Senior Advisor, US Government & World Bank

International Rescue Committee
November 27, 2018
Washington, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
2-5 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified



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 Global Awards Management Unit (AMU)

Established in January 2016, the Global Awards Management Unit (AMU) is a global unit spanning New York, Washington DC, London, Geneva, Brussels, Berlin, Bonn, Nairobi and Amman. It has responsibility for identifying, securing and managing all funding from statutory donors. The Unit is organized into five directorates: Strategic Partnerships and Analytics; Grants Management and Frameworks; Compliance and Policy; Program Development; and Training and Curriculum Development.

The AMU is a bridge between donors and the field: providing expert technical advice to the field, while maintaining portfolio level visibility to ensure consistency and compliance, and manage risk. This unit ensures that donor compliance policies and procedures are implemented consistently, and supports all staff working across the grants management cycle for all restricted funding from global government sources. The unit operates within a matrix management system across the teams in the US and the UK, driving functional integration between all relevant units and staff, in collaboration with the Vice President of the Global AMU and the Senior Vice President for Europe in relation to overarching issues with European donors. The matrix management structure ensures that AMU staff support the Europe strategy and work towards the pursuit of new opportunities, while IRC UK maintains accountability for European funding.

The Purpose of the Role

The Senior Advisor will lead, guide and coordinate IRC’s funding focused engagement with key Washington DC based donors and partners, in particular USAID, Department of State and the World Bank. The Senior Advisor will provide an internal and external “account management” function to support engagement with these donors. The role is responsible for providing expertise and leadership on donor and partner relations, and acknowledging the needs, interests and time constraints of colleagues in the delivery of that content.

Scope and Authority

Reporting to the Deputy Director, Strategic Partnerships, the Senior Advisor will, in consultation with key stakeholders, develop and implement strategies for proactive donor and partner relationships with key agencies, on behalf of IRC. The Senior Advisor is also expected to develop and maintain positive working relationships and standards of collaboration with senior colleagues within Program Development, Grants Management, Compliance & Policy, Technical Units, Policy and Advocacy, and Senior Management.


  • Proactively identify and broker relationships with key donor and partner personnel most likely to support IRC’s ability to access to funding from Washington DC based donors;
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of IRC’s position relevant to key agencies, including IRC's portfolio, pipeline, and project implementation, advocacy aims and the status of senior level HQ-HQ engagement;
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of donor policy relevant to IRC areas of work, (funding priorities, donor strategies, geographical interests and political climate) and effectively disseminate this information internally;
  • Map of donors' organizational structure and key contacts;
  • Manage and input information for key donors on the relevant contact management database and IRC’s Intranet;
  • Lead on the development and implementation of the Donor Action Plan;
  • Work with key regional and program development staff to support business development planning as it relates to Washington DC based donors and partners;
  • Represent IRC at key external meetings, events and sector/relevant groups;
  • Coordinate internally to ensure consistency, accuracy and timeliness of donor messaging;
  • Contribute to the development of tools and resources to support IRC’s donor engagement.



AMU Leadership

  • Brief and inform AMU leadership on key developments with US Government donors.
  • Make recommendations for action on opportunities and challenges, and coordinate follow up.

Regional Grants Directors & Senior Program Development Advisors

  • Provide recommendations for staff to further key donor relationships
  • Provide support in resolving major challenges with current awards or opportunities
  • Provide advisory support in business development planning processes

Policy & Advocacy

  • Serve as AMU liaison with Policy & Advocacy team in Washington, engaging in regular coordination to ensure Policy and Advocacy initiatives reflect the needs and views of AMU, and vice versa

Technical Units

  • Provide donor focused advice to and coordination for IRC’s Technical staff (Health, Education, Economic Recovery, Governance and Violence Prevention and Response) to broaden and deepen relationships with peers in key donor and partner agencies.

President’s Office

  • Liaison with President’s Office on engagement with key donor stakeholders for Strategic Partnerships and delivery of briefings.


  • Significant experience of business development, program management, advocacy or other similar HQ-HQ relationship with USAID, World Bank or Department of State.
  • Knowledge of and relationships with key US or World Bank donors or partners.
  • Extensive experience of building and maintaining networks with influencers and decision makers.
  • Experience undertaking reviews of policies, datasets and reports, and producing associated written and verbal guidance relevant to senior and operational staff.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including external representation

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