Job Title Program Assistant
Background/IRC Summary: 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 and disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
IRC has been working in Pakistan for approximately 40 years, managing and delivering large, complex programs to meet the needs in health, education, safeguarding, environmental health and livelihoods for displaced, poor and disaster affected communities. IRC works in partnership with local government and non-governmental organizations and is currently working across the country.
The IRC Pakistan has been implementing the DFID-funded TEACH program in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province since 2019, working to support marginalized adolescent girls aged 10-19 through creating learning opportunities, economic empowerment opportunities, and support positive gender-based empowerment. Working closely with communities, the TEACH project is working to bring girls into two broad pathways delivered in accessible learning centers- one focusing on Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) which seeks to prepare girls for integration back into formal schools, and one focusing on Basic Literacy and Numeracy and Economic Empowerment, which seeks to prepare girls for livelihoods opportunities. Alongside this, for all girls, and in recognition of the vulnerabilities and challenges the girls face in taking greater control of their lives, TEACH will deliver a program of life skills and Social and Emotional learning, along with mentoring and strengthening of peer networks.
Job Overview/Summary: Program Assistant is responsible to provide project and administrative support to the implementation of activities within the TEACH project.
Under the supervision of the Program Officer, and close coordination with other project staff, Program Assistant will accomplish the following responsibilities:
• Assist Program Officer in collecting preliminary and secondary data & information for different reports, external communication, and presentations
• Assist Program Officer and Team lead in day-to-day activities and tasks
• Assist in communication products like reporting, meeting minutes and other communication-related tasks
• Coordinate with participants and make arrangements for program review meetings
Be a proactive part of training, seminars and workshops either arranged by the organization or its partner(s)
• Coordinate with Quetta team on the workplan progress
• Review different documents and support team in compiling of updates and reports
• Support Program Unit in performing different administrative tasks, when required
• Assist TEACH team in coordinating field visits and project documentation
• Facilitate events, trainings, record keeping, and documentation related to TEACH Project
• Any other task assigned by the supervisor or colleagues in the Program team
Key Working Relationships: Reporting Line: Program Officer – TEACH
• Graduate with 5 years experience or
• Master’s degree in social sciences, project management or any other related field.
B. Work experience:
• Minimum 1 years’ experience in the relevant field, preferably in an NGO environment.
C. Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
• Strong Coordination Skills.
• Strong technical skills
• Highly effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Understanding of project cycle, Planning and Coordination skills and interpersonal, and communication skills
Language Skills: Must be fluent in Urdu & English languages.
The IRC Core Values and Commitments.
• The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons.
• IRC is committed to ensuring that IRC staff is suitable to work with children and have the knowledge s/he needs to uphold and abide by the IRC’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
o Level of interaction with children: Less contact with children
• IRC ensures that its staff must actively practice the roles and responsibilities related to client responsiveness, accountability to people in affected communities and must have competencies to solicits and listens to feedback and other’s perspectives, responds to feedback with maturity and
sensitivity and takes appropriate decisions and makes changes to behavior or actions in response to feedback.
• IRC recognizes that gender equality is fundamental to the achievement of our organizational mission. As such, IRC is committed to the promotion of gender equality in all aspects of our operations and programs. Our organizational policies, procedures and actions demonstrate this commitment.