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Strategy Analyst

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BACKGROUND

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.

IRC-UK

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. IRC-UK comprises approximately 120 staff.

In Europe, the IRC also has offices in Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Geneva and Stockholm.

External Relations

The External Relations (ER) department was created in February 2020 and is comprised of 3 main but complementary functional areas: Private fundraising, Communications and Advocacy. The ER department is at the beginning stages of creating a new radical and ambitious strategy that will enhance IRC’s ability to ‘punch above its weight’ in private income, advocacy and brand awareness. The main objective of the department is to enable this organization of more than 12,000 staff to have the resources needed to continue serving 18 million people worldwide in places affected by war and disaster, shape the humanitarian sector by influencing key policies and reforms and build and grow IRC’s reputation.

The Purpose of the Role

The Strategy Analyst will advance the implementation of the global External Relations strategy across all ER functional areas and markets, supporting the Strategy & Planning team on strategic projects considered the highest priority by ER leadership. The Strategy Manager will work in partnership with ER leaders and their global teams to drive global impact and change.

The Strategy Analyst will be expected to use structured thinking and evidence to solve problems and deliver high quality results at a fast pace, leveraging strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills. This role requires a high level of personal initiative and the ability to work well in a multicultural, dynamic environment – you will work hard, learn and grow quickly.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Lead small projects or workstream within a bigger project, collaborating closely and regularly with the Senior Manager or Director of Strategy & Planning
  • Effectively and independently manage work planning, surfacing and quickly resolving risks and roadblocks as soon as they arise
  • Apply structure to unpack ambiguous, complex problems
  • Identify data needed to inform data-driven decisions; structures and performs efficient analysis
  • Generate actionable insights based on rigorous analysis, best practices, and an understanding of the IRC and the global challenges and opportunities we face
  • Deliver effective communications, tailored to relevant audience
  • Collaborate closely with junior to senior-level staff across ER, gathering critical information to support analysis, insights and decision-making
  • Adopt a learning mindset and take personal responsibility for continuous performance improvement; give and receive regular developmental feedback
  • Promote a positive, collaborative, and efficient working environment of shared learning where colleagues enjoy working with each other, and feel inspired to grow and develop in new ways

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • Able to handle and make progress against multiple simultaneous demands in short time frames
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills; proven ability to prioritize and deliver on time
  • Ability to manage and work through change in a proactive and positive manner and to adapt to new challenges and shifting priorities
  • Flexible and adaptable to different type of projects (e.g., analytical, strategic, tactical), stakeholders (junior to senior-level) and level of autonomy/responsibility
  • Excellent analytical and modelling skills
  • Strong problem solving skills; structured, critical thinker; able distill insights and recommendations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; overall ability to be clear and concise in all communications
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders at multiple levels
  • Highly collaborative and proven ability to work both independently and in a dynamic, cross-functional global team structure
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite, especially Powerpoint and Excel

Desirable

  • Experience in a strategy role at either a strategy consulting firm, or in the strategy development function of a global organization
  • Experience in international development, human rights or another field related to the IRC’s work
  • Knowledge of private fundraising, communication and advocacy in humanitarian or development context
  • Ability to use statistical software and PowerBI
  • Knowledge of Spanish, French or Arabic

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

IRC-UK strives to be an equal opportunities employer. IRC-UK is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

IRC-UK welcomes applications from all candidates, including underrepresented groups and refugees who have the right to work in the UK.

IRC UK will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application and/or interview process, and for essential job functions if appointed to a role. Please contact us if you may need such adjustments.

How to apply

Please apply through our website