Deputy Chief of Party, Education
International Rescue Committee - Sudan, TX

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. 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 active in South Sudan since 1989, supporting communities, government offices, and local civil society organizations to deliver education, protection and rule of law, health, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, and economic recovery and development programming.

The IRC is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project to strengthen and establish safe schooling opportunities in communities that have not had access to education in northern and northeastern South Sudan. Based in Juba, South Sudan, the DCOP will work under the leadership of the Chief of Party (COP) and will support the COP in appropriate technical and coordination aspects of the project. In partnership with the Technical Specialists, the DCOP will oversee technical aspects of project components, including improving access to and quality of education services, and enhancing education service delivery systems. The DCOP will ensure that all project approaches and interventions are gender and conflict sensitive, with a focus on removing barriers for girls, and effectively promote student and teacher well-being. The DCOP will provide support to the COP in representational, programmatic, strategic development and quality control duties; and liaise with USAID on technical aspects of the project. This position and start date is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding.

Job Responsibilities:
Work with the COP to provide direct leadership, supervision and oversight of technical areas to ensure efficient and effective project implementation in accordance with the project agreement, and ensuring that the project addresses the needs of target populations in the most cost-effective manner;

Ensure that project components are effectively integrated through close supervision and collaboration;

Ensure that all project approaches and interventions are guided by a thorough analysis and understanding of gender and conflict dynamics in target areas;

Work with all key project staff to identify technical assistance needs and arrange for the provision of assistance;

Work closely with M&E Specialist to support the M&E functions of all technical components for quality reporting, to report on results, document best practices and lessons to share with development partners and influence policy and practice.

Provide effective guidance and oversight to technical members and short‐term technical consultants;

Prepare, in coordination with key project staff, work plans with clear objectives and achievable benchmarks, reflecting long-term and short-term priorities;

Manage and evaluate project staff performance;

Support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility;

Ensure strong project partner relationships, based on mutual respect, open communication, inclusion and accountability, incorporating effective guidance and oversight to consortium partners;

Promote productive relationships with appropriate Government of South Sudan ministries, local organizations, private sector partners, project partners, and members of civil society through regular contact and meetings;

Liaise with USAID on technical aspects of the project;

Represent the project and the organization in the public domain and ensure the distribution of information about project achievements and lesson learned;

Facilitate the sharing of lessons learned through relevant coordination bodies and international fora to improve coverage and impact of project activities within States and project constituents.

Master’s degree from an accredited university in education or social sciences, or additional experience in similar types of programs;

At least 8 years of relevant technical experience in program management in developing countries. Experience with projects supporting education in emergencies, including teacher training, psychosocial well-being, teaching and learning material development and provision, and education system strengthening is required;

Demonstrated exemplary diplomatic, management, communication, and interpersonal skills;

Previous experience with USAID-funded programs preferred;

Solid understanding of the South Sudan context, with previous experience in South Sudan or the region preferred;

Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with local counterparts, donors, and other stakeholders;

Demonstrated innovation and success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and gender-sensitive programming and implementation;

Excellent skills in developing and delivering trainings;

Strong communication skills, both oral and written;

Ability to conduct field visits to rural communities in remote areas of South Sudan;

Ability to work constructively under challenging conditions and in difficult environments;

Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Arabic is a plus.

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