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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Governance Program Manager, International Rescue Committee, Central African Republic

Governance Program Manager

Posted on: July 23, 2013
Posted by: International Rescue Committee


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
For over a decade, CAR has suffered from a multi-faceted crisis marked by chronic poverty, political instability, and violence. In December 2012, the Seleka rebel alliance took control over much of the country and, after a short period of attempted negotiations and peace talks, carried out a coup d'├ętat in late March 2013. Since then, public services, governmental offices, police and military forces, schools, health provisions, and other services have come to a standstill. The planting season was heavily disrupted in a country with 80% of the population involved in agricultural work and protection issues are having a cross-cutting impact on all sectors. As a result, the chronic humanitarian needs facing CAR have become acute in many parts of the country requiring immediate and intensive humanitarian action to respond to the multi-sectoral needs at hand.


The Governance Manager will be responsible for strengthening the capacity of community structures to improve transparency, accountability and participation in decision-making on community priorities in Kaga Bandoro. S/he will also oversee the IRC's work with communities and village committees, collaborating closely with other IRC programs working through partners. The Governance Manager will assure the quality of IRC's work with community members and village and local leadership and will work in tandem with other Program Managers to ensure the timely and effective on-the-ground implementation of the quick impact projects central to this project.
The position reports to the Area Program Coordinator Kaga Bandoro.
Program Management
  • Implement all interventions related to the community mobilization and management, conflict resolution and civil society development aspects of the Governance program
  • Oversee election, training and support to community committees, ensuring representation of vulnerable and marginalized populations
  • Support work to improve leadership skills, including skills in mediation and conflict resolution of village and local authorities
  • Ensure the integration of a community-driven approach in all aspects of the program
  • Train and supervise a program team to actively monitor evolving concerns of the target communities, ensuring that community decision making takes these concerns into account.
  • Support the development team in designing trainings for community quick impact project committees, and working with these bodies to develop and implement work plans and spending plans.
  • Oversee relations with IRC finance for all sub-granting activities
Program Quality
  • Ensure that activities are implemented according to established protocols and tools that balance the need to meet deadlines and objectives with the importance of maintaining quality in processes and methodological rigor
  • Coordinate the methodological coherence of the program through the creation and update of training modules, field guides, guidelines and toolkits for the implementing teams
  • Manage project activity budget, liaising with key stakeholders to ensure that expenditures are planned, executed and managed properly. Work with the Governance and Rights Coordinator and Finance Controller to adjust the budget as necessary.
  • Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan ensuring that activity, output and effect data is captured in an accurate and efficient manner and those programs are continually tailored to optimize quality.
  • Liaise regularly with the Grants Manager and APC to provide updates on the program, discuss emerging challenges, and collaborate on the design of new programs or changes to existing programs.
  • Work closely with other IRC Programs – and the Economic Recovery and Development program in particular – to explore areas of mutual interest ensure complementarity in activities.
HR Management
  • Working in collaboration with the APC develop and implement a plan to strengthen the capacity of national managers and assistants through trainings and delegation.
  • Write job descriptions; establish hiring criteria for project staff, interview and select staff as needed.
  • Actively manage performance of community mobilization and civil society development team staff, including setting yearly objectives for each staff member and providing them with informal semi-annual review and formal annual performance review based on these objectives.
  • Limit, identify, document and dismiss staff involved in fraud and corruption.
  • Produce monthly reports and provide direct strategic advice to the Grants Manager, APC, and Country Director, so as to adjust the programmatic priorities and implementation modalities as necessary.
  • Support the development of new proposals and initiatives for the Governance and Rights programs, in accordance with the country strategic plan, IRC program framework, and accepted national and international standards.
  • Degree or equivalent experience in community mobilization, development and/or civil society development.
  • Minimum of 2 years progressively responsible experience in non-for profit work experience in community mobilization, development and/or civil society development, preferably in an international setting and/or in Africa.
  • Experience in strengthening the capacity of communities and local civil society, coordinating with local authorities
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French is essential
  • Monitoring and evaluation experience an advantage
  • Ability to work independently while being a strong team player.
  • Ability to work well under unstable security, administrative, and programmatic pressures.
  • Ability to manage a team with diverse backgrounds and to show flexibility
  • Advanced knowledge of usual desktop software such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.

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