical Advisors for Economic Recovery & Development, Protection and Health to integrate appropriate technical unit priorities in program design and implementation
• Collaborate with key staff and senior members of other technical sectors to prepare strategic work-plans with clear objectives and achievement benchmarks, long-term and short-term priorities, implementation plans, financial projections and tools for evaluation
• Ensure program implementation is on time, with target goals and budget management, using effective monitoring and evaluation systems and adaptive management principles to reach desired impacts
• Ensure the integration of cash and voucher assistance activities across outcomes mainly with health, education, and protection (including activities provided by partners)
• Conduct extensive partner mapping and value/chain and market assessments to inform activity design
• Identify and develop partnerships with local and international implementing partners as appropriate for program design and service to clients based on IRC’s PEERS standards of equal and effective partnership
• Strengthen relationships with national bodies including Ukrainian social protection schemes
• Identify private sector partners and linkages to support livelihoods and employment programming
Team management/Staff Supervision & Development
• Oversee project implementation team and ensure that all staff are following work plans and ERD project activities and outcomes are completed as planned
• Oversee the development and implementation of staff technical capacity building and professional development plans that promotes a culture of learning and continuous training
• Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions
• Provide continuous performance feedback to staff; identify performance issues and work with staff and Human Resources to document and address issues in a timely manner
• Assist with and as necessary lead the recruitment of ERD personnel
Coordination & Representation
• Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key collaborators including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors
• Regularly attend relevant cluster and working group meetings at appropriate levels
• Seek out donor opportunities in line with cash and livelihoods strategy and priorities
• Develop partnership with local private sector actors and municipalities
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL)
• Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place for appropriate program analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy
• Maintain an effective monitoring, evaluation, and planning system
• Coordinate program evaluations and reviews ensure documentation of lessons learned informing reporting and program development, analyzing and sharing relevant information with the MEAL Coordinator, DDP and other colleagues as relevant
• Support the MEAL Coordinator and client responsiveness officers in addressing feedback from clients and partners
• Identify gaps and needs in programming areas and proactively source funding
• Facilitate co-design sessions that involve potential partners and are responsive to client needs
• Develop concept notes and proposals related to ERD programming expansion and continuation, including budgets, logical frameworks, relevant indicators, and written narratives
• Collect, compile and revise ERD program narrative reports and ensure timely submission
• Collaborate with the Grants Team to assure quality of reports to be submitted to donors
• Provide up-to-date information on success stories to Comms and Advocacy team
Education: Minimum university degree in a related field. Advanced degree in International Development, Business Administration, Economics, or Humanitarian Response preferred.
Demonstrated skills and competencies:
• At least 5-7 years of relevant work experience in cash and voucher assistance, livelihoods, social protection, and/or other humanitarian and development programmes with demonstrated experience leading a team and building partnerships to achieve results.
• Knowledge and experience of cash and voucher assistance, market and value chain analysis, private sector engagement, livelihoods mapping, access to finance and micro-enterprise support
• Fluency in English required; Ukrainian and Russian fluency will be a critical asset
• Previous experience leading programming in complex contexts as well as ability to supervise, coach and mentor staff.
• Proven leadership and strategic planning capabilities, including budget management
• Demonstrated knowledge of gender equality topics and proficiency in managing projects that mainstream gender
• Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and maintaining unbiased and professional working relationships with government officials, civil society partners, and other counterparts and clients
• Proven ability to work well in and promote teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure with professional grace.
• Knowledge of all regulatory, contractual, legal and financial compliance requirements associated with international donor funding
• Willingness to travel to different cities within Ukraine.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook
• Demonstrated dedication to an anti-racist and Do No Harm approach, gender equality and inclusion
Female candidates are highly encouraged
Ukrainian nationals preferred; individuals with right to work in Europe would be an asset
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