Program Assistant – IRC International Rescue committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 1,250 staff in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. The IRC Jordan program was established in 2007 and is currently operating programs in Ramtha, Irbid, Mafraq and Amman in the sectors of health, protection, and economic recovery and development.
In 2016, IRC established a research and development unit which designs, tests and scales new products, services and delivery systems for humanitarian response. The IRC’s R&D unit works with field and technical staff to apply new practices like human-centered design, rapid prototyping, and behavioral science to accomplish breakthroughs in some of the most deep-seated problems in humanitarian response. The R&D unit is growing their partnership with the Jordan Country Program, aiming to build innovation capacity there.
In this context, the IRC is launching a community-led innovation initiative to nurture and develop bottom-up solutions to problems facing communities in Jordan. This project will engage diverse communities and stakeholders in Jordan – including host communities, refugees, local governments, public and private sector actors and enterprising individuals – to devise and develop solutions that address their own lived realities and problems. It will center around eight intensive participatory “design challenges” based in a ‘lab’ setting, with each challenge aiming to mobilize teams around developing solutions to thematic problem areas we identify together. Themes will aim to develop a wide range of concepts for scalable innovations under the broader umbrella of accommodating displaced populations, accelerating recovery and increasing community resilience. This approach combines the best aspects of both bottom-up and formally-managed innovation processes to identify new solutions that are responsive to the changing needs of the wide range of communities in Jordan today.
The IRC is seeking a Program Assistant to support this new innovation initiative located in Jordan. This initiative will launch a ‘bottom up’ innovation challenge process – identifying challenges which come directly from disaster affected communities and the organizations working closely with them, and activating these communities to develop new solutions to solve challenges. Reporting to the Innovation Project Coordinator, the main role of this position will be to provide administrative and program support to the program team running the lab.
This is a full-time position in Amman for duration of the community-driven innovation initiative, funded through December 2018 with the possibility of extension.
Support the smooth functioning of all lab activities such as events, meetings, communications and blogs, and evaluations
Support community mapping, network building, interviews, community engagement, and community participation at all phases of the project
Support program activities when needed (communicating with lab participants, donor visits, etc)
Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor
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