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Latest Recruitment at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), 6th December, 2019

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 people affected by 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: EH/WASH Infrastructure Officer

Requisition ID: req7399
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Sector: Environmental Health
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No


  • IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 response to a widespread flood disaster. IRC’s emergency response team, with local partner CISCOPE (civil society coalition for poverty eradication), implemented a project to support livelihoods and improve WASH in Kogi state from February to May 2013. This was followed by a 3-month nutrition and food security program in the same location from October 2013 to January 2014. IRC has been supporting programming in Adamawa state since early 2014. Since then, the IRC has expanded its operations to Borno and Yobe states courtesy of funding from ECHO, OFDA, DFID, LDS, SIDA, Europe Aid and SDC with projects on emergency WASH, nutrition, FSL and protection mainstreaming for IDPs and host communities in the two states.

Scope of Work:

  • The EH Infrastructure Officer will report to the EH Manager and will be primarily responsible for supervising the water and Sanitation infrastructure works as directed by the EH Manager.
  • The main objective of this position is to support the EH Manager in implementing safe water and improved sanitation provision across IDP settlements in Borno. This includes proposing water resources and sanitation options, and construction of water and sanitation infrastructure.


  • Ensure that the water and sanitation activities and monitoring activities are implemented in a timely and professional manner and in line with beneficiary needs.
  • Maintain close links and collaboration with other EH teams and sectors and in particular Health, Nutrition, Protection, Gender, CYPD (Child and Youth Protection and Development), Women Protection and Empowerment (WPE) and Economic Recovery and Development (ERD).

Technical Quality:

  • With the support of the EH Manager, conduct assessments and technical surveys on new and existing water sources and sanitation facilities (Latrines, bathing facilities and laundry stations).
  • Design appropriate and cost effective water delivery systems and sanitation facilities, including robust drainage mechanisms at collection points and sanitation.
  • Train and supervise the EH Technician-Water and Sanitation.
  • Coordinate closely with the EH Officer-Hygiene Promotion over placement/siting of water and sanitation facilities to ensure that beneficiary needs and preferences are fully met.
  • If required, oversee and manage water trucking deliveries and systems
  • Manage the supervision of all construction works related to water and sanitation.
  • Provide weekly reports of progress on the construction of water and sanitation facilities.
  • Seek guidance and approval from EH Manager on any changes to approved designs for water and sanitation facilities
  • In coordination with the EH Manager ensure that stocks of materials (pipes, fittings, taps, slabs, tarpaulins, cement, reinforcement bars etc.), tools and any consumables (PVC glue, threading tape, hand pump spare parts, door locks etc.) are maintained and fit for purpose
  • Maintain comprehensive control systems on materials and tools used including notes on quality of materials procured
  • Ensure that all water and sanitation works are in line with national and local requirements
  • Participate in review and evaluation of work to assist in enhancing program delivery and quality.

Staff Supervision & Development:

  • Supervise the EH Technician-Water and Sanitation
  • Identify, train and support EH Technicians with management of daily skilled and unskilled labor for water and Sanitation construction works
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable work teams to successfully complete their tasks on time and within budget
  • Take responsibility for discussing job expectations, performance, and objectives on an informal, quarterly basis with designated staff.
  • Responsible for EH Technician-Water and Sanitation time sheets, work plans, vacation schedules, and staff training/development activities.
  • Ensure that the EH Technician-Water and Sanitation accurately record and collect daily labor time sheets and progress with work plans


  • Daily volume of water supplied/delivered to location(s) including volumes and time of availability/day.
  • Maintain records of number and location of all water collection points
  • Conduct water user surveys
  • Conduct water quality Monitoring at source and Household level
  • Conduct Sanitary surveys
  • Routine O&M of water distribution system (s) and sanitation facilities including drainage around all water points and sanitation facilities
  • Maintain records of number and location of all sanitation facilities (latrines, bathing facilities and laundry stations).

Other duties:

  • Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the team; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to the EH Manager and liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for IRC programs
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs


  • Minimum Diploma/ Degree Hydrology, Civil Engineering or related subject;
  • Significant professional experience in design and implementation of water projects.
  • Competent communication skills, effective in representation and liaison
  • Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
  • Knowledge of English
  • Competent user of MS Applications: Word, Excel; ACAD or similar
  • Knowledge of the Local language-Hausa and Kanuri
  • Good knowledge in Auto card design.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidate should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Education Program Manager

Requisition ID: req7406
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Sector: Education
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No

The 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 followed by offices in Yola in Adamawa state in November 2014 and Maiduguri in Borno state in October 2015. With rapid expansion in late 2016 and early 2017, the IRC opened additional field offices in Monguno and Gwoza in Borno state and Damaturu in Yobe state. The country office is in Abuja. The IRC Nigeria implements programs in primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security, and livelihoods.

The Boko Haram insurgency has created nearly 1.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northeast Nigeria. Up to 40% of children aged 6-11 in the region are out of school. Factors impeding school attendance include children providing labor at home and on farms, widespread poverty and inability to afford fees, and cultural bias against formal education from parents, particularly for female students. The armed conflict has greatly exacerbated challenges in accessing education as Boko Haram deliberately targeted and destroyed education facilities, leaving communities without functioning schools and with no teaching or learning materials. Intensive violence, including violence targeted towards teachers and students, has created much fear of attending school among children. There is a shortage of teachers trained to deal with the psychosocial effects of the insurgency and even children with the desire and resources to attend school may opt to remain at home due to security concerns. IDP children are particularly affected.

Scope of Work

  • The IRC Nigeria is currently expanding its education portfolio in the northeast of the country in line with its five-year Strategic Action Plan (SAP). A priority outcome for the country program is that girls and boys enroll in and attend safe, functioning, responsive education services. The IRC aims to both rebuild, reequip, and staff damaged school infrastructure and enhance the quality of education through curriculum improvements in formal and non-formal institutions, with a particular focus on building literacy, numeracy and social and emotional skills.
  • In May 2019 IRC will begin implementation of a two year project entitled: Adamawa State school-based education strengthening project (ASSESS) with the aim of ensuring education services are high quality, safe, functioning and responsive. ASSESS will work with over 2,000 teachers, building their capacity to deliver high quality education developing their subject knowledge and pedagogical practices. It will also work with 50 School Based Management Committees to help ensure that schools are safe and functional.
  • The Education Manager will be responsible for the overall management of ASSESS education activities in Adamawa state. S/he will ensure that project activities are delivered on time, contribute to strategic objectives of the program, and meet global and IRC technical standards for education in emergencies. The Education Manager will supervise a team of education officers, providing supervision and guidance in line with agreed performance objectives. This position reports to the Education Coordinator.
  • This position is contingent on funding.

Program Development and Management:

  • Oversee the implementation of all education activities in Adamawa state, related to the ASSESS project.
  • Ensure that the identification of schools, teachers and SBMC members is conducted in a responsible manner, adhering to relevant policies and standards.
  • In collaboration with Education Officers, develop actionable work plans to ensure the timely implementation of project activities.
  • Monitor progress towards the objectives and intended outputs of projects using routine data, spot checks, observation, and other methodologies.
  • Contribute to the development of robust data collection systems to ensure that the education program is data-driven and that programmatic decisions are grounded in evidence.
  • Keep abreast of the changing operational environment, including organization of assessments and identification of changing beneficiary needs.
  • Provide regular written and verbal reports on education activities to supervisor, senior management, project partners and donors.
  • In collaboration with the supervisor, review Budget vs. Actual expenditures on a monthly basis, providing relevant feedback to the finance department and adjusting activities as required.
  • Enforce stewardship and accountability by ensuring that resources are efficiently and effectively utilized within the project for the intended purpose

Technical Quality:

  • Under the guidance of the Education Coordinator, provide technical supervision and guidance to Education Officers and implementing partners as required.
  • Ensure that all education activities adhere to agreed technical standards, protocols, policies and guidelines, as outlined by the IRC, the Federal Ministry of Education and related State Ministries, Agencies and Departments.
  • Promote the quality of education activities by setting up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other staff.
  • Oversee training, coaching and on-going support of teachers in order to improve instructional.
  • Ensure that training materials and curricula are of high quality.

HR & Team Management:

  • Provide supportive supervision to Education Officers
  • Lead the development of performance plans for all Education Officers based on job descriptions, project objectives/work plans and past performance reviews. Review performance evaluation of direct reports on a bi-annual basis and oversee the performance review cycle for all direct reports.
  • Actively build the capacity of education program staff, ensuring each staff member has a specific capacity development plan, receives opportunities for training, mentoring and on-the-job learning opportunities.


  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders including government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
  • Closely collaborate with all project partners
  • Develop strategic partnerships with local organizations
  • Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, and local partners as required.
  • Coordinate education program activities with other IRC sectors, particularly water & sanitation and child protection.


  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.

Key Working Relationships

  • Position Reports to: Education Coordinator.
  • Position directly supervises: Education Officers
  • Other internal and/or external contacts: grants unit; finance, HR and supply chain departments.


  • University degree in Education; advanced degree preferred.
  • Strong verbal communication skills and effective in representation and liaison with external actors
  • Excellent spoken and technical writing ability in English, including report writing
  • Excellent computer skills in programs including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook
  • Ability to work under pressure in challenging working and living conditions
  • Willingness to travel extensively in northeast Nigeria, including to remote and/or insecure locations.
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience with an international or civil society organization, including direct implementation of education programming
  • Experience in teaching and teacher professional development preferred
  • At least one year of experience in a managerial position and demonstrated capacity in team leadership and capacity building
  • Experience working with displaced or otherwise marginalized communities required
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, including financial, HR, and grants management

Professional Standards:

  • 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.

Working Environment:

  • The position will be based in Maiduguri, Nigeria with frequent travel throughout project areas in the northeast, including to remote and insecure locations. The situation in northeast Nigeria continues to be volatile and the security phase is orange or red depending on location. This is a non-accompanied position.

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

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidate should:
Click here to apply online

Note: 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 or disability.

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