Senior Advisor, Donor Relations

IRC - International Rescue Committee

Belgium, Belgium

The Purpose of the Role

The Senior Advisor Donor Relations (USG) will ensure that IRC’s engagement with USG donors, such as USAID, Department of State, Department of Health and Human Services, is undertaken in a coordinated fashion, based on the most up to date information and in accordance with donor and IRC policy. The Senior Advisor Donor Relations (USG) will provide an internal and where relevant external “account management” function to support engagement with the USG.

Scope and Authority

Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations and Analytics, the Senior Advisor will, in consultation with key stakeholders, develop and implement strategies for consistent donor relationship management across IRC. The senior advisor is expected to develop and maintain positive working relationships and standards of collaboration with senior colleagues within Business Development, Grants Management, Communications, Policy and Advocacy, and Senior Management.


  • Maintain up to date knowledge of IRC’s position relevant to USG, including portfolio, pipeline, implementation and compliance issues, advocacy aims and the status of senior level HQ-HQ engagement;
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of USG donor policy relevant to IRC’ areas of work, such as funding priorities, geographical interests and political climate, providing analyses and synopses of press releases, policies and other announcements, and disseminating this information internally;
  • Provide the Business Development Team with guidance on donor policies, standardized text for use in proposals and other similar support, to ensure proposals to that donor are as closely aligned to donor policy and preference as possible;
  • Undertake “deep dives” of proposals or reports to identify trends within IRC’s portfolio and pipeline relevant to the donor, and identify opportunities to improve areas such as success rates and compliance, or to broaden or deepen IRC’s engagement with the USG;
  • Mapping of donors organizational chart and key contacts;
  • Act as first point of contact for IRC-USG donor HQ relationships, and represent IRC at key events and groups;
  • Coordinate internally with colleagues to ensure consistency, accuracy and timeliness of messaging for USG donors;
  • Represent team on key internal and external fora


  • Significant experience of business development, grants management, advocacy or other similar HQ-HQ strategic relationship with USG donor
  • Knowledge of USG donors, especially USAID and PRM
  • Strong working understanding of the political environment and trends relevant to USG donors
  • Experience undertaking reviews of policies and producing associated written guidance for senior staff
  • Experience building and maintaining relationship with staff across different teams, including those based in other countries
  • Excellent written skills, including briefings for senior colleagues
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including representing IRC with external stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to travel 20% of time

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