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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 Europe, please click on the job title for further information

Regional Grants Officer (Maternity Cover)

Deputy Chief of Party, Myanmar

Protection Coordinator, Myanmar

Head of Policy (Maternity Cover)


Regional Grants Officer (Maternity Cover)

Regional Grant Officers (RGOs) provide support to country field offices in relation to quality reporting and donor requirements during programme implementation. Each RGO has a regional portfolio, for which they take responsibility, however the team operates flexibly as required to ensure cover over the entire European donors’ portfolio. RGOs manage the successful implementation of IRC European donor contractual requirements and reporting, ensuring compliance, accurate information and good quality narratives on programme outputs

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

Deputy Chief of Party

The IRC will be responding to a USAID RFA for Vulnerable Communities in South East program. One of the key personnel on the proposal will be for a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP). Under the supervision of the Chief of Party, the DCOP leads managerial and operational aspects of the project in compliance with USAID and IRC rules and regulations to achieve project objectives. The DCoP is responsible for the financial management, subgrant management, human resource management, and documentation and reporting. S/he will also regularly engage with and maintain good relationships with local and state government agencies in both Burma and Thailand, consortium partners/Project Management Group (PMG) members, and other stakeholders particularly in Burma.

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

Protection Coordinator, Myanmar

The IRC will be responding to a USAID RFA for Vulnerable Communities in South East program. One of the key personnel on the proposal will be for a Protection Coordinator. The Protection Coordinator (PC) will be responsible for developing and implementing the project’s protection strategy, and will take the lead in advocacy and relationship building activities with the Government of Burma/Myanmar (GoB/M), academic institutions, INGOs, and CSOs to promote effective protection mechanisms for project beneficiaries. The PC will supervise the project’s protection team, and will work closely with other sector coordinators to ensure that all protection work is consistent with project objectives, is coordinated and integrated with other sectors, and promotes more effective and efficient service delivery.

Position is contingent upon being awarded the USAID grant

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

Head of Policy (Maternity Cover)

In line with our strategy to become a thought leader, IRC-UK is strengthening our capacity to analyse and develop public policy positions. Heading up a small team, this post is establishing the Policy Team, developing its vision and its plans. It leads our work in drawing from evidence about best practice in humanitarian programming, together with academic research and debates on current issues to help ensure that IRC in Europe is fully engaged in key discussions about the future of our sector and the contexts in which we work – and, indeed, leading some of these. Building strong relationships with IRC colleagues is crucial, as is building new relationships and partnerships with universities, think-tanks and policy leads in other NGOs and international organizations. 

For more information, 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.

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