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Programme Development Advisor (f/m/d)

Berlin (Germany)

  • Organization: IRC
  • Location: Berlin (Germany)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-03

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IRC (International Rescue Committee) Deutschland is looking for a

Programme Development Advisor (f/m/d)

Berlin | full-time | fixed-term (24 months)

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 has 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. In addition, 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-DE was established 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. In Europe, the IRC also has offices in London, Brussels, Geneva and Stockholm.

Key Accountabilities

The Programme Development Advisor (f/m/d) will lead and support new programme and business development efforts, in line with IRC’s Business Development strategy aspirations, in particular looking to increase our share of humanitarian funding in the near term while diversifying our donors and targeting development opportunities.

  • Develop and support the design of business development plans and strategy
  • Build IRC’s profile by building visibility with donors, peers and partners
  • Lead and assist in the identification, tracking and updating of new business opportunities across a variety of technical sectors, regions, and clients
  • Lead in the development of donor proposals by ensuring their completeness and that quality standards, compliance and deadlines are met
  • Write and edit non-technical sections of proposals, including Past Performance, Corporate Capabilities, Staffing and Management Plan, Country Context, CVs, etc.
  • Review final donor proposals, including budgets, before submission
  • Interpret donor solicitations, rules and regulations and provide quality assurance
  • Manage, review and negotiate grant contract and partnership agreements
  • Facilitating internal post-submission debrief sessions to glean lessons learned
  • Collaborating on organizational and system improvements


  • University degree in relevant field, e.g. international relations, political science, public administration or vocational training
  • Several years’ experience writing grants and developing funding proposals
  • Experience developing and managing project concepts and funding proposals for humanitarian/development work (for INGOs) from government/statutory donors – especially ECHO and GFFO
  • Experience in proposal budgeting a plus
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively in ‘remote’ and diverse teams
  • Support spirit as this role almost exclusively supports colleagues in the field
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced, demanding environment
  • Ability to prioritize effectively**
  • Ability to travel internationally; (up to 20% of time)
  • Excellent English and German language skills
  • Proficiency in French is desired

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 including pension scheme, gym membership, subsidized public transport, cycle to work scheme
  • Training and development opportunities

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

Please submit your application via IRCs application platform, including cover letter (in German, including possible start date and salary expectations), CV (in English) and three references. 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 03 November 2020.

Candidates must have the right to work in Germany.

For further information please visit

IRC-DE strives to be an equal opportunities employer. IRC-DE 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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