The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Posting Start Date:02-Aug-2022
Duty Station Status:Family Duty Station
Grade:To be determined
Reporting to Head of Delegation Niamey Cluster, the Programme and Strategic Coordinator is accountable for delivering high quality strategic coordination within the RCRC and as well external stakeholders, coherent and well-coordinated in order to support to the Cote d’Ivoire Red Cross in delivering the SLL program as lead applicant. The Programme and Strategic Coordinator ensures that the support is fully aligned with the strategic priorities and organisational development of the Cote d’Ivoire Red Cross and will be responsible for quality assurance, oversight and technical support to the Africa CDC Saving Lives and Livelihoods Programme and other relevant programmes and operations.
The Programme and Strategic Coordinator will maintain oversight on the implementation of the AfCDC SLL programme, with a focus on setting up the program management structure: stakeholder coordination, internal coordination, PMER frameworks, IM systems, grant management and legal systems. The position holder will also be responsible for ensuring sound risk management and control structure. The IFRC Programme and Strategic Coordinator will also ensure the National Society has the capacity and tools to lead the West Africa Consortium, and indirectly to 12 National Societies that will deliver the SLL program at country level.
The position holder will facilitate operational coordination across the implementation process, ensure timely reporting to AfCDC and prepare internal reports to inform decision and guidance from the Head of PMU for the AfCDC SLL programme and HoD.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Programme Coordination and Oversight:
Coordinate IFRC support to Cote d’Ivoire RCS with development and general management of AfCDC SLL Programme and any other IFRC supported initiatives in Cote d’Ivoire
Coordinate strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring of IFRC supported programmes to ensure a coherent approach in the design and delivery of projects, including relevant cross-cutting themes (such as Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting/ Information Management (PMER/IM) are all incorporated across all projects.
To lead the process of effective, timely and comprehensive reporting to partners and back donors in collaboration with the respective technical counterparts of Cote d’Ivoire RC and IFRC
To ensure programmatic approach is in line with the applicable policy, framework, standards, tools etc.
Promote the effective use of community engagement and accountability tools and processes in developing operations in Cote d’Ivoire.
Assist the NS to develop systems to ensure the rigorous monitoring of Africa CDC SLL Programme and any other IFRC programme at all levels.
In collaboration with the NS, ensure NS programmes activities are well coordinated within the movement and external partners.
In collaboration with the Country Cluster team and the NS, support the evaluation of the operation.
Contribute to wider organisational learning from the operation.
Facilitate partnerships with potential donors, including private sector organisations, to scale up NS operations in the country.
Manage staff under supervision, and ensure they deliver agreed outcomes on time and on budget
Lead planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting for programmes under direct responsibility.
Lead the process of effective, timely and comprehensive reporting to partners and back donors in collaboration with the respective technical colleagues.
Provide technical guidance, oversight and support to personnel in implementing IFRC-funded activities, ensuring the application of IFRC policies, procedures, and standards
Develop emergency plans of actions, DREF requests and Emergency Appeals where required.
Job Duties and Responsibilities (continued)
Provide analytical and project management support in the planning and executing the Cote d’Ivoire Red Cross initiatives
Support Cote d’Ivoire Red Cross in strategic efforts to strengthen relationships and collaboration with partners and key stakeholders including other national societies, government, other implementing partners , and play a key role in building collaborative relationships with their teams
Assume budget holder responsibility of the relevant budgets and ensure appropriate control on income and expenditures versus plans and guarantee sound planning and financial management in accordance with IFRC policy, standards, and practices
To contribute to upholding the Secretariat`s policies, procedures and management system within the Country Office and support their improvement and review as necessary.
Promote a culture of performance and continuous learning to improve the accountability and impact for vulnerable people.
Represent the IFRC in relevant national and international engagements and meetings as required.
Support the Head of Delegation in all other matters related to the IFRC activities in Cote d’Ivoire.
Be prepared for changing working conditions and reasonable adjustments of the job description during the mission.
Coordination with Africa CDC and Mastercard Foundation
Represent the IFRC in technical coordination meeting with Africa CDC and Mastercard foundation for the purpose of the SLL program, with the support of other IFRC technical and management staff
Ensure that IFRC staff across the continent, particularly Program Performance Coordinators and RCCE Senior Officers are in close coordination with AfCDC Regional Centres and country focal points
Relay program related information to all concerned IFRC staff across the region in a timely manner
Maintain IFRC Steering Group and National Society lead applicants up to date regarding the program directives, and follow their recommendations regarding the strategic positioning of IFRC vis a vis the SLL program and AfCDC/MCF
Ensure that an effective Secretariat organisational structure is in place for effective support of National Societies in these countries
Manage all staff under his/her authority
Ensure the application of all established HR policies and procedures, and that staff hired in country are employed in accordance with local laws and practices;
Implement the Federation Secretariat’s gender and diversity policies;
Ensure dissemination of the Code of Conduct for staff to everyone under his/her authority.
Finance and Risk Management
Ensure sound financial management of the Secretariat`s programming in these countries, that effective budget planning is in place, and that programmes operate within approved budgets.
Ensure the quality and timeliness of the reporting of the Federation secretariat`s programming;
Maintain regular management reporting to the Head of Delegation, Niamey cluster.
Ensure that risk of harm to staff and Secretariat property are minimised at all times;
Ensure the preparation, dissemination and enforcement of specific security rules and regulations;
Ensure specific plans for emergency evacuations of staff including medical evacuation. (Where appropriate consult and include ICRC).
Relevant Master’s degree (such as Public Health, Development Studies, Social Sciences, etc. Required
Basic Delegates Training Course, WORC, IMPACT or equivalent knowledge. Preferred
Minimum of 10 years work experience in humanitarian operations for a humanitarian aid organisation and or development cooperation organisation, 5 of which should be at senior management level. Required
5 years of work experience including management in a red Cross/Red Crescent National Society, IFRC or ICRC, or a relevant international organization. Preferred
Experience in coordination in a membership organization and with other humanitarian/development actors. Required
Management and supervisory experience in a multicultural environment. Required
Experience in the preparation of proposals and narrative and financial reporting for donors. Required
Proven record of security regulations implementation and updates. Required
Knowledge, Skills and Language
Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including ability to lead within a matrix management structure and utilize talents/experience of team members in a productive way. Required
Strong management and organizational skills, including ability to delegate authority and responsibility. Required
Previous working experience in the Africa Continent. Required
High degree of discretion, tact, and sensitivity in dealing with stakeholders at all levels. Required
Understanding of and commitment to the IFRC`s mission and values. Preferred
Results-oriented, demand driven, entrepreneurial, ability to lead in unprecedented and/or ambiguous situations. Required
Demonstrated track record in innovating, contributing to a learning culture, sharing knowledge, and promoting new approaches to engaging partners and donors. Required
Good understanding/practice of planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting issues. Required
Outstanding networking, representational, communication, diplomatic skills and negotiation skills. Required
Proven good judgment and ability to work with complete integrity and confidentiality. Required
High degree of discretion, tact, and sensitivity in dealing with internal and external clients and stakeholders at all levels. Required
Programme and project management skills. Required
Ability to work within and lead multi-cultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary teams. Required
Fluently spoken and written in French and English. Required
Competencies and Values
Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability
Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and teamwork; Judgement and decision making; National society and customer relations; Creativity and innovation; Building trust