Advisor - Public-Private Partnerships & Innovation
International Rescue Committee
April 10, 2014
New York, New York
- The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
Housed in the Business Development Unit in IPD, a Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Innovation Advisor would work with IPD, IPT, and US Programs to focus specifically on business development and solicitations that require private partners, innovative/sustainable design and multiple/pooled donor funding sources. These solicitations and donor sources include: USAID GDA & DIV streams, DFID, Grand Challenge, etc). The Senior Advisor would work across all fundraising departments of the organization, looking at solicitations and donors in the public and private spheres as well as in the United States and Europe. This position would be a pilot for one year; we would then determine future viability, structure, and staff capacity needs.
For the first year, the position will focus on the following areas:
- Sets the agenda for public private engagement; pursues innovative funding opportunities; creates relationship-building with private sector.
- Provides internal assessment/mapping of where IRC is with respect to these kinds of funding opportunities-, what has worked, what has stalled, and why.
- Provides external assessment/mapping of what has worked in other organizations/who has won innovative funding streams, what are the requirements, what are donors looking for.
- What is IRC’s messaging, added value in the innovative funding space?
- What does IRC have to do to improve/refine message/added value?
- Focal point identification within IRC- who within the agency can and should be involved?
- Research and identify what requirements/skills/capacities are needed to win these opportunities.
- Works with Country Programs, Technical Units (including U.S. Programs) to identify specific areas for innovation/potential designs that often fall outside of existing donor reach.
- Explores possibilities for US Programs to test innovative partnerships with the private sector (likely economic development-focused).
- Develops parameters for partnerships including criteria for vetting.
High Level Technical Support
- Supports IPP, TUs, and Country Programs to identify, court, and develop potential partnerships.
- Coordinates discussion and flow of information around innovative/new/difficult streams across IPD, IPP, IPT & the TU.
- Provides high-level advice to IRC units/offices to systematically continue innovative funding discussions/identification (IPP, TU, USP, UK, BDU, Regional Units).
Ensures effective messages.
o Thinks through how to better understand innovative programming opportunities, particularly involving public-private partnerships.
o Brings together conversations happening at different levels.
Lead Key Opportunities
- Identifies specific opportunities (both public and private) that fall in to the innovative/difficult to reach funding stream that align with agenda & most concrete chance of return.
- Pursues with relevant offices (TU, Country Programs, IPP, BDU, USP, UK).
- aCoordinates and leads bids for innovative opportunities.
- B.A./B.S. plus advanced degree in international development, political science, or other related field.
- Minimum seven years' relevant experience in program design, proposal development and partnership development.
- Previous experience with public funding, particularly from the US Government and European government donors.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including superior writing skills.
- Proven management skills and ability to negotiate effectively with donors and partner agencies.
- Solid organizational skills.
- Ability to liaise with diverse stakeholders across the organization and educate staff.
- Ability to work in a team environment and independently.
- Ability to meet unexpected demands and remain flexible.
- Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively.
- Ability to travel, at times with minimum notice and for prolonged periods of time.
For more information and to apply, visit http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=10190.