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Liaison Officer At International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Date Posted: 22/Aug/2014
Deadline: Not Specified

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world's leading crisis response agencies, providing life-saving assistance and supporting recovery and reconstruction for people affected by war and natural disasters. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women's empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people 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 3-month nutrition and food security program in the same location from October 2013 to January 2014 IRC is now established for long term presence in Nigeria with a program in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria providing critical humanitarian assistance to conflict affected people.

Liaison Officer

DURATION: One year with possible extension

Scope of work
The Liaison officer will be working under the supervision of the field coordinator to foster acceptance in areas of intervention and safe appropriate programming through accurate vernacular knowledge and the development of a broad network of stakeholders while keeping/safeguarding necessary independence as well as sharing IRC’s values, mandate and actions.

Key Responsibilities
• Establish a communication framework for good dialogue and exchange with beneficiaries, host communities, IDPs, Administrative, traditional authorities, local operators and government agencies on the basis of an approach to advocacy, capacity building and stakeholder involvement in an integrated development process.
• Contribute to understand, analyze the  complex security situation ,related trends throughout the region and advise program design /implementation accordingly
• Contribute to establish appropriate safety and security environment for the implementation of IRC program.
• Give advice the team regarding security developments in the area of intervention.
• Listen actively to beneficiaries, authorities and partner on the activities / programs to determine the expected and unexpected impacts; and when necessary, make suggestions to improve the re implication in the implementation and design of the program.
• Assist the team in the effort to understand and take in consideration , social, ethnical, religious and political mechanism with contextual dynamics
• Contribute to integrate programs into each other, in good coordination with the support departments following a concerted and coherent approach.

Qualifications & Essential Skills
• Bachelor or Master degree in International Affairs or International Development;
• Previous experience working with international non-governmental organizations in the area of program development and management; prior experience working with US, EU, and World Bank donors an advantage;
• Possess ability to analyze information to develop a complete picture of security situations.
• Good communication (verbal and writing) and interpersonal relationships development skills.
• Flexible and good  team player
• Cultural sensitivity, with a Good knowledge and experience in the IRC operation area.
• Excellent organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills;
• Computer literacy _ Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint;

Method of Application

Interested candidates are requested to send their CVs and motivation letter to the Human Resource Manager [email protected] and copy [email protected] .

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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