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Economic Recovery and Development Coordinator


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Kampala
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Economics
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

The Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) Coordinator will coordinate and oversee the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of livelihoods, with major focus on the Re:Build project funded by IKEA Foundation, the anticipated Kulea Watoto project funded by the Hilton Foundation, and other current and future economic recovery programs. The ERD Coordinator will liaise with other technical coordinators within IRC (particularly to increase collaboration and integration of ERD programming within other sectors); fellow agency, government, private sector, and community partners, as well as the Livelihoods and Cash Working Groups within the interagency coordination structure; and with IRC’s headquarter-based Economic Recovery and Development Technical Advisor and Officers to ensure coordination and complementarily of programming, as well as appropriate technical rigor in project design and implementation. The ERD Coordinator is responsible for overall management of the livelihoods portfolio, providing any and all support necessary to ensure successful implementation of ERD livelihoods assistance programming and proposal development/project design for prospective projects, which includes/may include enterprise development and employment initiatives, cash/voucher programming, financial inclusion, value chain development, agro-pastoralism/rural livelihoods, climate sensitive livelihoods (climate change and natural resource management), vocational training/certification programs, and other activities.

Based in Kampala, the ERD Coordinator reports to the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP) and directly manages the ERD managers. This position has close working relationships with the other sectoral technical coordinators, Grants Coordinator, MEAL Coordinator, Program Coordinator for Quality and Learning, Partnerships Coordinator and members of the ERD Technical Unit.

Duties and Responsibilities

Technical Quality and Program Development

  • Ensure alignment of livelihoods programming with IRC global strategy plan and relevant theories of change
  • Identify opportunities for growth of livelihoods programming portfolio including existing gaps/beneficiary needs and areas for innovation and expansion, including through market assessments
  • Lead the development of livelihood/agriculture concept notes and proposals, working closely with the grants, MEAL and finance teams and relevant ERD technical advisor(s)
  • Contribute to development of country office’s sector-relevant strategic direction and plans including ongoing development of livelihoods programming staffing and management structures
  • Along with program staff and the Technical Unit/Advisors, support the development of Standard Operating Procedures and Guidance Notes for program activities
  • Champion the use of cash programming, as appropriate, within the ERD and non-ERD sectors
  • Ensure regular monitoring and modification of ongoing programming as required
  • Advise and provide guidance to staff across other sectors on integrated programming inclusive of ERD activities
  • Regularly engage with the ERD Technical Advisor and other Technical Unit Advisors and Specialists to benchmark programming to IRC standards and ensure application of best practices

Grant Planning and Monitoring

  • Prepare relevant and quality IRC and donor reports as per agreed-upon schedules (monthly, quarterly and/or annually) on grant activities, indicators and achievements
  • Work closely and coordinate with IRC logistics, finance and grant staff to ensure timely and compliant program activities and expenditures; including active participation in procurement, supply chain, grant and other meetings. Has budget authority to pre-approved limits and responsibility for budget development and compliance under the direction of the DDP
  • Provide direction and monitor staff in their implementation of Re:Build project workplans and quality of technical activities, including program budget oversight
  • Ensure appropriate methodologies and technical approaches are developed for all Re:Build project activities – working with IRC’s ERD Technical Advisors, the Re:Build Project Director and Re:Build Deputy Project Director to ensure global best practices are applied to programming
  • Provide support to the research teams while working closely with the Re:Build Project manager to ensure RCT activities remain on track
  • Support the start-up of the anticipated Kulea Watoto project, including participation in the recruitment of key staff, development of key project management tools and oversight of the livelihoods interventions

Coordination and Representation

  • Develop and maintain effective coordination and long-term relationships with external stakeholders including fellow agencies/NGOs, government departments and ministries, private sector, community-based organizations and partners, donors, and others in accurately and professionally representing IRC positions, promoting long-term strategies and resolving problems/conflicts
  • Actively advance IRC’s connections to economic actors/private sector at a local, regional and national level, seeking avenues for partnership, collaboration and coordination of activities to ensure sustainability of interventions
  • Oversee the IRC’s relationship with consortia implementing partners and support the identification of new partners as it relates to new programming
  • Participate in IRC and external working groups and communities of practice around livelihoods to advance livelihoods strategies, disseminate research and program successes, discuss implementation challenges, and share best practices
  • Support the sharing of information and learning across livelihoods-related programs based in Uganda and throughout the East Africa region
  • Advocate for the adoption of best practices to promote economic resilience of IRC’s clients/target groups

Human Resources Management

  • Provide technical direction and managerial oversight of livelihoods staff
  • Set specific goals and expectations and provide regular, positive and constructive feedback to direct reports
  • Build capacity of the team under his/her supervision in basic assistance and livelihoods support methodologies, as well as management capacity, both individually and through conducting/coordinating staff training exercises
  • Help to recruit and screen livelihoods project staff as team grows
  • 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
  • Ensure timely completion and submission of interim and annual employee performance reviews
  • If/as required, identify staff performance issues and works with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies
  • Responsible for adhering to IRC’s Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures


  • Undertake ERD program administrative roles that includes coordination of field activities
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs

Key Working Relationships

Position Reports To: Deputy Director, Programs

Direct reporting: ERD Managers

Other internal contacts: Technical Coordinators in WPE, Health, PRoL and Education; MEAL Coordinator; Grants Coordinator; Partnerships Coordinator; Communications and Advocacy Coordinator; Program Coordinator for Quality and Learning; Senior Management Team (Country Director; Deputy Director, Finance; Deputy Director, Operations; Deputy Director, HR and Administration); Field Coordinators; ERD Technical Unit.

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