Program Development Advisor, West Africa (Maternity Coverage) (f/m/d)



Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster, including the climate crisis, to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. In addition, through 28 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US. The IRC is committed to a culture of inclusivity and empowerment, humanitarian leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve.


The Purpose of the Role

The Program Development Advisor (PDA), West Africa will support country programs to pursue funding opportunities in line with IRC’s Business Development Strategy. Support will include all phases of the business development process, from opportunity identification to contract signature, including pre-positioning, partnerships building, 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 DG ECHO, GFFO, GIZ, BMZ, Sida, SDC, AFD, CDCS, etc.), as well as experience collaborating with local partner organisations.

The PDA will support business development for institutional donors in the IRC’s West Africa region, which comprises programs in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Candidates who are from these countries and/or have significant experience in the region are strongly encouraged to apply.


Scope and Authority

This position does not have any line management responsibilities.


Key Working Relationships

Reports to Senior Program Development Advisor, West Africa. Works closely with two other PDAs supporting West Africa, all Regional Program and Award Support team members, the Regional Business Development Advisor (Capture and Engagement), Business Development (Specialist Team) and across all other teams within Awards Management Unit, Crisis Response Recovery and Development Department, Global Partnerships and Philanthropy, Global Supply Chain, Finance, Office of General Counsel, Technical Excellence, and other key departments within IRC. Donor and partner point of contact as applicable per region.



Planning and Strategic Leadership (15%)


End to End Program Development (60%)


Donor and Partner Engagement (10%)


Capacity Building and Training (10%)


Other Responsibilities (5%)



Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Qualifications:


Deadline for applications is 2nd April 2023.

Please apply through our application portal.