Ended Senior Manager, Community Participation

The Job

Job Title: Senior Manager, Community Participation

Location: Aden, Yemen

Duration: 1 year


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.


Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world and has been plagued with internal conflicts in recent years. The current conflict in Yemen has created the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with 22.2 million people in need of assistance and millions on the brink of famine. At least 10% of the population has been driven from their homes, the economy is in freefall, and malnutrition and disease are widespread. For education, as for other basic services, the impact has been disastrous. Teachers are unpaid, school buildings are occupied or destroyed, and classrooms remain without basic materials and supplies. In short, the education system has largely collapsed, weakened as it was already by previous conflict, limited public funding and rapid population growth.  As many as 4.5 million children have been out of school since the start of the school year in October 2017, with the hardest-to-reach and worst affected children from families among internally displaced populations (IDPs).

In such a context, addressing the education and protection needs of Yemen’s children calls for a local, community-centered approach that at the same time rebuilds the capacity of educational institutions from the bottom-up, bridging immediate humanitarian response with longer-term sustainable development objectives.

In this regard, IRC will implement a three year program, Improving Access to Quality Education in Yemen (IAQY), with the goal of restoring education opportunities for out-of-school children (OOSC). This program will increase access to safe and quality education through improved service delivery at all levels and will expand equal access to education that meets the needs of crisis-affected OOSC. It will improve the quality of teaching and learning, increase the wellbeing of children and teachers, provide teacher training, ongoing school-based support and professional development, and raise the knowledge, skills and abilities for inclusive education of local and education district government officials, caregivers and community members. By the end of year 3, this program will have reached 14,040 OOSC aged 6 to 14, and bring the benefits of improved community and parental  participation, safer school environments, better trained and supported teachers to an estimated additional 16,200 children; furthermore, 2,025 School Father and Mother Councils (FMCs) members and 756 teachers will receive training and support. 

SCOPE OF WORK: Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator based in Sana’a, and Deputy Coordinator based in Aden, the Senior Community  participation ( ) Manager (SCEM) will be responsible for coordination and supervision of the Community  participation ( ) component of the program and management of its teams in governorates.

The SCEM is expected to travel to the field frequently for coordination, implementation support, program monitoring and field-level decision making.


Programmatic Leadership

  • Provide oversight of all community  participation ( ) activities in Yemen;
  • Lead design and development of community  participation’s training and activity programs;
  • Oversee management and implementation of community  participation ( ) at operational levels.
  • Establish and foster relationships with relevant counterparts in the government of Yemen;
  • Contribute to preparation and revisions of work plan(s);
  • Direct and monitor staff’s implementation of work plans and quality of results;
  • Share relevant information and direction to improve quality and timeliness of achievement;
  • Collaborate with rest of the education program team for effective and efficient performance and best outcomes.
  • Coordinate for efficient community  participation ( ) works at different locations in Yemen.
  • Maintain relationships with key project stakeholders.
  • Participate in training whenever needed.
  • Pursue professional development of themselves in coordination and collaboration with IRC.

Grant Management

  • Manage expenditures to designated level.
  • Monitor monthly expenditures and track budgets to ensure that all spending is in line with approved budgets and timelines.
  • Contribute to relevant project reporting and donor requirements by due deadlines.
  • Do other tasks as required by supervisors.

Monitoring & Reporting

  • Ensure quality of M&E inputs, processes and results.
  • Track management and implementation of community  participation ( ) activities at operational levels in all governorates and report per the program needs.
  • Visit the field as required to ensure ongoing work and monitor progress.
  • Ensure all monitoring activities are fully documented.
  • Write monitoring and evaluation reports for IRC and its partners.

Staff Management

  • Oversee governorates’ field managers and officers.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members.
  • Provide guidance to staff for effective performance.
  • Ensure timely completion of work tasks and their related reports.
  • Observe in collaboration with Human Resources compliance of staff with IRC’s rules, regulations and code of conduct.
  • Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the team.


  • Do other duties as assigned by the supervisors to effectively develop and implement IRC programs.

 Professional Standards

  • All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.


  • Bachelor or higher in education or community  participation related field.
  • 5-8 years of technical experience in design and implementation of community  participation works, preferably in education. For example:
    • community mobilization and outreach strategies,
    • social accountability tools such as community scorecards, and
    • developing and designing trainings, and designing strategies to strengthen the role of communities in overseeing education services.
  • 3-5 years of experience in leading teams, preferably during an emergency,
  • Experience facilitating technical trainings and workshops related to education.
  • Proven abilities in managing teams, monitoring staff performance, and providing technical support and coaching to field teams,
  • Prior experience in developing program implementation work plans, data collection and analysis, and program reporting,
  • Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail,
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, creativity and flexibility
  • INGO experience preferred,
  • Personal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well,
  • Fluency in Arabic and English writing and speaking

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 candidates should send their CVs in English to aden.recruitment@rescue.org not later than 12 November 2018 putting the job title as the email subject to be considered.

Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply. IRC is an equal opportunity Employer. Only short listed candidates will be contacted

  • Employer: IRC
  • Category: Management
  • Location: Aden
  • Posted on: 29 October 2018
  • Deadline: 12 November 2018