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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

Technical Advisor - Protection / Rule of Law. Flexible Location - London, New York or Amman

Digital Marketing Manager - New Markets. London, UK.

Programme Development Advisor, Flexible Location - London or New York.

Budget Advisor, Flexible Location - London or New York.

Regional Grants Director

Strategic Partnership Officer

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Technical Advisor - Protection / Rule of Law. Flexible Location - London, New York or Amman.

The Protection/Rule of Law Technical Advisor (TA) will spend at least 80% of his/her time delivering technical assistance in-person and remotely to country program colleagues. The remaining time is spent on influence, advocacy, research and internal initiatives, as required by the team’s overall strategy.  

This position will cover the East Africa and Great Lakes Region (Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) or Middle East Region (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and Iraq), depending on the profile of the successful applicant. 

To view a full job description click here and to submit an online application, please click here.

Please note: The deadline for submission of applications is 10am (UK time) on Monday 25th September. Interviews will take place on 5th and 6th October 2017.

Digital Marketing Manager - New Markets. London, UK.

IRC is looking for a Digital Marketing Manager who will focus on acquiring new donors via paid media. This is a new position which will play a key role in helping IRC achieve its objectives to significantly grow our supporter base around the world. 

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

Programme Development Advisor, Flexible Location - London or New York.

Established in January 2016, the Awards Management Unit (AMU) is a global unit spanning New York, London, Nairobi, and Amman. It has responsibility for identifying, securing and managing all funding from statutory/government donors. The unit is organized into five pillars: Donor Relations & Analytics; Grants Management and Frameworks; Compliance and Policy; Programme Development (Business Development); and Training.

The AMU is a bridge between donors and the field: providing expert technical advice to the field, while maintaining portfolio-level visibility to ensure consistency and compliance, and manage risk. This unit ensures that donor compliance policies and procedures are implemented consistently, and supports all staff working across the grants management cycle for all restricted funding from global government sources. The unit operates within a matrix management system across teams in the US and the UK, driving functional integration between all relevant units and staff, in collaboration with the Vice President, AMU, and the Senior Vice President for Europe in relation to overarching issues with European donors.

The Programme Development Adviser will manage proposal quality assurance, in depth support and build leadership for a particular region and will be accountable for the outputs and outcomes of the team. They will demonstrate initiative, make decisions and provide support and advice autonomously but in line with parameters laid out by the Director of Programme Development and Deputy Director of the Regional Section.  

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

Please note, the deadline for applications is Tuesday 19th September 2017.

Budget Advisor, Flexible Location - London or New York.

Established in January 2016, the Awards Management Unit (AMU) is a global unit spanning New York, London, Nairobi, and Amman. It has responsibility for identifying, securing and managing all funding from statutory/government donors. The unit is organized into five pillars: Donor Relations & Analytics; Grants Management and Frameworks; Compliance and Policy; Programme Development (Business Development); and Training.

The AMU is a bridge between donors and the field: providing expert technical advice to the field, while maintaining portfolio-level visibility to ensure consistency and compliance, and manage risk. This unit ensures that donor compliance policies and procedures are implemented consistently, and supports all staff working across the grants management cycle for all restricted funding from global government sources. The unit operates within a matrix management system across teams in the US and the UK, driving functional integration between all relevant units and staff, in collaboration with the Vice President, AMU, and the Senior Vice President for Europe in relation to overarching issues with European donors.

The Budget Adviser will demonstrate initiative, make decisions and provide support and advice autonomously but in line with parameters laid out by the Director of Programme Development and Deputy Director of the Specialist Section. The post holder will lead budget development or provide support for particularly complex and/or risky proposals; in addition s/he will manage proposal budget quality assurance, and give in-depth budget support when working with the Regional Section; the post-holder is accountable for the outputs and outcomes of the team.

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

Please note, the deadline for applications is Tuesday 19th September 2017. 

Regional Grants Director

Established in January 2016, the Global Awards Management Unit (AMU) is a global unit spanning New York, Washington DC, London, Nairobi and Amman. It has responsibility for identifying, securing and managing all funding from statutory donors. The Unit is organized into five directorates: Donor Relations & Analytics; Grants Management & Frameworks; Compliance and Policy; Business Development; and Training & Curriculum Design. Regional Grants Directors (RGDs) will support the “Grants Management & Frameworks” directorate.

The restructured AMU complements a strengthened regional structure, tasked with direct support and oversight of grants implementation to meet country and IRC-wide priorities. The Regional Grants Directors will provide regional teams with more management capacity, as well as greater seniority to make decisions about grants management and to escalate concerns to hold individuals and teams accountable for compliance decisions.

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

Strategic Partnership Officer

The newly formed Strategic Partnerships and Analytics Team will bring together two existing units: the Donor Relations and Analytics Team within the Awards Management Unit (AMU) and the European Strategic Partnerships Team (ESPT) within IRC-UK. The merger will create a single team with responsibility for both relationship management of IRC’s key institutional donors, and owning and managing AMU information systems and data analytics.

The Strategic Partnerships Officer ensures that the Strategic Partnerships and Analytics team and its stakeholders have access to accurate, relevant and timely information on IRC’s donor relationships, pipeline and portfolio, including information from donors where English is not the primary language.  

For more information on the role, including details of 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.

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