International Rescue Committee (IRC) Fresh Job Recruitment [3 positions]

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12 Sep, 2016

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NGO Jobs in Nigeria

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading crisis response agencies, providing life-saving assistance and supporting recovery and reconstruction for people affected by war and natural disasters. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women’s empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people from harm to home.IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster.

We are recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the following vacant positions below:

Job Title: Communications and Advocacy Manager
Maiduguri, Borno

Scope of Work

  • The Communications and Advocacy Manager is directly supervised by the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP) but will work in close collaboration with the Country Director (CD) in regards to external communications and advocacy pieces.
  • The Communications and Advocacy Manager will also work in close collaboration with various IRC program coordinators and managers to maintain strong understanding of the IRC’s priorities and programs as well as on-going needs in the NE.
  • The position will be based in Maiduguri with occasional travel to Yola, Mubi, and Abuja.
  • In addition to the communications and advocacy support of this role, the IRC Nigeria has a five year strategy plan which is developed based upon the broader IRC2020 five year strategic plan.
  • While this position will be predominately focused on communications and advocacy, the Manager will also support the on-going implementation, monitoring, reporting, and contribute to the overall management and oversight of the IRC Nigeria’s adherence to its SAP and it’s five year implementation plan.


  • Design and implement a country program communication strategy
  • Work with the program teams, and local partner organizations, to develop visibility and communications plans for various projects
  • Work with program sector leads to develop and produce IRC information and communication materials such as brochures, newsletters, press releases, contribution to global IRC website and updates, and other publications as well as supporting journalist and other high profile visits.
  • To produce digital content (stories, photos, blogs, videos) to be used on the IRC and other websites and to liaise with relevant staff at regional and HQ level to maximize the use of the contents generated.
  • Assist in training program staff on communication strategies and facilitate development of success stories, lessons learned, personal experiences (blogs), etc from field-based program staff
  • Provide briefing papers and situational reports as well as support NY and UK communications departments in development of external communication tools for stakeholders both in and out of country on the IRC’s work in Nigeria.
  • In collaboration with program coordinators and DDP, draft communications and advocacy material for different thematic sector priorities, including newsletters, reports, and talking points for senior management.
  • Take an active role and where possible lead in organizing media outreach and public events including international celebrations as and whenever organized by field teams.
  • Create and maintain internal system, including contact lists, diaries of upcoming events and opportunities in which the IRC can actively participate and engage locally, national and regional/internationally.
  • To build and maintain excellent relationships with Nigerian media outlets and maintain a database of Nigerian media contacts including international media staff based in Nigeria
  • To monitor and evaluate media coverage generated and to draw lessons to improve coverage, and provide regular analysis on Lebanese media coverage issues relevant to the IRC’s program work.


  • Design and implement a country program advocacy  strategy
  • Design and lead advocacy trainings for IRC staff and partners
  • Engage with program staff to identify high priority needs of population requiring advocacy focus and intervention
  • To regularly visit the IRC programs and partner organizations to ensure a direct link between program work and advocacy work, and to identify and generate high quality advocacy pieces with the support of IRC advocacy team.
  • To build relationships with advocacy colleagues in other organizations (eg NGOs, UN agencies), to coordinate and collaborate on advocacy pieces.

Strategy Action Plan (SAP):

  • Lead the review process of all SAP milestones in the implementation plan and coordinate with relevant staff for execution
  • Will be the focal point person for all initiatives being devised for piloting in Nigeria as part of the SAP
  • Lead the process for periodic SAP review and document lessons learnt and best practices
  • Ensure ongoing SAP socialization processes and initiatives are instituted for all IRC Nigeria staff


  • As needed, provide support to Grants Managers in regards to proposal development, donor reporting, and other grants requirements.


  • Master’s degree in relevant field (Journalism, Policy, etc)
  • Excellent oral and written skills and demonstrated ability to write and develop strong communications and advocacy materials
  • Previous experience working in communications and/or advocacy field
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports, statements, etc and to meet short deadlines
  • Experience training and capacity building other staff in principles of advocacy and media
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting
  • Competence with Windows, Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work in unstable security environments
  • Previous experience working with international partners, in particular UN, INGOs, as well as local partners
  • Fluent written and spoken English required

Specific Situation/Housing

  • The Communications and Advocacy Manager will be based in Maiduguri, Nigeria with travel throughout the country.
  • The security situation in Nigeria continues to be volatile in the NE with the security level at 3 (orange). The candidate should be prepared to work in insecure environments.
  • This is a non-accompanied position. The Communications and Advocacy Manager will live in shared housing.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should apply here  


Job Title: Country Director
Abuja, Nigeria

Scope of Work

  • The Country Director will provide the strategic vision and leadership for the country program.
  • S/he is responsible for ensuring the design and delivery of quality programs, donor and government relations, fundraising and budget management, security and operations management, and developing a motivated and professional team.
  • Reporting to the Regional Director, the Country Director will work closely with, and receive support from regional and headquarters program technical units, safety and security services, regional finance and operations staff.
  • This position is currently unaccompanied and is based in Bangui, CAR.  Should the situation stabilize, we will reevaluate and reinstitute either limited or full accompanied status.

Strategic Planning and Management:

  • Working closely with the Regional Director, and regional team, review and commence implementation of the strategic plan for CAR
  • Ensure that structures and systems are in compliance with IRC standards, and that they support program delivery and promote management coordination and efficiency throughout the country program

Program Quality & Development:

  • Develop program strategies in accordance with IRCs mission and global strategic plan (IRC2020)
  • Ensure the consistent use of well managed assessment, design and proposal development processes utilizing core IRC2020 tools such as the Outcome and Evidence Framework and core indicators.
  • Promote a team approach and positive learning environment utilizing headquarters, country program and operations staff and partners to consistently enhance the quality of design and implementation

Key Partner & Donor Relations:

  • Develop IRC as a partner of choice for major local and international donors
  • Develop and maintain a high level of understanding of donor priorities, country plans and planned funding initiatives
  • Maintain and expand participation with key donors, host government, local stakeholders and relevant policy and coordinating bodies

Fundraising and Budget Management:

  • Monitor and identify appropriate sources for match fund requirements and coverage of funding gaps
  • Provide timely and effective oversight of the financial position of the country program including identification and implementation of required changes to match funding levels
  • Maintain effective and coordinated budget monitoring processes for grant funds and discretionary funds

Security & Operations Management:

  • In coordination with the Regional Safety and Security Advisor (RSSA) ensure that the security management plan for the country program is updated and ensure the consistent monitoring and analysis of the security environment and adherence by all staff to the IRC security protocols and procedures
  • Working with country senior management team ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of financial and operational policy and procedures to ensure constant compliance with IRC and donor policies across the program
  • Promote coordination and teamwork between program and operations staff to improve quality of proposal submissions and program delivery

Human Resource Management, Staff Development & Retention:

  • Develop a positive work environment for all staff supported by a professional level human resource management function
  • Support and hold management staff accountable for providing staff development opportunities and planning
  • Promote IRC core values of integrity, service and accountability


  • Graduate degree in relevant field;
  • At least ten (10) years of international work experience covering both emergency and post-conflict development programming;
  • Extensive program development and fund raising experience, prior experience with European, US and international donors;
  • Strong human resource management skills including capacity building and mentoring;
  • Experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting;
  • Demonstrated success in managing projects;
  • Previous budget and fiscal oversight responsibilities;
  • A keen understanding of political complexities in the region, as they relate to post conflict recovery;
  • Ability to work and live in a complex environment.
  • Strong security management experience, ability to work under extremely volatile conditions
  • French and English fluency required

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should apply here  


Job Title: Supply Chain Coordinator

Scope of Work

  • The Supply Chain Coordinator directly supervises supply chain teams in Borno and Yobe states and is responsible for the management and delivery of effective Supply Chain support throughout the IRC Nigeria country program in compliance with IRC and donor regulations. Key responsibilities include procurement management, inventory and warehousing management, assets and properties management and vehicle & transport management.
  • The Supply Chain Coordinator will assist with the operational expansion/set up of new emergency sites and would be required to work with supply chain teams across the country to ensure supply chain activities are moving ahead in a timely manner.
  • The position would report to the Deputy Director of Operations and will work closely and receive technical support from the Regional Supply Chain Director for West Africa, Sahel and CAR on relevant issues pertaining to supply chain management for Nigeria.

Major Responsibilities
Procurement :

  • Accountable for implementing and maintaining a local procurement system adapted by the IRC Nigeria Supply Chain Department and based on IRC Global procurement policies and standard operating procedures.
  • Ensure each grant has a procurement plan and each plan is updated, discussed with the relevant budget holder and are reported on a monthly basis.
  • Coordinate, manage and be accountable for the supply and logistics support to IRC operations, including the efficient, effective and transparent procurement of the required goods and services according to IRC policies and standard operating procedures.
  • Establish a reasonable and appropriate lead-time for ordering and delivery of goods, ensuring this lead-time is followed and achieved as per the different grant timelines.
  • Maintain transparent and efficient general contracting systems through IRC standard Supply Chain due diligence.
  • Take the lead in all international procurements including communication with international vendors and global procurement unit staff.
  • Finalize Supply Chain Monthly Report and PRTS for final submission to GSC and country and regional offices

Fleet and Transport Management:

  • Oversee the management of the transport fleet for IRC Nigeria. Ensure that vehicles are allocated to program/departments in an efficient manner and in coordination with Program and Field Coordinators.
  • Ensure that systems are in place to account for transported goods.
  • Ensure that Supply Chain Managers prepare monthly reports on Fuel Usage, Mileage and Spares Expenditures by vehicle for review, general reporting and analysis for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure management, tracking, maintenance and reporting of all IRC Nigeria vehicles according to IRC policy.


  • Be accountable for periodic circle count as per the standard operating procedure to ensure that stock management system is adhered to by the storekeepers.
  • Lead in conducting fiscal year end stock inventories and ensure that effective stock inventory report is produced.
  • Assist programs to establish and implement a reliable stock distribution plan to avoid closed grant or expired items in the warehouses.
  • Train warehouse staff as required in managing and documenting the receipt, handling, storage, dispatching and reporting of goods through the IRC warehouse(s).
  • Finalize monthly report for the expendables store outlining all stock movements and remaining balances.
  • Ensure donor reports for stock are complete and submitted to the Grants Department on time as per donor requirement.
  • Maintain records/authorizations for warehouse staff designated to receive and dispatch goods.
  • Ensure warehouse and stocks are secure, well managed and documented.

Asset Management:

  • Ensure proper tracking, maintenance, and recording of all IRC assets throughout the country, which will lead to an accurate asset database at all times.
  • Ensure that each staff member is accountable for every asset assigned to them through the use of the Equipment Issue / Receipt forms.
  • Define and implement maintenance systems and procedures for assets, including training of staff and follow-up.
  • Ensure quarterly physical check of assets and submission of asset reports from the Supply Chain Managers for review.
  • Update and contextualize the IRC standards for assets/equipment to be purchased, as required.
  • Ensure donor reports for assets are complete and submitted to the Grants Department on time as per donor requirement.
  • Ensure disposal of assets is reviewed and implemented on an annually as per IRC and donor requirements regulations.
  • Develop and implement asset replenishment plan to ensure new assets are purchased in place of the old and inoperable ones.

Budget & Finance:

  • Participate in proposal design and budget development by identifying and inputting the required operational budget need for project implementation.
  • Work with field staff to identify Supply Chain needs and ensure that issues are raised with Deputy Director of Operations to ensure they are included in new budget development.
  • Monitor Supply Chain sections of budgets. Review Budget vs. Actual expenditure reports and give feedback to Field Coordinator and DDO.

Training, Outreach and Staff Management:

  • Proactively develop the skills of IRC Nigeria staff to understand and utilize Supply Chain tools and services to design and implement quality programming.
  • Practice excellent human resource management, supporting the development, promotion and retention of a motivated team of qualified and experienced staff
  • Ensure all Supply Chain staff are aware of and in compliance with IRC Supply Chain policies and SOPs for procurement management, stock inventory, and warehousing management, assets and properties management and vehicle & transport management.
  • Participate in all grant opening and ending meetings with the role of preparing and presenting Supply Chain plan including warehouse space, procurement plans, required equipment, disposals and reports.
  • Travel to provide technical support to field offices and sub-offices at least on a quarterly basis
  • In collaboration with the RSCD conduct IRC Nigeria Supply Chain workshop covering all Supply Chain components; Procurement, Warehouse/stock management, Asset and fleet management annually.
  • Design and implement capacity-building program to strengthen the capacity of Supply Chain staff across the country
  • Identify staffing and/or skill gaps and see that these gaps/needs are filled and support the recruitment of all Supply Chain staff and provide day to day supervision of department.
  • Ensure that each Supply Chain staff has updated job description, annual performance objective and provide corrective feedback of set objectives through regular performance evaluations.
  • Ensure that any staff discipline follows a progressive methodology which provides for clear and structured improvement.

Emergency Operations Start-up:

  • In collaboration with the RSCD conduct assessments to determine operational needs for emergency sites and create an action plan for the base set up.
  • Support all supply chain needs for expansion of emergency response including procurement, transport, warehousing, stock management and other logistical issues
  • Assess current operational capacity, determine overall warehouse transportation and accommodation needs for response, and make recommendations for scale-up required to meet response needs.

Other tasks:

  • Review monthly Supply Chain reports and give feedback to field supply chain staff and Field Coordinators.
  • In collaboration with the RSCD conduct Supply Chain Assessment and produce Supply Chain, improvement plans in response to resolve the gaps identified
  • Produce a consolidated national Supply Chain report to be uploaded into the SCMR on a monthly basis.
  • Ensure implementation of Supply Chain global initiatives are on schedule
  • Maintain current knowledge of local government requirements related to Supply Chain matters and ensures compliance with legal requirements
  • Review adequacy of space requirements and identify appropriate office and staff housing facilities as needed and requested; negotiate rental agreements and supervise the Administration functions in Borno and Yobe offices.
  • Act as Field Coordinator to cover any unplanned absences occurring in the field sites
  • Participate in Logistics Cluster meetings.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Supply Chain Management.
  • At least 5 years of work experience.
  • Experience working with grants funded by donors including USAID, BPRM, UNHCR, DFID, ECHO, and EU, and knowledge of specific donor guidelines.
  • experienced in supply chain  management in an insecure or conflict setting
  • At least 3 years international experience managing a large multi-site Supply Chain operation, preferably within an NGO setting.
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of practical Supply Chain procedures and maintaining supply pipelines in areas with weak infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated excellence in training and capacity-building of specialist and non-specialist staff in Supply Chain Management.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong computer competency with word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Strong leadership qualities and willingness to exercise initiative.
  • Ability to identify and communicate potential problems and propose solutions to the level of management and then effect change.
  • Must be able to function effectively in complex work environment, set appropriate priorities and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.
  • Willingness to travel to and work in remote and/or insecure environments – this position will spend up to 50% of time traveling to IRC Nigeria Field Offices.

Specific Security Situation /Housing

  • Maiduguri is security phase 3 (ORANGE) so the Supply Chain Coordinator will be expected to respect the various security protocols in place in country.
  • Phase 3 requires clear contingency planning in place with staff prepared should hibernation or evacuation be called.
  • A government curfew exists and remains 9pm to 6am, meaning expatriate staff have to be at the hotel/guesthouse in Maiduguri no later than 6:00pm.
  • There is one shared guesthouses in Maiduguri with similar accommodation available in the other field offices.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should apply here  

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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