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Global Surge Team Roster: Deputy Director for Programs

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location:
  • Grade: All levels - Multiple grades
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Languages: Must be fluent in speaking and writing English and one of the following languages: French, Arabic, Spanish 
The IRC’s Global Surge Team (GST) is a roster of esteemed and highly qualified humanitarian professionals who deploy on short notice to non-emergency and emergency contexts to support the IRC’s mission. Members of the GST provide specialist support where talent is most needed for short-term deployments of up to three months. The GST is a flexible employment opportunity for staff, requiring members to be available for deployments only 50% of the year (with opportunities for additional deployments if incumbent is interested).
Job Description
The Deputy Director for Programs, Global Surge (DDP) provides leadership, decision-making and coordination on programmatic issues, including the development of quality proposals and overseeing the effective implementation of IRC’s programs. You should be able to motivate and lead a diverse team, as well as effectively manage programs, partnerships and budgets. 
The position reports to the Country Director (CD) and is an active member of the Country Management Team. The DDP directly supervises Technical Coordinators, the Senior Program Coordinator for protection sectors, and the Senior Coordinator for Grants & Accountability. You will have close working relationships with the Deputy Regional Director and other members of the regional support team, along with Technical Advisors who support the country program.
Major Responsibilities:

Strategy, Planning, and Business Development 
Together with the CD, lead in the implementation of the IRC Strategy Action Plan (SAP)
Serve as the focal point for the SAP Monitoring and Reporting Protocol and SAP Implementation Committee
Ensure programming is aligned with SAP priorities and IRC’s Outcomes and Evidence Framework (OEF), including program planning, project design, and communications with staff
Program Development and Fundraising
In coordination with the Senior Coordinator Grants & Accountability (SCGA) and the CD, actively design and implement fundraising strategies, incorporating donor mapping and communication plans
Support the SCGA, the Grants and M&E departments in ensuring the high quality and needs-based project proposals are developed in compliance with regulations and within the parameters of the SAP
Ensure program teams to adhere to internal schedules for delivering their contributions for concept notes, proposals and donor reports. Ensure program inputs are in the required format and to the desired quality
Ensure IRC’s dedication to gender equality is factored into program design and implementation
Program Implementation
Maintain a sound understanding of the implementation progress of IRC programs
Chair grant review meetings to review progress of programs, including, but not limited, to spending. When required, coordinate corrective measures to ensure projects finish on time and on target, ensure timely follow up on any agreed actions
Support Technical Coordinator to ensure that project delivery is guided by structured work-plans and approved monitoring plans based on project proposals
Ensure program teams develop, implement, and revise as required, detailed Procurement Plans and Staffing Plans; and these plans develop in cooperation with Field Management Teams and Operations functions
Provide the CD with accurate and up to date advice on developments and opportunities in program implementation, together with any necessary recommendations for course correction
Support the Senior Coordinator Grants & Accountability to deliver on the country M&E strategy
Ensure use of information collected through M&E and client feedback mechanisms to inform all stages of the project life cycle
Ensure that program teams are submitting timely and high quality reporting to the grants team, per IRC and donor guidelines
Monitor program delivery through regular field visits and review sessions. Ensure senior program staff are frequently visiting project sites to monitor implementation
Be responsible for the Country Emergency Team and ensure maintenance emergency preparedness levels to enable quick emergency response
Staff Leadership and Development
Ensure implementation of HR policies and procedures at all times
Provide supportive mentorship, leadership and clear performance objectives to team members
Ensure that regular and quality staff evaluations are conducted for all program staff
Set regular meetings with staff members to prioritize information-sharing and  team-building
Ensure that all reports develop and implement Capacity Building Plans for their teams
Representation and Coordination
Actively, systematically and regularly connect with various partners in country
Ensure that IRC's interventions are planned and coordinated within the broader humanitarian effort
Ensure representation of IRC at sector coordination groups, including the clusters
Help maintain a positive relationship with donors / Government counterparts
Partner Management
Support the Country Program in achieving its commitments to expand local partnerships
Develop and maintain effective partner working relationships
Ensure regular technical program support and guidance to partners, in accordance to partnership agreements
You should have excellent leadership, people management, interpersonal and negotiation skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to develop collaborative teams in a multi-ethnic context that requires cultural sensitivity. We are looking for someone with the ability to think strategically and to prioritize and meet goals in a timely manner while working in a complex environment. 
Graduate degree in International Development, International Relations, Business Management and Administrative Science, or equivalent
Excellent professional track record with 5-6 years of overseas experience in a conflict/post-conflict environment with program leadership responsibilities
Demonstrated experience in program design and monitoring; experience developing and monitoring budgets, work plans and other program management tools
Demonstrated coordination, networking and relationship building skills with key partners including government, donors, INGOs, national and local organizations, UN agencies
Fluency in English. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Working knowledge of Arabic, French and/or Spanish strongly preferred
Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, high attention to detail,  flexible and adaptable
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Capable of working and living in an emergency environment while maintaining a healthy outlook. Willing to travel in remote and conflict affected areas
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers 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.
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 other supportive benefits and allowances
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.

This vacancy is now closed.