Regional Grants Advisor (f/m/d) West Africa (London)

About 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 Deutschland is part of the IRC global network. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. 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.

IRC’s Awards Management Unit (AMU) is a global unit with the responsibility for identifying, securing, and managing all funding from statutory/government donors. The AMU is a link 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.

Key Accountabilities

The Regional Grants Advisor (m/f/d) is part of AMU and will provide the West Africa region with the capacity to ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations and high-quality reporting and awards management. The Regional Grants Advisor (m/f/d) will:

  • Manage a portfolio of European grants for the West Africa region.
  • Conduct regular monitoring of awards both in person and remotely.
  • Review and provide substantive feedback on reports and some proposals as requested collaborating with and ensuring input from relevant technical and financial staff.
  • Maintain day-to-day communication with donors.
  • Support budget realignments and grant amendments/modifications.
  • Assist country offices with ad-hoc queries on donor compliance issues.
  • Provide best practice advice related to grant management.
  • Develop training materials and carry out training of IRC field staff.
  • Ensure lessons learned from completed projects are fed into the Program Development team.
  • Support country programs in following internal IRC policies and procedures.
  • Represent IRC externally at meetings, with donors and stakeholder networks.


  • Degree, preferably in a subject related to IRC’s work or equivalent experience
  • Fluency in French, German and English
  • Experience with and a good understanding of European institutional donors
  • Good understanding of humanitarian aid and development programming
  • Experience in working at a distance and supporting field-based staff
  • Experience writing, reviewing and editing narrative and financial reports and excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a diverse team and handle a multifaceted workload
  • Good financial management and budgeting skills
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise information
  • Confirmed organizational skills, accuracy, ability to prioritize tasks and to learn quickly
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • International work experience in a developing country a plus
  • Good IT skills (Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, sometimes on short notice and to secure areas

Our Offer

  • Being part of a highly motivated, cross-cultural team in a growing organization
  • Flexible working hours and possibility to work remotely
  • A number of employee benefits
  • Training and development opportunities

The employment contract will initially be limited to one year with the aim of turning this into a permanent employment relationship.

The role can either be filled in our offices in London or Bonn or home-based in Berlin.

Please submit your application (cover letter and CV both in English, a minimum of three references, preferred location, salary expectations and possible start date) via IRCs application platform. Please note that applications submitted via E-Mail cannot be considered.

For questions and detailed information about the role, please contact our HR team at

Please submit your application until 23 August 2020. Candidates must have the right to work in Germany/UK. For further information please visit

IRC-D strives to be an equal opportunities employer. IRC-D is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. We therefore ask you not to include a photo to your application.

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