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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. 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 in our London & European offices:

Regional Grants Advisor, Asia. London

Programme Development Advisor - Great Lakes & West Africa. London, New York and Berlin

Senior Policy Officer. London.Bonn.Brussels 

Regional Grant Advisor (roster). Multiple Locations

Advocacy Officer. London

Director of Communications Europe. London

Senior Vice President - IRC Europe. Brussels, Berlin or London

Consortium Director. London

Technical Adviser, Primary Healthcare. London or New York

Technical Adviser, Education. London or Bangkok

Senior Programme Development Adviser, West Africa. London, New York or Washington DC

Senior Technical Adviser, Emergency Health. London or New York

Protection Analysis Specialist. London or New York

Technical Specialist, Continuous Improvement. London or New York 

Senior Budget Adviser, London or New York

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 our global headquarters in New York. 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.

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. 

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