International Rescue Committee Deputy Director of Programs in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Requisition ID: req4161

Job Title: Deputy Director of Programs

Sector: Program Administration

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Yangon, Myanmar

Job Description


The IRC began working in Myanmar in May 2008 with emergency response and early recovery interventions for communities affected by Cyclone Nargis. Since then, the IRC has broadened its portfolio with health, protection, livelihoods, and social development programs aiming to employ a holistic approach to meeting the needs of crisis affected and vulnerable communities to survive, recover, and gain control of their futures. In conjunction with humanitarian programs and longer-term programs working in system strengthening and participatory community-driven development, the IRC works in emergency preparedness and response, supporting its staff and its partners to become more resilient and responsive to shocks and respond quickly when they occur.


The IRC is seeking a dynamic, analytical, and highly motivated individual for the position of Deputy Director for Programs (DDP). The DDP provides a leadership, decision-making and coordinating role on programmatic issues, and works closely with the Country Director and other members of the Senior Management Team to ensure delivery on IRC Myanmar’s five-year Strategic Action Plan. The DDP oversees technical Program Coordinators, the Grants Unit, the M&E team and the Emergency Response Coordinator, and, as the leader of the programs department, collaborates closely with operations leads to support more effective program delivery and coordination. The DDP also works closely with the Regional Unit, Technical Units and Headquarter staff based in London, Bangkok, New York and Nairobi. The DDP reports to the Country Director.


Strategic Planning and Program Development

•Support and oversee the implementation and revisions of the Country Strategic Action Plan (SAP); serve as the focal point person for the SAP Monitoring and Reporting Protocol and SAP Implementation Committee;

•Support the Program Design and Grants Coordinator and technical leads in the design of new programs that grow IRC’s overall portfolio in line with strategic objectives and targets;

•Maintain relationships with implementing partners, donors and counterparts in the NGO community to develop opportunities for leadership and collaboration;

•Contribute to building IRC Myanmar’s disaster preparedness and emergency response capacity, as appropriate to country context, needs and operational capacity.

Program Implementation and Coordination

•Oversee and provide guidance around the collection, analysis and dissemination of program information (qualitative and quantitative) to inform all stages of the project cycle to increase shared learning internally and externally;

•Oversee the grants and M&E department, and ensure program implementation is managed through the development of work plans, spending plans, procurement plans, donor communications, regular BvA meetings, and other needed grants meetings;

•Maintain regular communication and collaboration with the HQ-based technical advisors to mobilize technical support for high quality programming in line with best practice and humanitarian principles;

•Foster coordination across program sectors, and work with the Deputy Director for Operations and operations and finance departments to support strong and effective cross-department collaboration;

•As a member of the SMT, ensure that security, procurement, HR and financial processes are supportive of quality programming.

Staff Management

•Supervise the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Coordinator, Health Director, Senior Program Design and Grants Coordinator, M&E Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator, and Tat Lan Project Director, and provide shared oversight of the Communications Manager;

•Monitor and evaluate staff progress toward assigned tasks and agreed objectives and provide appropriate and timely feedback regarding performance;

•Support the identification of promising staff within the country program and contribute to capacity and career development and retention plans;

•Assist in developing job descriptions and in the recruitment of senior program staff. Ensure that regular and quality staff evaluations are conducted for all program staff.


•Actively, systematically and regularly communicate with IRC’s partners in country.

•Maintain a sound understanding of programs to be able to represent the IRC and the IRC’s interests with partners, government, donors and clients.

•Promote IRC Myanmar’s vision and mission amongst all staff.

•Serve as an active member of the Senior Management Team and deputize for the Country Director as necessary.

•Coordinate donor visits, and support field staff in preparing and conducting these visits as necessary.


•Graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., international development, social science, non-profit management, etc.).

•Excellent professional track record with 5-6 years of overseas humanitarian experience including proven program leadership responsibilities; knowledge of key IRC program sectors (protection, health, livelihoods) is a strong advantage.

•Proven ability to think strategically, prioritize and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment; strong analytical capacity and ability to adapt to change and manage competing priorities.

•Excellent leadership, people management, interpersonal and negotiation skills and a demonstrated ability to develop harmonious teams in a culturally diverse context; experience managing complex teams and working collaboratively with programs and operational departments.

•Strong diplomacy and communication skills; ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with partners, donors, government and clients.

•Demonstrated experience in program design, preparation of logical frameworks, budgets and grant management; experience with USAID, BPRM, UN donors, ECHO/EC, DFID, DFAT, and private funding sources.

•Fluent English language ability and excellent English writing skills.

•Strong computer skills: including competency in the use of Windows MS office programs.


The DDP position is based in Yangon, Myanmar with frequent travel (approximately 30%) required to project field site locations in rural areas of the country and approximately 1 -2 international trips per year. This is an accompanied post.