LHIF Country Coordinator en International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Requisition ID: req27861
Job Title: LHIF Country Coordinator
Sector: Advocacy & Government Affairs
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: Yes
Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Job Description

The Country Coordinator of the Lebanon Humanitarian INGO Forum (LHIF), hosted by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), provides strategic and technical guidance to the LHIF Steering Committee and Plenary, spearheads joint LHIF advocacy and operational initiatives, and ensures consistent LHIF engagement with response leadership and planning mechanisms. The Country Coordinator leads the work of the Secretariat and represents LHIF internally and externally as necessary to support lobbying with key donors, UN agencies and Government Representatives.

Major Responsibilities

The LHIF Country Coordinator will be required to maintain the following general responsibilities:
  • Act as focal point for LHIF and represent the Forum externally, often to senior-level officials (including government representatives and UN) and in senior-level coordination bodies.
  • Ensure that LHIF’s position on specific issues and interests are well represented at relevant platforms and meetings.
  • Act as liaison and represent the Forum with local, regional and global NGO fora (such as ICVA and InterAction).
  • Support LHIF members in developing and formulating common positioning, messaging and strategies on key humanitarian and operational issues.
  • Spearhead and manage joint advocacy and operational initiatives, as agreed by members.
  • In cooperation with the LHIF Steering Committee, oversee the LHIF Advocacy & Communications Advisor, Advocacy Focal Group and other LHIF thematic working groups in the development and implementation of LHIF advocacy strategies, identification of potential advocacy opportunities and consolidation of joint statements and talking points from LHIF.
  • Follow and undertake analysis on issues relevant to the LHIF Strategic Directions; synthesize and provide briefings on key concerns for LHIF members.
  • Research and draft policy, position and background/analysis papers on LHIF issues, as tasked by the Steering Committee or Plenary, and support LHIF members in identifying recommendations for moving forward.
  • Ensure members are kept up-to-date on developments and consolidate member feedback to the UN, donors and government on issues related to the response strategy, management, coordination, and leadership.
  • Attend relevant sector working groups, inter-agency, and other coordination meetings.
  • Facilitate enhanced NGO engagement in coordination mechanisms through advocacy for NGO leadership positions, orientations for NGO staff, and other support as needed.
  • Develop and maintain working contacts with relevant external stakeholders (e.g. RC/HC, UN agencies, donors, diplomats, MOSA, Red Cross, national NGOs, etc.)
  • Organize any ad-hoc meetings or events with policy makers and relevant stakeholders in consultation with the LHIF SC to advance humanitarian issues raised by the LHIF.
  • Support the LHIF Steering Committee in jointly representing LHIF in meetings with donor governments, the Government of Lebanon, the United Nations, national NGOs, and other external stakeholders, to convey views of the LHIF members. Coordinate and attend LHIF meetings with external stakeholders; consolidate key issues and talking points from LHIF members in advance of meetings; record and disseminate notes to all LHIF members following meetings.
  • Facilitate and ensure consistent LHIF representation in response leadership and planning mechanisms, such as the LCRP Steering Committee and HCT.
  • Represent LHIF in the Inter-Sector Working Group, and other coordination and planning mechanisms as delegated.
  • Act as liaison and represent LHIF with the Syria INGO Regional Forum (SIRF), ICVA, InterAction, and other local, regional and global NGO fora.
  • Draft and disseminate to various audiences any LHIF statement / position / press release agreed on by the LHIF. If relevant and agreed, organize press conferences and manage media relationships.
  • Monitor and propose specific revisions as necessary to LHIF Governance Framework and Host Agency Agreement, for approval of the LHIF Steering Committee, Host Agency, and/or Plenary.
  • Oversee the LHIF Steering Committee election processes.
  • Undertake annual LHIF Strategic Planning, oversee implementation of and report on the agreed Strategic Directions.
  • Manage LHIF membership and observer processes and fee collection.

In addition to the above general responsibilities the LHIF Country Coordinator will ensure delivery of the following:

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Manage and provide strategic and technical expertise on joint advocacy and operational initiatives agreed on by LHIF members
  • Support the LHIF Steering Committee in representing LHIF in different fora and meetings in Lebanon and abroad.
  • Facilitate and ensure consistent LHIF engagement in response leadership and planning mechanisms, such as the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP), HCT, and Inter-Sector.
  • Lead the LHIF Secretariat, including management of activities, staff, administration, and finances

Directly or via management of Secretariat staff:

  • Organize and facilitate LHIF Plenary Meetings, LHIF Steering Committee Meetings, and the meetings of agreed LHIF sub-groups.
  • Record and disseminate minutes of internal and external meetings to the LHIF members
  • Maintain an up-to-date Contact List of all LHIF member and observer representatives, alternates, and issue focal points
  • Facilitate an improved communication and information sharing plan by ensuring that relevant LHIF communication channels and platforms are enhanced and that reports, announcements, developments, etc. are circulated to all LHIF members
  • Plan and coordinate LHIF-sponsored trainings and workshops
  • Maintain a “bird’s eye” mapping of LHIF member and observer sector, donor, beneficiary, and geographic coverage (to be updated quarterly).

In close coordination with the LHIF Host Agency:
  • Manage LHIF Secretariat staff and consultants.
  • Manage LHIF Secretariat budget and expenditures.
  • Develop proposals, extensions and modifications to ensure ongoing funding for the LHIF Secretariat and LHIF initiatives.
  • Timely reporting on LHIF funding and proposals.

Job Requirements:

Education: Master’s degree in humanitarian affairs, development studies, public policy, international relations, or a related field (or equivalent professional experience).

Work Experience:

  • At least 7 years’ experience in humanitarian programming (ideally in protracted crises and/or post-conflict recovery), with at least 2 years’ experience in country program senior management. Experience in development contexts is an added value.
  • Significant prior experience with humanitarian and/or NGO coordination essential, preferably in refugee or post-conflict settings. Previous experience with directly coordinating NGO networks or sectors/clusters strongly preferred.
  • Experience in representation within HCTs, ISCGs, and other IASC coordination mechanisms, as well as with Governments, donors and UN agencies. Knowledge and understanding of the UN system, humanitarian coordination architecture, and humanitarian principles essential.
  • Experience developing or managing humanitarian policy analysis and advocacy initiatives.
  • Experience working in the MENA region and/or with the Syria Crisis preferred.
  • Expertise in strategic advocacy and networking and building alliances.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Diplomatic and inter-personal skills a must, ability to build positive relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-organizational context.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, including staff management, partner management, and financial management.
  • Excellent strategic and analytical skills, including ability to synthesize and effectively communicate complex issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Editorial and presentation abilities highly valued.
  • Experienced in project and financial management.
  • Computer proficiency.

Language Skills: English. Arabic skills a major asset. French a bonus.

Working Environment:

  • Standard office working environment
  • Some international travel as needed
  • Applicants must have a home office or alternate workspace they can effectively complete their work from during regularly scheduled work hours.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality 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.
IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.

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