Senior Program / Business Development Advisor

International Rescue Committee

About the organization

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 required to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.


Reporting both to the Regional Grants Director and the Director of Business Development, the Senior Business Development Advisor (SBDA), Latin America will lead IRC’s new business development efforts in support of Latin America’s country programs, in line with IRC’s Business Development Strategy and country Strategy Action Plans (SAPs). Support will include all phases of the business development process, from opportunity identification to contract signature; including pre-positioning (including capture), partnerships, proposal development, and due diligence phases. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of working on new funding opportunities in humanitarian and international development with a range of multilateral and bilateral donors (USAID, US Department of State, FCDO, EU and ECHO, GFFO, BMZ, Sida, SDC, World Bank, etc.), as well as experience collaborating with local partner organizations.

The SBDA will serve as the regional focal person for all business development for institutional donors in the IRC’s Latin America region, which comprises a comprehensive regional response to the Venezuela Crisis to include Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador (with the possibility of Peru on the horizon); regional response in Northern of Central America (NCA - El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) and Mexico & Cross Border Response. Candidates who are from these countries and/or have significant experience in the region are strongly encouraged to apply.


• Substantial experience and a successful track record leading large proposal teams on complex subject, multi-year, multi-partner proposals with minimal supervision.

• Experience in developing and supporting humanitarian and development proposals for NGOs.

• Experience with strategies and proposal processes of key government/statutory donors – US Government (USAID, OFDA, BPRM, etc.), FCDO, EU institutions (ECHO, EUTF), and other donors (GAC, Sida, FCDO, GFFO, SDC, etc.).

• Experience in collaborating with and supporting national and community-based partners.

• Experience in proposal budgeting a plus.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively collaborate across a variety of relationships in a multicultural environment.

• Demonstrated ability to collaborate equally effectively with colleagues in remote and diverse teams, including as team leader for proposals.

• Clear, compelling writing skills, preferably with previous experience with proposal writing.

• Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively.

• Ability to travel internationally (approximately 20% of time).

• Fluency in English and Spanish.

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