Senior ERD Manager
Requisition ID: req11742
Job Title: Senior ERD Manager – Roving
Sector: Economic Recovery & Livelihood
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: Yes
Location: Juba, South Sudan
DATE OF HIRE: CONTINGENT ON USAID FFP (BHA) FUNDING IN 2021
The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict support to victims of oppression and violent conflict in 42 countries. IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation, and creative partnerships. South Sudan, an independent nation since 9 July 2011, is emerging from decades of brutal civil war rooted in disputes over religion, ethnicity, resources, governance, and self-determination. The security situation remains unpredictable and the operational context is challenging. IRC has operated in South Sudan for over 30 years now delivering humanitarian relief, post-conflict assistance, and development programs in both refugees, internally displaced and host community settings. IRC operates in 9 field offices including in Juba with field program portfolio covering health, nutrition, child protection, Economic Recovery and Development (Livelihoods), women’s protection and empowerment and general protection. IRC continues to provide life-saving assistance and humanitarian aid to vulnerable South Sudanese and continues to work with the affected to rebuild their lives and restore peace.
The IRC has been implementing Senior Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) programs in South Sudan since November 2014. ERD programmes are designed to ensuring most vulnerable refugees, IDPs and host communities affected by conflict, famine, flooding, and drought meet basic needs and avoid negative copying strategies. ERD is also working with communities in non-active conflict areas to build their resilience to climate-induced shocks, reducing dependence through localized durable solutions and system strengthening so that people are food secure and generate income and assets. ERD interventions are largely integrated with other programs, especially women’s protection and empowerment and nutrition. ERD further promotes partnerships and engages private sector players, to support business development by providing customized trainings in business skills including financial access and management, product development and marketing. Cognizant of the harmful and restricting gender norms at community, IRC facilitates integrated gender transformative discussions to mitigate risks of violence associated with women’s enhanced economic empowerment and thus contribute to sustaining positive impacts of economic development efforts. IRC anticipates funding in 2021 to implement the Complementary Action for Resilience Building (CARB) project in Mayenditt and Panyijiar counties of Unity, South Sudan. The CARB consortium is led by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and involving ACTED and its affiliate REACH, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and IRC, to be implemented under a Multi-Year Emergency Food Assistance USAID funding, under the Multi-Year Emergency APS to address emergency and food security needs through Food for Peace Program in Western Bahr el Ghazal and Unity States. The IRC is now recruiting for a Senior ERD Manager (Roving) to provide the overall field level leadership and timely implementation of the project in accordance with expected deliverables and results.
Based in Mayenditt field Office, the Senior ERD Manager will lead the project implementation while roving to Ganyliel field office in Unity State. S/he will provide leadership to the ERD team and effectively manage the implementation of the CARB project, ensuring that project indicators are achieved within the constraints of IRC’s policies and internal regulations, grant agreement with NRC and agreed implementation plan and strategies with quality implementation of program activities on ground. S/he directly reports to the Field Coordinator and ERD Coordinator (on technical matters) and with state level external partners. S/he will conduct clear communication, orientation, and coordination with stakeholders in a complementary manner.
1.1. Directly guide the Agriculture Officers in conducting agric extension trainings and demo establishments
1.2. Laisse with the nutrition manager and ensure integrated nutrition activities for improved nutrition best practices and food utilization.
1.3. Guide the Disaster Risk Reduction activities conducting community risk assessments and developing action plans.
1.4. Lead the project level country emergency team in all consortium Rapid Response Activities including needs assessments, coordination and reporting under the Rapid response mechanisms (RRM).
1.5. Working with all ERD Officers, guide the timely execution of agribusiness, marketing and VSLA activities with community project groups and clients,
1.6. Liaise with County Animal Health designate/Inspector regarding upcoming vaccination events and inform ERD TC of need for IRC support,
1.7. Guide the selection and enrolment of farmer producer groups (farmer field Schools), trainings and establishment of famer marketing associations to foster increased production, market linkages and income generation potential.
1.8. Technical support to officers and ensure timely needs assessments , launch and selection of right beneficiaries for the cash-based interventions projects
1.9. Oversee all market infrastructure rehabilitation interventions linked to the cash for work activities led by the infrastructure technician.
1.10. Ensure distribution and monthly cash payments for all cash for work beneficiaries, including by making sure that proper documentation is prepared according to SOPs
1.11. Responsible for setting up and mentoring a strong and functional community feedback and complaint mechanism in support of ERD cash for work and other programs at field office.
1.12. Ensure that beneficiaries receive timely and quality post-cash distribution services (visits, following up on complaints, questions, referrals, etc.).
1.13. Liaise with the GBV program manager in ensuring integrated GBV behavioral change activities under CARB project
1.14. Ensure that monthly Market monitoring is conducted in a manner that presents IRC as a leader with timely standard reports produced.
1.15. Ensure that the weekly work plans are cognizant of the project work plan, indicator tracking sheet and spending plan,
1.16. Submit quarterly progress reports against work plan to the ERD TC every 5th day of the following quarter,
1.17. Conduct monthly project review and planning meetings with field officers; during the meeting, resolve observed obstacles, develop wok plans & cash need for subsequent week, and compile progress report for the month under review.
Effective Budget Utilization
2.1. Submit cash projections to FC/TC for review every 5th day of the month,
2.2. Ensure budget spending are maximum (+/-5%) of the budget forecasted,
2.3. Review BVA with her/his team same day of receipt and send written BVA concerns to ERD TC,
2.4. In reviewing PRs and payment requests and approving PRs ensure compliance with IRC finance regulations,
2.5. Maintain and up-to-date departmental PR tracker and raise concerns on unacceptable PR lead times to the FC and ERD TC to ensuring advance requisition and avoid implementation delays,
2.6. Participate in the monthly review of the spending plan led by the Field Coordinator or ERD TC as appropriate,
2.7. Participate in budget realignment discussions and budgeting as necessary,
2.8. Ensure that ERD staff receive program or other advances and account for it in a timely manner,
2.9. Review activity specific budgets for ERD activities such as trainings ensuring value for money,
Effective Human Resources Administration and Management
3.1. Participate in the recruitment and orientation of new field officers and community-based extension agents as will be necessary,
3.2. Conduct weekly meetings with each officer to review progress against set targets, provide performance feedback and provide technical guidance on how the staff can overcome the obstacles observed in current week,
3.3. Conduct probation and annual performance evaluations of field officers within five days of due date,
3.4. Resolve disciplinary issues that arise with ERD staff and inform Field Coordinator and ERD TC same day of incident,
3.5. Ensure advance leave scheduling for all ERD staff and inform ERD TC ahead of time,
3.6. Ensure that all the officer complete and submit their timesheets by the 5th day of the subsequent month,
3.7. Foster the spirit of cohesion, teamwork, professionalism, and mutual respect within ERD team.
Effective Coordination and Representation
4.1. Conduct a courtesy visit to the office of SSRA, Commissioner, Paramount Chiefs, Payam Administrators, County Agriculture Inspector, FAO, WFP and other NGOs.
4.2. Coordinate the RRM mechanisms and with Partnership for Resilience and Recovery (PfRR).
4.3. Keep updated CARB project file in above-mentioned government and local authority county offices, provide 1-page progress of CARB project for their files at every monthly courtesy visit. Maintain cordial relationships with the same.
4.4. Attend subnational/county level FSL Cluster and relevant working group meetings, ensuring written summary report to be presented is reviewed by ERD TC two days in advance of the meeting.
4.5. Effectively organize special missions to the CARB project including donor (BHA), TA and SMT visits,
4.6. Collaborate effectively with other IRC’s sectors, receiving and providing technical assistance as necessary,
4.7. Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of all beneficiaries during the cash for work activities; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with community
BSc. degree in agriculture, agricultural extension/economics; post-graduate training in value chain development, farming as business, collective marketing, and private sector development is essential; specialized training in project management and monitoring and evaluation is a merit.
At least three years’ experience in implementing livelihoods and agriculture projects; with good aptitude of logical framework approach; experience with rural growth strategies including, CMDRR, Agroforestry, value chain development, local economic development, market-driven agricultural and private sector development initiatives.
Skills and Abilities:
• Demonstrated experience in designing and managing livelihoods programs for rural communities in sub Saharan Africa
• Familiarity with international standards for key program areas (Sphere standards, SEEPs and livelihoods standards).
• Strong computer skills and analytical report wiring
• Security awareness and attention to details.
• Flexible, able to plan and yet accommodate unexpected tasks,
• Excellent networking and liaison skills,
• Coaching skills including training, delegation, and presentation.
• Flexible and able to adapt to the logistics constraints in Panyijiar.
• Fluency in English,
Standards for Professional Conduct:
All IRC staff must adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies. These include 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 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.
Security level orange. The situation in Juba is calm now. Hopes the signed peace agreement will improve the life of the people all over the country.
No field office exists yet in Mayneditt and staff will temporarily operate from Koch field Office, In Koch, sleeping accommodation is in tent and or traditional grass thatched structures. Electricity and internet are limited to several hours per day. Individual contributes towards food which is prepared in a communal kitchen in the hub by a hired cook.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should submit a updated CV with 3 references (please indicate referees telephone number and email address) and copies of academic and training certificates, a copy of official ID and day time telephone contact addressing it to the Human Resources Department , IRC South Sudan and email the above documents to SS-HR@Rescue.org . Alternatively, applications can be hand-delivered to IRC Head office in Juba.