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Director, Partnership and Program Development

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Managerial positions
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date:

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Background/IRC Summary:

The IRC’s vision is that the impact of our programs and the influence of our ideas empowers those caught in crisis to make lasting change in their lives. To support achievement of this vision, the IRC’s Technical Excellence (TE) department provides technical assistance to IRC’s country program staff and shares what we learn to influence policy and practice. The TE units support technical assistance through the following ways:

1)Guide program design to achieve outcomes by incorporating the best available evidence

2)Build technical capacity of country program staff to implement, measure and continuously improve programs

3)Influence the IRC, peer agencies and donors to use proven interventions and generate new evidence to achieve change in peoples’ lives

The TE Unit is comprised of five technical Units, all of which have deep expertise in their respective sectors: Education, Economic Wellbeing, Governance, Health, Violence Prevention and Response, while cross-cutting work happens with the Gender Equality Unit and the Research & Innovation Unit

The Health Technical Unit (HTU) is organized in three sectors; Health (integrating general primary healthcare including sexual and reproductive health, child health, non-communicable diseases, mental health & Psycho-Social Support), Environmental Health and Nutrition. The structure emphasizes a clear division of roles between technical assistance core and important functions versus other specialized support functions in order to best meet the needs of country programs and regions. In 2020 the Health Unit supported programming in 6 regions and 32 countries.

Specific Responsibilities:

The Partnership and Program Development Director will provide global leadership, supporting the HU on strategic planning, partnership, and business development considered high priority by the Health Unit leadership. The Director will work in close collaboration with Senior Technical Advisors to drive strategy and ensure that all HU partnership are well managed and achieve impact. The Director will split their time between strategy, global initiatives, partnership, business development and special projects. This role requires high level of personal initiatives and the ability to lead multiple initiatives. The Director will supervise the roving Health Technical Advisor and Program Manager and will be part of the Senior Management Team.

The Directors’ specific responsibilities are as follows:

  • Support strategic planning, continual refinement of priorities across the HU
  • Provide leadership for development and implementation of key HU strategic priorities and HQ initiatives
  • Lead HU approach to partnership approaches including local partnerships.
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities for partnership development
  • Scope, create and manage new strategic initiatives and partnership such as IRC’s partnership with the Global Fund and other global donors as the need arises.
  • Lead large and high value health business development efforts
  • Work with AMU on preparing IRC for increased long-term funding
  • Identify opportunities for HU engagement with donors and partners
  • Track progress on all team goals and report regularly to senior leadership team
  • Support SMT in strategic effort to strengthen relationship, collaboration both internally and externally
  • Lead on special projects assigned by the TD

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Senior Technical Director

Position directly supervises:This position will supervise the roving Health Technical Advisor, Program Manager and/ or consultants

Other Internal and/or external contacts:


·Regular communication and collaboration with other units and teams such education, violence prevention and response, economic recovery & development, governance, research and Innovation, Measurement and gender equality.

·Close working relationships with Award Management Unit, External Relation and private fund raising

Job Qualifications:


·Degree in health or related field with master’s in public health.

Work Experience:

·Minimum eight years progressive experience in the public health sector including experience implementing programs in fragile and conflict affected settings

·At least five years’ experience with international organization

·Experience providing technical leadership to multi-year, multi-million dollar business development opportunities in health from institutional donors

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

·Demonstrated experience in a strategy role related to the IRC’s work;

·Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders at multiple levels;

·Demonstrated expertise in working with donors, and proposal development with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action.

·Knowledge of private and public fundraising

·Highly collaborative and proven ability to work independently and work with remote, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.

·Be flexible and work well under pressure, taking care of competing priorities, in a fast-paced team environment;

·Strong interpersonal verbal and written communication skills;

·Outstanding capacity to understand the humanitarian system, operating context, and pull and coordinate the relevant technical resources from within and outside the health unit;

·Excellent analytical and problem solving skills;

Language Skills: Fluency in English, fluency in French, Arabic, or Spanish is a benefit.

Working Environment: Up to 30% travel may be required.This position will be based in New York, Washington DC or London.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, Egalite, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles. 

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