Chief of Party - Amal Project
The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, six million people are internally displaced and 13.1 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. There are four million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.
Across the Middle East, IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million supported by more than 3,000 staff and workers in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.
The Chief of Party (CoP) is responsible for managing USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)-funded program that includes health and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and shelter activities to support conflict-affected populations. Entitled Amal (“hope” in Arabic), the consortium will include international and Syrian partners with humanitarian response capacity. Pending donor approval of an award modification, the CoP will subsequently lead the start-up and implementation of programming.
• Provide strategic direction, leadership and overall management of the overall Amal consortium based on the agreed scope confirmed by USAID OFDA, including development of work plans, spending plans, and other project management tools
• Manage all aspects of the consortium including programmatic, administrative, operational, and logistical components with a focus on achieving the results defined by OFDA
• Serve as primary focal point to OFDA to negotiate consortium implementation and articulate key implementation constraints and risks
• Liaise with IRC’s Regional Office to ensure program planning is aligned with IRC’s strategic planning to mitigate risk to IRC or partner organizations
• Anticipate future funding under existing award and collaborate with partners to strategically position Amal to secure top-up obligations
• Recruit staff and consultants to launch consortium start-up and implementation that serves partnership approach in Syria that builds on existing IRC Syria teams
• Collaborate with IRC’s Partnership Team to ensure sub-awards, Project Support Plans, and other required documents are established based on IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS) and US Government regulations
• Collaborate with relevant Supply Chain Team to identify Amal-specific operational needs and establish plans to support partner implementation, included capacity building and monitoring measures
• Engage with Humanitarian Access Team to ensure partners receive necessary access and security capacity building to secure access to targeted communities, mitigate risk, and report on incidents
• Engage IRC’s Health Team and relevant Technical Advisors establish necessary capacity building and mentoring to program sectors, as well as monitoring of partner deliverables
• Establish mechanism for compliance oversight within IRC and partners to comply with US Government rules and regulations, including providing partners capacity building
• Integrate risk mitigation and Do No Harm approach into needs assessments and program decision-making, as well as gender and protection mainstreaming
• Design and initiate key monitoring requirements based on OFDA indicators, including Third Party Monitoring mechanism to support program oversight in Syria
• Facilitate consortium governance structure to ensure collaboration across partners
• Coordinate grant management deliverables, including financial and narrative reports, in collaboration with IRC’s Grants Team. Ensure that all internal and external reporting requirements are met, and that reports are of a high quality and are submitted on time
• Respond to OFDA’s ad hoc information requests
• Collaborate with Finance Team to complete necessary spending planning in collaboration with partners and completing necessary OFDA quarterly reports
• Lead budget realignment, as needed, across the consortium to ensure IRC and partners budgets are aligned with original budget and track spending as needed
• Network with international and Syria humanitarian actors working in Syria to understand context and programming modalities to inform program design
• Facilitate systematic partner feedback on IRC's management of and performance in partnerships, as well as taking appropriate action in response to the feedback to ensure the smooth operation of the consortium
• Define and provide oversight to competitive or non-competitive processes for identifying and selecting potential new partners, as needed
• Engage with other OFDA-funded consortia to align compliance and other key similar challenges
• Participate in relevant workshops and meetings to support coordination and collaboration
• Other tasks as needed
Key Working Relationships
Position Reports to: Country Director
Indirect/Technical Reporting: N/A
Position directly Supervises: Senior Amal Coordinator, Amal Compliance Advisor, Amal Project Officer, Amal MEAL Manager
Key Internal Contacts:
Country Program: Deputy Director for Programs, Deputy Director for Operations, Health Coordinator, Partnership Coordinator, Protection Coordinator, Humanitarian Access Team
Region/Global: Whole of Syria Health and Protection Coordinators, Regional Partnership Director, Global Inclusion Advisor
Key External Contacts: Amal partner organizations
Master’s degree in relevant field is required.
Over 8 years of relevant experience in senior leadership positions with involvement in strategic and financial management.
Operational and program management experience.
Experience in project implementation as well as strong managerial and operational leadership
Expertise in health, nutrition, shelter and/or WASH sectors is ideal
Experience in managing USG funding and familiarity with federal regulations is critical
Demonstrated experience in management of OFDA projects with substantial sub-grant components (including managing grants to international and national organizations)
Previous Chief of Party or Project Director experience is preferred
Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure with professional grace
Excellent organizational and time management skills with ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Arabic language skills preferred
Familiarity with the political, social, cultural, humanitarian and donor context of Syria is ideal
Willingness to travel to Turkey or Beirut or other countries as needed
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
Working Environment: The overall security situation in Jordan is relatively calm, especially in Amman. The Jordanian government is stable, and civil unrest is largely peaceful. However, Jordan’s generosity in hosting refugees from Palestine, Iraq and now Syria have created huge strains on the country’s economy and infrastructure. The IRC office is in a modern professional building.
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, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.