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IRC-UK is the European headquarters of the IRC. Established in 1997 as an independent British charity, IRC-UK supports the organisation’s global activities, raises funds and advocates with European policy-makers on behalf of the people we serve. Since its establishment IRC-UK has grown rapidly and is now acknowledged for its high quality project management, technical expertise and thought leadership. The IRC also has offices in Berlin, Brussels and Geneva.

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What current job vacancies are available?

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

Deputy Vice President, Global Awards Management Unit. London, UK

Regional Grants Manager, Europe & Libya. London, UK

Social Media Officer. London, UK

Technical Adviser - Protection / Rule of Law. Jordan

Senior Director, Compliance & Policy

Policy and Advocacy Officer. Stichting Vluchteling, Netherlands

Regional Communications Manager

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Deputy Vice President, Global Awards Management Unit. London, UK

IRC is recruiting a Deputy Vice President of the Global Awards Management Unit to coordinate and collaborate with internal stakeholders to provide IRC field offices with the support they need to successfully implement donor-funded programs. Crucial to this role is ensuring that AMU functions as a global entity while respecting the accountability requirements under European grants.

Although part of the Awards Management Unit team, the Deputy Vice President will have a dotted line to the IRC UK Executive Director/SVP Europe and will sit in the IRC UK’s Senior Management Team (SMT).

This position will support IRC UK initiatives while also bringing forward AMU’s perspective. This role is also pivotal in the supervision of the Regional Grants Directors who are also part of the International
Programs Department and ensuring that grants-related issues are handled in a timely and satisfactory manner.

For more information, including a full job description and details of how to apply, please click here. 

Regional Grants Manager, Europe & Libya. London, UK

We are recruiting an experienced Grants Manager to provide the Europe region with the capacity to ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations and high-quality reporting. 

For more information, including a full job description and details of how to apply, please click here.

Social Media Officer. London, UK

IRC is seeking a Social Media Officer to support the communications team in raising the profile of the IRC in Europe, and to ensure that key messages about our work and thought leadership priorities reach the widest audience possible. This post is responsible for preparing content and distributing regular communications on IRC's communication channels in Europe, including the website and social media channels. 

For more information, including a full job description and details of how to apply, please click here.  

Technical Adviser - Protection / Rule of Law. Jordan

IRC is looking for a Protection/Rule of Law Technical Advisor (TA) to deliver technical assistance in-person and remotely to country program colleagues in the Middle East Region (Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan). The role also includes working on advocacy, research and internal initiatives, as required by the team’s overall strategy.  For more information on the role, and details of how to apply, please click here. 

Senior Director, Compliance & Policy

The Senior Director of Donor Compliance and Policy is responsible for organisational compliance with statutory donor rules and regulations. The Senior Director manages a team that reviews grants and contracts, creates administrative policies, and safeguards adherence to procedures to ensure that all IRC staff, project partners, subcontractors, and sub-awardees are in compliance with Non-European and European donor and local government requirements. The Senior Director provides guidance to relevant staff to improve their understanding of the terms and conditions of grants and contracts by providing donor compliance advice and training so that programs are delivered with minimised compliance risk.

For more information, including details of how to apply, please click here

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Policy and Advocacy Officer. Stichting Vluchteling, Netherlands

The candidate will directly report to the Executive Director (ED) and be part of the Management Team together with the Executive Director (ED), Head Internal Affairs, Head of Fundraising and Communications and the IRC-representative in The Hague. He/she will collaborate closely with the Project and Communication Teams within SV, and work closely with IRC’s European Policy and Advocacy and Communications units in London and Brussels.
The candidate will be responsible, together with his/her colleagues, for bringing public attention to the situation of refugees and displaced populations around the world.

For more information, including details of how to apply, please click here.

Regional Communications Manager

This position offers an exciting opportunity to give a voice to refugees already in Europe or travelling to Europe via Libya, and to showcase the IRC’s programmes in Libya and across Europe. This includes providing support for the IRC’s global media relations through generating story ideas and supporting journalist visits to our programmes, and leading on the collection of visual and written content about the IRC’s response to Europe’s refugee crisis, for the IRC’s websites and social media channels.  

For more information on the role, including details on how to apply, please click here.

Can I work overseas?

IRC-UK does not recruit or employ staff for IRC country progammes. This is done through our global headquarters in New York. Further information on these positions can be found here

What benefits are available to IRC-UK staff?

We offer a range of competitive employee benefits, including 25 days annual leave plus public holidays, (full time staff) with the opportunity to purchase additional days, season ticket/bike loans, childcare vouchers, Employee Assistant Programme, discounted gym memberships, flexible working and generous employer pension contributions. We also offer onsite yoga classes and massages, as well as annual Christmas and summer social events. In addition, we frequently hold interesting lunchtime talks which provide an opportunity to learn from colleagues. 

We support employees in their professional development by offering training courses and learning opportunities.

What is it like to work for the IRC?

The IRC applies our mission of care and protection to those who fulfill it—our staff. We are committed to promoting their safety and wellness, and to providing them with an environment of respect in which to work. 

The IRC values the diversity of our staff and recognises that our work is best accomplished through the true collaboration of individuals from many cultures with a great variety of skills and perspectives. In support of this core value, the IRC maintains and enforces policies to foster relationships that respect the dignity and worth of each individual. 

We uphold our policies in accordance with principles of international law and codes of good conduct, and we affirm that all IRC staff members are responsible for promoting fundamental human rights, social justice, human dignity and the equality of men, women and children. IRC staff must treat every person without distinction on the basis of his or her race, gender, religion, colour, national or ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, age or disability. 

The IRC’s senior management recognises the importance of open communication, encouraging staff to discuss job related problems or suggestions with their supervisors without fear of reprisal. 

 The IRC Way 

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. 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, and Anti-Retaliation. 

Can I volunteer/intern at the IRC?

We do occasionally offer paid internships in the London office. These are advertised during the summer months. 

Unfortunately we are not currently able to offer volunteering opportunities in the London office or on our country programmes.

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Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.

Albert EinsteinNobel Prize-winning physicist and humanitarian at whose call the International Rescue Committee was founded in 1933