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Governance Specialist, Nairobi

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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's work on governance themes is focused on two primary areas:

    • Governance issues in and around service delivery processes;
    • Local governance and decentralization support.

    The IRC's Governance & Rights Technical Unit is charged with providing intellectual leadership and vision around these programming areas, quality technical support to field staff and partner agencies (often delivered in conjunction with colleagues from other technical units given the cross-cutting nature of governance themes), targeted support on program design and fundraising, developing innovative research and learning opportunities and public representation on governance-related policy and programming issues.

    Among other countries, the Governance & Rights Technical Unit supports governance programming in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where IRC currently implements 'Tuungane', a large-scale Community-Driven Reconstruction program. Funded by the UK Department for International Development, and with a total budget of GBP 90 million (approximately USD 140 million), Tuungane is the largest program of its kind within the IRC network globally. Tuungane works in partnership with approx. 1800 villages across four provinces and aims to support more than 2.6 million Congolese citizens as they work to rebuild their country. The Technical Unit is looking to expand its support and investment in governance programming in DRC, and Tuungane in particular, with the addition of a Governance Technical Specialist.

    The Governance Technical Specialist (TS) is charged with providing ongoing technical support to the Tuungane program and targeted support to other country programs as needed, He/She will report to the Governance Technical Advisor for the DRC and work closely with other Governance Technical Advisors and the Governance Senior Technical Advisor within the IRC's Governance and Rights technical unit.

    Country-Specific Technical Support:

    • Provide close technical guidance and support to field staff responsible for program implementation, particularly around the roll-out of the Community Scorecard process , its governance aspects and outcomes;
    • Support the roll-out of monitoring strategies aimed at capturing learning around the Community Scorecard and an application of a similar scorecard methodology in relation to decentralized territorial / administrative entities;
    • Ensure that learning and best practice around the scorecard process and other mechanisms and processes to strengthen participatory governance and accountability are documented in order to facilitate dissemination within IRC DRC programs, in other country programs and with other Technical Units;
    • Support efforts aimed at ensuring greater collaboration and coordination between Tuungane activities at community and local government level, as well as appropriate adaptation to contexts where state/government actors are largely absent;
    • Support field staff in assessing and implementing opportunities to strengthen the gender and inclusion aspects of the Tuungane program;
    • Support Tuungane staff development efforts, including through training, exchange visits and mentoring opportunities;
    • Support Tuungane-related donor and partner field visits, reviews and meetings, including the preparation of strategic documents;
    • Provide additional support to other IRC country programs, as needed, in particular with regard to project design and fundraising.

    Policies, Strategies and Tools:

    • Contribute to the development of appropriate field-oriented briefing notes, strategy documents, guidelines, toolkits etc. on key governance themes and priorities, particularly around the scorecard processes;
    • Support the roll-out of the above-referenced documents, in conjunction with other technical units where appropriate, through contributions to the design and delivery of workshops, online and offline trainings, internal communications tools, field visits, etc.

    Research and Learning:

    • Promote the use of available evidence in the implementation of the Tuungane program;
    • Collaborate with the Governance TA for DRC to identify appropriate opportunities to generate new evidence around governance-related programming, particularly related to the Community Scorecard and other social accountability tools;
    • Contribute to maintaining a learning environment within the governance team and, in collaboration with colleagues from other technical units and teams, contribute to learning on current and emerging governance issues across different disciplines.


    • At least 2 years field-based experience implementing or providing technical assistance on governance-related programs, ideally involving the use of social accountability tools;
    • A strong analytical understanding of governance and development (i.e. local public administration, democratization and civic engagement, rights and protection, and rule of law), and particularly of governance challenges as they relate to countries emerging from conflict; experience working in DRC an advantage;
    • Applied experience of strengthening governance in sectors such as health, education, water-sanitation or other basic services an advantage;
    • Applied experience of contextual analysis (conflict analysis, political-economy analysis etc.), qualitative monitoring and/or research methodologies an advantage;
    • Experience designing, delivering or facilitating workshops/training sessions an advantage;
    • Graduate degree in relevant field;
    • Excellent English and French verbal and written communication skills;
    • Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% of the time.

    How to apply:
    Please apply online: IRC Careers or IRC Careers

    Closing Date: Tuesday, 12 June 2012