International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Senior Emergency Food Security Manager

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Job Description

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.

IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In early 2014, IRC opened a field office in Mubi town of Adamawa state in NE Nigeria followed by offices in Yola (Adamawa state) in November 2014 and Maiduguri (Borno state) in October 2015. IRC has ECHO, OFDA, and Gates funds to respond to nutrition, nutrition, GBV, and WASH needs. In late 2014 and early 2015, IRC received additional funds from SV, SIDA, USAID, and UNICEF to carry out education, child protection, general protection, emergency market-based food distributions, shelter support, and NFI distributions to newly displaced IDPs. In late 2015 into early 2016, IRC received Swiss and UNHCR funds for additional emergency response humanitarian-focused programming in NE Nigeria.

In Borno state, there is a humanitarian crisis with malnutrition and food insecurity levels at unprecedented heights since the start of the Boko Haram led crisis.

The economic well-being (EWB) sector in IRC Nigeria, has been functioning since March 2016 and started with a food security voucher program with the support of the Food for Peace (FFP) targeting over 2,200 vulnerable households per month. In May 2016, the sector received additional funding from ECHO to implement cash transfers for 2,250 vulnerable IDP households in Maiduguri city. Additionally, through the Women Protection and Empowerment program, a VSLA component with 875 women is being implemented. In response to the nutrition and food crisis in Borno state, IRC is willing to expand emergency food programming to targeted Local Government Areas within the state.

Job Title: Senior Emergency Food Security Manager
Sector: Livelihoods

Scope of Work:

The Senior Emergency Food Security Manager is responsible for coordinating the technical aspects of the project and ensuring quality implementation, standardization, monitoring and evaluation of all food security emergency activities in Borno state. S/he will focus on emergency response capability, with the ability to respond to a fluid programming context, and deliver key services rapidly and effectively.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the food security projects are delivered according to the donor contractual requirements and that all activities and deliverables are completed within the agreed timescale and budget.
  • Provide the technical supervision and support of the food security emergency activities; with a focus on cash-based programming and food vouchers;
  • Support the project team have and utilize customized protocols, policies and guidelines;
  • Supervise the development of relevant M&E systems and ensure regular follow-up on monitoring data relevant to IRC programs to feed into on-going review of project cycle and decision-making for programming;
  • Design and regularly update detailed gender responsive work plans and ensure these are used by the team appropriately to monitor progress towards completion and achievement of project objectives;
  • Collaborate with the sector Coordinator and Technical Advisors to support the development of an economic wellbeing program strategy that is aligned to the IRC Nigeria Strategic Action Plan (SAP) 2015-2020.
  • Ensure that programmatic and financial reports for donors and IRC country program are prepared as required, ensuring these are of the highest quality and submitted in a timely manner to the donor;
  • Assist with the preparation and revision of a realistic budget, authorizing and monitoring expenditure in line with the budget, donor guidelines and IRC’s grant management and financial regulations;
  • Identify opportunities for program development;
  • Ensure the execution of technical assessments to inform ongoing programming and contribute to program design as required.

Coordination and Representation:

  • In coordination with the supervisor, represent IRC to UN, international and national NGOs, relevant line ministries, and donors for economic recovery, food security and technical working groups;
  • Participate actively in national food security, early warning networks and technical working groups;
  • Coordinate closely with the operations teams including: administration, HR, supply chain and finance as they relate to the program; and actively participate in periodic program meetings and ensure a summary of progress and challenges are prepared and presented with follow-up actions as required;
  • Participate in internal coordination and management meetings to promote effective and efficient information sharing and program integration.
Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience


Other Requirements

Qualifications & experience

  • Professional degree preferably at the advanced level (Master) in international development, economics, agronomy etc;
  • Minimum of three years’ of experience managing experience in field based emergency food security and cash programming;
  • Experience with ICT-based cash programming is preferable;
  • Demonstrated skills in strategic planning, budget development and management, gender responsive multi-sector work plan development, and program reporting for diverse audiences;
  • Experience working on gender transformative food security projects or food security projects that address gender constraints across sectors related to the availability, access, and utilization/consumption of food resources is preferable;
  • Experience working in emergency, humanitarian setting;
  • Must be familiar with USAID rules, regulations and policies;
  • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload;
  • International experience with preference in West Africa;
  • Able to respond rapidly to changing environments and work under pressure.


The Senior Emergency Food Security Manager will be based in Maiduguri. The security situation in Nigeria continues to be volatile in the NE with the security level at 3 (orange). The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in insecure environments. This is a non-accompanied position. The Senior Emergency Food Security Manager will live in shared housing.

Standards for Professional Conduct:

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional 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, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation

IRC leading the way from harm to home.

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.

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About International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organization. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution or natural d...
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Job Summary
August 23, 2016
Offer Type
Minimum of 3years
Salary Range
N0.00 - N0.00K
November 30, 1899
NGO / Community Services
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