Senior Regional Support Manager, Private Partnerships – Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

International Rescue Committee (IRC)


This position is open to remote for all US based candidates.


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, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 28 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

This role is a member of the Global Partnerships and Philanthropic Services (GPPS) Unit, consisting of functional specialists across a variety of high-value fundraising functions providing all elements of cultivation, support and stewardship to high value donors, partners, and supporters, comprising three pillars: Research, Partner Engagement & Corporate Affairs, and Program Services. Program Services is GPPS’ largest pillar and works at the intersection of HV fundraising and our operations and programs.

Job Overview:

The Crisis Response, Recovery and Development (CRRD) Department has a growing portfolio of humanitarian relief, post-crisis recovery, and development programs under their remit. This work focuses support in five key areas: ensuring safety from harm, improving health, increasing access to education, improving economic well-being and ensuring people have the power to influence decisions that affect their lives. In all these programs, there is a drive to address the unique needs of women and girls (who represent the majority of those displaced) – and the universal barriers they face.

The CRRD works across six regions globally, including West Africa, East Africa, Great Lakes, Middle East and North Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The regional teams are the links between country offices and key HQ departments, and aim to support and provide advice to country programs with a range of issues from strategic planning, business development to compliance, awards management and partnerships management. In the MENA region, the IRC responds to acute and longer-term needs in six countries in the MENA region: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Syria and Yemen. IRC responds with integrated programs that improve health and safety, prioritize children’s education, foster economic wellbeing, and empower communities to regain control over their lives.

This role, focusing on private donors and partnerships, will contribute to the growing private-sector portfolio of partnerships relevant to MENA. The Support Manager will act as a key liaison between partnership managers in the high-value fundraising teams and the program teams in MENA, for the successful delivery of our donor commitments.

This role is an integral part of GPPS’ Program Services reporting jointly into the Associate Director, Regional Partnerships and the Director of Awards Management, MENA.

Major Responsibilities:

The role will serve as the primary focal point and liaison between the private fundraising teams, the regional team, and country office teams for all aspects of business development and grant management. The major responsibilities will span across all award lifecycle stages and include:

New funding and proposal development (30%):

  • Pursues new funding opportunities for the region suitable for presenting to private sector entities including corporations, foundations, wealthy individuals and faith and membership organizations;
  • Ensures that country office funding needs and priorities are well represented across IPP/high-value fundraising teams on an ongoing basis, and proactively shares information, and advocates as needed on behalf of country offices;
  • Scans the program work in the region to identify new areas of work that can be proactively worked up and offered to new partners and donors;
  • Manages proposal development processes as required for single-country, multi-country and/or multi-region opportunities, bringing together teams across IPP, program regions and technical units;
  • Reviews and provides substantive feedback and content on all private donor proposals and drafts proposals with inputs from country programs when needed;
  • Reviews budgets and supporting documentation for proposals in coordination with the Regional Finance team members and assists country programs in creating budgets when necessary.

Private funding portfolio management (45%):

  • Maintains an up-to-date record of all private sector partnerships in the region to inform effective and timely delivery of relevant updates, progress and insight to the relevant business teams;
  • Ensures consistency and compliance across private partnerships for the entire duration of a partnership in close coordination with country teams to ensure donor requirements are met and compliance issues are raised to Director, Awards Management for the MENA region;
  • Keeps up-to-date with developments around program implementation, flagging risks and challenges around implementation, and ensures timely flow of information to support efficient delivery of donor reports;
  • Proactively reviews and provides substantive feedback or content on donor reports, guides country offices with budget realignments, and supports grant amendments;
  • Coordinates and ensures clear, reliable reporting and data-points for maximum partnership impact, including drafting and finalizing donor reports and communication materials for country offices as needed;
  • Flags donors who need to be stewarded by Fundraising to maintain and deepen relationships, especially if there have been any issues with program implementation;
  • Supports country offices to apply internal procedures and systems such as OTIS (IRC’s grant information tracking system), and PEERs (IRC’s partnership management system) for private funding portfolio and ensure IRC’s internal private funding needs management system entries are up to date;
  • Maintains an ear to the ground on programmatic issues and security & political developments in MENA and how they might affect private partnerships;
  • Provides project management support on large multi-year and multi-country opportunities and grants as requested from IPP, the region and TUs.

Process improvement (25%):

  • Responsible for establishing the foundation for the development of processes and systems that would advance our private-sector partnerships pursuits;
  • Coordinates with relevant teams in ER to ensure optimal support for country program offices;
  • Reviews and proposes improved processes as needed to help reduce time, and ensure appropriate partner sign off, to better match private sector donor timescales.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Approximately 6 years working in private sector fundraising with at least 3 years working in or closely with the MENA region;
  • Demonstrable experience of running and/or monitoring large, multi-sectoral and multi-country private sector partnerships and working across various teams and functions;
  • Knowledge of the drivers and motivators for support from corporations, foundation, wealthy individuals & faith and membership based organizations, and experience working directly and supporting private sector fundraisers;
  • Experience in developing and leading successful complex proposals and providing impactful reporting for high value donors;
  • Ability to effectively manage and coordinate with geographically dispersed teams throughout all stages of the private grant lifecycle;
  • Experience managing donor compliance, budgeting, negotiating agreement provisions, technical and financial reporting;
  • Understanding of the private donor mentality and pace of work and the differences from public funding culture;
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information and excellent attention to detail;
  • Willingness and ability to regularly travel to the region, sometimes on short notice and to volatile areas;
  • Outstanding people skills: strong ability to communicate constructively across culturally diverse teams and contribute to a pleasant work environment;
  • Solid organizational skills: ability to be flexible and in a fast-paced multi-task team environment;
  • Language skills: English fluency required; Proficiency in Arabic and other regionally relevant languages welcome

Desirable Skills & Experience:

  • Experience implementing medium- to large-scale programs in humanitarian or development settings;
  • Existing network of partners and donors in MENA.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Returning National Candidates:

IRC strives to attract, empower and retain qualified national staff in our programs. We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the Country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the IRC has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply.


Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

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.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality 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.

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.

US Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

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