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The International Rescue Committee is a leading global humanitarian and post-conflict development organisation working with people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

IRC-UK is the European headquarters of the IRC. Established in 1997 as an independent British charity, IRC-UK supports programme management, contributes to policy and advocacy, raises funds to assist those affected by conflict and disaster, and carries out public education on related issues in Britain and Europe.

We are currently advertising a number of vacancies in the UK and Greece, please click on the job title for further information:

- Child Protection Coordinator, DFID Funded, Greece

- Deputy Regional Representative, Greece

- Senior Protection Coordinator, Greece

- Regional Partnership Coordinator, Greece

- Economic Recovery & Development Coordinator, Greece

- Deputy Country Representative-Germany

-Trust and Foundations Manager

-Policy and Advocacy Adviser-Refugee Resettlement


Child Protection Coordinator, DFID Funded


The IRC began operations in Greece in July 2015, with a focus initially on the island of Lesvos.  Since then, IRC’s programs in Greece have grown and expanded to Athens and northern Greece where IRC will focus on eight refugee camps (two in Athens and 6 in northern Greece), on protection, WASH and cash programming. IRC Greece has an integrated protection program that incorporates women’s protection and empowerment, child protection and protection rule of law. Through its protection programs, IRC is providing case management support, psychosocial support (PSS) and referrals to appropriate services for women, children and other vulnerable refugees. IRC is also providing information to refugees on their rights and regular updates on the evolving situation in Europe. IRC has funds from ECHO, UNHCR and others for its activities in Greece.


In order to ensure timely and quality implementation of the above mentioned program, IRC is seeking to recruit a child protection coordinator to oversee the activities in Greece. 

The Child Protection Coordinator will be responsible for a team dedicated to implementation of this DFID funded grant and collaboration with partner organizations, and will report to the Senior Protection Coordinator in Greece.  Given this grant is not the only child protection grant in Greece and that the DFID project is a regional program, for consistency of approach, the Child Protection Coordinator will be required to work closely with the Senior Protection Coordinator for Greece, the Protection Coordinator for northern Greece and the relevant child protection managers in both those locations and Lesvos, as well as coordinate effectively with the Protection Coordinator in Serbia and other regional staff as appropriate.

For more information on the role please download the job description.

To apply, please click here.

Deputy Regional Representative

Position Summary

As a key member of the regional leadership team, the Deputy Regional Representative (DRR) serves as a trusted partner of the Regional Representative and actively participates in the management and representation of IRC in the Europe Response Region (ERR), shaping an organizational culture that is fit for the future and harnesses the extraordinary engagement, diversity, talent and commitment of IRC’s people.

Exercising the delegated authority of the Regional Representative, the DRR provides a range of strategic, programmatic and operational management support to country programs and regional colleagues. A key function of the role is to navigate the organization on behalf of the country programs. The DRR will travel regularly to country offices to provide management support, including exceptional management of specific issues as required, and to monitor program quality.

For more information on the role please download the job description.

To apply, please click here.

Senior Protection Coordinator

Job Overview/Summary

Under the supervision and guidance of the Deputy Director Programs (DDP), the Senior Protection Coordinator will be responsible for providing strategic direction and vision to the IRC’s Protection programming, including liaising with key Government and sector stakeholders, and will also provide guidance to the Protection Coordinator and protection managers in two locations. S/he will be responsible for overall design, supervision, management and quality implementation of all aspects of the protection program. S/he will oversee the collection and analysis of protection-related information by the field staff, in camp and out of camp locations, and will ensure that a succinct and accurate protection reports are submitted to key institutional and other donors on a regular basis. The Senior Protection Coordinator will also work closely with the DDP to ensure that the Protection portfolio is appropriate for the refugee crisis in Greece and that the in-country protection strategy is designed in accordance with IRC’s global protection strategy. The Protection Coordinator will work extensively with other sectors to ensure that protection principles are being incorporated into the emergency programs, and will play a key role in developing proposals for Protection program in Greece as required.

For more information on the role please download the job description.

To apply, please click here.

Regional Partnership Coordinator

European Refugee Crisis

In response to the refugee influx into Greece, in June 2015 the IRC began responding in the Greek islands and expanded to Serbia to assist refugees during their journey through Europe. As a result of the recent border closures along the so-called “Balkan Route”, the IRC has adjusted its programs to assist some 53,000 refugees stranded in Greece and several thousand more across other Balkan countries. The Europe Regional Response (ERR) programs in Greece and Serbia focus on protection; water, sanitation and hygiene; partnership and civil society development; and include distributions of non-food items and financial assistance to meet basic needs.

Scope of Work

The Regional Partnership Coordinator (RPC) will lead and manage the IRC’s engagement with NGOs, civil society organizations and volunteer groups responding to the European Refugee Crisis.  The RPC will report to and work closely with the IRC’s Regional Representative as well as IRC’s Country Directors for Greece and for Serbia, to identify and build relationships with new and existing groups, work to increase funding flowing from IRC to its partners and launch activities to strengthen partner organization capacity.  The RPC will be based in either Athens or Belgrade, and will be expected to travel up to 50% of the time in the region.

The RPC will directly manage a small partnership unit, currently under development; supervising staff who will focus on partnerships relating to specific IRC programs in the region, such as ICT and protection. The RPC will also work very closely with the Regional Program Coordinator (based in Athens) and with Grants Managers (based in Athens and Belgrade) to ensure that IRC’s funding instruments and procedures for partners are efficiently and effectively implemented.  

For more information on the role please download the job description.

To apply, please click here. 

Economic Recovery & Development Coordinator

Scope of Work

The IRC Hellas’ Economic Recovery & Development (ERD) Unit is led by the ERD Coordinator who oversees the management, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of existing cash assistance and livelihoods programming activities, as well as lead assessments to expand new areas of programming and partnerships. The ERD Coordinator will also focus on information gathering to identify what additional entry points will best allow for ERD activities. This will require a great deal of coordination between the ERD Coordinators and the Protection and WASH leads within the IRC Hellas program, to identify mutual interests and possibilities for collaboration.

Working closely with the livelihoods technical advisors and the various sector leads within the IRC Hellas program, the ERD Coordinator will lead the development of partnerships with relevant market actors, local organizations and government offices; develop proposals and planning for program growth; and support the development of new, innovative, and market-based approaches to economic programs. He/she will liaise with senior management, headquarters staff and relevant advocacy and business development staff to ensure livelihoods programming both responds to the needs of the populations IRC serves as well as existing evidence base. The ERD Coordinator will report to the Deputy Director of Programs.

Finally, as the development of the ERD unit is new within the IRC Hellas country program, the existence of the ERD Coordinator position will be results-oriented. This will ensure that opportunities for growth (from a perspective of funding, partnership, and added value of IRC’s ERD programs in-country) continue to exist in order for the ERD Coordinator position to be of relevance. 

For more information on the role please download the job description. 

To apply, please click here. 

Deputy Country Representative - Germany

Job Overview/Summary:

The Deputy Country Representative’s core responsibilities will be to support the Country Representative in strategic engagement and delivery of IRC’s program portfolio of technical assistance in Germany. This will include developing strategic relationships with government officials at federal level as well as with service providers delivering assistance to asylum seekers, to identify and cultivate partnerships in the fields of integration, education, protection and other sectors as relevant. The role will need to engage proactively with key internal stakeholders to IRC, in the UK office, US programs, international programs, advocacy and communications teams; and engage in appropriate and coordinated advocacy and communications on relevant issues. 

The Deputy Country Representative will work closely with and support the Country Representative in the leadership and supervisory management of IRC operations in Germany. The Deputy Country Representative will actively participate in developing a clear vision for IRC’s presence in Germany, working effectively across the organization to deliver high-quality programs, advocacy and strategic engagement.

Success in this position requires an individual with demonstrated ability to represent IRC externally at the highest levels as well as to design and deliver atypical and innovative NGO program delivery models; to work effectively with colleagues/functions based in different locations; to represent the IRC’s work to a range of internal and external audiences.

Based in Berlin, the position will report to the Country Representative and will coordinate or supervise a small team of technical staff and short-term consultants. The exact composition of the IRC Germany team will be determined during the establishment phase. In addition, the Deputy Country Representative and Country Representative will have the support of regional staff positions that engage with IRC’s programs elsewhere in Europe (Balkans, Greece).

For more information on the role please dowload the job description.

To apply, please click here. 

Trusts and Foundations Manager

The Purpose of the Role

  • The Trusts and Foundations Manager will develop and deliver a leading edge strategy and programme for grant making trusts and foundations based in the UK and Europe that builds on the £1.28 million raised in 2015 and maximizes sustainable net income for IRC- UK. Line managing the Trust Executive, they will proactively develop new business opportunities and ensure the potential of existing relationships are fully optimized.
  • The post-holder will ensure the highest quality of stewardship and donor care is maintained to drive committed support.
  • The post-holder will play an active, collaborative role in IRC-UK’s Fundraising team and contribute to the development of the European fundraising strategy and operational plan. They will also collaborate with colleagues in the IRC’s Global Revenue team to ensure a seamless approach to cultivation across IRC networks.

For more information on the role and details of how to apply, please download the job description. 

The closing date is: 10am on Sunday 17th July 2016

Interviews will be on w/c 25th July 2016.

Policy and Advocacy Adviser – Refugee Resettlement

The Purpose of the Role

Part of IRC’s European policy and advocacy team, this position will work closely with IRC’s European programmes and communications colleagues, with IRC’s US programmes and with the global policy and advocacy team. It will build new partnerships with like-minded NGOs and think-tanks to bring maximum influence to bear on those making crucial decisions regarding the scale, scope and means of refugee resettlement. It will also work with colleagues to develop a co-ordination global resettlement policy in the face of protracted displacement.

The world is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. The IRC is working on the front line of the crisis - inside Syria; in the four refugee receiving countries that surround it – Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey; in other regions and major countries which people are fleeing from such as Africa and Afghanistan; and in Greece and Serbia. We resettle around 10,000 refugees each year in 22 cities across the United States.

For more information on the role and details of how to apply, please download the job description.

The closing date is: 10am Friday 1st July 2016

Interviews will take place on Friday 8th July

In order to minimise administrative costs, IRC-UK will only contact short-listed candidates.

IRC-UK strives to be an equal opportunities employer. IRC-UK is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.



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