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United States of America: Senior Technical Advisor for Emergencies

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 12 Oct 2017

Background/IRC Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future . Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities . At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Job Overview/Summary:

The IRC is a global leader in providing emergency relief, rehabilitation, post conflict development, human rights protection, resettlement services and advocacy for refugees and others uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is one of the first humanitarian organisations to bring together specific disciplines involved in violence prevention and response (VPR) in conflict affected settings to ensure collaborative and still specialized support to survivors and those at risk of violence. Over the past 16 years, IRC has pioneered and implemented programs that prevent and respond to violence against women and children, as well as other vulnerable groups in refugee settings and in other conflict-affected contexts, making the IRC a global leader in this field. IRC presently implements VPR programs to support social and political environments that foster freedom from violence, discrimination, and exclusion for vulnerable populations in contexts of conflict and displacement. Today, IRC manages VPR programmes in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Haiti, with funding from governments, the UN, foundations, and private donors.

The STA for Emergencies sits within the Violence Prevention and Response Technical Unit (VPRU), which is responsible for ensuring overall quality and communication of violence prevention and response work within the IRC. The VPRU includes specializations focused on violence against women, violence against children, and protection/rule of law efforts for people affected by crisis.

The STA for Emergencies will support strategic resource development and thought leadership related to the IRC's emergency VPR programming. S/he will lead projects that advance VPR strategic priorities, including advancing resources to support adolescents in emergencies, promoting humanitarian accountability to gender-based violence response, and advancing the IRC's work protection/rule of law work in emergencies. The STA for Emergencies will lead the IRC's Children in Emergencies initiative, working closely with technical experts from Child Protection and Education. S/he will also be called upon to coordinate teams of emergency VPR experts into large scale acute emergencies to assure the provision of immediate, scaled and quality VPR programs. This position reports to the IRC's VPRU Deputy Director for Emergencies and works closely with VPRU senior technical advisors and technical advisors, and other IRC sector focal points engaged in emergency response.

Major Responsibilities:

Emergency preparedness

Lead work with VPR experts and with IRC technical specialists in other areas, including Reproductive Health, Nutrition and Cash, to develop joint program models and approaches in emergencies

  • Support the IRC Emergency Unit to resource and carry out capacity strengthening targeting members of IRC Country Emergency Teams, with specific emphasis on VPR specialists on these teams (5-10% of field-based time)
  • Work with the VPRU Deputy Director for Emergencies to maintain rosters of skilled emergency responders across all three VPRU disciplines - Protection/Rule of Law, Child Protection, and Women's Protection and Empowerment

  • Ensure that new program models and emergency strategy advance the IRC's commitment to gender equality outcomes

Emergency response

  • As required, deploy to lead the start-up of multi-sector VPR response teams in large-scale emergencies (10-15% of field-based time)
  • Liaising closely with other appropriate VPRU technical advisors, provide remote support to countries where the IRC is starting up new VPR emergency response programming

Learning, advocacy and strategy

  • Advance IRC advocacy efforts aimed at ensuring the centrality of violence prevention and response programming in humanitarian interventions
  • Support the IRC's work as a member of the inter-agency Real-Time Accountability Partnership on GBV in Emergencies
  • Lead work to advance commitments to the IRC's Children in Emergencies initiative, in collaboration with the IRC Education team

Resource development and grant management

  • Lead the development, review and submission of strategic proposals and concept notes around IRC's innovative programming related to violence prevention and response in emergencies
  • Provide oversight of implementation of TU-led emergency response and preparedness grants, in collaboration with the Deputy Director for Emergencies and other relevant actors

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: VPRU Deputy Director for Emergencies Position directly supervises: N/A

Indirect Reporting: N/A Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Internally this position works closely with the Emergency Unit, the Education Unit (on the Children in Emergencies initiative), and across TUs for joint program model development

External: Externally this position works closely with and seeks to influence the CP and GBV areas of responsibility at the global level to advance emergency resources and capacity; there is also a business development function that implies important links with key donors, particularly in an effort to increase and influence funding for children in emergencies

Job Requirements:

  • Education: MA/S in health (MPH), social work, humanities or other related subjects, or equivalent programming experience;
  • Work Experience: 8-10 years program management experience, including demonstrated experience working in emergency context with a focus on at least one area of VPR programming;

Working Environment: Standard office work environment.

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