The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Today, 13.4 million people in Syria - more than half of the country's population are in need of humanitarian assistance with needs increasingly being exacerbated by economic decline. Of these, 6.8 million are refugees and asylum-seekers who have fled the country. 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 a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 1000+ staff in Syria Country Program. IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, early childhood development, education, women’s protection and empowerment, non-food items and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, protection and rule of law, 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 Partnerships Supply Chain Officer is responsible for supporting the partnerships supply chain function from procurement, warehousing, pharma inventory, assets, and logistics. He/she will work closely with partners from capacity assessments, capacity development and will help in promoting compliance to both IRC and donor policies as well as promoting supply chain best practices.
The Partnerships Supply Chain Officer –will work closely with both IRC’s Partnerships as well as Supply chain teams, reporting to the Partnerships Supply Chain Manager WOS and will help to enhance better coordination mechanisms at hub level.
- Contribute to assessing, reviewing, and analyzing technical areas of procurement, inventory, asset management, policies and procedure following each PCA conducted.
- Be up to date with the latest information on all partner procurements carried out by IRC and identify any issues that might need urgent attention.
- Monitor progress made with partners on any capacity development initiatives i.e. trainings, mentorships and coaching.
- Identify and report any risks in procurement or supply chain from partners and share with the Partnership Supply Manager for further action where necessary.
- Carry out market analysis that will help partners during their procurement processes and evaluations whilst at the same time ensuring best value for money.
- Support partners to develop their procurement plans in line with their budget, spending plans and work plans.
- Where necessary, support partners by attending procurements evaluation meetings such as bid analysis, vendor selection as an observer and for the purpose of providing guidance.
- Conduct monitoring visits on asset inventory and pharma inventory management in general and share feedback with partners including discussing and agreeing on an improvement plan.
- Ensuring that the partners’ assets list is up to date for reporting, grants management purposes with guidance from the Partnership Supply Chain Manager.
- Ensures Partners comprehension about ethical practices in procurement, and compliance.
- Champion robust partner relationship management characterized by the core partnership principles from IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS) of responsibility, results-oriented approach, equality, transparency, and complementarity.
- Support the SC Partnerships manager and the rest of the Partnerships team including Partnership Finance in promoting PEERS policy whilst working with partners as far as partnerships is concerned including fostering quarterly monitoring visits and drawing lessons from Supply Chain Perspective.
- Working together with the Partnership Managers, IRC Supply chain teams, pharmacy team on CIK’s and donations.
- Any other duties assigned by the line Manager from time to time.
- Education: University Degree or Diploma.
- Experience: Minimum of (2) years of professional experience in Supply Chain or related fields, preferably with an INGO.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
- Knowledge of generic procurement procedures and practices (IRC or NGO experience).
- Knowledge of Supply chain donor rules and regulations.
- Demonstrated success as a procurement leader within supply chain including planning, procurement and logistics.
- Good collaborator and influencer with effective interpersonal and analytical skills who is able to work.
- seamlessly across cultures, organizational units, and suppliers.
- Knowledge and experience in procurement plans, strategies, market analysis techniques, procurement and contracting
- Good analytical and negotiation skills
- Excellent skills in conducting market analysis and sourcing strategies.
- Able to work effectively in a highly matrixed structure.
- Good mathematical skills.
- Familiarity with the Syrian context and work under Syria programs is an asset.
- Excellent communication, mentoring, and reporting skills.
- Ability to work under pressure and in a multinational environment, ability to multitask, and an excellent teammate.
- Excellent MS Office skills.
- A commitment to IRC’s mission, vision, values, and IRC Way – Professional Code of Conduct.
- Validated sense of professional discretion, integrity, and ability to handle complex situations diplomatically and to effective resolution.
- Excellent written and oral communication in English is required, Arabic and Turkish are preferable.
- Travel: 30% to field sites
Key Working Relationships:
- Position Reports to: Supply Chain Partnerships Manager
- Position directly supervises: NA.
- Indirect Reporting (If applicable):
- Key Internal Contacts: Partnerships, Supply Chain, Grants, HR, Finance, Field Management, Programs
- Key External Contacts: Donors, partners, suppliers & other stakeholders as deemed needed.
If you are interested in applying for the position, please apply through the following link, noting that the advert will close June 4th,2023:
Professional Standards: IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and carries out policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Respect at Work Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Returning National Candidates: We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a citizen of the Country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the Middle East Region has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing, and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply. IRC strives to attract, motivate, and retain qualified national staff in our programs.
Accountability to Clients: IRC staff must adhere to the commitment of contributing to the sustainability and development of its (CR) Client Responsiveness Mechanisms, preserving the culture of prioritizing the needs of our clients and affected communities by systematically listening to their perspectives and using their feedback to make programmatic decisions and give them greater influence over program design and delivery.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
Diversity and Inclusion: at IRC MENA, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. Organizations that are diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, nationality, and perspective are validated to be better organizations. More importantly, creating a safe workspace environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best is the right thing to do. So, bring your whole self to work.
IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. In keeping with our core values of Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality, IRC strives to maintain a work environment built on mutual respect in which all individuals treat each other professionally, and free of bias, prejudice, and harassment. IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of IRC Persons in any work setting. All IRC staff, wherever they are located, are accountable for creating an environment free of discrimination, harassment, bullying, and retaliation.