With headquarters in Kinshasa and field offices in the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, Haut Katanga and Tanganyika, the IRC is one of the largest humanitarian actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The IRC aims to save lives, to strengthen Congolese institutions and to reinforce social cohesion through careful design and program implementation. The IRC has been working in the DRC since 1996 and currently operates in five core programming areas – primary health care; community-driven reconstruction and local governance; women’s empowerment and the prevention and mitigation of gender-based violence; education; and emergency preparedness and response. These programs reflect IRC’s guiding principles of capacity-building; participation; partnership; protection and promotion of human rights; and holistic programming.
The RRMP (Réponse Rapide aux Mouvements de Population) is an emergency response program funded by UNICEF and covering Tanganyika province in DRC.
The main objectives of the IRC’s RRMP program are:
* To conduct multi-sector assessments in areas recently affected by population movements (displacements or returns), natural disasters and cholera epidemics in order to inform the humanitarian community about the scope of these movements and the primary humanitarian needs; and
* To intervene in the sectors of non-food items (NFI), health as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in favor of the most affected communities based on these assessments and in the absence of another actor with the capacity to respond quickly (if other actors, coordination of the intervention is necessary).
IRC, serving as lead in consortium with AVSI, implements the RRMP program across Tanganyika province to respond to humanitarian needs based around 4 components: NFI, Education, Health, and Water Sanitation (EHA or WASH) and targeting displaced populations and other vulnerable groups. The RRMP8 Program began in June 2017 with a budget of nearly USD 2 million for an initial period of 6 months; and currently processing a 6 months extension with supplementary funding (May 2018).
The RRMP Coordinator leads the IRC’s RRMP program in Tanganyika province, ensuring that the assessments and interventions are rapid, relevant, of high-quality, well planned while demonstrating accountability both to the donor and IRC’s beneficiaries. The RRMP Coordinator reports to the Deputy Director of Programs based in Goma. S/he is based in Kalemie, with frequent field visits/sites for the purposes of program monitoring and supervision.
* Ensure high quality implementation of the RRMP program, in a timely manner, within budget, according to the RRMP technical protocols, and in full compliance with the donor contract and IRC rules and regulations;
* Provide management oversight to the two RRMP coordinators with regard to their responsibility to ensure that all assessments and interventions in their respective provinces are of quality and in compliance with the project proposal and the RRMP’s technical protocols and standards;
* Provide management oversight to the RRMP Senior WASH manager with regard to his/her responsibility to lead the WASH component and interventions;
* Provide management oversight to the two RRMP Quality Managers with regard to their responsibility to propose and implement initiatives to improve the overall quality of the RRMP activities;
* Ensure that the IRC’s RRMP is effectively and harmoniously implemented as one program, by developing inter-provincial coordination and communication, flexibility, technical exchanges and the identification and implementation of best practices ;
* Ensure that program teams and support departments (Administration, Finance, Logistics, Security) work efficiently together in a spirit of collaboration;
* Represent the IRC in the RRMP steering committee and humanitarian coordination meetings, ensuring that IRC efforts and resources are engaged in a planned and well-coordinated manner;
* Ensure that the humanitarian community is aware of RRMP activities and advocate for follow-on actions by other agencies as needed;
* Collaborate with UNICEF and RRMP teams of other NGOs in Eastern DRC to continuously improve approaches and methodologies for emergency response;
* Ensure that all reporting (mostly in French) is produced, reviewed and submitted in a timely manner and according to IRC and donor standards and regulations;
* Design proposals and budgets for RRMP extension and follow-on phases;
* Ensure the coordination with all partners and stakeholders.
* Using a wide range of sources, continuously analyze the security, political and humanitarian context in Tanganyika province;
* Working closely with the Security Department, ensure a high level of security awareness and preparedness among RRMP staff, in line with the IRC’s security management plan.
* Supervise the RRMP Coordinators and the Senior WASH Manager by applying the IRC’s performance management tools and by providing technical and non-technical management support / advice on the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects, as well as on the management of their teams;
* Ensure that all RRMP staff operate and behave in a manner that is consistent with the IRC’s code of conduct;
* Ensure that the RRMP’s organizational chart accurately reflects program needs and that all positions are filled with the most highly qualified personnel available, and play a lead role in recruitment.
Budget and Finance
* Supervise the management of the RRMP budget, ensuring inter-provincial flexibility and respect for donor and IRC regulations;
* In support of the RRMP Coordinators, ensure that all RRMP spending is carried out in compliance with IRC procurement and financial regulations, and correctly allocated.
* Supervise the preparation and implementation of the program’s procurement plan;
* In support of the RRMP Coordinators, work with the Logistics Department to ensure that program teams receive the necessary support in terms of transport, procurement and warehousing of emergency supplies, equipment etc.
* Support IRC management in case of field visits by donors, media and/or VIPs;
* Occasionally support the development of related emergency response projects;
* Carry out any other necessary task related to the RRMP.
* University degree; preferably an advanced degree in an appropriate field such as International Relations, Economics or Development/Emergencies Studies
* 5 years work experience in a program management role, with several of these being field experience with an international NGO
* Experience in rapid response mechanism programming desirable
* Experience with conflict / post conflict contexts, preferably in Africa
* Very good command of French and English (spoken and written) required
* Excellent, planning, project and budget management skills
* Excellent leadership, human resource management , interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
* Ability to work in unstable security environments, under pressure, to multi-task, improvise and be flexible
* Willingness to travel extensively to visit field sites and endure basic living conditions when travelling to these field sites
* Very strong computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
Security Situation / Housing:
The RRMP Coordinator is based in Kalemie, Tanganyika Province. The security situation in Tanganyika remains relatively calm although unpredictable. The general environment is characterized by ongoing conflict with persistent tension between different armed groups (also conflicts between communities outside of the conflicts linked to armed groups). Security measures are in place to this effect (guarded homes, movement restrictions, communication systems, etc.). IRC expats live in comfortable shared housing. This position is unaccompanied.
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