Regional Grants Advisor

International Rescue Committee, Berlin, Germany

Skill Required:, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)Media and CommunicationProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st April, 2020

Job Description

About IRC

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’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The International Rescue Committee Deutschland is part of the IRC global network. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. 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.

IRC Germany was established in 2016 in order to further enhance the profile of the German humanitarian and development sector and to provide further opportunities for advocacy on behalf of the people we serve. Since its establishment, IRC-DE has grown rapidly and has representations in Bonn and Berlin. It is working with major German statutory donors, like the German Federal Foreign Office, KfW, and GIZ. IRC-DE is also cooperating with German civil society organizations. The IRC in Europe also has offices in Brussels, Geneva, and London, and a sister organization in The Hague.

IRC’s Awards Management Unit (AMU) is a global unit with the responsibility for identifying, securing, and managing all funding from statutory/government donors. The 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.

Key Accountabilities

The Regional Grants Advisor (m/f/d) is part of AMU and will provide the Asia and Latin America regions with the capacity to ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations and high quality reporting and awards management. The Regional Grants Advisor (m/f/d) will:

  • Manage a portfolio of awards for the Asia and Latin America Regions. For Asia Region this will focus on ECHO and German-donor awards
  • Conduct regular monitoring of all ECHO awards both in person and remotely
  • Review and provide substantive feedback on reports and some proposals as requested; consulting with and ensuring input from relevant technical and financial staff
  • Support budget realignments and grant amendments/modifications
  • Monitor projects to ensure progress against objectives and compliance with donor guidelines
  • Assist country offices with ad-hoc queries on donor compliance issues
  • Provide best practice advice related to grant management
  • Develop training materials and carry out training of IRC field staff
  • In coordination with the Regional Grants Director, develop and maintain work-processes and checklists for grant implementation and report review


  • University degree, preferably in a subject related to IRC’s work (International Relations, Refugee or Migration Studies, Development Studies, Public Policy) or equivalent experience
  • Experience with and understanding of institutional donors and their requirements; especially DG ECHO, BMZ, GIZ and KfW; understanding of UN or U.S. donors a plus
  • Good understanding of humanitarian aid and development programming
  • Excellent English and Spanish language skills
  • Experience in working independently at a distance and supporting field-based staff
  • Experience writing, reviewing and editing narrative and financial reports and excellent attention to detail
  • Good financial management and budgeting skills
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise information
  • Solid organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • International work experience in a developing country a plus
  • Good IT skills (Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, sometimes on short notice and to volatile areas
  • A good sense of humour


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