FSF Project Director – Cameroon

Background/IRC Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC provides vital care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and 22 US cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions of uprooted people struggling to survive. The IRC paves the way for evil at home.

The IRC’s vision is to lead the humanitarian field in delivering high-impact, cost-effective programs for people affected by crises and using our learning and experience to shape policy and practice. To achieve this vision, IRC’s Technical Excellence (TE) units provide technical assistance to IRC country program staff and share what we learn to influence policy and practice. TE is made up of technical units, all of which have deep expertise in their respective sectors: education, economic welfare, governance, health, and violence prevention and response.

The Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU) works to reduce people’s vulnerability to violence, support their recovery and promote transformative work for a violence-free future. The unit houses expertise in the areas of child protection, protection and rule of law, and women’s protection and empowerment (WPE).

The position will be based within the Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU) strategy and learning team, which focuses on developing and testing innovative program models and approaches ; development of programming tools, guidance, curricula and other resources; generating evidence through research and learning; and evidence-based advocacy to influence policy and practice in the area of ​​violence prevention and response.


The FSF Project Director will be responsible for a 36-month AFD-funded grant titled Feminist Solidarity Fund for Girls’ Education (FSF). Through this project, the FSF Consortium will support a range of feminist CSOs and WROs working in our 7 focus countries and/or regionally to accelerate gender equality in and through education. These include:

  • CSOs providing direct support to girls and their families to remove barriers to education at individual, family and community levels.
  • CSOs work directly with schools and other sub-national institutions to improve the quality of support for adolescent girls in school as well as access to education for out-of-school girls.
  • And, CSOs conducting research and/or advocacy to advance girls’ rights, including access to education

Priority will be given to CSOs working with the most marginalized, vulnerable or underserved sub-groups of adolescent girls, such as those who have experienced violence, those experiencing multiple crises, those who are marginalized because of their gender and their sexual orientation.

The FSF Project Director will be responsible for the overall delivery of the program and will have responsibility for leading the overall management of this award, which will be primarily implemented by IRC and 3 other regional consortium partners. He/she will provide strategic and operational leadership to develop and implement a successful program. In collaboration with the FSF Project Technical Advisors, the Project Director will ensure compliance with the overall technical and programmatic quality of the implementation, adherence to AFD rules and regulations and timely submission of all deliverables, including annual work plans, performance monitoring plans, reports. as requested. The Project Manager will be responsible for ensuring the quality and consistency of programming across all countries and, to this end, will organize and lead regular virtual project review meetings and annual project review meetings. face-to-face project for all project stakeholders.

This role will also be responsible for coordinating with other relevant IRC offices and teams, including the Awards Management Unit (Compliance, PGST), CRRD Technical Units (Education, and Protection and women’s empowerment), regional and national leaders, as appropriate.

In addition, the role will also liaise regularly with the AFD Desk Officer in Paris and in implementing countries as required.


Reports to: Director of Strategy and Learning, Violence Prevention and Response Unit


Project management, delivery, management, coordination and quality assurance

  • Take overall responsibility for the high quality design and implementation of all aspects of the program, based on real needs and response analysis.
  • Provide strategic direction, strong leadership and ensure technically sound decision-making processes in coordination with the Technical Advisor and Steering Committee comprised of regional and national management staff.
  • Serve as the main point of contact with AFD and maintain regular communication (in French and/or English, as specified by the donor)
  • Represent the IRC in all relevant forums at all times.
  • Ensure compliance and compliance with IRC and AFD rules and regulations.
  • Ensure timely start-up and implementation of the program in collaboration with country program staff, partner(s) and relevant departments.
  • Lead a successful consortium of 3 partners
  • Lead the implementation and support a well-functioning team
  • Adhere to feminist principles in all aspects of work
  • Ensure regular and timely monitoring, including in-country monitoring, and monthly reports on all aspects of program management, including the action plan (analysis of budget and actual expenditures, progress and update of the work plan, collection and analysis of data and monitoring of indicators, -price). Document monitoring observations and results and communicate them to key stakeholders. Report and troubleshoot when issues arise during implementation.
  • Assume full responsibility for the delegated budget management function on the programmatic aspects of the program, actively participate in grant review meetings and contribute to financial decision-making, ensuring that value for money can be achieved. effectively demonstrated to the donor. Support budget realignments and grant amendments/modifications
  • Support baseline surveys, regular monitoring, review and evaluation, in cooperation with partners.
  • Foster an integrated approach by coordinating and cooperating with all related thematic areas during program implementation and for future program design and development.
  • Produce high quality reports within agreed deadlines.
  • Ensure that cross-cutting themes such as customer responsiveness, gender and best use of resources (BUR) are effectively mainstreamed throughout implementation. Ensure internal IRC policies and procedures (e.g. OTIS, PEERS) are followed.
  • Ensure that established international, national and inter-agency standards and guidelines are adhered to.
  • Document program learning and integrate analysis and lessons learned into new strategies/activities.
  • Stay informed of programmatic issues and security and political developments in project areas and how they might affect program implementation


  • Master’s degree in international development, gender, sociology or related field.
  • At least 8-10 years of experience in a humanitarian and development NGO or multilateral agency with a particular focus on leading programs for women and girls
  • Experience working within or closely with feminist/women’s movements and/or organizations in the Global South
  • Experience leading or managing consortia
  • International field experience, particularly in the region, preferred
  • Experience managing programs and/or grants with key donors, such as AFD, USAID, DFID and/or European Union/ECHO.
  • Experience in managing donor compliance, proposal writing, budgeting and representing implementers to donors
  • Proven ability to lead, manage and develop teams, including staff working remotely
  • Proven ability to manage multiple workflows and coordinate across teams/functions
  • Excellent relationship management skills with colleagues in the field and at headquarters, key stakeholders and donors
  • Ability to drive adaptive thinking and management, creating a culture of open communication, problem solving and learning.
  • Ability to travel internationally approximately 40% of the time
  • Fluency in English and French required

All IRC staff members are expected to adhere to THE IRC Way standards of professional conduct and employment policies of IRC countries.

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