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Senior Programme (Business) Development Advisor

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is one of the world’s largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 40 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees delivers lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you’re a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.

The Purpose of the Role

The Senior Program/Business Development Advisor will join a global BD team and will help drive IRC’s new business development efforts by engaging with global, regional, country, and technical staff throughout the business development cycle from opportunity tracking and positioning/capture planning to proposal development, and submission. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of leading large-scale and complex new business efforts in international development with particular emphasis on USAID contracts and cooperative agreements. Although this role will focus predominantly on FCDO and USAID, the successful candidate will serve an important surge support function and may work with other donors including AFDB, BHA, SIDA, World Bank, and others.

Key Working Relationships

Country Teams, Technical Units, Peer agencies, Local Partners


Bid leadership and management (70%)

• Lead and support proposal development for primarily USAID opportunities, including capture strategy, management of proposal teams, calendars, and deadlines; strategy development with technical staff; partner identification and negotiations; recruiting; writing; production; and after-action reviews.

• Drafts sections of concept notes and proposals and/or serves as a point of quality control for USAID proposals.

• Collaborate with IRC’s pricing team, ensuring technical coherence with the cost proposal.

• Collaborates with Proposal Recruiter to identify and assess candidates for key personnel positions on proposals.

• Conducts compliance reviews of strategic bids and ensure certifications made on proposals are accurate and substantiated.

• Represents IRC and prepares key stakeholders including Country Teams and Technical Advisors for pitches and partner calls related to funding opportunities.

• Occasionally serve in support role for other IRC donors including ECHO, SIDA, World Bank and others.

Business Development process improvement and knowledge management (10%)

• Conducts After Action Reviews and captures learning to disseminate to wider organization

• Contributes to and models the use of standard business development processes, tools, templates and information.

• May serve in short term mentor role to junior staff leading large bids for the first time.

Partnerships and Strategy (20%)

• Conducts landscape analyses to identify most strategic partnerships in FCDO and USAID markets with a particular focus on fostering local partnerships.

• Drafts high quality positioning materials as necessary, including capability statements and prior project reference sheets.

• Strengthen collaboration with internal stakeholders including country teams, technical units, and other team members.

Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, including international relations, political science, public administration, and communications

• At least six years of focused experience working with US Government donors including USAID, DOS, and CDC.

• Strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations including familiarity with the FAR, AIDAR, and 2 CFR 200.

• Fluency in English with proficiency in one other language (French, Spanish, German, Arabic) highly desirable


• Successful track record leading large proposal teams on complex subject, multi-year, multi-partner proposals with minimal supervision

• Experience with both USAID assistance and USAID acquisition mechanisms

• Successful experience leading proposal teams through key bid processes including co-creation, oral presentations, and BAFO.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively manage a variety of relationships in a multicultural environment

• Familiarity with Shipley proposal development model highly desirable

• Ability to travel internationally (up to 20% of time)


Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

US Benefits:

The IRC offers a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. All US employees are eligible for sick time, a 403b retirement savings plans: up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus an 3-7% additional IRC contribution, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

In addition, full-time employees are eligible for 10 US paid holidays, 20-25 paid time off days, disability & life insurance, medical, dental, and vision insurance (employee contribution starting at $135, $7, and $5 per month respectively) and FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs. Part-time employees are eligible for a proportionate amount of paid time off. These additional benefits apply to employees who work at least 6 months within a 12 month time period.

Standard of Professional Conduct: The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.

How to apply


Deadline: 8-Jul-24

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