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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. 

We advertise vacancies in the UK and Europe.  Please see below for further information on our current vacancies.

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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 Greece, please click on the job title for further information

Senior Protection Manager

Deputy Director for Programs

Iraq Country Director

HR Co-ordinator, Greece

Child Protection Technical Adviser

Transparency Consultant


Senior Protection Manager

The Emergency Protection Senior Manager will be responsible for providing strategic direction and vision to the IRC’s Protection programming in Northern Greece covering 5-6 sites. The Protection Senior Manager will be responsible for the overall quality implementation of all aspects of an integrated response combining information sharing, access to rights and entitlements, protection monitoring, risk reduction, vulnerable case identification and referrals and specialized programming for women and children. The Protection Senior Manager will oversee 4 Mangers responsible for the day-to-day management of the program, a Case Manager, and a Roving Protection Team Leader, who will be working with a dedicated team of protection senior officers and officers focused on safe spaces for women and girls, safe healing and learning spaces and case management for women and children, as well as programming specific to unaccompanied minors, and an integrated roving team working between 2-3 sites. The Protection Senior Manager will work extensively with other sectors to ensure that protection principles are being incorporated into the emergency programs.

For more information, and to apply, please click here

Deputy Director for Programs

The position of Deputy Director of Programs (DDP) is a member of the Senior Management Team and is integral to the successful implementation of IRC’s programs in Greece. Working under the direction of the Country Director (CD), the DDP is responsible for overall program direction and implementation within the program framework, government policies and strategies, and in compliance with donor regulations, specifically in the areas of a) grant management b) program development and implementation c) day-to-day technical representation with line Ministries, donor agencies and local and international stakeholders, d) Monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning.

For more information, and to apply, please click here

Iraq Country Director

The Country Director for Iraq is responsible for overall leadership and supervisory management of IRC offices and operations in the country, including stewardship of resources, staff safety and security, program quality and accountability, and performance management. The Country Director is IRC’s principal representative to the Iraqi and Kurdistan Region of Iraq governments, donors, international organizations, other NGOs and the media. 

For more information and to apply, please click here.

HR Co-ordinator, Greece

The HR Coordinator is responsible for providing support to all the HR staff (HR Managers, Officers and Assistants) and coordinators, and leading the overall HR functions including staff recruitment, contracts management, skills development, performance management and orientation. The HR Coordinator reports directly to the Deputy Director of Operation, takes direction on IRC global initiatives from the Regional HR Director or Global HR Business Partner and collaborates with all departments on human resources matters.

The HR Coordinator will direct and develop HR capacity and infrastructure in the Greece country program to ensure efficient and effective support for the growing organization which has reached over 300-350 workers in 2016. The HR Coordinator will adapt and implement Global HR initiatives and practices and serve as an advisor to maximize staffing resources and performance, promote a positive organizational culture, minimize risk and ensure economy and efficiency of work processes.

For more information, and to apply, please click here.

Child Protection Technical Adviser 

This position provides child protection technical leadership in the design and development of programs for children in countries in conflict, crisis, post-conflict and post-crisis settings across the world, with a specific focus on research, monitoring and evaluation for child protection. To ensure quality programming towards impacting the lives of children affected by conflict and crisis through IRC’s work, the Child Protection Technical Advisor provides technical support; supports business and partnership development; develops strategies and resources; reviews, uses and generates evidence; and raises IRC’s profile.

Position to be based in: New York, Washington, DC, London, Brussels or Geneva.

For more information, and to apply, please click here.

Transparency Consultant

The consultant will be expected to ensure the compliance of IRC-UK with DFID’s Minimum Standards of Publishing to IATI. As well the consultant will be expected to identify gaps in IRC-UK’s transparency based on best practice in the field to inform a TOR for a longer term position.

For more information, and 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