Anticipatory Action Officer

  • Contract
  • Lodwar
  • Posted 2 weeks ago

IRC - International Rescue Committee

Requisition ID: req51553

Job Title: Anticipatory Action Officer

Sector: Economic Recovery & Livelihood

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Not Applicable

Location: Lodwar, Kenya

Work Arrangement:

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee
(IRC) is a leading humanitarian and development agency, supporting communities
in transition in 40 countries. Simultaneously a global technical leader and
proven implementer, IRC has shaped youth priorities and approaches at the
national level and implemented programs at the community level since its
founding in 1933. IRC has worked in Kenya since 1992, implementing highly
effective programs in youth livelihoods, economic development, women
empowerment, integrated healthcare, and nutrition.

Scope of Work.

The Anticipatory Action Officer is
a key program staff who helps maintain program quality and compliance across
all activities, ensuring program approaches are clearly documented, understood
by the rest of the team members, and implemented as the per the agreed upon
deliverables. They will provide technical, implementation and administrative
support under the support of the project Manager and will take on additional
responsibility on specified activities such as collaborating closely with the
IRC Protection & WPE team to mainstream protection and gender principles
and activities across the program. The position will ensure development of
Anticipatory action frameworks with and for local communities that are contextualized
and adapted for specific hazards and existing systems and timely delivering of
anticipatory cash and risk reduction information to households vulnerable to
climatic shocks and developing a portfolio of evidence of what works well in
anticipatory cash.

Specific Responsibilities

Program Planning and Implementation:

  • Develop comprehensive
    program/project plans, including detailed activities, budgets, timelines, and
    resource allocations to ensure successful implementation.
  • Monitor early warning systems to
    come up with anticipatory action aiming at using weather, climate, and
    impact-based forecasts.
  • Work with the community to save
    lives and livelihoods from disasters through strengthening early warning
    systems and alerts.
  • Continuously supervise program/project
    performance against stated goals, deliverables, and budget forecasts.
  • Conduct routine risk assessments
    and develop mitigation strategies to address potential challenges or delays.
  • Ensure strict compliance with
    donor regulations, organizational policies, and industry best practices
    throughout the program lifecycle.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date
    program documentation, including workplans, budgets, reports, and contract
  • Develop work plans for specific
    activities e.g., Cash and voucher Assistance (CVA) and be responsible for the
    direct implementation and monitoring of activities.
  • Coordinate closely with
    cross-functional teams, including finance, operations, and align program
  • Identification and mapping of
    partners for Anticipatory action activities.
  • Carry out project plans as per
    agreement made with the donor, ensuring to meet the planned activities.
  • Work closely with flood
    committees, child-led Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) clubs, community leaders,
    and develop individual work plans.

Coordination & Representation:

  • Nurture and maintain strong relationships with
    key program partners, including NGOs, government agencies, and research
  • Collaborate with partners to
    develop and align detailed work plans, budgets, and monitoring frameworks for
    respective program components.
  • Facilitate regular communication
    and coordination with partners to ensure seamless program implementation.
  • Provide input into advocacy and
    lobbying approaches, outreach, and products, particularly those directly
    related to anticipatory action programming.


  • Lead the preparation and
    submission of high-quality, comprehensive program reports according to donor
    schedules and requirements at different reporting intervals.
  • Gather input data from other
    contributors to synthesize into clear and compelling reports.
  • Analyze program data and
    performance metrics to identify trends, challenges, and areas for improvement
    in reporting and overall implementation.
  • Respond promptly to information
    requests from donors, IRC leadership, and other partners.
  • Develop and implement strategies
    to continuously enhance reporting efficiency, accuracy, and quality.

Program Monitoring:

  • Coordinate closely with M&E
    and data staff on targeting, data collection, data systems and information
  • Work with M&E focal point on
    baseline and end-line assessments. Ensure data analysis and activity overviews
    are written clearly for use in reporting.
  • Knowledge management for the
    anticipatory action program, ensuring Box structures and filing are up to date
    and applied.


  • Other duties as assigned by the
    supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.

Desired Skills:

  • Project Management: Ability
    to plan and lead projects, ensuring effective deliverance and maintaining
    humanitarian principles, standards, and procedures.
  • Data Collection and Analysis: Proficiency in collecting reliable information about risk and vulnerability,
    and planning resources to act based on forecasts.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation:
    Ability to carry out monitoring of early warning systems and anticipatory
  • Partnership and Collaboration:
    Ability to work with various partners, including government authorities, NGOs,
    and community leaders.
  • Communication: Excellent
    written and verbal communication skills for report writing and coordination.
  • Computer Proficiency:
    Proficiency in computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
    and internet.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business
    administration/management, Community Development, International Development,
    Environmental Science, Disaster Management, or any other relevant field with
    demonstrated experience in Cash based programming preferably with an
    International NGO.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional
    experience in program/project management, preferably in an international
    development or humanitarian context
  • Demonstrated experience managing
    partnerships, subcontracts, and working with institutional donors.
  • Excellent project management
    skills, including planning, budgeting, forecasting, expenditure tracking, risk
  • Outstanding written and verbal
    communication skills for effective cross-cultural collaboration.
  • Personal qualities: promotes
    teamwork and coordination within and across teams, comfortable in a
    multi-cultural environment, very flexible and adaptable, ability to contribute
    across multiple activities and departments.

Work Environment:

  • The position will be based in
    Lodwar with frequent travel to the field.

Standards of Professional
: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles
outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity,
Service, Accountability and Equity. 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.

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 encouraging benefits and allowances.

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC
considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex,
color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or
disability. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided
reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process,
to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and
privileges of employment.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged
to apply. International allowances are not available for this position. Salary
and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.


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