Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
The International Rescue Committee UK is part of the IRC global network, which has its headquarters in New York and London. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through over 20 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient.
The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.
Our European headquarters, IRC-UK, were established in London in 1997 to support the organisation’s global activities and particularly to diversify its donor base and be able to better advocate 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 in governance and rights and economic recovery, and innovative thinking on early recovery and gender based violence. The IRC also has offices in Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Stockholm and Geneva.
IRC-UK comprises approximately 100 staff across five departments.
The Global Awards Management Unit (AMU)
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; Programme & Grants Support; Compliance and Policy; Business Development; and Training & Curriculum Design.
The Global 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. The AMU 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 the teams in the US and the UK, driving functional integration between all relevant units and staff, in collaboration with the Vice President of the Global AMU and the Senior Vice President for Europe in relation to overarching issues with European donors. The matrix management structure ensures that AMU staff support the Europe strategy and work towards the pursuit of new opportunities, while IRC-UK maintains accountability for European funding.
Crisis Response, Recovery and Development
As part of the Crisis Response, Recovery and Development Department, IRC’s Great Lakes regional portfolio includes programs in four countries: Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Tanzania. IRC’s programming across the region ranges across the humanitarian-development continuum through a range of sectors, including health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, protection and rule of law, cash assistance, and livelihood programming.
Key Working Relationships
Reports to the Regional Grants Director for the Great Lakes. Works closely with all Great Lakes Regional Program Support Team (RPST) members as well as with the Program Development Team, and across all pillars within AMU; the Crisis Response, Recovery and Development Department (CRRD); and Global Partnerships and Philanthropy (GPP). This position co-manages a part-time Regional Grants Assistant also based in London.
The Purpose of the Role
As Regional Grants Advisor (RGA) you play a vital role within a regional team that supervises a specific region. The RGA focuses primarily on the successful implementation of IRC European institutional donor award requirements and reporting, ensuring basic compliance, accurate financial information and good quality narratives on programme outputs.
As RGA you will also build and ensure strong, professional working relationships with donors. You will work closely with the Regional Grants Director (RGD) to strengthen the capacity of field offices to manage, implement and report on awards. RGAs also represent IRC to policy makers, donors and other audiences.
Travel to country offices is a critical aspect of the job function. The Regional Grants Adviser must be willing to travel to Great Lakes country offices for up to a maximum of 30% of time as budget and needs allow.
Awards Management (50%)
Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications: