1.About the IARS
The international American Relief society IARS is a humanitarian organization specialized in tackling poverty worldwide. IARS saves the lives of malnourished children and their families and works with vulnerable populations to preserve and restore their livelihoods with dignity.
In situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, IARS has pursued its vision of a world without hunger for nearly three decades.
We work in over three countries worldwide to carry out innovative programs in nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, health and advocacy helping more than 4.5 million people every year.
All IARS members adhere to a charter of principles that form the foundation of our humanitarian commitment: independence, impartiality, non-discrimination, free and direct access to victims, professionalism and transparency.
IARS works in partnership with local organizations in over three countries. Domestic partnerships are a crucial element in the fight against hunger and local organizations play a significant role in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations, of people suffering from malnutrition and affected by food insecurity.
2.Vision and Mission
International American Relief Society's vision is a just world without poverty: a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally.
IARS is preeminent in serving in needed people by:
Developing and running emergency programs which help people in disadvantaged situations to improve their lives, and achieve lasting victories over poverty in our community, and the world at large.
We are assisting the community with disaster crisis relief and response, and preparedness efforts to help people prepare in advance of disasters to reduce the impact on vulnerable and underserved populations.
Providing life-saving relief and supports development programs in agriculture, economic development, health, housing, and infrastructure.
Being Faithful to our Mission, we are empowered by our Core Values:
Hospitality: We provide a welcoming, open, safe, and sensitive environment for those we serve and with whom we work.
Compassion: We empathize with the suffering of others and actively work to alleviate it as if it were our own.
Respect: We value every individual's God-given right to be treated with respect and dignity and accept the responsibility to manage others in the same way.
Integrity: We embody wholeness and unity through honesty in our words and actions.
Justice: We act with fairness and mercy in our relationships, and advocate for positive change in our society.
Excellence: We strive to use our knowledge, skills, and talents to carry out our responsibilities to the best of our ability.
The International American Relief Society (IARS) has been dedicated to reducing suffering and fighting hunger and poverty.
Today, IARS work is needed more than ever. IARS was founded by Jean Aime Shabanza Mbiya Bondo in 2016, in response to the issues of many underprivileged people who are struggling with their daily life.
Homelessness brings about relational poverty—a disconnect from society and those around you. At IARS, we will strive to provide the foundation for relationship—compassion, empowerment, respect and community to the men we serve.
Also seen the increasing number of wars that cause the displacement and source of thousands of people around the world especially in the third world despite the natural wealth resources that abound these countries, most of the population live with a Dollar a day for a family of 5 people.
The IARS act to fight and end the displacement force by participating in the development of the human being in" upstream and downstream" that is mean, work to support the victim population of developing countries to develop their societies and promote human dignity on All forms.
The International American Relief Society is controlled and regulated by its board directors.
The board director formed the general body that has a responsibility to regulate the IARS POLICIES, the election of the Board of Directors, appointment of the auditors and approval of the annual budget.
As well as its executive staffs, and the Board members, the International American Relief Society (IARS) has a senior management team who manage daily.
We are fully compliant with the Governance Code of conduct.
Code of Conduct Assigned by International American Relief Society IARS
The International American Relief Society (IARS), capacity to ensure the protection and assistance to underprivileged people and other persons care by our organization depends on the ability of its staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional humanitarian conduct.
Further, it is recognized that IARS' work often puts its staff in positions of unequal power relations towards its persons of concern.
This Code of Conduct holds the values and rules that IARS and its staff shall act by to uphold and safe-guard the necessary standards of conduct and to avoid misconduct.
1. Who is covered?
1.1 This Code of Conduct applies to IARS and to all its staff in relation to international program activities. Both international, expatriate staff, volunteers' staff on mission, and local staff in the international program are obliged by this Code of Conduct.
1.2 IARS and its staff are covered by other sets of rules in relation to national activities in Lincoln Nebraska.
However, these sets of rules promote the same core values and obligations.
1.3 Managers at all levels have a responsibility to uphold these standards, to set a good example, and to create a working environment that supports and empowers staff.
2. Statute of this code of ethical conduct
2.1 This Code of Conduct is not only a moral code that serves as an illustrative guide for IARS board and its staff to make ethical decisions in their professional lives, and at times in their private lives It is also an integral part of their conditions of employment.
This Code of ethical Conduct is therefore an appendix to their individual employment contract.
2.2 All IARS staff is responsible for encouraging, advocating and promoting the dissemination of the Code of ethical Conduct.
They also have a role in implementing, monitoring and enforcing its standard. Staff is also urged to encourage partners to adhere to these standards and to join IARS staff in upholding them.
Managers at all levels have a special responsibility to support and develop systems that maintain this environment.
2.3. All IARS staff is obliged to report to direct Managers for all kind forms of suspicions regarding criminal or ethical activities that conflict with this Code of ethical Conduct and which may compromise IARS honoris.
3 Implementation and interpretation
3.1. While acknowledging that local laws and customs may differ from one Country to another, the Code of ethical Conduct is based on international legal standards. Guidance on appropriate
interpretation can be found in the Notes to the UNHCR Code of Conduct, in the UN Secretary- Generals Bulletin on Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13.
3.2 All IARS staff Members shall contact their Manager for guidance if they find themselves in a situation of doubt in relation to this Code of conduct and its provisions.
4. Core values and Guiding principles
IARS and its staff are committed to the following fundamental values and principles:
4.1 The values enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations: respect for fundamental human rights, social justice and human dignity, and respect for the equal rights of men and women.
IARS and its staff shall actively promote adherence to the principles of international refugee law, international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
4.2 It is IARS and its staffs' primary commitment to ensure the protection of and assistance to its persons of concern, in accordance with IARS' mandate. IARS and its staff are committed to supporting the fullest possible participation of persons of concern – as individuals, families and communities – in decisions that affect their lives.
4.3 IARS and its staff will respect the dignity and worth of every individual, will promote and practice understanding, respect, compassion and tolerance, and will demonstrate discretion and
maintain confidentiality as required. IARS and its staff will aim to build constructive and respectful working relations with humanitarian partners, will continuously seek to improve performance, and will foster a climate that encourages learning, supports positive change, and applies the lessons learned from experience.
4.4 IARS and its staff will equally show respect for all persons without distinction whatsoever of race, gender, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, language, marital status, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, disability, political conviction or any other distinguishing feature. IARS and its staff will strive to remove all barriers to equality.
4.5 IARS and its staff will respect cultures, customs and traditions of all peoples, and will strive to avoid behaving in ways that are not acceptable in a cultural context. However, when the
tradition or practice is directly contrary to an international human rights instrument or standard, IARS and its staff will be guided by the applicable human rights instrument or standard.
4.6 IARS and its staff will not tolerate any form of sexual exploitation or abuse and are aware that misconduct is ground for disciplinary measures including summary dismissal.
5. Staff members' commitment: as an IARS' members, I commit myself to the following:
5.1. To treat all in needed person fairly, with respect, and dignity.
5.2. I will always seek to understand the difficult experiences that persons of concern to IARS have faced and survived, as well as the disadvantaged position in which they – particularly based
on gender, age or disability – may find themselves in relation to those who hold power or influence over aspects of their lives.
5.2 I will always seek to care for and protect the rights of the underprivileged person, and act in a manner that ensures that their best interests shall be the paramount consideration.
5.3 If my job involves direct work with persons of concern, I will meet with them regularly, to fully understand their experiences and needs, and to explain the role of IARS and the scope of its work.
5.4 I will keep myself informed about IARS' policies, objectives, activities, about the underprivileged people, and I will do my best to support the IARS' protection and assistance work.
6. To uphold the Integrity of IARS by ensuring that my personal and professional conduct is seen to be, of the highest standard.
6.1. I will demonstrate integrity, truthfulness, dedication, and honesty in my actions.
6.2. I will be patient, respectful, and courteous to all persons with whom I deal in an official capacity, including persons of concern, representatives of operational and implementing partners, governments and donors.
6.3 I will observe local laws, will meet all my private legal and financial obligations, and will not seek to take personal advantage of any privilege that has been conferred on me in the interest of IARS.
6.4 I will do my utmost to ensure that the conduct of members of my household does not reflect unfavorably on the integrity of IARS.
7. To perform my official duties and conduct my private affairs in a manner that avoids conflict of interest, thereby preserving and enhancing public confidence in IARS.
7.1. My actions will be free of any consideration of personal gain, and I will resist any undue political pressure in decision-making.
7..2 I will neither seek nor accept instructions regarding the performance of my duties from any government, including by national authorities, or from any authority external to IARS.
7.3. I will neither give nor accept any honor, decoration, favor gift, remuneration, or bribe, to / from any government; nor will I give nor accept such to / from any other source external to IARS without prior authorization. It is, however, allowed to give or accept small tokens of appreciation that are exchanged in accordance with local practice if it cannot compromise the integrity of IARS.
7.4. I will not engage in any outside occupation or employment without prior authorization.
7.5. I will not accept supplementary payments or subsidies from a government or any other source or participate in certain political activities such as standing for or holding public office without prior authorization.
7.6. I will avoid assisting private persons or companies in their undertakings with IARS where this might lead to actual or perceived preferential treatment.
7.7. I will never participate in activities related to procurement of goods or services, or in human resource activities, where a conflict of interests may arise.
8. To contribute to building a harmonious workplace based on team spirit, mutual respect and understanding
8.1. I will show respect to all colleagues, regardless of status or position, and will allow all colleagues the opportunity to have their views heard, and to contribute from their knowledge and experience to team efforts.
8.2. I will communicate openly and share relevant information (subject to confidentiality requirements) with other colleagues and will endeavor to respond in a timely manner to queries.
8.3. I will respect my colleagues' privacy and avoid misinformation.
8.4. I will seek to resolve differences and solve problems when they arise, and will contribute to building constructive dialogue, guided by mutual respect and an open, positive approach, between management and staff representatives.
8.5. As a manager, I will be open to the views of all team members. I will provide timely feedback on the performance of each team member through guidance, motivation and full recognition of their merits.
9. To promote the safety, health and welfare for all IARS staff as a necessary condition for effective and consistent performance
9.1. I will remain aware of and comply with all instructions designed to protect my health, welfare and safety.
9.2. I will always consider the safety of staff in operational decisions.
9.3. If I have doubts regarding an instruction that I consider threatening to my safety or the safety of other persons, I will bring this immediately to the attention of my manager.
9.4. As a manager, I will endeavor to ensure that the health and well-being of staff and their families are not subjected to undue risk. I will promote a healthy work-life balance for staff and will respect staff entitlements.
10. To safeguard and make responsible use of the information, and resources to witch I have access because of my employment with IARS.
10.1. I will exercise due care in all matters of official business, and not divulge any confidential information about persons of concern, colleagues and other work-related matters in accordance with the terms of employment and current guidelines.
10.2. I will protect, manage and utilize IARS human, financial and material resources efficiently and effectively, bearing in mind that these resources have been placed at IARS' disposal for the benefit of the persons of concern.
11. To proven, oppose and combat all exploitation and abuse of person of concern
11.1. I undertake not to abuse the power and influence that I have by my position over the lives and well-being of persons of concern.
11.2. I will never request any service or favor from persons of concern in return for protection or assistance.
11.3. I will never engage in any exploitative relationships, emotional, financial or employment-related with persons of concern. I will act responsibly when hiring or otherwise engaging persons of concern for private services. I will report in writing on the nature and conditions of this employment to my manager.
11.4. I will not engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 18. Mistaken belief in the age of the child does not constitute a defense.
11.5. I will not engage in sexual exploitation or abuse of persons of concern, and I have a duty of care towards women and children.
11.6. I will neither solicit nor engage in commercial exchange of sexual services as such relationships may undermine the credibility and the image of the Humanitarian Sector and of IARS.
11.7. I am aware that IARS strongly discourages sexual relationships between its staff members and persons of concern, although these relations are not exploitative or abusive.
Such relationships may undermine the credibility and the integrity of IARS and of the staff members involved.
Should I find myself in such a relationship with a person of concern that I consider non-exploitative and consensual, I will report this to my manager for appropriate guidance in the knowledge that this matter will be treated with due discretion.
12. To refrain from any involvement in criminal or unethical activities, activities that contravene human rights, or activities that compromise the image and interest of IARS
12.1. I will neither support nor take part in any form of illegal, exploitative or abusive activities, including, for example, child labor, and trafficking of human beings and commodities.
12.2. To refrain from any form of harassment, discrimination, physical or verbal abuse, intimidation or favoritism in the workplace.
12.3. I will not engage in or tolerate any form of harassment in the workplace, including sexual harassment and abuse of power.
12.4. As a manager, I will not solicit favors, loans or gifts from staff, nor will I accept unsolicited ones that are of more than token value.
12.5. I recognize that there is an inherent conflict of interest and potential abuse of power in having intimate and sexual relations with staff under my supervision. I am aware that IARS
strongly discourages such relations. Should I find myself in such a relationship, I will resolve this conflict of interest without delay.
IARS Core Competencies
The core competencies are the skills, behaviors and attitudes that we need in order for IARS to be successful. They signal the expected areas and levels of performance while providing us with an indication or map of the behaviors and actions that will be valued, assessed, and recognized.
Striving for excellence
I focus on reaching results while ensuring efficiency. I strive to produce accurate, thorough, and professional work with optimal use of time and effort.
I cooperate with and involve relevant parties, actively seeking their opinion and sharing key information with them. I support and trust others while encouraging feedback.
Taking the lead
I take ownership and prioritize my job according to IARS overall vision and goals. I take the initiative when confronted with a challenge or an opportunity and aim for innovative solutions. Communicating
I write and speak effectively and honestly while adjusting my style and tone to the situation. I listen actively to others and involve them in the dialogue.
I act in line with IARS vison, values and collaboration standards. I encourage inclusion and diversity to ensure sustainable solutions. I actively involve, respect, and empower our stakeholders.
COLLABORATION AND MANAGEMENT
If we are to live up to the high demands made on every employee in IARS by our vision and mission and by the goals of our Organization, we need to benefit from each other in terms of experience, knowledge, energy, assistance and support.
We need to collaborate.
Our way of working together is guided by several collaboration standards.
By complying with these standards, each and every one of us helps enhancing the level of job satisfaction and productivity – thereby helping to meet the vision and mission of our Organization.
Collaboration standards and management standards are there to ensure appropriate behavior from the Organization's employees, in order to create motivation, increase job satisfaction and productivity.
1. We are here to meet IARS mission
This means that:
- We comply with the values of the Organization;
- We behave responsibly and decently;
- We are committed and always put in our best effort;
- We collaborate on all levels to reach our objectives;
- We always inform each other about significant developments in our respective fields of work and responsibility;
- We appreciate personal ambitions, if they also serve our common cause.
2. Our work must be characterized by quality, creativity, and efficiency
These can be obtained when:
- We recognize that we often need each other and that we benefit from collaborating;
- We trust each other's qualifications and professionalism;
- We include each other in work processes;
- We give priority to dialogue and exchange of information;
- We are open to new ideas and initiatives;
- We make sure to develop professionally;
- We offer each other constructive criticism and listen positively to criticism we ourselves receive;
- We keep agreements with internal as well with external collaborators.
3. Job satisfaction, and commitment are preconditions for good results
These can be promoted when:
- Acknowledgement and constructive critique is integrated in our way of collaborating;
- We praise each other;
- We trust one another's good will and intentions;
- We always stand by our motives;
- We help each other;
- We include each other in work processes and take an interest in the work of the individual employee, as well as in our overall effort;
- We share the results of our work with each other;
- We show one another respect in our actions as well as by the tone we use among ourselves;
- We are tolerant of our differences;
- We make room for each other – including for personal development;
- We maintain a good physical working environment;
- We allow ourselves to take pride in working for IARS
4. Management standards
4.1. The most important task of the management is to promote our common effort.
This means that the individual leader must:
– Lead the way when it comes to complying with the collaboration standards of our Organization;
– Establish the best possible framework for job satisfaction, and productivity;
– Be honest and fair;
– Display respect, care and interest regarding all staff members;
– Be consistent and clear in his or her demands and goals;
– Ensure that there is transparency, open discussion, and informal interaction.
4.2 Employees must know what their leader stands for
This means that the individual leader must:
– Make sure that decision-making processes are transparent to the Employee;
– Make clear which decisions are joint decisions and which are not;
– Assume his or her responsibility as a manager;
– Be prepared to intervene in conflicts, where necessary;
– Attack issues, never staff members;
– Be courageous and take the lead when it counts;
– Back up his or her staff members.
5. The IARS concept of management
The management concept at IARS is based on the principle of "freedom of action with responsibility".
This principle offers the leader freedom of action within his or her field of responsibility.
This competence is delegated from one's immediate superior.
Freedom of action based on responsibility requires:
1. That the Leader personally lives up to the basic values and standards of the organization.
2. That the Leader loyally pursues the strategic goals, keeps budgets and works in accordance with the policies of the Organization, and the individual departments at any given time.
3. That the Leader contributes actively to the overall development of the Organization.
4. That his/her management style is inclusive.
5. That the Leader quickly calls the attention of his/her immediate superior whenever problems or deviations occurs in relation to budgets, objectives and decision-making, in order to solve potential problems.
6. That the Leader always complies loyally with decisions made, in both words and action
7. That the Leader gives his or her best, most honest advice on a given question to his or her immediate superior.