The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela continues to intensify. Venezuelans face hyperinflation, which puts them out of reach of basic goods and services, including health care and food. A shortage of medical supplies means that it is difficult to diagnose and treat communicable diseases and sexual and reproductive health needs, among other services. The lack of food has resulted in hunger and malnutrition. From 2015-2018, over three million Venezuelans left to seek goods and services in primarily neighboring countries.
The IRC has responded to the crisis by supporting Venezuelans who cross the border into Colombia, as well as within Venezuela, via partnerships with local organizations. In 2019, the IRC will expand these partnerships and work across three states in Venezuela in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, and protection.
Location: Caracas, Venezuela, with frequent travel to Bogota, Colombia
Length of Assignment: 12 months, potential to extend
SCOPE OF WORK
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
DDP is one of the very exciting role in IRC.The DDP will provide a leadership, decision-making and coordinating role on programmatic issues, fundraising and responsible for the quality and timeliness of both proposal development as well as the effective implementation of projects . The Deputy Director of Programs (herein DDP), Venezuela, will manage all programming in Venezuela, including staff based in and traveling to the country
This position will report to the Country Director, Colombia, who is also responsible for Venezuela. You will closely coordinate with the Deputy Director, Operations (DDO), Financial Controller – both based in Colombia, and the Technical Advisors of the above mentioned programs.
As a senior member of the SMT, the Deputy Director Programs leads on the formulation of strategies and implementation of programming. All functions of this position adhere to the “IRC 2020,” strategy, the Colombia/Venezuela country office’s strategy and strive for program excellence, gender equality, maximum beneficiary support, and client voice and choice. This role will require the highest level of discretion, with special attention to security protocol, to protect staff, partner organizations, and beneficiaries. Additionally, the DDP will need to consistently adapt to scenarios as the context evolves, to ensure both security and program delivery.
Lead the scale up of programming in Venezuela, through partnerships.
Work through the IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS), a comprehensive set of compliance tools to set up, manage, and close out partnerships and sub-awards.
When delegated, represent the IRC for Venezuela, including internal requests, as well as with external humanitarian stakeholders such as donors, UN, and other international and national organizations. Representation will be in close collaboration with the Colombia Country Director as well as any staff based in Venezuela, to ensure messages are aligned.
Liaise with partner organizations, by supporting the Partnership Manager, to ensure that all partners are clear about objectives, next steps, reporting requirements, and any feedback they have to improve their services and the relationship with the IRC.
Identify, recruit, and orient new staff to the IRC, including operations (HR, admin, security, and supply chain), programs, compliance, finance, and partnership management. Orientation will be supported by focal points within the IRC.
Manage all staff terms of reference, objectives, outputs and performance, including staff based in Venezuela and traveling to Venezuela.
Manage all aspects of project workplans, including adaptations, mitigating risks and scenarios to deliver services to the affected population, and completion of results within each grant.
Create the monitoring plan and ensure all aspects of monitoring are completed. This will be done in collaboration with the program staff and partners, as well as the Partnership Manager.
In coordination with IRC/Colombia and Venezuela Finance Controller, oversee preparation of monthly financial reports, sub-grant financial monitoring and reporting and any other finance related tasks.
Ensure compliance, including donor requirements, spending and financial reporting, and writing narrative reports per donor compliance.
Contribute to fundraising efforts, including speaking with donors, and take the lead on writing proposal narratives, logframes, and drafting budgets and budget narratives.
Work with Global Supply Chain, in collaboration with the Deputy Director of Operations, to ensure appropriate procurement for partners and/or guide partners in procurement procedures that need to be adhered to as part of funding agreements, or to comply with IRC or donor requirements.
Support partners’ efforts to seek their own funding as a mechanism to transition.
If possible (security permitting), conduct any further assessments (either sector-specific, or a multi-sector needs assessment) to gather data from beneficiaries as well as the affected population. This will be done in conjunction with the IRC’s Accountability Team and Technical Advisors to ensure appropriate quality and standards.
Continue ensuring feedback mechanisms on behalf of partners so that beneficiaries and partners can contact the IRC and the IRC can improve services.
Collaborate with the Regional Safety and Security Advisor to ensure appropriate security protocols and adaptations as required.
Collaboration within Venezuela
Program and operations staff: including the Partnership Manager, and program focal points
Partnership organizations to support the Partnership Manager with monitoring, reporting, compliance, and feedback
Humanitarian organizations, including INGOs, IGOs (e.g. Red Cross), UN, and local organizations
Collaboration within the IRC
Country Director, Colombia and Venezuela
Other Colombia-based staff, including operations, security, finance, and grants
Technical Advisors (based globally) and any roster staff required to support program staff inside Venezuela
Awards Management Unit to support all compliance and reporting for partners, as well as proposals
Communications and Advocacy units to support any key messages at external meetings
Global Security to support any risk analysis and mitigation
Emergency Unit Accountability team to support on monitoring and feedback.
Strong leadership abilities and interpersonal skills, and be able to deploy strong communications effectively, both internally and externally; enjoy developing networks to build partnerships and diversify program resources.
- Graduate degree in a relevant field.
- At least 12 years of dynamically responsible international work experience, including leadership at the Country Director level of multi-site, multi-sectoral operations in a complex operating environment, supervising diverse teams.
- Experience working in conflict/post-conflict or disaster response situation.
- Professional fluency in written and spoken Spanish and English.
Demonstrated Technical Skills:
- Experience managing security in a complex and rapidly changing security context.
- Confirmed ability to negotiate and work with partner organizations. Experience with organizational capacity strengthening and partnership building is helpful.
- Strong budget and fiscal oversight capacities.
- Demonstraated representation and fundraising success, including prior experience with European, US, private and other international donors.
- Established capacity to handle stressful situations in a healthy, constructive manner.
- Ability to respond to multiple priorities in a timely manner, producing high-quality outcomes.
- Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Experience using technology for response in humanitarian or development context a plus.
Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:
- Experience building personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organization.
- Demonstrated successful leadership and management experience with a multi-disciplinary teams in cross-cultural settings, including active mentoring and coaching.
- Effective in developing high-potential staff to achieve career growth and maximum contribution.
- Confirmed experience delivering suitable levels of oversight of a portfolio consisting of a variety of complex, high-value donor-funded projects.
- Opportunity-awareness. A successful innovative approach to unpredictable programming, operational, and funding contexts.
- Ability to represent program context, constraints, and successes to media, government, and other senior audiences.
The IRC and IRC workers adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
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 or disability.
Gender Equality: IRC is 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 and allowances.