Location: New York, NY HQ USA
IRC’s Global Partnerships and Philanthropy (GPP) department is responsible for the global delivery of the International Rescue Committee’s private sector resources (financially contributing circa USD200m per annum, as well as key partnerships and influence that support our mission), and plays an important strategic role in the creation of IRC’s brand, awareness and support for its advocacy goals.
The IRC’s strategy centers on its ambition to continue to improve the scale and effectiveness of IRC programs worldwide with evidence of what works best to impact people’s lives in conflict and fragile settings. GPP comprises colleagues and teams delivering marketing, account management, leadership gifts, board liaison, corporate partnerships, brand stewardship and communications to support this work. These colleagues are primarily located in the USA at present – but IRC plans to significantly expand its global fundraising footprint. Other colleagues within IRC are also deeply engaged with private funding & partners – in particular within Europe, US Resettlement and field programmes – and we need to work in close integrated collaboration to ensure best use of resources and highest impact for IRC.
GPP has begun delivering a new radical and ambitious 2020 Private Sector Engagement strategy that will enhance IRC’s ability to ‘punch above its weight’ in income, partnership and awareness. At the same time – believing that the root of our success lies in a high performance team and culture – we need to build our internal infrastructure, ensure we build a strong global team, a dynamic culture, a forward thinking ethos, and establish 21st century analytics, reporting, operational and business management practices that will help us achieve our ambitious goals.
The Director will research corporations, foundations, and individuals and conduct detailed due diligence on each. These pieces will be integral aspects of IRC’s prioritization and selection work for private-sector engagement. This area of work aims to support our effective engagement with business. At the same time ensuring that positive relationships with companies, private foundations and trusts, and individuals are built in alignment with the organization’s integrity and ethical standards
Working with the Vice President, International Development, you will be responsible to lead development of IRC’s cross-functional global due diligence policy function and to lead the undertaking of regular and ad-hoc donor intelligence work. You will also oversee the organization’s gift acceptance policy.
Objectives of the role:
- Ensure IRC’s engagement with corporations, foundations, and global HNWIs is undertaken according to existing ethical standards, criteria and policies, and we are equipped with necessary information to assess and handle potential ethical and reputational risks involved
- Streamline and coordinate the gift acceptance policy and process on IRC’s behalf, and working closely with legal and other relevant departments across the organization
- Be the main focal point for the commissioning and interaction with specialized due diligence third party firms for the purposes of further improving reports and/or internal processes
- Lead the implementation of the due diligence process with a focus on research, screening and risk assessment of companies and other business entities considered by IRC for potential engagement
- Lead the drafting of screening reports against results oriented deadlines and uploading final reports to the online database
- Develop insights and make associated decisions related to IRC corporate research and due diligence clearly available to other users
- Conduct additional research as needed, including regarding sector trends, for use in briefings, meetings, and presentations
- Lead efforts to ensure robust knowledge management, including data quality assurance of a CRM database, the financial management tools and systems, and available information on the dedicated intranet pages
- Identify meaningful information (from both internal and external sources) on ethical business and sustainability issues and ensure timely dissemination among colleagues concerned with private sector engagement
- Corporate, foundations and global HNWI due diligence reports in standard format and with meaningful content and delivered in a timely way. Develop the organization’s standardized workflow and subsequent SOPs for decision-making around due diligence criteria.
- Recommendations, insights, and research reports on risks and risk management actions to be considered when interacting with companies submitted for screening
- Briefings on sustainability and integrity issues related to strategic industries and sectors
Bachelor’s degree in law, information science, or another relevant area of study. Advance degree or equivalent experience a plus
8-10 years of experience in the development of high quality research and due diligence products, preferably in the international humanitarian or development sectors
Demonstrated Skills and Capabilities:
- Experience with corporate due diligence and evaluation in the INGO sector and/or the multilateral system
- Ability to identify strategic issues, opportunities and risks, and communicate broad and compelling direction
- Direct experience in developing and implementing internal communication plans and policy guidance or training materials
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to capture key points and actions in succinct formats for a variety of audiences