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Senior Technical Advisor – Localization (1365)

C3 2021

Reports to: Director of Strategy, Advocacy, and Learning

Liaises with: Strategy, Advocacy, and Learning (SAL) Directorate; International Programmes Department, Concern Country Teams, Humanitarian Training Unit (Concern US), Emergencies Directorate.

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Job location: Dublin (currently fully remote within Ireland, with a move to a hybrid working model as the pandemic eases); substantial (40%) overseas travel is a part of this role.

Pay Band: Grade 7 €68,010 – €80,012

Contract Type:  Full Time – 24 Month Fixed Term (September 30, 2021 – September 29, 2023)

Background: Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation committed to the relief, assistance, and advancement of poorest people in the least developed countries of the world, aiming towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern has over 4,000 personnel working in 24 countries around the world, predominately in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear; where all have access to a decent standard of living, and the opportunities essential to a long, healthy and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern.

Job Purpose: The Senior Technical Advisor – Localization will lead the roll out of the Beyond Barriers: Overcoming Funding and Workforce Obstacles to Achieve a Localized Humanitarian Response Project;  a two-year, research and capacity development program with the end goal of assisting a variety of stakeholders, including the UN, INGOs, NNGOs and donor governments to overcome barriers to more effective, localized humanitarian response.

This project will sit within Concern’s Strategy, Advocacy and Learning (SAL) Directorate located in Dublin and will liaise closely with Humanitarian Training Staff in Concern’s New York Office – which oversees a growing collection of capacity strengthening programming funded by USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).

In this role, the Senior Technical Advisor will have the primary responsibility for the design and delivery of the 24-month USAID funded research programme. This programme will conduct focused research – including multiple in-country stakeholder consultations and direct programme site data collection – across five humanitarian contexts in order to develop a series of guidance documents, toolkits, and resources.

All of the above will be done in close collaboration with five in-country academic partners who the Senior Technical Advisor will be responsible for sourcing and coordinating research with.

The programme is still in the start-up phase, and as such, a high degree of flexibility and adaptability will be required to ensure that programme implementation can begin successfully.  The successful candidate will have a strong background in both research and humanitarian response, ideally directly in the humanitarian contexts to be studied.

Key Responsibilities:

Programme Development & Implementation

  • The Senior Technical Advisor will be responsible for conducting a detailed desk review on context specific barriers to localization in order to analyse and document the factors that have led to advances in local and national NGO capacity in and across various humanitarian contexts. This will include both third party data, as well as Concern and Concern’s partner specific data, evaluations, and research.  This will also include developing criteria for contexts to be studied and illustrative of differing humanitarian challenges.
  • Identify and engage key local academic partners with the expertise necessary to promote evidence-based approaches to improved delivery of humanitarian assistance through enhanced localization, focused mainly on humanitarian financing and human resource related topics.
  • Support local academic partners in the development of the study protocol and conduct extensive in-person and online consultations – gathering first person research and data in the five selected study context. This will be done in both a supporting and direct role and will strive to standardize approaches as much as possible across the five contexts.
  • Develop and manage the overall research design, ensuring that the design is in line with the objectives and outline in the program proposal.
  • Write up or otherwise facilitate the distillation of research findings and the production of key research outputs such as reports, learning documents, and other products as outlined in the program proposal.
  • Lead in the development of the programme’s learning products (e.g., coordination mapping tool, commitment compass, joint value-capacity assessment, etc.).
  • Support dissemination and roll-out of the programme’s learning products including coordinating a series of stakeholder meetings as well as 1-day workshops where study findings and suggested solutions to barriers and limitations of actualizing a localized humanitarian response will be presented.
  • Ensure that the programme incorporates humanitarian principles throughout the project/research design and is in line with Concern’s policies and best practices in humanitarian research ethics and guidance.

Programme Management

  • Actively manage all the research and outputs of the project, including coordinating all the key stakeholders in the research in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Act as the programme convener throughout the life of the project, including facilitating the academic partner’s contributions and ideas into the broader project across the five contexts.
  • Fulfillment of all key donor deliverables such as programmatic reporting, workplans, and donor check-ins as required.
  • Direct line management of one to two project staff – as well as oversight of work for additional project staff.

Skills and Experience Required:

Essential

  • Post-graduate degree in Humanitarian Action, International Development, or related discipline
  • At least five (5) years’ experience working, researching, or studying in or with conflict settings and fragile states, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia contexts
  • Knowledge and experience in conducting quantitative data collection, including developing data collection tools, sampling, and data analysis
  • Knowledge and experience in mixed methodologies including developing data collection tools, sampling, and data analysis
  • Experience with operational research, data collection, and peer-review writing
  • High level of analytical capacity and use of data analysis tools (SPSS, Dedoose etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience of using data for project/programme  management
  • Confidence in representing M&E methodologies, findings and priorities to donors
  • Experience in developing practical guidance and templates for field level staff
  • Possess deep knowledge of trends in humanitarian reform and commitments to localization, with a specific focus on the NGO community.
  • Understanding of the international humanitarian coordination system, including the cluster approach, and humanitarian leadership (e.g. HCT/HC)
  • Excellent inter-personal, communications, and facilitation skills
  • Ability to work within multi-cultural teams
  • Ability to manage own work as well as collaborate within a larger team
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and in complex environments
  • Willingness to travel internationally routinely including on short notice and for extended missions (up to 6 weeks)

Desirable:

  • Previous work experience in a similar project
  • Field experience in an emergency response deployment
  • Familiarity with US Government donor relations and compliance, particularly USAID/BHA

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

Concern is an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all section of the community.

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy accessible here. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, working or volunteering with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.

Your Personal Data

During this job application, you will provide Concern with your personal data. Concern takes its responsibilities towards this personal data very seriously and is committed to complying with all relevant data protection legislation.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year.  Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on ensuring that the name of any employee or volunteer (existing or new), does not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List).

Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will only be made following a successful clearance check being conducted on the applicant and such checks may be updated periodically during the course of the period of employment.

By submitting a formal application for paid or voluntary employment to Concern, you agree to Concern carrying out a clearance check as outlined above and that Concern will not proceed to recruit you should your name appear on any of the aforementioned lists

In certain circumstances, donors may request that personal data relating to employees to work on the activities that they fund be provided directly to them – so that they can perform their own counter terrorism checks. This may involve transferring some basic personal data outside the EEA. It will be a condition of your employment contract that Concern be allowed to share this information with institutional donors for these purposes.

For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

You have certain rights under data protection legislation. For more information on how to exercise those rights please visit www.concern.net/about/privacy

Please only apply for this position if you are satisfied with the proposed processing of your personal data as outlined above.

 

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Business Development Specialist

Description

 About Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization committed to the relief, assistance and advancement of the poorest people in the least developed countries of the world. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern Worldwide has nearly 4,000 personnel working in 24 countries across the globe. Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear; where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities essential to a long, healthy and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern.

Concern envisions a world where no one lives in poverty, fear, or oppression where everyone can exercise their rights to a decent standard of living with equal access to opportunities. We believe in creating a culture of inclusion where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to the workplace. Building a diverse and inclusive team is an absolute necessity to deliver the solutions needed to achieve our core mission, because without promoting justice and equality, we cannot eliminate extreme poverty.

Concern Worldwide US (CUS) is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide, with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. CUS advances the Concern Worldwide mission through mobilizing financial and human resources, as well as influencing and activating networks in the US to elevate programs globally.

The Business Development unit in New York provides proposal development support, coordination, and technical assistance to raise new business from the US Government (USG), as well as leadership in the cultivation and management of strategic partnerships with US-based foundations, private sector entities, and other institutions

The Role: 

Concern Worldwide US seeks a highly motivated team player to help us raise new funds from and expand our partnerships with institutions, with the ultimate aim to maintain and expand support for Concern Worldwide’s global humanitarian and poverty alleviation programs. This is an exciting opportunity to play an important role on a growing team, and to contribute to strategy, proposal development, and negotiation with donors and partners. As a member of the Business Development unit, the Business Development Specialist will report to the Senior Director of Business Development & Institutional Partnerships and work closely with colleagues in and across departments as well as with Concern colleagues worldwide.

Responsibilities: Including but not limited to

· Assist in the development of high quality proposals and supporting documents for proactive pitches as well as responses to competitive solicitations for a wide variety of institutional donors;

· Conduct thorough reviews of technical proposals, and support reviews of financial proposals with Concern US Finance team, to ensure they are programmatically sound, meet high copy edit standards, and maintain donor compliance (including USAID and State Department) and solicitation- or donor-specific guidelines and deadlines;

· Support research, relationship mapping, outreach, networking, and ongoing relationship management with strategic partners in prioritized program areas (e.g., climate change and environment);

· Develop compelling pitches and value propositions for key foundation and corporate prospects including pitches for shared value opportunities and grant funding;

· Support development of a strategic partnership strategy, including the development of indicators, and hold a key role in monitoring progress on strategy;

· Work with technical advisors and Concern country programs to develop a deep understanding of prioritized program areas and map program areas to key donor interests;

· Develop compelling communication assets for prioritized program areas and insights on donor interests in collaboration with Communication and Marketing;

· Liaise with International Program Directorate in Ireland and Concern country program staff to provide guidance, support, and technical assistance on all aspects of business development, including pre-positioning, program design, pitch/proposal development, and negotiation with donors and partners;

· Travel to strategic countries to assist with priority program and proposal development efforts important to Concern US and Concern Worldwide growth targets, as requested and jointly approved;

· Promote efficient communication externally as well as within the BD team to ensure effortless team function;

· Work with colleagues on the BD team to ensure the knowledge management systems are up-to-date;

· Collaborate with various teams, both in US office as well as worldwide, such as Communications, Marketing, Development, and Finance, to support the achievement of Concern’s mission;

· Conduct other duties in the Programs function as needed.

Requirements

· A minimum of two years’ experience working in international development, humanitarian, or social sector;

· Demonstrated track record in securing and/or managing high value awards from US or other governments, private institutions, multilateral or other donors;

· Knowledge and experience of US Government business development processes, specifically those of USAID and/or US State Department;

· Proven ability to write clear, logical, articulate, and persuasive proposals, including cost proposals and budgets;

· Excellent English language editing skills and exceptional attention to detail;

· Demonstrated ability to multi-task and handle multiple and often competing deadlines, which involves working with colleagues in different time zones;

· Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and analysis, and present insights in a clear, concise manner;

· Strong interpersonal skills (e.g., facilitation and conflict management) and the ability to work in a culturally diverse team environment;

· Commitment to the work and values of Concern Worldwide;

· Eligibility to work in the US.

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Director, Human Resources
Description

 

Background

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization committed to the relief, assistance and advancement of the poorest people in the least developed countries of the world. Founded in Ireland in

1968, Concern Worldwide has nearly 4,000 personnel working in 23 countries across the globe. Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear; where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities essential to a long, healthy and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable without ongoing

support from Concern.

Concern envisions a world where no one lives in poverty, fear, or oppression where everyone can exercise their rights to a decent standard of living with equal access to opportunities. We believe in creating a culture of inclusion where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to the workplace. Building a diverse and inclusive team is an absolute necessity to deliver the solutions needed to achieve our core mission, because without promoting justice and equality, we cannot eliminate extreme poverty.

Concern Worldwide US (CUS) is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide, with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. CUS advances the Concern Worldwide mission through mobilizing financial and human resources, as well as influencing and activating networks in the US to elevate programs globally.

Position Background

As part of Concern US’s current strategic plan, over the next two years, the organization will continue to leverage its organizational strengths to see the gains that have been made over the past decade in reducing hunger and poverty extended to the poorest, most isolated communities. Concern US will do this by focusing on three main priorities: 1.) Grow net income and diversify funding sources in order to sustainably support Concern’s programs. 2.) Support the development and implementation of quality programs, enhanced by knowledge exchange and external engagement. 3.) Relentlessly pursue organizational resilience and cultivate an adaptive culture with the right talent to achieve operational excellence.

Concern Worldwide US is seeking a talented Director, Human Resources who can manage and further advance the organization’s Human Resource profile to attract, develop, motivate, and retain productive, engaged employees. In collaboration with and under the direction of the CFO, the Director of Human Resources will be responsible for the Human Resources function of Concern Worldwide US and provide assistance to the international network of Concern Worldwide on human resources and recruitment. In addition, a primary responsibility of this role is to lead the organization in fulfilling its strategic vision of becoming a top tier employer in our market and sought out by candidates as a primary choice for employment.

Chief among your priorities will be your work in the area of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB). The Director, Human Resources will support the DIB team in creating and delivering initiatives designed to build a culture of inclusion and ensure the long-term sustainability of diversity and inclusion efforts. The successful candidate will be a champion for DIB, successfully build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, and design and execute creative ways to develop Concern US’s approach to DIB as we continue to scale our efforts.

Concern Worldwide US will look to the Director of HR to develop the members of our team, creating exciting career paths, and fostering a community of diversity, high performance, innovation, and passion. You will be expected to deliver a perspective on HR trends to senior colleagues to help shape strategy and business procedures as well as set standards and ensure best HR practice in the US office. Important will be your ability to drive continuous improvement and build our employer reputation through best in class employee recruitment and development strategies.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

• Support the management team and staff on all aspects of employee relations

• Oversee the management of all Concern US HR policies and procedures

• Provide assistance and advice to Managers in the roll out of personnel policies and ensure that the

requirements of the Concern US HR policies are adhered to by all employees

• Conduct comparative reviews and audits of current policies and practices to Labor Laws (federal, state and local) and donor policies; ensuring the organization remains compliant at all times and maintains

minimal company exposure to lawsuits

• Lead in the design and manage the implementation of programs and initiatives that further Concern

US’s DIB strategy and contribute to creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace

• Attend applicable HR conferences in order to stay current in the field and relevant in the marketplace

• In partnership with the CFO, lead on all US Office PSEA related matters

• Lead on all duty of care matters; working with managers to monitor all US staff work related travel

Leadership and Strategic Management

• Provide strategic, functional and technical leadership of the following Concern US HR functions: recruitment & selection, performance management, compensation & employee benefits, training & development, retention, employee relations, workforce analytics and all PSEA related matters

• Preparation of on-going and Board related reports for senior leadership team

• Provide strategic advice and guidance to the Senior Leadership Team on all HR related matters

• Work with the global HR team to develop and implement long / short-term plans, practices and

procedures that are aligned with Concern’s objectives and industry best practices

• Act as a champion of corporate priorities and change within the organization

Performance Management & Employee Development

• Responsible for organizational Talent Management across offices in New York, Chicago, and Los

Angeles

• Manage Concern US’s Performance Review process, providing guidance to managers on performance

appraisals and the development of performance standards

• Identify relevant training and development opportunities for staff

• Responsible for the development, implementation and tracking of employee development programs

• Coach managers on employee relations and manage difficult situations to resolution

• Anticipate and resolve complex problems and questions, including employee relations issues, in an

economical and equitable manner compliant with legal regulations and general business practices

 

Recruitment/Employment

• Oversee organization-wide recruitment, ensuring Concern US is equipped to attract, retain and motivate a high quality, diverse workforce enabling it to carry out its mission and achieve its objective

• Collaborate with management to determine the recruitment strategies tailored to each vacancy

• Manage the entire recruitment process with the assistance of the HR Coordinator — this includes the preparation of job descriptions, identifying the best advertising channels, collaborating with recruitment agencies, short listing applications, arranging interviews, and working closely with Managers and Directors in all aspects of pre and post-interview preparation

• Collaborate with hiring managers to thoughtfully craft comprehensive onboarding plans and introducing new hires to the organization and their roles

• Facilitate the acquisition of work and resident visas, when required

• Provide assistance to the Concern Worldwide Ireland office on recruitment of staff for Concern’s overseas programs – this includes posting of job vacancies in various locations, organizing and conducting interviews as requested by HR in Concern Worldwide Ireland

• Manage Concern US Fellowship program

Compensation & Benefits

• Manage Total Rewards approach: work with CEO and CFO to set salary determinations; conduct

periodic salary and benefits benchmarking surveys within applicable markets and develop related salary protocols; oversee annual auditing and selection/negotiation of benefits package

• Monitor all pay practices and systems for effectiveness and cost containment

• Complete fiscal year-end ERISA testing and tax reporting (Form 5500)

• Participate in relevant HR surveys, monitoring and benchmarking the organization

• Responsible for the Group Benefits Administration, including the recommendation of changes to

benefits based on current trends and providing general information to CUS employees

• Manage payroll with the assistance of the HR Manager and Controller

Administration & Management

• Supervise, coach and develop HR Manager

• Management of accurate and compliant records in the Human Resources Information System (HRIS)

and Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

• Develop and deliver HR reports for Senior Leadership Team on all HR related matters

• Advise the CFO on various HR related projects

Requirements

 A minimum of 8 to 10 years’ experience of progressive HR generalist responsibility in a human resources department, preferably with multiple office locations.

• Comprehensive knowledge of HR management principles and best practices

• Knowledge of State, Federal and NYC labor laws related including; EEO, ADA, Workers’ Compensation, Wage and Hour, COBRA, FMLA, and NYS Paid Family Leave

• Strong communications and interpersonal skills, the ability to work and build relationships with people from many cultures, and a commitment to the mission of Concern

• Collaborative team player comfortable leading as well as executing projects as required

• Experience in supervising and developing staff

• Strong work ethic coupled with enthusiastic and passionate approach to one’s work

Must exhibit a high degree of professionalism and integrity. The ability to function as a catalyst, coach, and doer, guiding people at all levels of the organization by utilizing a facilitative approach and

advancing the learning and development of others

• Demonstrated knowledge of current best practices and trends in diversity and inclusion, including familiarity with key concepts (e.g. cultural competence, unconscious bias, etc.) Practical experience designing and/or implementing D&I programs preferred

• Experience with an international organization, preferred

• Must have proficiency in computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

• Ability to demonstrate good judgment, discretion and confidentiality at all times

• Excellent time management and prioritization skills are absolutely necessary

• Eligibility to work in the US at time of hire

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Senior Business Development Specialist
Description

 About Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization committed to the relief, assistance and advancement of the poorest people in the least developed countries of the world. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern Worldwide has nearly 4,000 personnel working in 24 countries across the globe. Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear; where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities essential to a long, healthy and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern.

Concern envisions a world where no one lives in poverty, fear, or oppression where everyone can exercise their rights to a decent standard of living with equal access to opportunities. We believe in creating a culture of inclusion where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to the workplace. Building a diverse and inclusive team is an absolute necessity to deliver the solutions needed to achieve our core mission, because without promoting justice and equality, we cannot eliminate extreme poverty.

Concern Worldwide US (CUS) is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide, with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. CUS advances the Concern Worldwide mission through mobilizing financial and human resources, as well as influencing and activating networks in the US to elevate programs globally.

The Business Development unit in New York provides proposal development support, coordination, and technical assistance to raise new business from the US Government (USG), as well as leadership in the cultivation and management of strategic partnerships with US-based foundations, private sector entities, and other institutions

The Role:

Concern Worldwide US seeks a highly motivated team player to help us raise new funds from and expand our partnerships with institutions, with the ultimate aim to maintain and expand support for Concern Worldwide’s global humanitarian and poverty alleviation programs. This is an exciting opportunity to play an important role on a growing team, and to contribute to strategy, proposal development, and negotiation with donors and partners. As a member of the Business Development unit, the Senior Business Development Specialist will report to the Senior Director of Business Development & Institutional Partnerships and work closely with colleagues in and across departments as well as with Concern colleagues worldwide.

Responsibilities: including but not limited to

· Take responsibility for the administration, production, and configuration of pitch and proposal submissions in a dedicated geographic portfolio;

· Lead on the development of high quality proposals and supporting documents for proactive pitches as well as responses to competitive solicitations for a variety of institutional donors;

· Serve as a lead or support writer on proposals, contributing both technical and non-technical content and integrating inputs from staff and partners into a responsive, coherent proposal with a compelling vision and clear win themes;

· Conduct thorough reviews of technical proposals, and support reviews of financial proposals with Concern US Finance team, to ensure they are programmatically sound, meet high copy and quality standards, and maintain donor compliance (including USAID and State Department) and solicitation- or donor-specific guidelines and deadlines, with a particular focus on proposals from USAID, USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, and US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration;

· Provide expertise in positioning, capture planning and proposal preparation for specific opportunities with institutional donors;

· Support research, outreach, networking, and ongoing relationship management with strategic partners, as well as develop compelling pitches and value propositions for key foundation and corporate prospects;

· Liaise with International Program Directorate in Ireland and Concern country program staff to provide guidance, coaching, and technical assistance on all aspects of business development, including pre-positioning, program design, pitch/proposal development, and negotiation with donors and partners;

· Support and guide identification of partners and negotiation of Concern’s role on proposal teams (in prime and sub recipient roles), ensuring competitive and strategically aligned teams;

· Travel to strategic countries to assist with priority program and proposal development efforts important to Concern’s growth targets, as requested and jointly approved;

· Promote efficient communication externally as well as within the BD team to ensure effortless team function;

· Work with colleagues on the BD team to ensure the knowledge management systems are up-to-date;

· Collaborate with various teams, both in US office as well as worldwide, such as Communications, Marketing, Development, and Finance, to support the achievement of Concern’s mission;

· Conduct other duties in the Programs function as needed.

Requirements

 

· A minimum of five years’ experience working in international development, humanitarian, or social sector;

· Demonstrated track record in securing and/or managing high value awards from US or other governments, private institutions, multilateral or other donors;

· Knowledge and experience of US Government business development processes, specifically those of USAID and/or US State Department;

· Proven ability to write clear, logical, articulate, and persuasive proposals, including cost proposals and budgets;

· Excellent English language editing skills and exceptional attention to detail;

· Demonstrated ability to multi-task and handle multiple and often competing deadlines, which involves working with colleagues in different time zones;

· Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and analysis, and present insights in a clear, concise manner;

· Strong interpersonal skills (e.g., facilitation and conflict management) and the ability to work in a culturally diverse team environment;

· Commitment to the work and values of Concern Worldwide;

· Eligibility to work in the US.

Desirable:

· Track record of securing awards from USAID, including USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, and/or the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration;

· Experience leading USAID opportunity tracking, pre-positioning, intel capture, and partner negotiation;

· Ability to travel overseas on short-term assignments with minimal notice;

· Overseas living and/or professional experience;

· French or Arabic language skills.

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Program Officer, Humanitarian Training
Description

Job Title: Program Officer, Humanitarian Training

Contract Length: 14 months

Exact Job Location: Chicago or New York, US

Reports To: Program Manager, Humanitarian Training

Liaises With: Vice President of Programs, Senior Program Officer, Senior Technical Advisor – Localization, Senior Programs Specialist, Consortia Partners.

About Concern

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization committed to the relief, assistance and advancement of the poorest people in the least developed countries of the world. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern Worldwide has nearly 4,000 personnel working in 24 countries across the globe. Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear; where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities essential to a long, healthy and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern.

Concern envisions a world where no one lives in poverty, fear, or oppression where everyone can exercise their rights to a decent standard of living with equal access to opportunities. We believe in creating a culture of inclusion where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to the workplace. Building a diverse and inclusive team is an absolute necessity to deliver the solutions needed to achieve our core mission, because without promoting justice and equality, we cannot eliminate extreme poverty.

Concern Worldwide US (CUS) is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide, with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. CUS advances the Concern Worldwide mission through mobilizing financial and human resources, as well as influencing and activating networks in the US to elevate programs globally.

Position Background:

The Program Officer, Humanitarian Training will be a new and integral member of Concern’s Programs Team. Working in the Humanitarian Training Unit with the Vice President of Programs, Program Manager, Humanitarian Training, and Senior Program Officer, this position will support the implementation and expansion of a growing collection of Concern’s humanitarian capacity strengthening and research programs. Specifically, the Program Officer, Humanitarian Training will work directly under three such USAID funded programs: National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership (NNPHL), the Building a Better Response Project (BBR), and Beyond Barriers: Overcoming Funding and Workforce Obstacles to Achieve a Localized Humanitarian Response.

The background for these programs is as follows:

With funding from USAID, Concern, in consortium with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and International Medical Corps (IMC), developed the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership (NNPHL) in 2016. Now in its fifth year, NNPHL is a well-regarded training program that offers learning on humanitarian leadership, management, and topical issues critical to advancing humanitarian principles and alleviating suffering. Led by Concern, the NNPHL partners work together to ensure that quality leadership development opportunities are available for a wide range of humanitarians, with particular emphasis on national level staff working at national NGOs, gender balance, and regional representation. NNPHL has grown in scope and depth over the years by building on lessons learned, ultimately creating a world class leadership program for humanitarian professionals and reaching more than 3,650 learners throughout the world, including both blended learning participants and online learners. Additional information on the program can be found here: https://www.concernusa.org/nnphl.

Through a comprehensive e-learning coupled with remote and in-person workshops, the Building a Better Response Project (BBR) aims to build the capacity of NGO personnel, and other humanitarian actors, to engage with the international humanitarian coordination system in a manner that improves overall coordination and response to the needs of affected populations. The project, now in its eight year, is implemented by a consortium led by International Medical Corps, along with Concern and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, with funding from USAID. To date the program has reached over 70,000 humanitarians and has held over 90 trainings in 46 countries. Additional information on the program can be found here: www.buildingabetterresponse.org.

With funding from USAID, Beyond Barriers is focused research project that will conduct in depth analysis across five different humanitarian contexts, with a view to develop transferable learning on funding and staffing issues within the lens of localization. This analysis will be highly participatory, bringing in key stakeholders and participants across the areas targeted via in person 2 – 3-day consultation workshops, in-country site visits, and online global consultations. The research will build on gains made through existing USAID funded programming to incorporate learnings from Concern’s initiatives aimed at strengthening local humanitarian response capacity, including the Building a Better Response Project (BBR), and the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership (NNPHL).

MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Cohort Management & Workshop Logistics

· Work in collaboration with the Senior Program Officer to manage program communications for NNPHL participant cohorts, ensuring that program participants are well-informed on learning objectives, course requirements, assignments, workshops, coaching, and other relevant program information.

· Lead on the planning, administration, and logistics for upcoming BBR and NNPHL remote and in-person trainings (e.g. travel and venue logistics, participant support, etc.). This includes on-site logistics for week-long NNPHL intensive leadership trainings.

· Serve as the primary contact for all remote and in-person workshop logistics, including venue staff, and other workshop related vendors; and provide onsite troubleshooting for the participants and support the instructors when needed for NNPHL and BBR trainings.

Program Coordination

· Work extensively with Program Manager and consortia partners to ensure that all NNPHL and BBR program deliverables are met.

· With support from the Senior Program Officer, coordinate the application and selection processes for NNPHL Leadership Trainings and BBR Integrated Learning Workshop applicants.

· In collaboration with the Senior Program Officer, adapt and disseminate program documents for each NNPHL and BBR participant cohort (e.g., Participant Handbook, Syllabus, Welcome and Logistics Note, Coaching Handbook, Participant Bios, etc.).

· Manage the coaching and final assignments for the NNPHL program cohorts. This includes coaching recruitment, orientation, updating and maintaining related program documents, following-up with program participants on their progress, managing submissions/filing and documenting final assignment topics, and providing administrative support to the participants.

Administration and Finance (including reporting)

· In collaboration with the Program Manager and Senior Program Officer, lead on the development of donor reporting; submit quarterly and bi-annual USAID Narrative and Financial reports for NNPHL, Beyond Barriers, and BBR.

· Manage program and grant data, including monitoring and submission of NNPHL and BBR training data for USAID’s TraiNet as well as the management of all current and alumni participant data and information.

· Working with the organization’s web management vendor, lead on the NNPHL Online Course web administration, maintenance, and updates.

· Provide ad-hoc administration support to the organization’s Programs Team and other projects as needed.

· Working with the Senior Technical Advisor, provide administrative support to Beyond Barriers for research events, consultations, and workshops, as needed.

Communications 

· Collaborate with consortium partners on organizing and maintaining external program documents (e.g. ensuring the program updates are posted on the program websites, developing program brochures and outreach documents as well as internal stakeholder documents (e.g. managing the program files).

· Working closely with the Program Manager, disseminate program information on program social media and community of practice email outreach.

· Support the development of the quarterly NNPHL Alumni newsletter and NNPHL “Humanitarian Voices” blog series, working closely with participants and Concern’s Communications Team to document and disseminate stories.

Requirements

ESSENTIAL

· 2+ years of experience working for an international or domestic NGO.

· Demonstrated 2+ years of project administration and coordination experience, preferably in the humanitarian sector.

· Proven track record of supporting multi-partner projects.

· Excellent communication and writing skills with a demonstrated ability to produce compelling proposals and reports.

· Must be detail oriented with excellent time management and organizational skills.

· Must have the ability to work well under pressure in order to meet multiple, competing deadlines.

· Must possess strong emotional intelligence and able to manage competing interests and ideas

· Must be culturally sensitive and able to work with cohorts of participants from around the world

· Possess energy, initiative, and flexible approach to work, including with the willingness to travel internationally and domestically (approximately 20%).

· Strong commitment to Concern’s mission and values.

· Position to be based in either of Concern’s New York City or Chicago offices, but open to being remote from elsewhere temporarily.

· Candidate must have eligibility to work in the US.

DESIRABLE

· Undergraduate degree in Humanitarian Assistance, International Development, or other relevant discipline.

· Previous work experience overseas with an international or national NGO and knowledge of the humanitarian sector.

· Experience participating in, coordinating, or supporting blended learning programs (i.e., in-person and distance learning).

· Experience with website development and management, specifically on WordPress.

· Graphic design experience and competency.

· Familiarity with collecting and analyzing program data.

Familiarity with US Government donor relations and compliance, particularly USAID/BHA.

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Senior Program Specialist
Description

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization committed to the relief, assistance and advancement of the poorest people in the least developed countries of the world. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern Worldwide has nearly 4,000 personnel working in 23 countries across the globe. Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear; where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities essential to a long, healthy and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern.

Concern envisions a world where no one lives in poverty, fear, or oppression where everyone can exercise their rights to a decent standard of living with equal access to opportunities. We believe in creating a culture of inclusion where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to the workplace. Building a diverse and inclusive team is an absolute necessity to deliver the solutions needed to achieve our core mission, because without promoting justice and equality, we cannot eliminate extreme poverty.

Concern Worldwide US (CUS) is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide, with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. CUS advances the Concern Worldwide mission through mobilizing financial and human resources, as well as influencing and activating networks in the US to elevate programs globally.

Position Background: The Senior Program Specialist will be a new and integral member of Concern’s Programs Department. Working closely with Concern’s Dublin based Strategy, Advocacy, and Learning Unit (SAL) and New York based Humanitarian Training Unit (HTU), this position will be instrumental to the successful roll out of the Beyond Barriers: Overcoming Funding and Workforce Obstacles to Achieve a Localized Humanitarian Response Project; a two-year, research and capacity development program with the end goal of assisting a variety of stakeholders, including the UN, INGOs, NNGOs, and donor governments to overcome barriers to achieving a more effective, localized humanitarian response.

The Senior Program Specialist will have the primary responsibility for collection, analysis, and presentation of data related to the project. This data will come from multiple sources including online large-scale methodologies, in-person workshops, focus group discussion, and enumerator-based surveys. The Senior Program Specialist will also be responsible for extensive research and desk review, as well as the day-to-day management of the program including planning workshops and research gathering, donor reporting, and other routine program management tasks.

The Senior Program Specialist will also be integral in supporting the Senior Technical Advisor- Localization in the development of research protocols, study design, and engagement with academic partners. The program is still in the start-up phase, and as such, a high degree of flexibility and adaptability will be required to ensure that program implementation can begin successfully. The successful candidate will have a strong background in research and data analysis and will also be familiar with humanitarian response. Finally, the Senior Program Specialist will also work directly on a growing collection of capacity strengthening programs implemented by Concern US including the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership (NNPHL) and the Building a Better Response Project (BBR).

The background for these programs is as follows:

With funding from USAID, Beyond Barriers: Overcoming Funding and Workforce Obstacles to Achieve a Localized Humanitarian Response Project is focused research project that will conduct in depth analysis across five different humanitarian contexts, with a view to develop transferable learning on funding and staffing issues within the lens of localization. This analysis will be highly participatory, bringing in key stakeholders and participants across the areas targeted via in person 2 – 3-day consultation workshops, in-country site visits, and online global consultations. The research will build on gains made through existing USAID funded programming to incorporate learnings from Concern’s initiatives aimed at strengthening local humanitarian response capacity, including the Building a Better Response Project (BBR), and the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership (NNPHL).

With funding from USAID, Concern, in consortium with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and International Medical Corps (IMC), developed the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership (NNPHL) in 2016. Now in its fifth year, NNPHL is a well-regarded training program that offers learning on humanitarian leadership, management, and topical issues critical to advancing humanitarian principles and alleviating suffering. Led by Concern, the NNPHL partners work together to ensure that quality leadership development opportunities are available for a wide range of humanitarians, with particular emphasis on national level staff working at national NGOs, gender balance, and regional representation. NNPHL has grown in scope and depth over the years by building on lessons learned, ultimately creating a world class leadership program for humanitarian professionals and reaching more than 3,650 learners throughout the world, including both blended learning participants and online learners. Additional information on the program can be found here: https://www.concernusa.org/nnphl.

Through a comprehensive e-learning coupled with remote and in-person workshops, the Building a Better Response Project (BBR) aims to build the capacity of NGO personnel, and other humanitarian actors, to engage with the international humanitarian coordination system in a manner that improves overall coordination and response to the needs of affected populations. The project, now in its eight year, is implemented by a consortium led by International Medical Corps, along with Concern and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, with funding from USAID. To date the program has reached over 70,000 humanitarians and has held over 90 trainings in 46 countries. Additional information on the program can be found here: www.buildingabetterresponse.org.

MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

· Conduct a detailed desk review on context specific barriers to localization in order to analyze and document the factors that have led to advances in local and national NGO capacity in and across various humanitarian contexts. This will include both third party data, as well as Concern and Concern’s partner specific data, evaluations, and research. This will also include developing criteria for contexts to be studied and illustrative of differing humanitarian challenges.

· Help Identify and engage key local academic partners with the expertise necessary to promote evidence-based approaches to improved delivery of humanitarian assistance through enhanced localization, focused mainly on humanitarian financing and human resource related topics.

· Design a data collection system for all identified research methodologies and implement said system.

· Design online survey: Implement, collect, and analysis of data from said survey.

· Co-design and implementation of study protocol with Senior TA including assisting in 1-2 in person workshops (working with other Concern project staff).

· Lead in development of website for hosting of research products and learning.

· Develop and roll out dissemination strategy for deliverables.

· Support dissemination and roll-out of the program’s learning products including coordinating a series of stakeholder meetings as well as 1-day workshops where study findings and suggested solutions to barriers and limitations of actualizing a localized humanitarian response will be presented.

· Ensure that the program incorporates humanitarian principles throughout the project/research design and is in line with Concern’s policies and best practices in humanitarian research ethics and guidance.

· Support the development and roll-out of the Building a Better Response e-learning tool as per Concern’s scope of work on the project.

· Support implementation and expansion of the National NGO Program on Humanitarian Leadership; including research and writing support as well as proposal development for additional sources of program funding.

Requirements

ESSENTIAL

· 4+ years of experience working for an NGO or academic organization.

· Minimum 3 years of experience conducting research (preferably with a humanitarian/ development lens) including demonstrated outputs.

· Knowledge and experience working with large data sets in an academically rigorous environment.

· Familiarity or previous experience working with the US Government as a donor (USAID, OFDA, FFP, PRM, BHA etc.).

· Extremely detail oriented, with strong writing and editing skills.

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; capable of facilitating a diverse range of internal and external relationships, often through remote communications.

· Ability to undertake domestic and international travel to Concern program areas – which includes complex environments (minimum 10%).

· Demonstrated high energy and the ability to handle multiple and often competing last minute deadlines.

· Demonstrated capacity to frame complex situations and present options.

· Position to be based in either of Concern’s New York City or Chicago offices, but open to being remote from elsewhere temporarily.

· Candidate must have eligibility to work in the US.

DESIRABLE

· Advanced degree in Humanitarian Assistance, International Development, or other relevant discipline.

· Foreign language ability applicable to Concern’s areas of operation, French preferred.

· Experience with website development and management.

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