Career Opportunity with International Rescue Committee

Livelihoods and Resilience Specialist

Work Location
IRC-Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar (with travel to field)
Job Title
Livelihoods and Resilience Specialist
Reporting To

Deputy Director of Programs (DDP)

Livelihoods and Resilience
Expected Start Date
At Earliest
Contract length
Six Month (with possibility of extension subject to funding, program needs and performance of incumbent)
Remuneration Package
Competitive Base Pay With Fringe Benefits (Medical Benefits + Bonus+ Leaves Entitlements + Housing Allowance + Gratuity) As per IRC National Pay Scale in Bangladesh

Program Brief

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading agencies working in post-conflict and development contexts, supporting communities in over 40 fragile, failed and developing states. In this capacity, we work to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted, struggling to endure and wishing to advance on a path of development.

The IRC has been present in Bangladesh since 2017 and obtained registration with the NGOAB in March 2018. Since the IRC obtained registration in March 2018, it has moved quickly to expand its integrated emergency health and protection response through both direct and partner-based programming focused on primary healthcare, women’s protection and empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence and child protection. Recently IRC has also introduced two new programs: Protection Rule of Law (PRoL) and Education. Through 2018, the IRC’s response strategy will primarily target Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, while meeting the significant needs in both refugee and host populations, as already existing vulnerabilities are compounded with cyclical monsoon and cyclone seasons that impose additional threats to the lives and protection of those refugees as well as vulnerable host populations. IRC will grow over time its geographic coverage within Cox’s bazar and to other parts of the country, thus expand its’ networks and partnerships around emergency preparedness and response work, reach beyond the Rohingya refugees, also targeting the vulnerable host groups in Cox’s Bazar and other parts of Bangladesh.


The main responsibility of the Livelihoods and Resilience Specialist is to start up livelihoods and resilience programming in Cox’s Bazar, providing technical oversight in the design and refinement of IRC livelihoods and resilience work. The position will also provide support to DRR until a long-term staff is on board. The role will be responsible for writing proposals, engaging with partners and donors and defining a sectoral strategy to guide IRC work.

Major Responsibilities

  • Define the livelihoods strategy in line with the Country Program Country Strategy Plan (SAP);
  • Periodically analyses the context and carry out assessment that feed into the country office’s strategy;
  • Prepare concepts notes and proposals that are aligned with the strategy covering both camps and host community. Support proposal development for livelihoods, risk reduction and resilience programs, and the incorporation of these programs into sector-specific and integrated program proposals;
  • Engage with donors and partners to ensure funding and visibility of IRC livelihoods program;
  • Ensure start-up of IRC livelihoods, resilience and DRR work especially in the host community, through engaging with relevant partners, conducting assessments, identifying the locations and developing proposals;
  • Ensure alignment of livelihoods programming with IRC global strategy plan and relevant theories of change;
  • Ensure to develop appropriate methodologies and technical approaches for all program activities – working with IRC’s ERD Technical Advisors to ensure global standard methodologies are applied to programming;
  • Together with the Grants and MEAL Coordinators, develop and implement a full monitoring and evaluation framework for all livelihoods activities as well as learning strategies, and adapt them to the different program methodologies;
  • Along with program staff and the Technical Unit/Advisors, support the development of Standard Operating Procedures and Mentorship Notes for program activities;
  • Ensure regular monitoring and modification of ongoing programming as required;
  • Build the capacities and provides technical support to field offices and partners in order to enable them to meet agreed results and effectively execute strategies in relation to Livelihoods and Food Security;
  • Provide input to budget management processes to track expenditure and accurate projections can be maintained;
  • Working with the partnership team ensure local partners are identified that can work with IRC in the above proposals and concepts chiefly in host community;
  • Work closely with other sectors to ensure cross-sectoral integration and program coherence
  • Provide leadership, management and mentorship to livelihoods staff in the field especially for startup programs within this period.


  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience of providing technical support or program management for livelihoods/DRR programming, working in complex humanitarian and development program in NGO sector;
  • Proven experience of high quality proposal development in related sectors;
  • Experience of multiyear, multi sector strategy design;
  • Track record in developing project budgets;
  • Sound understanding of the situation in local context, especially host community;
  • Experience in undertaking assessments in livelihoods and resilience;
  • Experience working with major donors; ECHO, DFID, GAC, UN donors;
  • Experience in coordination, donor and cluster level;
  • Working experience in / managing response to refugee crises is highly preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience of working with multi-cultural team (national and international);
  • Experience in managing staff and working with other team members collaboratively to achieve results;
  • Positive relationship building and coordination skills;
  • Knowledge of Rohingya as well as host community.



Concentration / Major

Master’s Degree

Major in Project Management, Social Science or Related field



How to apply:

Application Deadline: June 25, 2019

Only short listed candidates will be invited for interview
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply
''IRC is an equal opportunity employer''