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Note on COVID-19: The IRC is monitoring COVID-19 activity around the world—particularly in our operating locations. The health and wellbeing of our global staff is of the utmost importance to us.  We will be adjusting our recruiting and new hire activity accordingly. 

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. IRC-UK has published it's Gender Pay Gap Report. 

The IRC also has offices in Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Stockholm and Geneva.

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What job vacancies are currently available?

We are currently recruiting to the following roles:

Regional Grants Adviser – West Africa. London, UK, Berlin or Bonn, Germany

Executive Director, IRC UK. London

Associate Director, Digital Engagement (International). London

Senior Programme (Business) Development Advisor. London

Please follow the links above to submit an online application. All applications are handled in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). For more information please read the Privacy Notice (English) and Privacy Notice (French)

Can I work overseas?

IRC UK does not recruit or employ staff for IRC country progammes. This is done through the IRC office in New York and other IRC office around the world. Further information on these positions can be found by searching on our Global Careers Portal. 

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, Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), flexible working, generous employer pension contributions and access to an online discounts portal including gym membreships, shopping, restaurants and cinemas. 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.

IRC UK aims to be a family friendly employer and offers a range of benefits including flexible working and enhanced parental leave and pay from day one of employment. 

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. IRC UK welcomes applications from all candidates, including refugees who have the right to work in the UK. IRC UK will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application and/or interview process, and for essential job functions if appointed to a role. Please contact us if you may need such adjustments. 

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, Accountability and Equality. 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 year when the need arises and funding is available. 

IRC UK does not offer unpaid 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