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 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 and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 28 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.
The Purpose of the Role
The Program Development Advisor (PDA), Francophone Africa will lead and/or support new business development efforts from institutional donors, from opportunity tracking, pre-positioning and capture planning to proposal development and submission. The PDA will work closely with IRC country programs within Francophone Africa to advise and support in business development strategy planning, donor mapping and identification, opportunity tracking, the go/no-go decision process, teaming discussions, and proposal development. As needed, the PDA will serve in the Pre-positioning /Capture Manager and Proposal Manager or Proposal Coordinator roles on new business opportunities. The PDA will lead and/or support special internal initiatives aligned with IRC’s business development strategy. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of working on new business efforts in international development with USAID, DFID, ECHO, and/or other multilateral and bilateral donors, as well as experience working in and familiarity with humanitarian contexts in central Africa.
- Lead and assist in the identification, tracking and updating of new business opportunities
- Lead pre-positioning and capture planning including facilitating technical brainstorming, competitive landscape analysis and win theme sessions with technical and country staff
- Coordinating proposal work, including: preparing timelines, ensuring the proposal team adheres to deadlines, advising and supporting on teaming, supporting recruitment, assisting in budget development, ensuring document completion, organizing meetings and compiling notes, compiling inputs from internal and external proposal team members, drafting non-technical proposal sections and annexes, and proofreading proposal documents
- Work with country offices, regional staff, technical units, and other staff to support conceptualization and design of proposals
- Managing coordination, communication and inputs to/from consortium primes or subs
- Facilitate HQ-level donor relations and communications relating to new opportunities
- Identify proposal development support resources as needed, including consultants
- Draft proposal pieces including Past Performance, Corporate Capabilities, Staffing and Management Plan, Country Context, CVs, etc
- Compile inputs from proposal team members, including consultants and partners
- Ensure responsiveness to and compliance with donor priorities and solicitation documents
- Provide Quality Assurance/Quality Compliance support on proposals
- Maintain accurate information in database and assist with conducting analysis of proposal development, and maintain accurate and timely electronic files
- Advise by working collaboratively on organizational and system improvements, anticipating, identifying and proactively solving problems
- Facilitate internal post-submission debrief sessions to glean lessons learned
Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, including international relations, political science, public administration, and communications; Master’s degree a plus
- Fluency in French and English (written and spoken) required
- Experience working in central Africa preferred
- Three to five years’ experience writing grants and developing funding proposals
- Experience working with US Government (USAID, OFDA, BPRM, etc.), DFID, EU institutions (ECHO, DG), and/or other European donors
- Experience in proposal budgeting a plus
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively manage 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
- Ability to work productively and accurately while under pressure in a fast-paced, demanding environment
- Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines
- Ability to travel internationally, including in central Africa (up to 20% of time)
The deadline for applications is midnight between Friday 3rd January / Saturday 4th January.
Candidates must have the right to work in the country for which they are applying.
IRC-UK is committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination for all applicants and employees. IRC-UK seeks to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious belief, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. IRC-UK welcomes applications from all candidates, including refugees who have the right to work in the UK.