The IRC (International Rescue Committee) UK is looking for a

Senior Advisor for Policy and Planning (f/m)

Starting in mid-August in London, United Kingdom.

About the IRC

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.


IRC-UK was 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 both IRC-UK as well as the IRC’s Germany offices (Berlin and Bonn) have grown rapidly and are increasingly acknowledged for their high quality project management, technical expertise in governance and rights and economic recovery, and innovative thinking on early recovery and gender based violence.

The IRC also has offices in Brussels and Geneva. The UK office as the largest office in Europe for the IRC, oversees IRC’s work in Europe, under the Senior Vice President, Europe who is also the IRC-UK Executive Director.

IRC-UK comprises approximately 100 staff across five departments.

Your key responsibilities

There has been considerable growth for IRC in Europe, not least in response to the growing role of the organisation as a thought leader on refugee issues, as well as a deliberate strategy to diversify our influence across Europe. The position holder will need to flex between areas of work on humanitarian thought leadership, funding diversification and growth strategies, and partnership building between IRC and other key organizations. The Senior Advisor, Policy& Planning will work closely with the SVP Europe to support the IRC in achieving its goals across the Europe network. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Works with the SVP Europe to set short and medium term priorities for strategic engagement with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Identifies challenges in the short and longer term, to successfully implementing the Europe strategy and works with relevant stakeholders to develop proposed solutions.
  • Manages strategic projects from inception to completion as assigned by the SVP Europe.
  • Coordinates and/or oversees the development of policies, procedures, speeches and strategies relating to complex policy issues for the SVP’s office.
  • Drafts strategy documents, reports, speeches, briefing notes, and talking points at the request of the SVP Europe.
    Ensures that opportunities for influence in Europe involving the IRC President and/or SVP Europe are maximized including, but not limited to, meetings with decision makers, public speaking events, board meetings and field visits.
  • Works to expand and develop key relationships with high level advocacy targets on behalf of the SVP Europe.
  • Provides timely and effective communication of instructions and decisions of the SVP Europe to stakeholders at all levels.
  • Build and maintain strong relationship with leaders across the Europe network, and ensure that their views are represented.
  • Tracks and documents key strategic internal and external meetings, ensuring that key action points are communicated and follow up occurs.
  • Fosters teamwork and communications among the Leadership Board, Senior Leaders Group and the IRC Europe leaders.
  • Represent IRC and the SVP Europe at relevant senior meetings and conferences and present the work of the organization where necessary.
  • Plays an active leadership role in the global IRC network, with a particular emphasis on maintaining effective partnerships and collaboration between IRC-UK and IRC-NY, as well as the network of partners and IRC offices in Europe.

Your skills and qualifications

  • Degree in a field relevant to policy making, strategy, international development/humanitarian affairs, public administration.
  • Politically astute with the ability to analyze and summarize large amounts of information quickly.
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship management and influencing skills; ability to manage without authority; ability to work with a variety of stakeholders with different agendas
  • Rigorous and critical thinker, able to ask probing questions and drive toward solutions quickly.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple meeting tasks and a myriad of complex details.
  • Ability to handle stress, function effectively under pressure and meet time parameters.
  • Ability to present at a senior level and work in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to work (and read and write) in French and/ or German is desirable.

Your Experience

  • 5-7 years progressive experience or proven background in planning and project management - NGO knowledge preferred.
  • Experience in communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders with tact and diplomacy, both orally and in writing, and with all staff levels and diverse personalities.
  • Proven track record in successful change management and knowledge of organizational development approaches and practices.
  • Management consulting or equivalent experience, preferably with pre-existing knowledge or experience in humanitarian/development/nonprofit sector
  • Demonstrable experience in organizational reporting, research, analysis, and strategy development.
  • Ideally, a post graduate qualification, but applications will be considered by exceptional individuals with a Bachelors degree only.

If you would like to contribute towards helping people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future, we look forward to receiving your application!

Please submit your full application via the IRC’s global recruitment portal.

The deadline for applications is 19th July 2018.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the online recruitment process, please contact the UK HR team at