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Field Coordinator At International Rescue Committee

Date Posted: 09/Jan/2014
Deadline: 07/Mar/2014
  • Specialization Admin / Finance
  • Industry
  • Experience 0 year(s)
  • Location Nigeria

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.

IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster. IRC’s Emergency Response Team, with local partner CISCOPE (Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication), implemented a project to support livelihoods and improve WASH in Kogi State from February to May 2013. This was followed by a 3-month nutrition and food security program in the same location from October 2013 to January 2014. IRC is now initiating programming in Adamawa State. The current project addresses malnutrition and associated health concerns among conflict-affected children in four districts. To support this project, IRC is opening offices in Yola and Mubi.

The Field Coordinator (FieldCo) leads the IRC’s response efforts in northern Adamawa, providing management guidance to ensure effective and efficient programming. As the IRC’s most senior representative in the field, the Field Coordinator must bring a senior leadership profile with a proven track record in managing emergency and refugee programming. The successful candidate will be well organized and able to represent IRC to partners including beneficiaries and donors. The FieldCo must handle sensitive, complex issues in a diplomatic way that puts the needs of the beneficiaries first.

The FieldCo reports to the Operations Coordinator and supervises the Mubi Field team. The FieldCo will travel 50% to service delivery sites.


* Develop a sound understanding of the IRC and its programs such that the FieldCo can represent IRC Nigeria at the local level. Establish and maintain effective, professional relationships with local leaders and other stakeholders.

* Act as security focal point for northern Adamawa and implement a local security plan
* Regularly review and update the local security management plan based on constantly shifting environment;
* Ensure staff are trained on, aware of and in compliance with IRC security policies and the local SMP;
* Monitor the security situation in northern Adamawa, including attending security briefings, regularly meeting with local officials and listening to local staff and residents;
* Keep senior management in Abuja and Yola and local staff informed of developments;
* Provide a security briefing on arrival for all arriving st aff and visitors;
* Compile and submit weekly security reports to OpsCo, copied to CD.

* Ensure smooth logistical support to program activities in northern Adamawa, including procurement, stock and asset management, vehicle operations, equipment maintenance and repair (including communications and computer equipment);

Staff Management:
* Supervise northern Adamawa team including setting annual objectives and monitoring performance against targets; conducting performance evaluations; and taking corrective action as required; identify training needs; provide coaching and mentoring; recruit qualified staff for open positions.
* Make recommendations to the OpsCo on contract extensions, promotions and disciplinary and grievance matters.
* Ensure that performance evaluations for all staff are conducted on time, and review all evaluations to ensure quality and consistency; for field-based staff.

Finance and Budget Monitoring:
* Oversee all budget expenditures in Mubi and ensure they are compliant with IRC and donor regulations;
* Conduct weekly cash count with finance officer;
* Review Monthly Budget vs. Actuals reports and Budget Expenditure Plans with program staff, ensure that relevant action is taken in a timely fashion;
* Inform senior management of changing budget needs, and participate in budget development and revision processes.

* Submit timely and accurate reports to the OpsCo and CD as required
* Review finance, logistics, HR reports to ensure accuracy before submission

Systems Compliance and Improvement:
* Assure adherence to IRC global and Nigeria-specific finance, logistics, IT, security, communications and HR/administration policies and procedures;
* Ensure that all staff understand and follow the IRC Way;
* Monitor the field office in accord with IRC’s Field Office Monitoring and Control procedures.

* Other relevant duties as assigned.


* Degree in public administration, international relations or related field, advanced degree preferred.

* At least 5 years work within a humanitarian agency, including field management and report writing
* 3-5 years experience managing, supervising and developing operational staff
* IRC and Africa experience a plus

* Good understanding of operations and humanitarian programming
* Strong organizational skills, ability to coordinate and manage a diverse array of responsibilities: programs, logistics, security, finance and operations.
* Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive situations diplomatically and possesses strong communication skills .
* Ability to work well with people of varying backgrounds, cultures, education levels
* Familiarity with IRC and donor (US, European, UN) policies and regulations
* Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook.
* Fluency in spoken and written English, knowledge of Hausa a plus.
* Additional qualities: ability to handle pressure, to solve problems, to prioritize work, honesty, flexibility, punctuality, sense of humor.


The program site in northern Adamawa State is Security Level 3 – orange; travel is subject to defined security protocols.

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