Officer, Private Sector Grants

Background/IRC Summary

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

To support achievement of this vision, the IRC’s Technical Excellence (TechEx) unit provides technical assistance and expertise to program staff in five areas: Education, Economic Wellbeing, Governance, Health, and Violence Prevention and Response. We need support in improving the coordination between these experts and our private sector partners, to ensure our joint ambition meets field capacity. That's where you come in!

This role is a member of the IRC’s Global Partnerships and Philanthropic Services (GPPS) department, a team of specialists which provides a variety of cultivation, support and stewardship functions for the organization’s high-value donors, partners, and supporters.

The Private Sector Grants Officer will act as a key liaison between IRC’s front-line fundraisers and our technical program teams to support the successful management and delivery of private partnerships around the world. The candidate will contribute to the IRC’s growing private-sector portfolio of partnerships and ultimately help improve our ability to serve our clients.

Scope of Work:

This is an internally-facing role, which serves as the primary focal point and liaison for grant operations between the private fundraising teams and TechEx. The major responsibilities will focus primarily on post-award grants management, including:

Private funding portfolio and budget management (70%):

  • Maintains an up-to-date record of all private sector grants in the TechEx portfolio to inform timely delivery of relevant updates, reports, and progress to the private sector account management teams;
  • Ensures consistency and donor compliance across private grants for the entire duration of a partnership to ensure donor requirements are met and compliance issues are raised to Relationship Managers;
  • Keeps up-to-date with developments around program implementation, flagging risks and challenges;
  • Proactively reviews and leads donor reporting, providing guidance to country offices/relevant TechEx units with budget realignments, and supports grant amendments;
  • Supports the fundraising teams and the relevant TechEx unit to administer internal grant and partnership management technology platforms;
  • Works closely with technical program teams to identify strategic funding priorities and elevate them to the attention of frontline fundraisers, helping ensure that new funding is responsive to programmatic needs;
  • Creates and reviews monthly financial reports and ensures their accuracy;
  • Support additional budget and financial processes as required;

Process Improvement (30%):

  • Ensures that private gifts and grants are handled in accordance with internal IRC protocols;
  • Responsible for the development of processes and systems that would advance our private-sector partnerships pursuits, while ensuring that all internal IRC processes are followed;
  • Coordinates with relevant teams in External Relations to ensure efficient support for TechEx Units;
  • Reviews and proposes improved processes as needed to help reduce time, and ensure appropriate partner sign off, to better serve our partners.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Director, Program Services and Director, Grants Operations and Analytics Team

Position directly supervises: N/A

Other Internal and/or external representatives:

  • Internal
  • Sr. Business Development Coordinator, Grants Operations and Analytics Team (GOAT)
  • Compliance & Policy (C&P) team
  • Finance Department on matters of financial management

Essential Qualifications:

  • Approximately 3+ years working in private sector grants management; experience working with programs related to education, economic wellbeing, governance, health, and/or violence prevention a plus;
  • Demonstrable experience of setting up and monitoring large and sophisticated private sector partnerships, while working across various teams and functions;
  • Experience in developing and leading successful private sector proposals and providing impactful reporting for high value donors;
  • Ability to effectively coordinate with geographically dispersed teams throughout all stages of the private grant lifecycle;
  • Experience handling donor compliance, budgeting, negotiating agreement provisions, technical and financial reporting;
  • Understanding of the private donor mentality and pace of work and the differences from public funding culture;
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information and excellent attention to detail;
  • Willingness and ability to travel occasionally, sometimes on short notice and to volatile areas;
  • Outstanding people skills: strong ability to communicate constructively across teams with different strengths;
  • Solid organizational skills: ability to be flexible and in a fast-paced multi-task team environment;
  • Language skills: English required; proficiency in French, Spanish, and/or Arabic is a plus!

Desirable Skills & Experience:

  • Experience implementing medium- to large-scale programs in humanitarian or development settings

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions. All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

US Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days depending on role and tenure, medical insurance starting at $120 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with immediately vested matching, disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

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