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Côte d'Ivoire: Deputy Director of Programs

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: Côte d'Ivoire
Closing date: 12 Aug 2017

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) mission is to respond to the world's worst humanitarian crises and help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.


Côte d'Ivoire's crisis between 2002 and 2011 was characterized by periods of intense violence followed by relative calm. Initially brought about by the collapse of prices in the vital cocoa industry, the conflict was fuelled by issues of national identity, ethnic allegiance, and land ownership. This resulted in the internal displacement of hundreds of thousands of people (IDPs), profound social disintegration, and the decay of basic community infrastructure such as health centers, water points, and schools.

IRC had a brief presence in south-west Côte d'Ivoire in the late 1990s to respond to the needs of Liberian refugees. It then re-opened its office in Abidjan in 2003 to respond to the humanitarian needs brought about by the civil conflict, as well as to address a new wave of Liberian refugees.

In 2017, IRC works for the Ivorian population at large, mainly targeting populations that have been the most affected by the conflict and/or for which specific attention is needed during recovery.

Programs include facilitating the recovery of local health and education services, building community governance capacity, and contributing to women's safety and empowerment. In 2017, the IRC is implementing 14 projects in the field sites of Man, Duékoué, Odiénné, Korhogo and Yamoussoukro, as well as in its Abidjan HQ office.

From now until the end of 2020, the IRC in Côte d'Ivoire will prioritize improving health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and decision-making power. The IRC aims to reach 2.1 million people in Côte d'Ivoire, specifically targeting women and girls, unemployed youth, returnees and other vulnerable groups.


As a senior member of the country team, the Deputy Director for Programs will have overall responsibility to supervise, support, enhance quality, coherence, impact, sustainability and synergy of all programs implemented by IRC in Côte d'Ivoire. S/he will disseminate and monitor the implementation of the IRC's new Strategic Action Plan (SAP) and the related initiatives (COMET, OEF, MfA, Context adaptability).

The Deputy Director for Programs will be based in Abidjan but he/she will be required to travel to the field sites approximately 25% of his/her time.



  • Supervise and support all IRC program activities; Supervise 4 sector coordinators and a M&E coordinator
  • Organize and chair regular program coordination meetings with relevant staff;
  • Ensure that GANTT charts, or other relevant tools, are elaborated, shared and used on a monthly basis;
  • Supervise IRC's operational policy of grant opening and closing meetings;
  • In collaboration with the Grants Coordinator and Sector Coordinators ensure that quality donor reports are generated and submitted to donors and NY in a timely manner. Oversee budget re-alignments and amendments when necessary;
  • Provide on-going problem-solving guidance for field offices regarding programmatic issues, planning issues, and difficulties encounters with local authorities and Partners;
  • Provide programmatic review and inputs on all reports shared with donors.
  • Strongly participate in proposal development process.
  • Strongly participate and coordinate advocacy efforts on relevant sectoral policies and on community of practices.

2015-2020 STRATEGY

  • Under the supervision of the Country Director, coordinate the planning, development, implementation of IRC program initiatives, in accordance with the Program Development Priorities from the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) and liaise with IRC's Technical Units for technical guidance on implementation and new program design;
  • Under the supervision of the Country Director, ensure effective and timely implementation of programmatic objectives of the Strategic Action Plan (SAP);
  • Coordinate reporting on SAP progress;
  • Supervise the roll out of program related SAP initiatives: the Outcome and Evidence Framework, COMET, Monitoring for Action, Context Adaptability
  • Ensure implementation of IRC Universal Expectations related to Gender, OEF, and Measurement.


  • Work with the senior management team to develop operational budgets, which reflect a detailed understanding of situational parameters, beneficiary needs, available resources and technical possibilities;
  • Ensure a close coordination and collaboration with the support departments to ensure an adequate synergy between programs and operations;
  • Assist Sector Coordinators develop implementation plans and expenditure plans;
  • Support and supervise implementation of finance controls for program expenditures in accordance with NY and CI policies and procedures;
  • Oversee recruitment of all program staff and ensure the Performance Management System for program staff is carried out as required;
  • Conduct training of IRC staff on program design, monitoring, and evaluation, report writing, and proposal development. Capacity building of both the expatriate and national staff members in the above-mentioned areas is a priority.


  • Represent IRC and IRC's interests with the Government officials, donors, UN, and other operating and implementing partners when required or applicable;
  • Assist the CD in developing a strong relationship with donors to ensure sustainable funding of programs;
  • Replace CD when he/she is out of the country;
  • Other activities/responsibilities that may be required.


  • Advanced degree in International Relations, Community Development, Economics, or related disciplines.
  • At least 5 years of oversees experience and 7 years of experience in the management of post-conflict or development programs.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in NGO administration, finance and logistics systems.
  • Proven ability at staff management, multi-tasking, time management and flexibility.
  • Must be willing to work in depth on a diversity of programs (Health, Women Protection and Empowerment, Economic Recovery & Development, Child&Youth Protection and Development, and Governance).
  • Must be an innovative and creative problem solver, strong communicator, excellent writer, have a focus for quality and most of all be a team player.
  • Fluent in English, Proficient in French (or the opposite)


  • Problem Solving & Judgment: effectively uses critical thinking in solving problems;
  • Results Driven: sets challenging and clear expectations and to meet Organization Savvy/Sensitivity;
  • Committed to the mission of the IRC, is sensitive to both the political and social ramifications of decisions;
  • Diplomatic both within the organization and with external interactions;
  • Copes well with pressure and adapts and learns from adversity;
  • Communicates important information in ways that are easily understood;
  • Effective in both oral and written communication;
  • Respected and trusted negotiator in conflict situations.

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 or disability. IRC is an equal opportunity employer.

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