Senior Program/me (Business) Development Advisor
Please note this is a fixed term position with an end date of April 1st, 2022.
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 IRC has offices in Washington DC, New York, Berlin/Bonn and London, and 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.
AWARDS MANAGEMENT UNIT
Established in 2015, the Awards Management Unit (AMU) is a global unit spanning New York, Washington DC, London, Berlin, Bonn, Geneva, Nairobi and Amman. It has responsibility for identifying, securing and managing all funding from statutory donors, and was designed as an end-to-end business process owner and support structure for IRC’s grant lifecycle. The Unit is organized into five teams, called ‘pillars’: Strategic Partnerships & Analytics; Program & Grants Support; Compliance & Policy; Business/Program Development; and Training & Curriculum Development.
The Global AMU is a bridge between donors and country programs: providing expert technical advice to country programs, 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, Germany, the UK and based in our global programs, driving functional integration between all relevant units and staff.
The Purpose of the Role
The Senior Program/Business Development Advisor will join a growing team and will lead IRC’s new business development efforts by engaging with global, regional, country, and technical staff throughout the business development cycle from opportunity tracking and capture planning to proposal development, and submission. The SPDA will primarily serve as proposal manager, s/he will also offer technical assistance and mentor staff working on proposals on relevant business development topics. 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 USG ( particularly USAID).
· Manage proposals from solicitation release to submission ensuring compliance with donor rules and IRC’s business development processes and practices.
· Manage capture from opportunity identification to solicitation release including developing capture plan and coordinating the capture team to complete milestones.
· Lead proposal development in response to requests for proposals, including those for field-based projects and large global opportunities. This will involve management of proposal teams, calendars, and deadlines; strategy development with technical staff; partner identification and negotiations; recruiting; writing; production; and after-action reviews
· Manage relationships with proposal partners and liaises with IRC’s Recruitment department to secure key personnel.
· Collaborates with IRC’s pricing team, ensuring technical vs. budget consistency.
· Lead on advising other IRC departments when required on USAID contract terms and implication for structuring proposal budgets, targets, and deliverables.
· Build and strengthen relationships with internal stakeholders (HQ-based regional and technical units, as well as IRC country offices) as well as with donor representatives, partners and other relevant stakeholders.
· Contribute to, and model the use of standardized business development processes, tools, templates and information.
Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:
· Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, including international relations, political science, public administration, and communications.
· Seven years plus of experience developing funding proposals.
· Experience working with US Government donors.
· Substantial experience and a successful track record leading large proposal teams on complex subject, multi-year, multi-partner proposals with minimal supervision.
· Experience in proposal budgeting a plus.
· Experience in designing MEL responses 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;
· The ability to work productively and accurately while under pressure in a fast-paced, demanding environment;
· Flexible work attitude: the ability to work in a team environment and independently and ability to meet unexpected demands;
· Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively;
· Ability to travel internationally (up to 20% of time);
· Fluency in English with proficiency in one other language (French and/or Spanish) desirable.