Programme Development Advisor Job Vacancy in Kenya

International Rescue Committee 

Position Title: Programme Development Advisor

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 Program/Business Development Advisor will work on a team to contribute to IRC’s overall 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 PDA will serve as proposal manager for large and complex institutional donor opportunities, as well as support positioning and capture efforts. 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 FCDO and USAID. 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 ECHO, SIDA, World Bank, and others.

Key Working Relationships

Country Teams, Technical Units, Peer agencies, Local Partners


Bid leadership and coordination (70%)

• Lead and support proposal development for primarily FCDO and 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.

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

• Review and/or draft expressions of interest, concept notes, and proposals to ensure quality and compliance with donor standards.

• Occasionally serve in support role for other IRC donors including ECHO, SIDA, World Bank and others. Support may include short term capture, submission, or quality review.

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.

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.

• 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 two years of focused experience working with UK and US Government donors.

• Training or familiarity with Shipley Proposal Development process highly desirable;

• 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.

• 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;

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


Posted pay ranges apply to US and UK-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.

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