Livelihoods Manager – 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. Inside Syria, 6.3 million people are internally displaced and 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.9 million in hard-to-reach areas. This is no short-term humanitarian episode and the devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades.
IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, 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, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.
Job Overview/Summary: The Livelihoods Manager, under the direct supervision of the Livelihoods Coordinator, will be responsible for providing operational and programmatic support for the effective and successful design, implementation, and monitoring & evaluation of the IRC Livelihoods Programs within southern Syria. He/she will work closely with the Livelihoods Coordinator in the overall strategic planning and design, as well as the day to day project management of Livelihoods programs.
Major Responsibilities:
– IRC Livelihoods Program Development and Management
– Program strategy, development and planning:
– Work with Livelihoods Coordinator on the continuous development and improvement of the IRC livelihoods program strategy for southern Syria.
– Support in the development of new project proposals and budgets alongside the Livelihoods Coordinator.
Market assessments:
– In collaboration with the Information Management team, lead in the development and implementation of markets assessments including labor market assessments and value chain assessments.
Project implementation:
– Oversee implementation of all IRC livelihoods program activities implemented in southern Syria, which is planned to include business and life skills training, literacy training, apprenticeships, vocational training, and entrepreneurship activities.
– Conduct regular monitoring of training and outreach activities to ensure programs are delivered in line with IRC’s Livelihoods Guidance Note and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), maintaining program records as per activity guidelines, to ensure transparency and compliance with internal and external protocols.
– Ensure translation of documents from English to Arabic and Arabic to English as needed, including market assessments, assessment reports, training materials, registration forms, advertisements.
– Ensure proper documentation of all activities, including documentation of beneficiary eligibility and cross-checking, project studies, attendance records, etc.
– Work closely with the Supply Chain department and the Livelihoods Coordinator in the development of the program procurement plan.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
– Ensure programmatic target indicators are being met within the pre-established deadline.
– Ensure project tracking tools feed into the ERD databases in close coordination with the Information Management unit.
– Analyze and review project assessments and suggest modifications to the project design as needed.
Grants management:
– Responsible for specific budget lines allocated to the Livelihoods Manager and for producing monthly spending plans and bi-weekly cash projections that are linked to program activity work plans.
– Prepare first technical draft of donor reports as required for the project working with ERD M&E staff to provide up to date monitoring data
Team management:
– Directly manage Livelihoods Center Senior Officers; provide ongoing support, coaching and capacity development opportunities. Identify issues, problems and/or concerns affecting the program with the Livelihoods project team and, as needed, present recommendations to the Livelihoods Coordinator.
– Ensuring performance management of direct and indirect reports are in line with IRC standards.
– Respond to any questions from the field teams regarding implementation, strategy, operations, security approvals, movement plans, etc. Escalate issues as needed to the Livelihoods Coordinator.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Livelihoods Coordinator
Position directly supervises:
Senior Livelihood Officers (Syria)
Other Internal/External contacts:
Internal: Sr. ERD Coordinator, Cash and Basic Needs Coordinator, Livelihoods Coordinator, IM Manager, Sr. Program Support Officer
External: Partner organizations, UN cluster working groups
Job Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, international development, social sciences, economics, or a related field.
Work Experience:
– Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in the humanitarian sector with an international NGO or UN agency, preferably focusing on livelihoods, food security, or market-based programming inside Syria
– Experience managing projects and budgets
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
– Technical knowledge in livelihoods programming areas preferred (e.g. employment, self-employment, microenterprise, cash-based response, cash for work, market recovery, agricultural livelihoods, etc.)
– Demonstrated capacity to coordinate activities across multiple INGOs
– Strong understanding of humanitarian principles and inclusive-livelihoods programming
– Strong project management skills, ability to keep one’s self and others organized
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to articulate clearly and concisely
– Strong ability to facilitate discussions, lead meetings, and coordinate amongst partner organizations
– Excellent organizational and time management skills
– Experience setting up and using detailed project work plans
– Self-starter, able to identify problems or issues and develop and implement solutions
– Experience in working remotely with colleagues from multiple hubs
– Strong grants management experience, including budgeting, reporting, and compliance
Language Skills:
Fluency in English and Arabic required.
Working Environment: Standard office work environment in Amman, Jordan. Candidates will be expected to provide their own transportation to and from the job site each day.

Job Details

Date Posted: 2017-09-07
Job Location: Amman, Jordan
Job Role: Management
Company Industry: Community/Social Services/and Nonprofit

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Career Level: Management
Degree: Bachelor's degree

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