The IRC recruits 01 Senior Director, Violence Prevention and Response

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The IRC recruits 01 Senior Director, Violence Prevention and Response

As the Senior Director, Violence Prevention and Response (VPR), you will lead a dynamic team of protection technical professionals in developing and supporting all aspects of IRC’s child protection, women’s protection and protection rule of law portfolios. Over the past 16 years, IRC has pioneered VPR programs in refugee settings and in other conflict-affected contexts, making the IRC a global leader in this field. Today, IRC manages protection programs in 30+ countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, with funding from governments, the UN, foundations, and private donors.

You and your team in the Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU) will work collaboratively with program delivery colleagues and partner agencies to advance the protection of rights of conflict and crisis affected people around the world. Protection is at the heart of all IRC programming, and we have found solutions that work. In every context, VPR programs seek out and work with the most vulnerable women, girls, men and boys. We are committed to leveraging our strengths and our combined specialized expertise in child protection, protection rule of law and women’s protection and empowerment to address the complicated and deep-seated injustices that lead to violence. Where possible and relevant we seek to embed these insights into other areas of programming, such that IRC’s programming efforts respond to the holistic needs of clients with comprehensive and integrated solutions.

Your team’s work has never been more important, as the cumulative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly increased violence against women and children, compounding the effects of years of conflict, displacement, poverty, and under-investment.

Position Overview

As the Senior Director, VPR, you will provide leadership in several critical capacities:

  • Technical leader: As the leader of a dedicated group of technical specialists, researchers, and advocates, you will bring vision, cohesion, experience and knowledge to cultivate a strong and inclusive culture of performance and collaboration. The team puts clients at the center of our work and you will help ensure their voices increasingly influence our decisions at all levels. Opportunities to partner with and support local actors and systems will be prioritized. Opportunities to collaborate with other technical leads and teams will be sought out and integrated programming solutions developed. Equality and inclusion will be at the forefront of every decision and action, through thoughtful planning and implementation support for all programs and services. Collectively you will design programs in which interventions are evidence-based where possible and evidence-generating where necessary. Seek cost-effective solutions to achieve results at scale for as many clients affected by violence as possible.
  • Organizational leader: Collaborate with colleagues across the organization as a key member of the Technical Excellence leadership team, the Crisis Response, Recovery & Development (CRRD) Leadership Group, and a member of IRC’s larger cross-departmental, cross-functional Senior Leadership Group (SLG). Serve as a champion of the new Strategy 100 by developing strategic program opportunities, ensuring the quality of programs and partnerships, and driving performance and growth in the sector while actively promoting an inclusive culture and duty of care for all.
  • Steward: Develop and implement strategic business development efforts to support our country programs and enable the VPRU team to deliver high quality technical assistance, implement a focused research agenda and stay ahead of relevant developments. Ensure responsible management of VPRU funds, partnering with technical and finance colleagues to harmonize planning, budgeting, and reporting.
  • Manager: Proactively invest time and care in the support and development of IRC staff within the VPRU technical team and of technical colleagues in IRC country programs. Embrace your responsibility for the recruitment, engagement, and retention of a diverse team of qualified people to deliver superb technical assistance and thought leadership.
  • Advocate: As the most senior advocate in the protection technical areas, regularly communicate the needs and priorities of IRC country programs to donors; participate in high level policy and practice forums; advocate for appropriate policy and practice shifts with donors, implementing agencies, and government counterparts. Demonstrate a deep appreciation for IRC’s dedication to drive fundamental policy and practice changes that will ensure people receive the wide-ranging support they need to survive and in the immediate aftermath of crisis helps them recover and gain control of their future, with a particular focus on the challenges faced by children and those caring from them in crisis settings.

Professional Profile

Success in this position requires an individual with outstanding leadership abilities, and deep expertise in designing and delivering protection programming across the sectors programs.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 15 years of relevant experience, with on the ground programmatic experience in a service delivery organization,   or comparable international agency required.
  • Experience and familiarity with protection donors, peer agencies and national contexts required, preferably in humanitarian and transitional, post-crisis contexts.
  • Experience and expertise raising funds from bilateral, multilateral, and private donors.
  • Leadership and management experience in complex global organizations.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies

  • Very strong leadership and management proficiencies including the ability to build a diverse team, foster an inclusive team culture, encourage confidence and trust and lead team in a unified vision and strategy.
  • Capacity to communicate effectively with IRC program leadership, technical peers, and colleagues in fundraising, communications, and advocacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate a large multi-national organization.
  • Deep expertise in protection programming and hands-on experience (preferably in 2 or more of the sub-sectors) in low resource/conflict affected environments.
  • Highly effective strategic planning and execution and ability to make difficult decisions.
  • Private and statutory business development/ fundraising.
  • Understanding of the program life cycle and effective practices used by aid organizations to design, implement and measure the progress of interventions.
  • Fluency in the relevance and use of empirical evidence to know what works best to achieve meaningful violence prevention and response outcomes.
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills are essential.
  • An established and collaborative professional network in humanitarian, development, and protection technical and policy communities.
  • Education: Master’s in relevant field required. Sound knowledge of research and research management an advantage.

Language Skills: Excellent spoken and written English essential. Proficiency in additional IRC relevant languages (Arabic, French, Spanish, Kiswahili, etc.) strongly preferred.

Working Environment: Travel up to 25% of time. Preferably based in NYC or one of our international hubs in London, Geneva, and Nairobi. Other IRC locations may be possible.

Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality

IRC acknowledges and honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider 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 protected characteristic. IRC is also committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits.

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, Equality, 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.

Closing date : 27 February 2022. Postuler