Senior Technical Director: Women’s Protection & Empowerment

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is among the world’s leading humanitarian relief and development organizations. For 80 years, the IRC has been at the forefront of every major humanitarian initiative to assist people uprooted by war, persecution, or civil conflict. IRC staff go to the toughest places, implement both immediate response and long lasting programs, and conduct the type of applied research and advocacy the aid community needs to continually push itself to find better solutions for people. In all its country programs and in the US, IRC teams partner with local governments and others to achieve outcomes related to people’s health, education, safety, power and economic well- being.IRC technical units are the organization’s hub for sectoral expertise. Working within IRC’s department of Policy & Practice, they provide IRC’s 35 plus country offices with expert advice, capacity building and a cross country view of what works to achieve outcomes in terms of both scientific evidence and practical experience. Technical unit leaders are responsible for three things: technical assistance delivery, advocacy and research. This includes assuring country programs receive right sized technical support to achieve outcomes, representing the IRC in critical policy and practice fora in the aid community, and defining and leading relevant research agendas conceived to increase the scale and cost effectiveness of relevant interventions and innovations.

In 2015, IRC decided to create a new team devoted to promoting the safety and empowerment of people affected by crises, with a particular emphasis on meeting the specific needs of women, children and families. IRC is recruiting for a Senior Technical Director to lead this new team, looking for an extraordinary professional who has demonstrated expertise in violence prevention and empowerment and an unyielding commitment to people living in conflict and crisis contexts around the world.



The Senior Technical Director is a key member of the Policy and Practice leadership team and a member of IRC’s larger Senior Leadership Group (SLG). As such, the Senior Director has responsibilities in four different arenas:

  • As a member of the SLG, the director partners consistently and effectively with IRC regional and country program leadership in order to understand and adapt the team’s technical assistance to the changing contexts of IRC’s country programs.
  • As a member of the P&P leadership team, the director partners with peer leaders to define and spread IRC programmatic approaches that are holistic, outcome driven and evidence based; build a systematic technical assistance delivery model with a predictable funding base; identify and support talent across field and headquarters technical teams; and contribute to a strong professional culture for IRC technical teams.
  • As a leader of the TU, the director is expected to lead the definition of an actionable evidence and policy agenda, nurture existing and build new networks in the sector, be a proactive and strategic fund-raiser, and create new opportunities to influence the resources, policies and services delivered to conflict affected populations.
  • As a manager of the TU, the director is expected to nurture and develop his/her team, leverage diverse competencies, identify and promote talent, provide and receive candid and actionable feedback and create the incentives needed for a high performing and energized team of professionals.


Major Responsibilities:

1. ADVOCATE: Act as the most senior advocate leader in the relevant technical area, representing the voices, needs and strengths of women and children to IRC donors, peers and relevant decision makers; requires a deep appreciation and support of IRC’s commitment to drive fundamental policy and practice changes that will lead to the prevention of and more effective responses to gender-based violence and violence against children.


2.STEWARD: Partner with IRC’s Revenue department and colleagues across IRC to assure relevant IRC programs have predictable, flexible funding to innovate, support country teams and build evidence  in priority areas for evidence generation and use.   Assure IRC resources match our ambitions and that the TU funding sources are well planned, allocated and managed.

3. LEADER: Act as the most senior leader of a talented group of technical leaders, researchers, advocates and operations colleagues, bringing vision, cohesion and authentic intellectual dialogue together to create a strong culture of performance and collaboration. As a senior leader with peers across technical and field based domains, bring collaboration, rigor and solutions to opportunities and challenges IRC faces both in the contexts in which it works, and throughout its operations.

4. MANAGER: Invest deliberately in the support and development of IRC staff within the TU and in support of related technical colleagues in IRC country programs. Responsible for recruitment, retention and assuring IRC has the human resources to deliver superb technical assistance and thought leadership.



Job Qualifications:

Education: Graduate degree required in relevant field.

Work Experience: A minimum of 15 years of relevant experience, with experience in violence prevention and empowerment of women and children required. Demonstrated leadership as a strong advocate. Successful track record as a manager and leader in a complex global organization. Programmatic experience is necessary.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Experience working with donor/and partner organizations. Demonstrated ability to advocate with and against mainstream trends. Keen understanding of the program life cycle and best practice used by aid organizations to design, implement and measure the progress of interventions. Fluency in the relevance and use of empirical evidence to know what works best to achieve meaningful results for people.  An existing and strong personal network with either or both women and children protection and empowerment communities preferred.

Very strong leadership and management competencies including the ability to bring people along with a stated vision and strategy, and capacity to communicate effectively with IRC field leadership, technical peers, and colleagues in fundraising, communications and advocacy. Excellent public speaking and writing skills are essential.

Language Skills:  Excellent spoken and written English essential. Proficiency in one other IRC relevant language (French, Arabic, Swahili, etc.) strongly preferred.

Working Environment: Travel up to 25% of time. Based in NYC, Washington DC or London.

IRC leading the way from harm to home. 

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 or disability.

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