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  • Posted: Jun 16, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The International Rescue Committee is a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organization.
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    Associate Director, International Philanthropy (Nairobi)

    Open to Expatriates: Not Applicable

    Location: Nairobi, IHUB, Kenya

    Job Description

    This role can be based in Nairobi, Geneva or London

     The External Relations (ER) department is comprised of four complementary functions: Private fundraising, Mobilization & Marketing, Policy & Advocacy and Operations & Analytics. To enable IRC to deliver our Strategy100 commitments, the ER department has established an ambitious new approach that will improve our ability to raise diverse and flexible funding, while raising our profile and influence. 

     IRC’s International Development Unit, a part of the Global Partnerships and Philanthropy Department, leads on the Organization’s engagement with high-value private-sector stakeholders globally (corporations, foundations and individual philanthropists).

    The Associate Director, International Philanthropy, Europe & Africa Region is a new and exciting role reporting into the Senior Director of International Philanthropy under Institutional Philanthropy & Partnerships (IPP) within External Relations (ER).

    Job Overview 

     The IRC is looking for a candidate who will increase our HNWI outreach and revenue in the Europe and Africa Regions. As part of the International HNWI Unit, reporting to the Senior Director International Philanthropy, s/he will implement the IHWNI strategy in collaboration with the Senior Director, to expand our fundraising presence across priority countries in Europe and Africa. The Associate Director will drive revenue growth at the six and seven figure level from European and Africa based HNWIs and use the influence of the regions’ philanthropic community to positively impact the lives of those we serve. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to build a HNWI program across a new markets and to drive the growth needed to help our clients.

    Major Responsibilities:

    1. Identify, establish and manage meaningful relationships with HNWIs in selected priority countries across the Europe and Africa region leading to six and seven figure multi-year gifts to support the work of the IRC; 
    2. Implement the IHNWI strategy and support the achievement of ambitious revenue results from the HNWI sector across the two regions;
    3. Work with the Global Philanthropy and Partnerships Services Team to develop compelling market and donor appropriate funding propositions and engagement opportunities;
    4. Provide data-driven reporting on objectives and support the team’s efforts by personally cultivating and soliciting high-level, high-impact partnerships;
    5. Support the IRC’s overarching vision for global HNWI in order to encourage and develop a multi-location culture of effective and innovative engagement;
    6. Identify HNWI market and partnerships trends, strengths and weaknesses within the regions to inform HNWI giving strategy; 
    7. Leverage Senior Leadership, Board and Volunteer leadership, and program/department leads to successfully close gifts;
    8. Conceive and deliver appropriate innovations that keep the IRC’s proposition stand-out and relevant.

    Job Requirements:

    1. Minimum 6 years relevant experience, with an Advanced degree (MBA, Finance, Economics, etc.) or equivalent preferred;
    2. In-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles and methods of philanthropy fundraising within a Europe and/or African context including the ability to critically assess available opportunities;
    3. Proven successful record of cultivation, solicitation, and management of high-yield, high-value HNWI relationships in  Europe and/or African markets; 
    4. Experience implementing a high value fundraising strategy and building a HNWI program for a new market;
    5. Strong skills collaborating with multiple and diverse partners across an organization; 
    6. Significant experience of implementing, monitoring and iterating strategy including measurement of relevant KPIs;
    7. Experience personally asking for and successfully securing six and seven figure gifts from new contacts;
    8. Experience in prospect profiling, proposal management, cultivation tracking, solicitation and working with quarterly fundraising targets;
    9. Effective oral and written argumentative and communications skills;
    10. Committed to respecting and maintaining confidentiality of donor information.

    Preferred Experience & Skills: 

    1. Experience of working in Private Client or Philanthropy Advisory roles or in Wealth Management within the Europe and/or Africa Region and with an established network of contacts in this space;
    2. Knowledge of multiple languages.

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    Research Assistants (3), Hagadera.

    Job Description

    The IRC has been working in Kenya since 1992, providing services and the unique competencies include provision of basic primary health care and secondary healthcare services to refugee and host community members, promotion of nutritional wellbeing   of   mothers   and   children   through preventative and curative services, improve livelihoods for urban refugees and vulnerable Kenyans through skills building and direct cash assistance, prevent and respond to Gender Based Violence; promote economic independence; and provide leadership training to help women and girls advocate for the changes they want and through protection program, guard beneficiaries’ human rights and provide dignified access to services

    Irish Aid and the IRC’s Strategic Partnership (SP) has been in partnership for the last two and half years and the main pillars have been GBV Response, Preparedness and Recovery, GBV Emergency Response and GBV in Emergencies European Policy and Advocacy.

    IRC is in the process of conducting internal evaluation to capture the most significant change achieved by the partnership with an aim of highlighting the program successes and inform the next partnership.

    IRC seeks to recruit research assistants to support the internal evaluation.

    Key responsibilities

    • Working with the Snr. WPE officer, decide on key domains of change + bounds to be documented.
    • Participate in training on most significant change.
    • Participate in a data collection training in Hagadera, Dadaab.
    • Use key informant guide developed by IRC to conduct key informant interviews and 16 FGDs.
    • Collect stories of change and select the best stories of most significant change.
    • Verify/ validate the stories.
    • Transcribe interview notes and recordings in English.
    • Prepare analytical reports per focus group discussions and summary per thematic area.
    • Provide IRC with any notes taken during the interviews, or documents provided by key informants as supplemental information.
    • Prepare report documenting the field work and data collection process.


    • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, public health, development studies (or a related field) required. Educational background in research and qualitative methods strongly desired.
    • Demonstrated experience conducting qualitative interviews required.
    • Understanding of current GBV trends in humanitarian context.
    • Strong work ethic and ability to collaborate with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
    • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to manage time efficiently.
    • Fluency in English required.
    • Somali speaking is an added advantage.

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    Safety and Security Coordinator (Nairobi).

    Requisition ID: req17380

    Open to Expatriates: No

    Job Description

    The Safety and Security Coordinator (SSC) reports to the Deputy Director, Operations (DDO) and Regional Security and Safety Director (RSSD) East Africa equally, and manages the safety & Security Department for the country program. Safety and security coordinator shall advise program team on integrating safety and security risk management into program design and implementation. He or she shall use risk assessment to guide and review program implementation. He or she shall establish a network of pertinent personnel from other INGOs and various stakeholders for the benefit of informed decision making on access and program delivery within acceptable risk boundaries. In collaboration with key field coordinators, prepare and review Security Management plan (SMPs) for each field locations and ensure it is approved on an annual basis or when a significant change in the security or operational contest occur. He/she will strive to safely enable the delivery of essential services to women, men, and children in Kenya Country program. She/he will implement Safety and security management systems and protocols in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, duty of care principles, and IRC’s strategy.

    IRC Kenya Country program work in the two largest refugee camps in Kenya (Dadaab in Garissa and Kakuma in Turkana), IRC also work in Lodwar and expanding to West Pokot and Nairobi and parts of Kajiado through direct program implementation in Health, Nutrition, Women Protection and Empowerment, protection, and livelihood programs in Nairobi and Kajiado.


    Management & Coordination

    • Provide technical support to the CD, DDO, and Field Coordinator on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security, and program continuity.
    • Evaluate, review the security management and contingency plans updated by FC on a regular basis in compliance with global safety and security standards and requirements.
    • The Safety and Security Coordinator shall, in a timely manner, inform personnel of any change in the security environment and/or security regulations.
    • Ensure humanitarian access approaches are responsive to local context and include overarching community engagement components.
    • Work to ensure that IRC, its mission, and work in the areas of operations is known and accepted.

    Context Understanding and Reporting

    • Compile and submit regular reports that track incidents and trends in humanitarian access and local security contexts within the IRC’s area of operation.
    • Revise or rewrite the incident report submitted by the field, provide support to them through this report and link with the RSSD to be sure appropriate incident management is followed up.
    • In case of severe incident involving death of staff, kidnapping, massive extraction, or evacuation of staff: directly contact the RSSD through the RSSD.
    • Provide credible information and contextual understanding of localized and country-wide security situations and incidents along with appropriate advice and analysis to IRC field, RSSD and program management staff.
    • Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new IRC programs in new geographic areas, and regular assessment reviews for existing locations.
    • Monitor and review regularly the Security Risk Assessments (SRA) coming from the FC and share results with Country Management Team with advisory on how to respond to changing context.
    • Produce daily (DSR) and weekly reports to the RSSD EA as required by IRC internal regulations.  
    • Update the Shield application according to data provided by FC, HR.
    • Update the Country score cards objectives on a quarterly basis after a meeting with the RSSD.
    • Safety & Security Coordinator shall conduct threat, risk, and vulnerability assessments for all relevant programs. Personnel of diverse profiles shall be consulted in a diversity-sensitive (including gender-sensitive) manner during the risk assessment process.

    Training and Capacity Building

    • Work closely with the RSSD to identify learning and development needs in the country program.
    • Establish the country training plan in link with the FC who will update it according to the findings of the SRAs,
    • Provide regular trainings to IRC staff (FC, SMT, Managers…) which address the identified training needs. Trainings may include Standard Operational Procedures; Humanitarian Negotiations; Contextual Understanding; Safety & Security Risk Management; Incident Management & Reporting, humanitarian principles and safety and security preparedness etc.…
    • Coach and mentor, the FC and Field security focal points on technical topics as described in the Standards and Requirements.

    Program Development

    • Participate in program design in close cooperation with the DDP and DDO.
    • Participate to the first draft of proposal with the other support team (finance and grants) to be sure a specific budget for security management is taken in consideration.
    • Advise program and field management teams on context-specific risks pertaining humanitarian access, safety, and security, and contribute to the development and implementation of mitigation measures and plans.
    • Make sure that at least once a year, a dedicated meeting is organized at SMT level to discuss IRC risk appetite for each location.

    Networking and Liaison

    • Maintain and disseminate up-to-date warden tree for all IRC offices.
    • Maintain a network of IRC security focal points in the country program as well as with external professional contacts and counterparts.
    • Identify, create, and maintain a network with NGO/UNDSS, INSO and other humanitarian access and security specialists.
    • Participation to main Nairobi security meeting with sister INGOs

    Security contingency Preparedness and Response

    • Contribute to development of country security contingency preparedness plans.
    • Coordinate with Program and Operational departments to develop operational and programmatic contingency plans that respond to identified emergency scenarios.
    • Build capacity of in-country Critical Incident Management Team (CIMT) as well as Safety and Security Management Teams (SSMTs – Field Based).
    • Maintain up-to-date evacuation plan for international staff.
    • Make sure that the proof of life document is up to date and stored in a safe way.
    • Update the med evac plan on a regular basis in link with Department.

    Human Resources and Staff Development

    • Promote team spirit, cohesion, respect, and the IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct among all the Security staff in close cooperation with HR department. Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global and IRC HR Policies and Procedures.
    • Train, supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, providing regular and timely positive and constructive performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews. 
    • Approve and manage all time, attendance and leave requests to ensure adequate departmental coverage; ensure monthly, accurate timesheet submission and carry out probationary reviews.
    • Provide a measurable capacity building plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of strengthening technical capacity and exchanging knowledge within the team. Additionally, ensure that all direct reports develop and implement Capacity Building Plans for their teams.
    • Ensure appropriate support to field-based staff via regular site visits, producing reports with action points to monitor.
    • Look for opportunities to support staff in their career growth, where appropriate.
    • Promote and monitor staff care, well-being, and self-care.


    • As requested by the CD, support IRC communication, advocacy, and media efforts, including but not limited to facilitating IRC HQ, IRC region or donor field visits.
    • Contribute to discussion on how IRC Kenya can improve security culture among national and international staff.
    • Budget revision and building twice a year in close link with the DDO and SMT.


    • University degree in Business/Organizations Management, Political Sciences, Security Management, or related field, preferred. Technical degree or certification in related field with significant applicable experience.
    • No Police or Military background
    • At least 5 years’ experience of operational access and security support of multi-sector humanitarian relief or development projects in Kenya or similar context in the region, preferably at senior level positions.
    • Strong security management skills and experience, international experience is required.
    • Understanding of local context, dynamics, and access limitations related gender, disability, religion, tradition, and local norms.
    • Strong experience as a trainer; ability to develop, implement, facilitate, and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
    • INGO experience and knowledge of donor requirements.
    • Flexibility, adaptability, culturally sensitive, team player.
    • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.

    Demonstrated Skills & Competencies:

    • Proven experience as professional and reliable manager.
    • Exceptional organizational and coordination skills.
    • Excellent relationship-building, interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively represent IRC at forums and with external stakeholders.
    • Ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior internal and external stakeholders.
    • Proven ability to design and lead training engagements with staff to enhance skills and adapt to changing program demands.
    • Ability to ensure staff abide with the security policies.
    • Ability to work under pressure.
    • Ability to independently organize work and prioritize tasks.
    • Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual.

    Method of Application

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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