The international RescueCommittee 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, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee
from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who
are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
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 3.8
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 1,250 staff 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.
Scope of work:
As a major component of the livelihoods and resilience of households in northern Syria, the IRC Turkey began agriculture programming in
northern Syria in early 2015 under the Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) sector. The Agriculture Manager will be responsible for the
implementation of the IRC’s agricultural program currently includes the development of community identified farmers groups, agricultural
training both through IRC field staff and in coordination with partnering organizations and the distribution of vouchers for agricultural
inputs. The Agriculture Manager will develop the appropriate tools and providing training to the agriculture team in Syria while
documenting project learning and overseeing the implementation of the program. Market integration is central to ERD programming, as such
the Agriculture Manager will be required to coincide programming within existing market structures in the development of the voucher
program through market assessment and monitoring.
Work alongside ERD Coordinator and Grants team on technical proposal development ensuring accurate budgeting and grant timing allows
adequate planning & preparation time considering the northern Syria planting seasons.
Lead the design of agricultural assessment tools including farmer assessments, seed quality testing and vendor capacity assessment.
Provide guidance on how best to support agricultural input provision seed selection at farming household level, including providing
training to these networks.
Support the understanding of the current agriculture context in Syria through formal and informal data gathering exercises to feed
Review the existing data from ICARDA, FAO, and other sources to make informed decisions and lead the team towards sustainable
implementation of quality programs.
Take account of gender, protection, HIV, the environment, and other important cross-cutting concerns in program design,
implementation, and reporting; carry out activities in a way that reflects the needs of specific groups and individuals e.g. elderly
people, children, and people with disabilities.
Develop IRC’s community engagement and training program through the further development of farmers groups and the development of
technical training materials
Develop and maintain agriculture program work plans ensuring a they are updated as required
Maintain project tracking tools and relevant documentation
Lead all aspects of program implementation ensuring adequate time in scheduled to follow all procurement processes, monitoring
Document project implementation processes
Working alongside the ERD knowledge management unit ensure all project monitoring activities are scheduled and provide technical input
into all tools developed
Work alongside the ERD Senior Manager and Agriculture Technical Advisor to plan and hold program reviews based on monitoring data and
Ensure all agriculture activities are delivered with quality and are on time
Ensure strong coordination with other ERD programs and activities (cash, cash for work, livelihoods) as well as other IRC sectors
(protection, women’s protection and empowerment, etc.)
Grant management & reporting
Submit quality donor reports on time as requested for all relevant agricultural grants
Submit a weekly report to supervisor
Manage and review relevant agriculture budget lines on a monthly basis, provide monthly updates to spending plans and submit bi-
monthly cash projections for agricultural activities
Human resources management
Build the capacity of and supervise members of the Agriculture team with specific technical expertise in relevant areas to meets
Key external working relations: when in Turkey participate in the Agriculture sub-cluster. When requested attend the FSL cluster meetings.
Coordination with other organizations with active agriculture programming.
Relevant degree in agriculture or related subject
A minimum of 2 years of experience in the humanitarian sector.
At least one year of proven experience managing agriculture programs in northern Syria.
Experience with voucher programming in Syria essential.
Knowledge and proven experience providing trainings for staff and colleagues on the replication of agriculture activities.
Knowledge and experience in developing tools and conducting focus group discussions.
Experience and proven ability to work remotely and in person with project teams.
Assessment, analytical, and planning skills.
Diplomacy, tact, and negotiating skills.
Personnel management skills.
Versatile with computers and use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Fluent in Arabic required
Fluent in English required, both verbally and written
The Agriculture Manager will be based in Antakya with frequent travel to project sites in Syria.