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ERT Field Director

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Requisition ID: req814
Job Title: ERT Field Director
Sector: Operations
Employment Category: Regular
Location: IRC Global

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we res tore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC’s Emergency Unit
The IRCs Emergency Unit leads or oversees IRCs global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the Emergency Unit is to help meet the immediate survival needs and reduce suffering in conflict or disaster affected populations during the acute phase of an emergency. The Emergency Unit also works in protracted emergencies, where the risk to life may be reduced but the population is still subjected to rights abuses and a lack of basic services.

The Emergency Unit is also charged with enhancing the IRCs global and country level emergency preparedness capacity. We do this by supporting the development and training of Country Emergency Teams, assisting in the development of emergency focused partnerships with local civil society organizations, maintaining re gional and global capacity to rapidly identify and deploy qualified emergency response personnel and supporting country-level contingency planning.

Job Overview/Summary:
The IRC ERT staff is expected to be deployed in the field, either in an emergency or roving capacity, for up to 65% of the time and must be able to deploy to the site of an emergency within 72 hours of notification.

Members of the Emergency Response Team are deployed to either support existing country programs in their emergency response, or to initiate a new program in the crisis zone. The overall responsibility of the team is to rapidly and effectively design, develop and manage the IRC’s on-site humanitarian response to meet the immediate needs of the affected population. The ERT is also responsible for supporting the transfer of responsibilities and knowledge to the long-term staff to ensure the continuity of IRC programming and operations.

The ERT Field Director leads the IRC’s Emergency Response Team providing management guidance to ensure rapidity of response, scale of assistance and quality within programming. Often the IRC’s most senior representative in the field, the ERT Field Director must bring a senior leadership profile with a proven track record in managing emergency programming around the world successfully. When not leading emergency responses, the ERT Field Director will work with the IRC’s Emergency Preparedness Officer to assess and build humanitarian response capacity within IRC’s network of high-risk existing country programs.

The ERT Field Director will report to the Deputy Director of Emergency Response, and will maintain close working relationships with the Emergency Unit Director, and other Deputy/Associate Directors.

Major Responsibilities:

Emergency Response
* Identify and lead deployment of initial emergency response team formation under the direction of the Emergency Unit Deputy Director, Emergency Response. Lead, oversee and coordinate IRC assessments of emergency needs and develop a response strategy in collaboration with Host Country Government, other humanitarian organizations and the ERT, Regional and Country management teams as appropriate.
* Design, develop, resource (people and funds) and implement emergency response programs that meet the near and longer-term program objectives needs of an 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 governments, donors 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 ERT and program; recommend country or emergency specific policy/procedures as required.

Emergency Preparedness
* Undertake capacity assessments of high-risk IRC country programs and provide recommendations that will lead to a country specific Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) that once executed would improve program effectiveness, disaster preparedness and/or organizational capacity. Draft IRC HQ contingency plan (CP) to surge resources (people and funds) to fulfill capacity gaps in the interim and should an emergency strike.
* Lead training sessions for IRC Emergency Roster, ERT, and high-risk country program staffers on IRC emergency program management systems and protocols.
* Execute the Emergency Unit’s resource mobilization strategy to ensure appropriate level of visibility and support for IRC emergency initiatives. This will include giving face-to-face briefings to government, foundation and private donors about the IRC’s emergency response capacity and unmet humanitarian needs around the world.

Key Working Relationships:
* Position Reports to: Deputy Director, Emergency Response
* Position directly supervises: n/a
* Works closely with: ERT, Emergency Unit Director, Deputy Directors & Associate Director Response
* Indirect Reporting: n/a

Job Requirements:
* University degree in related field or equivalent experience.
* 8 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.
* Ability to travel up to 65% of the time
* Excellent verbal and written skills in English and French required.
* ERT staff are based in their home of record and usually do not work at an IRC office. Location requires ability to deploy within 72 hours and connectivity to enable remote work from home base. Unaccompanied benefits package.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.