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Program Development Advisor

Requisition ID: req20555

Employment Type: Full-Time with up to 20% International Travel 

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The Purpose of the Role

The Program Development Advisor (PDA), will support Great Lakes country programs in securing funding for their programmes, through supporting and leading pursuit of new funding opportunities, in line with IRC’s Business Development Strategy. Support will include all phases of the business development process, from opportunity identification to contract signature; including pre-positioning, partnerships building, proposal development, and due diligence phases. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of working on new funding opportunities in humanitarian and international development with a range of multilateral and bilateral donors (USAID, US Department of State, FCDO, EU and ECHO, GFFO, BMZ, Sida, SDC, World Bank, etc.), as well as experience collaborating with local partner organisations.

The PDA will support business development in the IRC’s Great Lakes region, which comprises country programs in Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tanzania. Candidates who are from these countries and/or have significant experience in the region are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Help drive business development in the region by providing effective proposal support, ranging from proposal management to comprehensive support and quality assurance.
  • Support in building IRC’s visibility with donors, peers, and partners.
  • Coordinate proposal development, including sharing initial assessment of new opportunities, preparing timelines, ensuring the proposal team adheres to deadlines, supporting recruitment, assisting in budget development, ensuring document completion, organizing meetings and compiling notes, and drafting and proofreading proposal sections.
  • Support country programs in increasing local ownership of projects in alignment with IRC’s partnership strategy, through growing IRC’s collaboration with and support to local organisations in Great Lakes countries.
  • Collaborate with technical units, country offices, and other colleagues to support conceptualization of winning programme and bid designs for new project activities and/or amendments to current projects.
  • Coordinate and communicate with consortium partners with consortium partners. Compile inputs from proposal team members, including consultants and partners. Identify partners, consultants, and other proposal development support as needed.
  • Provide quality assurance and quality compliance support on proposals. Ensure responsiveness to and compliance with solicitation documents and with IRC’s requirements.
  • Collaborate with country programs to successfully position for new funding opportunities. Lead and assist in the identification, tracking and updating of new business opportunities across a variety of technical sectors and donors.
  • Lead or support pre-positioning for specific opportunities, including facilitating technical brainstorming, partner and competitor landscape analysis and win theme sessions with technical and country staff.
  • Facilitate the identification of consultants and/or additional support for opportunities in collaboration with the country team.
  • Facilitate internal post-submission debrief sessions with country teams, technical units, regional team and other relevant stakeholders to collect lessons learned.
  • Work with regional program support team colleagues to incorporate lessons learned from implementation at the proposal stage.
  • Maintain complete and accurate electronic files, including final submission packages.
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Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • Experience in developing and supporting humanitarian and development proposals for NGOs
  • Experience with strategies and proposal processes of key government/statutory donors – US, UK, EU, German, Scandinavian, etc.
  • Experience in collaborating with and supporting national and community-based partners
  • Experience in proposal budgeting a plus
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively collaborate across a variety of relationships in a multicultural environment
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate equally effectively with colleagues in remote and diverse teams, including as team leader for proposals
  • Clear, compelling writing skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively
  • Ability to travel within central Africa (approximately 20% of time)
  • Fluency in English and French

Senior Director, Quality In Emergencies

Requisition ID: req20569

Sector: Emergency Response

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Job Description

IRC’s Emergencies & Humanitarian Action Unit
The IRC’s Emergencies & Humanitarian Action Unit (EHAU) oversees IRC’s global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the EHAU is to expand and improve IRC’s ability to help affected communities survive in acute emergencies and hard to reach contexts by investing in people, systems, and solutions to complex humanitarian challenges.  The EHAU team achieves this mission through ongoing rigorous risk analysis, investing in capacity strengthening of frontline humanitarians, partnership with local actors, offering collaborative support and technical assistance to teams working in emergencies and hard to reach places, and deploying and supporting world class emergency response staff as they help people affected by acute crisis situations.

The Senior Director, Quality in Emergencies (SD/QIE), is a central role within EHAU and Technical Excellence, strengthening the strategic impact of emergency work at the IRC by improving technical quality and applying best practice.  They will provide technical strategic guidance, capacity building and targeted technical support in the areas of emergency health, violence prevention and response, cash/basic needs, education, and MEAL, throughout the emergency or outbreak cycle of preparedness, readiness, response, and transition.  They will lead on a comprehensive effort to measure the IRC’s performance to prepare for and respond to emergencies around the world; ensuring that lessons are learned, and a continual cycle of improvement is fostered.  They will work in close collaboration with Technical Excellence, across EHAU teams and Global Supply Chain, and in support of IRC Regional and Country teams.  Reporting to both the Vice President EHAU and the Vice President and Head of Technical Excellence, the SD/QIE is a member of the EHAU Senior Management Team (SMT), the Technical Excellence SMT, and a member of IRC’s global Senior Leaders Group.   The SD/QiE will manage, in partnership with TUs, the Senior Technical advisors for the Emergency Health, Violence Protection and Response, Cash/Basic Needs, and MEAL. Maintain collaborative relationship with Education in Emergencies Coordinator. S/he will also supervise a Program Manager/QiE.

Major Responsibilities

  • Strategy Action Planning and Implementation
    • Working in close collaboration with the VP EHAU and Senior Management Team colleagues, align the Quality Section’s effort toward the realization of the EHAU Strategy Action Plan.  Play a leading role in the development and routine maintenance of both the EHAU SAP and the detailed SAP Implementation Plan.  Socialize and promote the centrality of the EHAU SAP as both a functional and unifying tool to the Quality Section team, and Technical Excellence leadership team.
    • Working in collaboration with Strategy 100 program ambition leads, ensure that the overall strategy and the EHAU SAP are cross-infused and developed in an ongoing and coordinated fashion.
  •  Technical Policy & Strategy Development
    • Provide leadership across the EHAU and CRRD on emergency Technical Policy and Strategy Development
    • Provide best practice and learning, including in collaboration with interagency partners for Health, Protection and Cash in emergencies
    • Engage in and represent the IRC in interagency interventions, initiatives and networks relating to emergencies (i.e. Education in Emergencies).
    • Work with Technical Excellence leadership group to ensure new tools and frameworks (e.g. IMPACT, OEF, Quality Assurance processes) are grounded in and relevant to IRC’s emergency work.
    • Oversight of emergency technical capacity strengthening, through a creation of a multi-dimensional learning delivery platform including training, mentorship, coaching, for IRC country program, Technical Advisors, Emergency Rosters and IRC partner organizations
    • Technical support to Technical Advisors, and IRC country programs in emergency readiness and response
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning
    • Working closely with the STA/MEAL in emergencies and other STAs, oversee efforts that will ensure that IRC fulfills its commitment to place affected populations at the center of all IRC’s emergency responses.  This will entail the development and refinement of Technical Guidelines & Tools for emergency assessment and accountability, program design, implementation, supervision, and measurement of impact.
    • Lead on ensuring best practice and learning in emergency responses both country and ERT-led, including collaboration with interagency partners.
    • Occasional remote or Field deployments for readiness, accountability & response in support of regional team or country program, for red classified emergencies.
  •  Leadership and Management
    • Serve as a member of the EHAU & Technical Excellence SMTs offering strategic leadership across EHAU, and the Technical Units.
    • Serve as a member of IRC’s Senior Leaders group
    • Lead the development, maintenance, and management of the annual budget for the Quality Section.
    • Build and maintain strong working relationships with CRRD colleagues and continually promote a culture of partnership and collaboration. 
    • Cultivate and maintain a positive, collaborative, safe and protective work environment, while additionally setting an example of ‘One IRC’-way of working within the team, EHAU and the wider organization.
    • Committed to managing and building teams according to IRC’s Leadership Standards.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to: Vice President, EHAU & Vice President and Head of Technical Excellence
  • Position directly supervises: Senior Technical Advisers for Health, Violence Prevention & Response, and MEAL in Emergencies, as well as Program Manager, Quality in Emergencies.
  • Indirectly supervises in partnership with Technical Unit Leadership: Senior Technical Advisers for Cash/Basic Needs.
  • Works closely with: EHAU Section Leads / Directors, ERT staff, Technical Excellence teams, Global Supply Chain, Education in Emergencies Coordinator. 


  1. Significant experience managing complex humanitarian programs in the field, as well as large institutional systems/programs at senior HQ level 
  2. Proven ability to identify, recommend and implement best practice program strategies and approaches that deliver rapid, consistent, high-quality service provision in an emergency environment
  3. Excellent skills in providing strategic oversight and leadership in project and budget management 
  4. Very strong ability to establish and maintain lasting professional relationships both internally and externally. 
  5. Substantial exposure to strategy formulation and wide range of strategic decision-making processes. 
  6. Demonstrate high-energy and a proactive nature, have a positive can-do attitude, be results-driven, have exceptional problem-solving skills, and work comfortably in a group/collaborative setting.  
  7. Strong collaborator with effective interpersonal and analytical skills who can work seamlessly across countries, cultures, and organizational units.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work, lead, and meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, high-volume environment and on deadline; aptitude for problem-solving and decision-making needed
  9. Superb written and verbal communication skills required. 
  10. Multiple language skills highly preferred.


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