WANTED: Economic Recovery & Development (ERD) Coordinator – Syria

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) seeks an Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) Coordinator for Syria.

The Senior Economic Recovery & Development (ERD) Coordinator will provide overall strategic direction for the program in Syria. This role will manage continued growth, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of basic needs and livelihoods programs in northern and southern Syria. The portfolio includes a continuation of direct implementation alongside proactively exploring the potential for partnerships with Syrian NGOs for cash assistance and livelihoods interventions, in accordance with IRC’s Syria strategy. The IRC’s ERD programming relies on a market-based approach to the greatest extent possible. This means meeting urgent priority basic and livelihood needs of displaced populations without compromising existing market structures and mechanisms in addition to seeking opportunities where future livelihoods development opportunities exist.

The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are 4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.

IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 3,000 staff and workers in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.

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.

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