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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

IRC Program Officer job in Tanzania

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) IRC Tanzania serves Burundian and Congolese refugees in the Kigoma Region, Northwestern Tanzania. In Kasulu, among other services, the IRC provides camp management, child protection and GBV services for Burundian refugees Mtabila Camp. In Nyarugusu Camp, IRC provides community services including GBV, child protection, youth and development, community-based rehabilitation, and vulnerable care to Congolese refugees. In Kigoma, the IRC manages the Kibirizi reception centre to register and medically screen Congolese asylum seekers, and the refugee transit centre, a temporary stop over serving resettlement cases, protection cases, and preparing returnees for travel to Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. Kigoma field office coordinates all medical referral services from all refugee camps to Tanzania regional hospitals and manages a clinic at the refugee transit center.

SCOPE OF WORK: The Program Officer will work closely with the Programs Coordinator to support the development and implementation of quality programs, in compliance with donor requirements. S/he will have a specific focus on protection and access to justice programming, including current community-based rehabilitation (CBR) and vulnerable care projects in Nyarugusu refugee camp. S/he will participate and contribute to strategic planning and program design including proposal development, and support the supervision of program planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Additionally, the Program Officer will collaborate with other sectors to ensure that protection and rights of refugees are consistently mainstreamed across IRC sectors and work with senior management to assess and build the capacity of staff as identified.

The Program Officer will be supervised by the Program Coordinator (PC) based in Kasulu. S/he will also work closely with the Grants and M&E Coordinator (GM&EC) on program funding, donor compliance and M&E.

Strategic Planning and Program Design
- Participate in the overall organizational strategic planning and contribute to sectoral strategic planning;
- Lead strategic planning for care and protection of vulnerable populations, including current EVI and CBR programs, as well as protection mainstreaming and coordinated access to justice programming;
- Contribute to the improvement of program quality and delivery through the establishment of strategic partnerships, research, toolkit development and targeted and sustained advocacy;
- Research, collect, and analyze data to inform program design and proposal development, including needs assessments;

Program Implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation
- Support the PC in the supervision of program planning and quality and timely implementation, financial management and reporting, in compliance with donor requirements;
- Provide specific oversight to implementation of CBR and EVI programs, including workplan monitoring and development, and budget preparation and management;
- Ensure mainstreaming of protection principles and a coherent approach to access to justice throughout all programs;
- Support to PC and GM&EC to identify gaps in data collection and opportunities for improved measurement of results, and to develop monitoring tools and systems to ensure quality and consistent program monitoring;
- Participate in the design, implementation and analysis of program evaluations.

Program Funding and Proposal Development
- Work with the GM&EC and PC to develop competitive project ideas, concept notes and proposals (including budgets), which are in accordance with organizational strategies and beneficiary needs, in response to arising funding opportunities.

Capacity-Building of Staff
- Assess the technical training and capacity building needs of CBR and EVI staff, develop their skills and knowledge in line with organizational HR staff development strategies and provide specific support in the compilation of donor reports;
- Support the PC and GM&EC Coordinator to ensure continued and appropriate learning and development for all programs staff.

Communication and Coordination
- Liaise with IRC’s Regional and Technical Units and other departments as required to ensure effective and collaborative working relationships;
- Liaise with relevant external partners, including donors, UN agencies, CSOs and beneficiary groups, to address program needs; attend partners meetings and represent IRC Tanzania when appropriate.

- Masters degree preferred (International Relations/Development, International Law, Social Work, or related field);
- Minimum 3 years progressive non-profit work experience in refugee, humanitarian assistance and/or human rights work, including experience managing projects;
- Strong people management skills: the ability to effectively lead and supervise staff;
- Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced and detail-oriented team environment;
- Fluent written and spoken English and Kiswahili will be an advantage;
- Good computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, powerpoint and email/internet software.

Location, security and housing
This position will be based in Kasulu in Northwestern Tanzania, which is stable but relatively remote. The Program Officer will live in shared IRC housing in Kasulu.

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