Thursday, September 11, 2008

JOB- Economic Recovery Coordinator, International Rescue Committee, North Caucasus

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JOB- Economic Recovery Coordinator, Int'l Rescue Committee, North Caucasus

Posted by: Almut Rochowanski <>

>From Reliefweb:

Organisation: International Rescue Committee (

Organisation description: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is
one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing
relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to
victims of oppression and violent conflict. IRC has worked for over
seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones in the
world. We address both the immediate, life saving needs of conflict
affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post
conflict societies.

Job Location: Russian Federation (the)
Closing date: 29 Nov 2008

Applications for this position should be sent to: We request that all
applications be completed on line at Please
indicate in your cover letter how you initially became aware of this
vacancy. IRC does not set closing dates/deadline dates for
applications, recruitment is ongoing until the position is filled.
The IRC reviews all applications and you will be contacted directly if
you are selected as a candidate.
Job reference code: RW_7HYGQN-57

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a non-profit,
non-sectarian voluntary agency providing assistance to refugees around
the world. IRC's programs promote self-sustenance for refugees and
host populations through public health, sanitation, shelter,
rehabilitation, and educational programs. IRC serves refugees in over
30 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. IRC is committed to freedom,
human dignity and self-reliance. This commitment is reflected in
well-planned resettlement assistance, global emergency relief,
rehabilitation, and advocacy for refugees.

The International Rescue Committee currently seeks an Economic
Recovery Coordinator for a new USAID funded Economic Recovery program,
based in the Northern Caucasus.


The 'Enhancing Social Cohesion through Market led Agricultural
Economic Recovery in War-Affected Areas of the North Caucasus' is a
new and innovative program that started in September 2007 and is
expected to run through December of 2009. As the title suggests the
project aims to address economic recovery through market led
approaches to increase target beneficiaries income.

The program supports agricultural communities to become the drivers of
their economic recovery; adopting a market-led and evidence-based
approach linking war affected economic communities to a variety of
state, international and business stakeholders for grass-roots
expansion of economic opportunity. The program works in one district
each in both Chechnya and Dagestan. Activities mobilize farmers and
other members of the economic community to form groups and work with
these groups to develop market-driven, Agricultural Development plans.
The aim of the plans is to provide a road-map for groups to revitalize
their local economies. The IRC program supports groups through
facilitation and investment to implement agreed activities.

IRC requires a committed, dynamic management professional to lead the
program over the remainder of its life.

Scope of Work

The Economic Recovery Coordinator provides direct technical
supervision to all program staff and monitors the quality of program
implementation. All work will be in line with best practices in the
field of ERD and IRC's Program Framework. This position will be based
in the Northern Caucuses with travel to the field 50-75% or more of
the time. IRC expatriate employees in the North Caucasus live
primarily in the city of Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia with extensive
regular visits to the program headquarters in Grozniy, Chechnya, where
the IRC also maintains a guesthouse. Fieldwork will be focused upon
Shelkovskiy Region, Chechnya and Khasavyurtovskiy region, Dagestan,
with additional business trips throughout the South Federal District
of Russia and to Moscow as needed. Qualified candidates must be
comfortable working and traveling in conflict environments and
preferably has experience working in the same. The Economic Recovery
Coordinator reports to the Country Program Coordinator. The ER
Coordinator will liaise regularly with other technical Coordinators
and Country Management Team.


The Economic Recovery Coordinator will be responsible for implementing
and managing the project. Key responsibilities will include:

- Provide strong leadership for the project though all phases
- Establish, manage and provide technical oversight for the program team
- Establish clear implementation strategies and work plans for project
- Supervise staff to ensure work plans are being followed on schedule
and appropriate indicators are being met and tracked
- Lead and train local staff about the establishment of community
economic groups
- Lead and train local staff about the process of market needs
assessment, value chain analysis and subsequent community level
group planning
- Facilitate the generation of lists identifying potential
agricultural sectors of intervention along with incumbent players,
market sizes, geographic areas, distribution markets for services,
value chain analyses for each area and SWOT analyses for each
agricultural sector
- Manage process of supporting groups in implementing their
Agricultural Development plans including grant dispersal

- Manage project budget in coordination with Country Management Team
- Develop new budgets as appropriate

Human Resources
- Develop the capacity of program staff
- Be an innovative member of the IRC North Caucuses team
- Identify, recruit and train staff members as necessary

- Liaise regularly with all relevant partners, including local and
national government bodies, local and international NGOs, private
sector, and UN agencies.
- Represent the program to donors, government officials, other NGOs,
UN agencies and other relevant authorities, and maintain effective and
cordial relationships with the same.
- Identify potential public, private and public-private types of
interventions to promote sustainable business approaches;
- Coordinate closely and provide input to other North Caucuses
economic programs to help harmonize programming that promotes the
goals of the Strategic Objectives Log Frame

Communication and Reporting
- Perform the senior reporting role
- Oversee the writing of all donor reports in a timely manner
- Generate success stories


The Economic Recovery Coordinator will be an entrepreneurial
individual who enjoys finding creative solutions in a challenging
environment. S/he will be a committed development professional with a
track record in successful program implementation in sustainable
business development. S/he will be a motivated, proactive,
self-starter who enjoys building profitable enterprises for others
where market opportunities and gaps exist.

- Masters in Business Administration, International Management,
Agriculture Economics, Community/Rural Development and/or a related
- At least 3 years experience in designing, implementing and managing
economic or livelihoods programs preferably among conflict-affected
populations or in the Russian Federation.
- Experience in market led economic support programs.
- Experience in conflict resolution, sustainability, and negotiation
skills helpful
- Previous experience in Eastern Europe / the Russian Federation
- Russian language skills required at a high-conversational level or better.

Key Skills
- Team leadership
- Community and district level group facilitation
- Participatory market research
- Market opportunity identification
- Business planning
- Grant management
- Reporting monitoring and evaluation
- Proficient user of main computer software
- Russian language

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