Requisition ID: Â req46095
Job Title:Â Senior Area Manager
Sector: Â Facilities
Employment Category: Â Regular
Employment Type: Â Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: Â No
Location: Â Monguno, Nigeria
About the IRC:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is among the worldâs leading nonprofit humanitarian relief and development organizations. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRCâs mission is to assist those whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control over their lives. The organization has been at the forefront of virtually every major humanitarian initiative for the last 80 work today in over 40 countries and 29 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.
The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected populations. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri, Bama, Gwoza and Monguno of Borno State and Damaturu of Yobe State, as well as Zamfara and Katsina state in the Northwest, Nigeria. Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs around primary health care, Reproductive Health, Nutrition, Environmental health, WASH, Womenâs protection and empowerment, Protection, Child protection, Education, Economic Recovery & Livelihood.
Job Overview/Summary :
Under the supervision of the Borno Field Coordinator, and through delegation of the Country Director, the Senior Area Manager has the overall responsibility for the timely implementation and operational direction of IRCâs projects/programs in his/her geographical area of intervention.
The Senior Area Manager is responsible for promoting program integration while acting as a conduit and focal point for coordination as the senior representative of IRC in the area.
The Senior Area Manager is responsible for monitoring the humanitarian context to ensure programing is relevant and responsive to priority humanitarian needs. The Senior Area Manager is also responsible for representing IRC externally at the field level, including in coordination fora, with other agencies, UN, State and LGA level government authorities and religious and traditional leaders for providing the direct link in communications between the Field Team and the Country Leadership Group and SMT in a timely manner.
The Senior Area Manager is responsible for providing security management of his/her geographical area and ensures all safety and security measures, including contingency plans and standard operating procedures are in place and update regularly in consultation with the Safety and Security Coordinator.
Major Responsibilities:Ensure the Safety and Security of IRCâs Assets, Property and Staff Ensure that the field security management plan (FSMP) and safety risk assessment (SRA) for his/her geographical area of intervention are up-to-date, and all staff understand and adhere to all policies relating to safety and security . Ensure that all field staff and all visitors receive security briefing within an hour of arrival, and he/she is responsible for the implementation of all security protocols on health, safety and wellbeing of all staff and visitors with support from the Safety and Security Coordinator . Chair the monthly security focal group meetings, ensures attendance and participation from all members and that minutes are filed on Box and shared with Safety and Security Coordinator and action points followed up on in timely manner . In charge of supervising the work of the Humanitarian Access, Safety and Security Officer. He/She ensures that this staff has all the necessary tools to create and maintain good relationship with local administrative or security stakeholders . He/She in coordination with the HASS Officer ensures timely and regular collection of safety and security data and information likely to impact operations in his/her field of operations and dissemination with the Safety and Security Coordinator and his/her immediate supervisor regularly or on an ad-hoc basis if urgent . He/She verifies that the material and human resource means at his/her disposal are adequate to ensure the optimal safety of teams, materials, and beneficiaries . In the event of a security incident, (regardless of whether it took place or was avoided), he/she ensures that the information is transmitted to the HASS Senior Coordinator, his/her immediate supervisor without delay, and reported upon in accordance with IRC safety and security guidelines.
Program supportWorks with Program Managers and Coordinators to play a leadership role in the timely and high-quality implementation of all programs, including spotting and resolving problems, problems through a proactive approach . Lead clear and regular communication to field teams about issues including strategy and prioritization . Chairs the weekly inter-sector field level coordination meeting, facilitates dialogue between sectors, programs and support and escalates challenges to relevant Coordinators, Senior Program Coordinators and Operation Leads. Ensure that all staff understand and correctly promote client responsiveness mechanisms, and that M&E systems are strong and functional . Attend and participate in the project cycle meetings and ensure field perspective is shared with all relevant internal stakeholders . Provide local leadership on key program activities such as needs assessments, selection of beneficiaries and partners, as and when required . Ensures full compliance with project/grant agreements and with statutory and technical legislation issued by appropriate government authorities, including regular, proactive communication with the Grants Team . Works closely with the Senior Emergency Manager to monitor key indicators and local changes/ developments, and to ensure that IRC responds in a timely and appropriate way . Closely monitor events in operational area (humanitarian situation, politics, and security, etc.), in order to identify potential challenges or opportunities for IRC interventions. Advise senior management about strategic programming directions and issues affecting project implementation, or key local issues affecting future grants/projects developments, including spotting and flagging key gaps in provision/ unmet beneficiary needs and flags these with a proposed solution.
Operation support and FinanceEnsure proper financial management systems are in place and followed in coordination with the Maiduguri based finance team /department. Manage field operational budgets for all grants; liaise closely with finance to monitor cash flow, review BVAs and support program sector managers to ensure that spending is on track and properly allocated. Ensure that all policies, procedures, and practices are in compliance with IRC, donor and national requirements. Responsible for cost optimization; and uses budget tracking to achieve this; he/she ensures adequate financial resources for the running of the area office. Regarding budget monitoring, he/she leads field-based analysis (along with HR and Admin Officer, Supply Chain and Finance) and is responsible for detecting anomalies and proposing corrections and or adjustments to the finance team in Maiduguri. In coordination with the Senior Finance Officer/Manager, he/she ensures that a system of internal oversight is in place at the Area Office level. He/She ensures compliance with procedures for undertaking expenditure commitments and reviews procurements and payments in line with IRCâs approved authorization matrix. Responsible for reviewing and updating the operating budget and ensuring the process is consultative, inclusive and thorough to ensure no gaps are left unmet.
Supply ChainMonitor all contractual activities involving construction, rehabilitation, and upgrade of facilities in area of operation. Keep procurement records to ensure that procurement actions are fully and clearly documented according to IRC policy. Ensure that the base is equipped with the minimum of infrastructure (offices and housing) necessary for the execution of the work and accommodation of teams, in optimal conditions of safety. Ensure necessary all staff understand and adhere to IRC and respective donor procurement policies SOPs and guidelines. Ensure the smooth, cost efficient and effective functionality of IRCâs Operation in the area including oversight of Supply Chain functions (Logistics, Procurement, Warehousing) Maintain overall responsibility for ensuring the timely and professional maintenance and function of the IRC fleet, both owned and rented vehicles and generators. Maintain ultimate responsibility and oversight of all asset management and stock in the area of operation. Track and work with the Maiduguri Supply Chain staff to ensure monthly and quarterly procurement of vehicle and generator fuel, and lubricants according to strict adherence to spending plans and procurement rules. Conduct routine inventory spot checks and report findings to the Senior Supply Chain Coordinator. Conduct regular Asset Inspection and send report promptly to the Logistics Manager of all discrepancies and/or unserviceable assets requiring disposal. Supervise storekeeper and ensure proper functioning of warehouses including recordkeeping, storage, safety, and security.
Human Resource and Staff ManagementIn Coordination with the Senior HR (People and Culture) Coordinator, ensures that all new staff attend induction within a month of joining IRC. Adhere to and serve as a champion of the IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and ensure awareness and adherence by all staff, volunteers, and visitors. Participates in the hiring process of new staff, as well as in any decision related to the termination of employment contracts of national staff in the area of operation in coordination with the Senior HR (People and Culture) Coordinator and relevant Technical Coordinators and Managers He/She Is responsible for discussing job expectations, performance, and objectives on an informal, quarterly basis with direct supervisees as a part of the annual Performance Review and Planning Process. Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, probations reviews and annual performance reviews to the HR (People and Culture) Manager. Support HR in tracking annual leave and follow up with respective Supervisors and Line Managers and ensure staff are utilizing their leaves and having a work life balance. Handle the management of interpersonal conflicts that arise in his/her area and refers the matter to his/her immediate supervisor in the event that he/she is not able to resolve the dispute. Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
Coordination and representationDevelop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders in area of operation â including community and religious leaders, NGOs, local government authorities etc., to enhance cooperation and coordination between organizations. Work proactively to build and maintain positive relations and excellent two-way communication with local populations including IDPs and host communities. Attend on a regular basis, the CIMCOORD meetings and provide regular feedback to the HASS Lead and the Field Coordinator. Any other or further duties related to Field Management which may be assigned by the DDFM to maximize program outcomes.
Other Human Resource Functions:Read, review, and become knowledgeable of the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures Perform other related duties as required by the supervisor and Log Manager.
Key working relationshipsPosition reports to: Field Coordinator, Borno State. Position directly supervises: Humanitarian Access Safety and Security, Finance, HR (People and Culture) and Admin, Supply Chain, IT, and MIP for program officers/managers. Indirectly Reports to: DDFM. Other Internal and/or external contacts: Internal: Senior Program Coordinators, Technical Coordinators and Managers, Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator, Supply Chain Lead, IT Lead, Senior HR (People and Culture) Coordinator, Senior Admin Manager, Senior Humanitarian Access, Safety and Security Coordinator, Assistant Finance Controller, Deputy Finance Controller and Managers, Senior Grants Coordinator and Managers, M and E Coordinator and Manager, members SMT External: I RC Clients, INGOs, LNGOs, LGA and State Level government authorities, traditional and religious leaders, and donors, as required.
Education: University Degree in Management, International Relations, International Development, International Cooperation, or any other related field. Masters Degree in the aforementioned/related fields will be an added advantage.
Technical Skills & Experience:4 â 5 years minimum professional experience with preference for experience working with international NGOs. Strong sense of personal integrity and proven staff management and team building skills. Strong Supply Chain management skills. Computer skills in Microsoft Office; Excel and Strong Computer skill. Excellent management and organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player with proven management and leadership skills. Solid ability to provide team building, coaching, and development for staff as well as encourage cross-functional collaboration and cooperation. Ability to live and work under pressure in an unstable working environment while maintaining a positive attitude; Experience and reliability in carrying out safety and security protocols. Strong negotiation skills essential with experience in conflict resolution desirable. Experience of working with local stakeholders such as local and international NGOs, government etc. Commitment to womenâs rights and IRCâs vision, mission, and values, including sensitivity to cultural settings.
Soft Skills and Competencies:Good verbal communication and report-writing skills with the ability to convey information effectively in Country official language which is English. Customer & client centered and service-oriented mind & attitude, and ability to work under pressure and diligently carry out instructions. Proven sense of professional discretion, integrity, and ability to manage situations diplomatically and to effective resolution. Language Skills: Excellent command of English and other major Country languages communication skills including speaking, listening, and writing. Knowledge of Hausa and Kanuri will be an added advantage.
Standards of Professional Conduct The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way â 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.
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.
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, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Female Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply!!!
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