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Senior Compliance Officer USAID

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
    • Legal - Broad
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
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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.

The Global Awards Management Unit (AMU)

Established in January 2016, the Global Awards Management Unit (AMU) is a global unit spanning New York, Washington DC, London, Brussels, Berlin, Bonn, Bangkok, 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 Purpose of the Role

The Senior Compliance Officer USAID is responsible for ensuring compliance with statutory donor rules and regulations within his/her assigned portfolio. This role ensures a culture of compliance by providing advice and guidance on statutory donor rules and regulations for grants and contracts, enforces administrative policies, and promotes adherence to procedures to ensure that all IRC staff, project partners, subcontractors, and sub-awardees follow USAID regulations and requirements. The Senior Compliance Officer provides guidance to relevant staff to improve their understanding of the terms and conditions of grants and contracts by providing donor compliance advice and training so that programs are delivered responsibly with minimized compliance risk. The role also advises implementing teams in areas of risk analysis and mitigation.

Key Working Relationships

Other AMU pillars, Ethics and Compliance Unit (ECU), Finance, Office of the General Counsel (OGC), IRC UK and other European offices, Supply Chain, US Programs, and Crisis Response, Recovery, and Development (CRRD). 


·Serve as a solution oriented subject matter expert for all USAID major compliance matters;

·Provide support for major compliance matters related to US Government donors (State Department, USDA, DOL, HHS, etc), GAVI, Global Fund, and GAC, filling in as focal point when needed;

·Design and advise on policies, procedures, and trainings to ensure donor compliance;

·Develop and maintain strong relations with key IRC internal stakeholders: Crisis Response, Recovery, and Development (CRRD), Resettlement, Asylum and Integration (RAI), Ethics and Compliance Unit (ECU), Office of General Counsel (OGC) and Finance as needed;

·Advise the organization and disseminate information on any changes made to USAID compliance regulations and assess impact on IRC; 

·Respond to escalated USAID compliance related questions and issues; Advise on USAID grant and contractual matters; ensure there is a strong understanding across the organization of what issues need to be escalated;

·Engage with key stakeholders as needed by providing input and developing donor compliant solutions;

·Work closely with the Compliance & Policy (C&P) team to develop IRC policies, guidelines, tools and templates as needed to ensure optimal implementation of USAID compliance requirements;

·Support negotiations with donor and/or partners contacts, as needed;

·Working with the AMU Subaward and Partnership team, regional teams, and technical units to provide advice, input and develop solutions on escalated compliance related subaward questions, specifically USAID contracts and partnership agreements;

·Work closely with the Director of Training to develop and provide training on USAID compliance matters;

·Other responsibilities as assigned by the Senior Director.



·5-7years of relevant professional experience

·Demonstrated prior experience working on USAID assistance and Acquisition awards

·Demonstrated knowledge of applicable USAID Assistance Regulations such as Code of Federal Regulation (CFRs): 2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 700, 22 CFR 228; Automated Directive System (ADS) series, Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives (AAPDS)

·Demonstrated knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and agency supplement: USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR)

·Proven expertise in interpreting and applying statutory and regulatory language in executing awards and contracts from USG entities and in maintaining a current knowledge of changes in the language, application and enforcement of this language;

·Developed understanding of professional business standards required to create a high performing and accountable environment;

·Experience in organizational problem solving, operations, high performance management in complex organizations;

·A positive thinker and collaborative problem solver.

·Strong interpersonal relations, team building and communication skills;

·Previous experience providing compliance training in a multicultural setting.


·Experience with varying contract types: fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, time and material and incentive type contracts is preferred.

·Experience with CAS compliance

·Previous experience with large international nonprofit organizations


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