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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

Director, Training & Curriculum Design

Senior Director, Compliance & Policy

Emergency Health Coordinator, Libya

Country Director, Libya

Temporary Programme Development Advisor (x2)

Policy and Advocacy Officer-Stichting Vluchteling

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Director, Training & Curriculum Design

The training and curriculum design function was created to increase the capacity for the creation of training curricula and materials within the AMU. This newly created role also aims to address the field offices’ need for dedicated training staff to increase the frequency and quality of training support provided to regions.

Reporting into the VP, Global AMU, the Training and Curriculum Design Director will be responsible for executing the design and delivery of effective learning solutions to support the priorities of AMU and that of its internal clients.

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

Current IRC employees please click here

Senior Director, Compliance & Policy

The Senior Director of Donor Compliance and Policy is responsible for organizational compliance with statutory donor rules and regulations. The Senior Director manages a team that reviews grants and contracts, creates administrative policies, and safeguards adherence to procedures to ensure that all IRC staff, project partners, subcontractors, and sub-awardees are in compliance with Non-European and European donor and local government requirements. The Senior Director provides guidance to relevant staff to improve their understanding of the terms and conditions of grants and contracts by providing donor compliance advice and training so that programs are delivered with minimized compliance risk.

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

Current IRC employees please click here

Emergency Health Coordinator, Libya

The IRC seeks an emergency health specialist with significant humanitarian program start-up and management experience to lead the IRC’s relatively new health program in Libya. The individual must have previous experience working in volatile environments that feature ongoing insurgencies and/or open conflict. The Emergency Health Coordinator will conduct needs assessments, design health interventions, contribute to funding proposals, hire and supervise health staff, develop technical trainings, and assist with representation. 

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

Country Director, Libya

The Country Director will provide the strategic vision and leadership for the country program. Given the operating environment, the Country Director is expected to be attentive to risk management. S/he is responsible for ensuring the design and delivery of quality programs, donor and government relations, fundraising and budget management, security and operations management, and developing a motivated and professional team.

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

Temporary Programme Development Advisor (x2)

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. 

The Programme Development pillar of the AMU is responsible for all the IRC’s business development from statutory / governmental sources. The pillar is currently undergoing a restructure, which will result in a considerable expansion. To support the pillar with a current capacity gap, two Programme Development Advisors are sought ASAP. The positions are 3 months of length, with a strong possibility of converting into permanent positions (Temp-to-Perm) for the right candidate.

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

Policy and Advocacy Officer-Stichting Vluchteling

The candidate will directly report to the Executive Director (ED) and be part of the Management Team together with the Executive Director (ED), Head Internal Affairs, Head of Fundraising and Communications and the IRC-representative in The Hague. He/she will collaborate closely with the Project and Communication Teams within SV, and work closely with IRC’s European Policy and Advocacy and Communications units in London and Brussels.
The candidate will be responsible, together with his/her colleagues, for bringing public attention to the situation of refugees and displaced populations around the world.

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