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The International Rescue Committee 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, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Job Overview/Summary

The WASH/Shelter in Partnership Advisor is responsible for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) combined with shelter-related components of a USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)-funded program that includes health and nutrition, WASH, and shelter activities to support conflict-affected populations.  Entitled Amal (“hope” in Arabic), the consortium will include international and Syrian partners with humanitarian response capacity.  Pending donor approval of an award modification, the WASH/Shelter in Partnership Advisor will collaborate with the Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) to lead the start-up and implementation of programming.

Major Responsibilities


Technical Quality that promotes Inclusive Approaches

•       Establish programmatic technical standards and work to achieve high-level program delivery with partners in collaboration with Protection and Health technical staff through remote management mechanisms and programmatic adaptation

•       Design and roll out key guidance notes, tools, and materials (i.e. assessment, monitoring, supervision, awareness raising, training, etc.) in collaboration with partners that align with Sphere and other global standards

•       Liaise with IRC’s Technical Units to ensure WASH/Shelter approaches are aligned with Sphere Standards and IRC’s global models and best practice, as much as possible with the contextual constraints

•       Advise on development and implementation of program baseline and other programmatic monitoring, including output and outcomes to drive quality implementation via partners as well as contributing to WASH/Shelter desegregated data review on a quarterly basis to inform program adaptations to understand needs of men, women, boys, and girls

•       Contribute to informal protection risk analysis at the start of the project using information from the sources that are available from partners to inform program design and adaptations to enhance equal and inclusive access to services

•       Review all Bill of Quantities (BoQ) from partners to provide input on rehabilitation design based on OFDA guidelines, thereby submitting to OFDA for approval, and collaborating with partners to adapt based on donor feedback

•       Promote inclusion by identifying barriers that prevent individual and community participation in WASH and Shelter due to disabilities or age in humanitarian programming, and also identify capacities for self-reliance

•       Work with MEAL team to support partners to reinforce beneficiary feedback mechanism to ensure it is accessible to women, people with disabilities, and elderly and ensure feedback in incorporated, including promoting existing and new measure to ensure confidentially and privacy of personally identifiable information

•       Coordinate and network with WASH and Shelter counterparts to understand key service issues within Syrian context to inform program planning

•       Support on regular reporting and other donor requirements



Partnership Coordination and Capacity building

•       Support partnership engagement and communication to implement sub-grant agreements and complete program deliverables

•       Drive adherence to IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS) by understanding and guiding the IRC team and partners to apply key processes

•       Collaborate with IRC’s Partnership Team to ensure sub-awards, Project Support Plans, and other required documents are established based on PEERS and US Government regulations

•       Promote the use of E-learning platform to foster greater understanding and application of humanitarian approaches

•       Facilitate systematic partner feedback on IRC’s management of and performance in partnerships, as well as taking appropriate action in response to the feedback to ensure the smooth operation of the consortium

•       Design, lead, and participate in relevant workshops and meetings to support coordination and collaboration, including quarterly partner monitoring visits and training events

•       Other tasks as needed


Key Working Relationships


Position Reports to:  Deputy Chief of Party

Indirect/Technical Reporting: N/A

Position directly Supervises: N/A


Key Internal Contacts:

§  Country Program: Health Coordinator, Partnership Coordinator, Protection in Partnership Advisor, Community Health in Partnership Advisor

§  Region/Global: Whole of Syria Health and Protection Coordinators, Regional Partnership Director, Technical Unit Environmental Health Advisor

Key External Contacts:  Amal partner organizations


Job Requirements


§  University degree in relevant field is required

§  Over five years of relevant experience focused on water, sanitation, hygiene, and/or shelter necessary within humanitarian context, including engineering background to advise on infrastructure rehabilitation

§  Demonstrated experience working with partner organizations or using partnership approaches

§  Ability to conduct capacity strengthening activities focused on training, mentoring, etc.

§  Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure with professional grace

§  Excellent organizational and time management skills with ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines

§  Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Arabic language skills preferred

§  Familiarity with the political, social, cultural, humanitarian and donor context of Syria is ideal

§  Willingness to travel to Beirut or other countries as needed


Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – 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.


Working Environment: The overall security situation in Jordan is relatively calm, especially in Amman. The Jordanian government is stable, and civil unrest is largely peaceful. However, Jordan’s generosity in hosting refugees from Palestine, Iraq and now Syria have created huge strains on the country’s economy and infrastructure. The IRC office is in a modern professional building.


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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