The IRC is seeking a Deputy Project Director, based in Nairobi for a Euro 30 Million five year, urban livelihoods program: The Refugees in East Africa: Boosting Urban Innovations for Livelihoods Development. The RE:BUILD program is funded by the IKEA Foundation and will be implemented in Kampala and Nairobi. The IRC is the Lead Partner and will coordinate a consortium of local and international partners to deliver the program. RE:BUILD seeks for urban refugees and vulnerable host residents to achieve economic self-reliance and benefit from strengthened urban economic, regulatory and social environments. RE:BUILD will aim to enable change at varying levels, from better access to livelihoods opportunities and inclusive services within communities, to improved refugee-related policies and more targeted and effective service delivery from national... regional and global actors. Key features of RE:BUILDs approach include flexible funding, adaptive design and knowledge and evidence generation.
The Deputy Project Director is a member of the RE:BUILD senior management team and will report to the RE:BUILD Project Director. The primary responsibilities of the Deputy Project Director will be to oversee evidence generation and learning for the program, and specifically implementation of the program M&E Strategy and research agenda.
Key Responsibilities will include:
Support project staff by crafting and maintaining a work environment that promotes partnership, trust, and mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility for their work
Lead and manage the RE:BUILD M&E and research teams, provide advice on best practice, ensure priorities are clear and understood, and ensure strong effective collaboration between the two teams.
Oversee implementation of the RE:BUILD M&E Plan and activities, with a specific emphasis on ensuring the program generates and utilizes data and evidence that is outcome-focused, gender sensitive, client responsive, and measures cost-efficiency.
Oversee implementation of the RE:BUILD research agenda and research projects, working closely with the multi-organization research team in designing scientifically sound, credible and policy/practitioner relevant research
Disseminate evidence and learning generated by the program with peer agencies and relevant stakeholders, and support advocacy efforts to influence evidence-based practice and policy.
Support the RE:BUILD Project Director to coordinate program governance processes to ensure timely decision making, quality assurance of program deliverables, and effective risk management. Ensure the recommendations and decisions of the governance committees related to M&E and research are implemented.
Use program data to track program progress and provide recommendations to the Project Director on course corrections and program design changes.
Monitor and continuously improve the efficiency, and adherence to best practice, of research and M&E implementation and routines for data analysis, interpretation and usage.
Identify and lead co-funding opportunities for research priorities
Manage the M&E Coordinator, Researcher and the Project Administration Officer.
Support reporting to IKEA Foundation through formal and informal debriefings, quarterly and annual reports.
Assist the Project Director in maintaining active and reciprocal relationships with all key partners, including government officials, project partners, other implementing agencies, and related institutions.
Masters degree or higher in international development, economics, statistics, public policy or a related field;
Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in humanitarian or development contexts, with a focus on urban livelihoods or other similar technical area (experience in East Africa is an advantage)
Skills and Abilities:
Exceptional project management and organizational skills in a fast-paced environment
Proven problem-solving skills
Demonstrated understanding of relevant trends and challenges in livelihoods programming; exposure to/understanding of urban refugee programming is an advantage.
Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
Success in managing complex projects (especially multi-stakeholder and/or multi-country)
Strong leadership and motivation skills, with at least 5 years of supervisory experience
The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the 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 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, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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