Deputy Project Director, EQUAL Maternal and Newborn Health Research Consortium 690 views0 applications


This position can be fully remote in all US IRC locations.

The IRC’s Airbel Impact Lab designs, tests, and scales life-changing, cost-effective solutions for people affected by conflict and disaster. By applying deep technical expertise and field experience with a range of skills from the behavioral sciences, human-centered design, research, and multi-disciplinary problem-solving in humanitarian contexts, we work to develop breakthrough solutions that combine creativity and precision, flexibility and expertise, and a desire to think afresh with the experience and reputation of a large-scale implementing organization.

IRC is the lead organization in the Ensuring Quality Access and Learning (EQUAL) for Mothers and Newborns in Conflict-Affected Contexts Consortium funded through an FCDO Commercial Contract. The objective of this project is to produce rigorous, operationally relevant research and evidence to improve Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) in low-income, conflict-affected contexts. This project will produce evidence that is accessible to decision-makers influencing strategic investment, policy and programming to improve MNH, at the national and global level.

We are seeking a highly experienced manager of FCDO commercial contract implementation, compliance, and operational oversight to join the EQUAL team as Deputy Project Director. As a critical operational leader and in-house expert on commercial contracts, you will drive effective implementation and risk management, support and mentor staff, and create a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take ownership.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide operational, financial and contractual oversight to the EQUAL Project, including:
    • Serving as the primary liaison for FCDO contractual compliance and contract management.
    • Ensuring sound financial management, including forecasting, monitoring budget vs actuals, cash flows, and financial risk.
    • Conducting financial analysis to ensure value for money and adequate funding to achieve results.
    • Supporting the EQUAL team and Consortia partners to deliver on project targets in compliance with FCDO and IRC requirements, policies, and best practices.
  • Lead oversight and management of sub-contracting with consortium partners, including development of partner budgets, scopes of work, and special conditions.
  • Collaborate with the Project Director to develop, review and monitor annual workplans and performance plans to ensure that priorities are on track.
  • In coordination with the Project Director, liaise directly with the donor to provide project updates, discuss obstacles, performance plans, and progress against targets.
  • Support the preparation and submission of donor reports through both formal and informal debriefings, as well as consolidating and editing annual and quarterly reports.
  • Build and evolve systems and processes to ensure strong risk management and mitigation.
  • Ensure institutional capacity strengthening for project sub-contractors on key issues such as governance, key policies, human resources, transparency, safeguarding, and finance.
  • Lead processes for consultancies and commissioned work.
  • Manage the contracts finance function and staff for the project, and provide training and support to team members and partners to build commercial contracts knowledge and capacity across the consortia.

Requirements

  • Minimum 6-8 years progressive experience, including significant experience in leading FCDO commercial contracts.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering large, complex projects, including financial leadership and management, and supporting contract compliance.
  • Strong expertise in budget development, forecasting, spending plan development and tracking, and supervising the financial health of projects.
  • Experience leading risk assessment and mitigation, due diligence assessments and/or audits for high-compliance projects.
  • Extensive experience supporting local partners and subcontractors, including contracting, due diligence, capacity building and relationship management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: able to successfully and effectively partner with a variety of people in a multi-cultural environment and work on a virtual team.
  • Excellent written and oral fluency in English is required. French language proficiency preferred.

The IRC is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in 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.

Compensation:

Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions. All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity:

IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

US Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

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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.

Since October 2012, the IRC has been responding to humanitarian needs of Nigerians. The IRC initially intervened in response to floods that affected over 7 million people across the country, destroying harvest and damaging homes. The IRC is currently implementing programs in Health, Protection, WASH, Nutrition, Food Security, and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) in Adamawa and Borno States in North-Eastern Nigeria.

The IRC is dedicated to making women and adolescent girls healthier from the earliest phase of acute crises (a target group most vulnerable during crisis) and implements evidence-based reproductive health interventions in line with the SPHERE-standard Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in Crises (MISP). The goal is to ensure that the IRC’s health responses in emergencies include the core package of Reproductive Health (RH) services in its interventions.

The IRC’s Reproductive Health (RH) program is currently implementing (MISP) for RH in 4 health care centers in MMC and Jere LGAs and 1 IDP camp clinic. In addition the program is starting up an emergency mobile programming outside of these areas of Maiduguri in coordination with the WPE team. The focus of this program is to provide quality comprehensive RH and WPE services to conflict-affected women and girls in a timely manner. In addition to the mobile program, the WPE and RH joint mobile teams will be in charge of rapid assessments and rapid response. The mobile teams will be focused in the newly opened LGAs and emergency areas previously inaccessible due to conflict and insecurity. These teams will provide life-saving services to populations outside of Maiduguri, who have not had access to services in approximately 3 years.

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This position can be fully remote in all US IRC locations.

The IRC’s Airbel Impact Lab designs, tests, and scales life-changing, cost-effective solutions for people affected by conflict and disaster. By applying deep technical expertise and field experience with a range of skills from the behavioral sciences, human-centered design, research, and multi-disciplinary problem-solving in humanitarian contexts, we work to develop breakthrough solutions that combine creativity and precision, flexibility and expertise, and a desire to think afresh with the experience and reputation of a large-scale implementing organization.

IRC is the lead organization in the Ensuring Quality Access and Learning (EQUAL) for Mothers and Newborns in Conflict-Affected Contexts Consortium funded through an FCDO Commercial Contract. The objective of this project is to produce rigorous, operationally relevant research and evidence to improve Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) in low-income, conflict-affected contexts. This project will produce evidence that is accessible to decision-makers influencing strategic investment, policy and programming to improve MNH, at the national and global level.

We are seeking a highly experienced manager of FCDO commercial contract implementation, compliance, and operational oversight to join the EQUAL team as Deputy Project Director. As a critical operational leader and in-house expert on commercial contracts, you will drive effective implementation and risk management, support and mentor staff, and create a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take ownership.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide operational, financial and contractual oversight to the EQUAL Project, including:
    • Serving as the primary liaison for FCDO contractual compliance and contract management.
    • Ensuring sound financial management, including forecasting, monitoring budget vs actuals, cash flows, and financial risk.
    • Conducting financial analysis to ensure value for money and adequate funding to achieve results.
    • Supporting the EQUAL team and Consortia partners to deliver on project targets in compliance with FCDO and IRC requirements, policies, and best practices.
  • Lead oversight and management of sub-contracting with consortium partners, including development of partner budgets, scopes of work, and special conditions.
  • Collaborate with the Project Director to develop, review and monitor annual workplans and performance plans to ensure that priorities are on track.
  • In coordination with the Project Director, liaise directly with the donor to provide project updates, discuss obstacles, performance plans, and progress against targets.
  • Support the preparation and submission of donor reports through both formal and informal debriefings, as well as consolidating and editing annual and quarterly reports.
  • Build and evolve systems and processes to ensure strong risk management and mitigation.
  • Ensure institutional capacity strengthening for project sub-contractors on key issues such as governance, key policies, human resources, transparency, safeguarding, and finance.
  • Lead processes for consultancies and commissioned work.
  • Manage the contracts finance function and staff for the project, and provide training and support to team members and partners to build commercial contracts knowledge and capacity across the consortia.

Requirements

  • Minimum 6-8 years progressive experience, including significant experience in leading FCDO commercial contracts.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering large, complex projects, including financial leadership and management, and supporting contract compliance.
  • Strong expertise in budget development, forecasting, spending plan development and tracking, and supervising the financial health of projects.
  • Experience leading risk assessment and mitigation, due diligence assessments and/or audits for high-compliance projects.
  • Extensive experience supporting local partners and subcontractors, including contracting, due diligence, capacity building and relationship management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: able to successfully and effectively partner with a variety of people in a multi-cultural environment and work on a virtual team.
  • Excellent written and oral fluency in English is required. French language proficiency preferred.

The IRC is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in 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.

Compensation:

Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions. All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity:

IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

US Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

2023-09-02

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