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Program Associate

New York City

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date:
The IRC’s Emergency Unit
The IRC’s Emergencies & Humanitarian Action Unit (EHAU) leads our oversees IRCs global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the EHAU is to help meet the immediate survival needs and reduce suffering in conflict or disaster affected populations during the acute phase of an emergency. The EHAU also works in protracted emergencies, where the risk to life may be reduced but the population is still subjected to rights abuses and a lack of basic services. 

The EHAU is also charged with enhancing the IRCs global and country level emergency preparedness capacity.  We do this by supporting the development and training of Country Emergency Teams, assisting in the development of emergency focused partnerships with local civil society organizations, maintaining regional and global capacity to rapidly identify and deploy qualified emergency response personnel, and supporting country-level contingency planning.

Scope of work: 
The Program Associate position is a rare opportunity to take part in a two-year professional development program with the Emergencies and Humanitarian Action Unit. The program consists of on-the-job experience providing support to EHAU staff, combined with required and personalized training & mentorship components, special project work, and occasional deployments (remote or field-based)  in a variety of contexts. The Program Associate will gain in-depth knowledge of the IRC and how emergency responses work. By gradually taking on more responsibilities and participating in all elements of the program, the Program Associate will gain exposure and skills related to international humanitarian and development work within the context of the IRC. The Program Associate will also have the opportunity to gain technical insight and experience in areas of particular interest to them whenever possible.

Essential job functions:
Support travel and lodging arrangements for EHAU staff.
Visa application support including preparing visa letters, embassy runs etc. for EHAU staff
Provide support to all EHAU staff attending HEAT training including liaising with the Training Center to sign up staff and handle logistics/travel to and from the training.   

Procurement and Payments
Provide support to field teams with INTEGRA, the IRCs ERP platform. 
Carry out procurement of supplies and services on the INTEGRA platform and any other portals approved by our Global procurement team. 
Process vendor invoices, travel reimbursements, contract payments, wire transfers, and donations to partner organizations for emergency unit operations using INTEGRA
Manage several corporate credit cards, record transactions, and properly file the receipts
Procure, track, and distribute assets to EHAU staff (laptops, mobile phones, satellite phones, etc.)
Manage monthly subscription services (phone plans, travel services, etc) and maintain an updated database at all times (add/delete staff as needed in a timely manner)
Collect and input into INTEGRA all bank and payment information for all new staff, vendors, consultants and subgrantees.

Meetings & Conference Management
Assist in planning EHAU annual conference
Provide scheduling and note-taking support to Senior Management Team meetings when requested
Assist in organizing speakers, logistics, technical support, and agenda for all Weekly calls
Occasionally manage calendars and high-level meetings for other Senior Management Team

HR & Orientation
Process HR, IT, and Finance paperwork related to on-boarding of new EHAU staff 
Schedule orientation sessions for new Emergency Unit and External Emergency Roster staff and related logistics
Perform administrative tasks related to staff recruitment 
Track and report on annual leave and sick leave balances for all Emergency Unit staff

General Tasks
Field general queries from deployed teams, aiming for rapid problem resolution and escalating issues as appropriate
Act as liaison between deployed field staff and HQ financial, administrative and operations departments 

As part of the career development program, the PA must be willing to undertake the following:
Complete trainings (consisting of both mandatory and elective courses) either online or in person
Mentorship and coaching by a designated Mentor 
Short term deployments to support emergency response activities overseas or remotely, either to launch new responses or support existing ones.
Complete work on special project(s) of interest with a team in the EHAU 
Participate in regular performance evaluations, and receive/provide feedback on status/progress towards personal career advancement. 

Key Working Relationships 
Position Reports to:  People and Operations Coordinator, EHAU

Works closely with:  VP, Finance and Grants Manager, Associate Director, Response, Deputy Directors, Directors, Program Managers, Digital Communication and Design Manager.
Actively Supports: 50+ Emergency Unit staff (largely remotely)

Strong interest in humanitarian aid and a desire to gain hands-on experience and exposure to the field
Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple, competing deadlines and priorities in a dynamic environment
Familiarity with basic budgeting and accounting helpful
Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
Ability to thrive in a dynamic environment, within and across departments/functions and develop positive relationships with local and remote staff
Ability to work in high stress environment with multiple and competing demands
Ability to work independently as needed.
Ability to exercise good judgment and maintain confidential information
Customer service orientation with desire to find creative and timely solutions for field teams
Strong comfort level in standard PC office software such as Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint preferred
Excellent oral and written communications skills (English) required
Multi-lingual skills advantageous – with priority placed or French, Spanish, and Arabic
1-2 years of work experience preferred

Working Environment:  Standard Office Work Environment.

US Benefits:
We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits.  In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions.  All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal. 

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 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.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, Equality 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.


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