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Program Officer, Pre Award

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:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date:

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Job Overview:

Reporting to the Director, Resource Acquisition and Management, the Program Officer, Pre-Award (PO) is the primary focal point on pre-award business development issues for selected Resettlement, Asylum and Integration (RAI) US field offices. The PO will support field offices in the review, editing and submission of proposals to public and private donors, ensuring consistency with IRC’s quality standards and responsiveness to the donor’s programmatic priorities. This position requires close collaboration with colleagues across the organization, including RAI HQ and field staff, IRC’s Awards Management Unit (AMU), External Relations, and Finance Department in order to ensure that proposal submissions consistently meet high standards and lead to effective program implementation.

Major Responsibilities:

·Provide quality control for proposals in line with IRC standards, ensure IRC business process is adhered to and all internal reviews and approvals are completed prior to submission; finalize and submit full proposal package for USG federal opportunities.

·Review proposal budgets and budget narratives for accuracy, feasibility and consistency with a) the project design and its operational requirements and b) IRC and donor guidelines.

·Coordinate the proposal development process with other HQ staff, including regional directors, technical advisors, and AMU and External Relations department staff.

·Act as the primary compliance reviewer for new awards for assigned RAI field offices; coordinate the transition of awards from the pre-award to the post-award phases and liaise with AMU to ensure field offices have accurate guidance on donor rules and regulations.

·Help ensure project proposals reflect IRC’s strategic priorities

·Liaise with IRC Legal, Human Resources and Finance units to support proposal development and award review.

·Develop tools to help streamline RAI business development processes and improve HQ support to field offices.

·Participate in internal and external trainings and conferences; lead on business development capacity building for field offices

·Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements:

Work Experience:

·Prior business/proposal development experience required, preferably 4+ years

·Significant grants management experience preferred

·Experience developing and reviewing programmatic budgets

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

·Familiarity with US Government grant regulations

·Experience with developing and utilizing project design tools such as theories of change and log frames

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Language: Fluent in written and spoken English

Preferred experience & skills:

·Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite

·Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop positive relationships with HQ and field office colleagues

·Strong analytic problem solving skills

·Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic, cross-functional team structure

Working Environment:

·Standard office working environment

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, 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, 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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