The International Rescue Committee is a global network headquartered in New York. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the aftermath of disaster.
The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, above all, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.
The Distinctions Management Unit (AMU)
Established in January 2016, the Awards Management Unit (AMU) is a global department responsible for identifying, securing and managing all statutory/government donor funding. The department includes the following teams: Program and Rewards Support, Strategic Partnerships, Compliance and Policy, Business Development and Training.
The AMU is a bridge between donors and country programs: providing expert technical advice to country teams, while maintaining portfolio-level visibility to ensure consistency and compliance, and manage risk. This unit ensures donor compliance policies and procedures are consistently implemented and supports all staff working throughout the grant management cycle for all restricted funding from global government sources.
The Crisis Response, Recovery and Development Department (CRRD)
The Crisis Response, Recovery and Development Department (CRRD) has a growing portfolio of humanitarian assistance, post-crisis recovery and development programs under its responsibility. This work focuses support in five key areas: ensuring safety from harm, improving health, increasing access to education, improving economic well-being, and ensuring people have the power to influence decisions that affect their lives. In all of these programs, there is a willingness to address the unique needs of women and girls (who represent the majority of displaced people) – and the universal barriers they face.
CRRD works in 6 regions of the world, including West Africa, East Africa, the Great Lakes, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia and Latin America. The regional teams are the links between the country offices and the main departments at headquarters, and aim to support and provide advice to the country programs on a range of issues ranging from strategic planning, business development to compliance, to rewards management and partnership management.
The purpose of the role
The Program Development Advisor (PDA) assists West African country programs in securing funding for their programs, supporting and leading the search for new funding opportunities, in line with business development strategy of the IRC. Assistance includes all phases of the business development process, from opportunity identification, contract signing, pre-positioning, partnership building, proposal development and due diligence phases.
The PDA supports business development in the IRC’s West Africa region, which includes country programs in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Niger, in Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Key Working Relationships
Reports to the Senior Program Development Advisor, West Africa. Works closely with team members from Regional Program and Rewards Support, Business Development and all teams within the Rewards Management Unit, Recovery Department and Disaster Response Development crises, finance and other key departments within the IRC. Point of contact for donors and partners, as appropriate, by region.
• Help drive business development in the region by providing effective proposal support, ranging from proposal management to comprehensive support and quality assurance.
• Support in building IRC’s visibility with donors, peers and partners.
• Coordinate proposal development, including sharing initial assessment of new opportunities, preparing timelines, ensuring proposal team meet deadlines, supporting recruitment, assisting with budget development, ensuring completing documents, arranging meetings and compiling notes, and writing and proofreading sections of the proposal.
• Support national programs in increasing local ownership of projects in alignment with IRC’s partnership strategy, through IRC’s growing collaboration with and support to local organizations in African countries from West.
• Collaborate with technical units, country offices and other colleagues to support the conceptualization of the winning program and the design of bids for new project activities and/or modifications to ongoing projects.
• Coordinate and communicate with consortium partners with consortium partners. Compile input from proposal team members, including consultants and partners. Identify partners, consultants and other proposal development support as needed.
• Provide quality assurance and quality compliance support for proposals. Ensure responsiveness and compliance with solicitation documents and IRC requirements.
• Collaborate with national programs to successfully position for new funding opportunities. Lead and assist in identifying, tracking and updating new business opportunities across a variety of technical sectors and donors.
• Lead or support pre-positioning for specific opportunities, including facilitating technical brainstorming, landscape analysis of partners and competitors, and winning topic sessions with technical and national staff.
• Facilitate the identification of consultants and/or additional support for opportunities in collaboration with the country team.
• Facilitate internal post-submission debriefing sessions with country teams, technical units, regional team and other relevant stakeholders to capture lessons learned.
• Work with regional program support team colleagues to incorporate lessons learned from implementation at the proposal stage.
• Maintain complete and accurate electronic files, including final submission records.
Other responsibilities (5%)
• Contribute to UMA and regional strategic priorities and initiatives.
• Liaise with Communications and External Relations staff to inform IRC media products as required.
• Participate in special projects as required and other assigned tasks.
Skills, knowledge and qualifications:
• Experience working on new funding opportunities in humanitarian and international development with a range of multilateral and bilateral donors (USAID, US State Department, FCDO, EU and ECHO, GFFO, BMZ, Sida, SDC, World Bank, etc.), as well as experience working with local partner organizations.
• Experience in developing and supporting humanitarian and development proposals for NGOs
• Experience with major government/statutory donor strategies and proposal processes – US, UK, EU, Germany, Scandinavia, etc.
• Experience collaborating and supporting with national and community partners
• Experience in proposal budgeting an asset
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively across a variety of relationships in a multicultural environment
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate equally effectively with colleagues from remote and diverse teams, including as team leader for proposals
• Clear and persuasive writing skills
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively
• Ability to travel in West Africa (approximately 20% of the time)
• Fluency in English and French. Fluency in German is an advantage
• Candidates who are from the region and/or who have significant experience in the region are strongly encouraged to apply.
• Experience working remotely and supporting country-based staff
• Experience writing, reviewing and editing proposals and excellent attention to detail
American Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US statutory holidays, 20-25 paid days off (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental care starting at $7 per month and vision starting at $5. per month, FSA for health care, childcare and transport costs, a 403b retirement savings plan with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a basic IRC contribution 3-7% (3-year vesting), disability and life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and health issues. Mental Health.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements: Consistent with IRC’s obligation to provide and maintain a workplace free from known hazards and our commitment to protect the health of our employees, customers and communities, IRC requires new employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-service or hybrid position. All IRC offices in the United States require full vaccination to attend all office functions (eg meetings, trainings).
Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusiveness. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.
Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our business. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status. We will ensure that people with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations to participate in the application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other employment-related benefits and privileges. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles set out in IRC Way – Standards of Professional Conduct. They are integrity, service, responsibility and equality. In line with these values, the IRC applies and enforces policies on protecting beneficiaries from exploitation and abuse, protecting children, anti-harassment in the workplace, fiscal integrity and anti-retaliation.
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