The International Rescue Committee (IRC) 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, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. 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.
In the wake of movements for revolutionary change across the Arab Levant and Maghreb, civil protests against the Assad regime began in Syria in Spring 2011. Over the past 10 months, civil unrest has proliferated across the country, initially primarily in northern, western and southern border areas (including Syria's third-largest city, Homs, Hama and other sizeable urban areas such as Idlib and Dera'). In the same period, the response by the regime has grown progressively more repressive and violent, culminating in the use of heavy weaponry against densely populated urban areas in concert with indiscriminate shooting, arbitrary arrest, torture and killing of citizens by internal security forces.
Since the onset of major violence within Syrian's borders refugees have begun flooding into neighboring countries. Estimating the total refugee caseload is problematic as refugees are fearful of being identified and forced back into Syria. To date UNHCR has registered almost 5,000 refugees within Jordan, while Jordan's government confirms the number of official and unofficial refugees is closer to 70,000.
IRC intends to launch a response providing humanitarian assistance to refugees living in Jordan. The response will utilize the IRC's existing country presence and partnerships within Jordan, but will receive assistance from the IRC ERT and other technical unit expertise.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The Emergency Coordinator leads the IRC's response efforts in northern Jordan and potential interventions in Lebanon, providing management guidance to ensure rapidity of response, scale of assistance and quality within programming. The Emergency Coordinator must bring a senior leadership profile with a proven track record in managing emergency programming around the world successfully. The successful candidate will be confident, eloquent and organized, as the Emergency Response Team will rely on their leadership during times of high pressure and competing priorities.
The Emergency Coordinator will report to the IRC's Deputy Regional Director based in Amman.
Lead deployment of emergency response team within northern Jordan and possible interventions in Lebanon under the direction of the Deputy Regional Director. Oversee and coordinate IRC assessments of emergency needs and develop a response program strategy in collaboration with Host State Government, other humanitarian organizations and the ERT, Country and EPRU management teams as appropriate.
Design, develop, resource (people and funds) and implement emergency response programs that meet the near and longer-term needs of the affected community. Oversee IRC's on-site humanitarian response including management of programs, operations, fundraising, external representation and transition planning
Oversee quality and consistency of program monitoring and evaluation processes to ensure and enhance program effectiveness and quality.
Advocate with and/or advise peer agencies, local government, and other stakeholders to influence responses to promote delivery of inclusive and high quality humanitarian services.
Oversee and ensure compliance with IRC policy, procedures and practices throughout the emergency deployment and program.
University degree in related field or equivalent experience.
6 years experience leading complex on site emergency response projects and/or programs requiring extensive judgment and interpretation. Diverse geographical professional experience preferred.
Demonstrated ability to influence peer agencies, local government and community leaders to work effectively towards a common and agreed upon result.
Demonstrated ability to evaluate and implement best practices and processes affecting multiple technical specialties to achieve rapid, consistent and high quality outcomes.
Experience developing, resourcing and leading large budget, complex projects spanning multiple technical specialties.
Excellent verbal and written English skills. Verbal Arabic language skills highly advantageous.
This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org