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About IRC (International Rescue Committee) :

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 at the request of Albert Einstein, 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 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC opened the country program in Afghanistan in 1988. Our programs span the range from humanitarian relief to early recovery and development activities, focusing on child protection, education, economic wellbeing, health, and power. The IRC works in 9 provinces throughout Afghanistan, among which some of the most security volatile, and employs over 500 staff.

Job Description:

Strategy and planning:

  • Working with the Grants Coordinator on an actionable plan which sets out how IRC Afghanistan will increase partnership working and delivery with national and local NGOs.
  • Working across relevant functional teams, drive forward the implementation of this plan with regular progress reviews and adjustments as required, and the development of appropriate management tools.
  • Provide specialist support on working in, and leading, consortia with international NGOs, as well as with Afghani NGOs.
  • Ensure that due process is followed for the partnerships component of Project Cycle Meetings both within IRC, and with partners, including preparation of all necessary materials, follow-through, taking a lead as necessary.
  • Organize and facilitate quarterly partnership review meetings with senior staff; support and guide program staff in partner amendments, realignments and other such issues.
  • Coach, train, and mentor staff with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity on partnerships, enhancing knowledge within the team and providing professional development guidance.


  • Lead the mapping process for selecting partners, work closely with program colleagues to identify selection criteria and make sure selection is transparent and well documented.
  • Lead the vetting and partner capacity assessment process in line with IRC policy, ensuring that procedures are compliant, transparent and well-documented.
  • Lead the sub-award process with local and international partners, including due diligence of potential partners and drafting sub-award agreements in line with IRC processes and donor requirements.
  • Work with the Awards Management Unit to ensure the relevant funding mechanism is identified for each sub-award, and that appropriate special conditions are incorporated in each award.
  • Work with the Grants team to coordinate partner inputs to project proposals and funding bids.
  • Liaise with partners to finalize project descriptions, budgets, work plans, and monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • Draft sub-award agreements, follow IRC internal review processes for sub-award documentation, and coordinate to get all necessary approvals.
  • Ensure that partners fully understand agreements and obligations, including IRC and donors rules and regulations.

Sub-award management and capacity building:

  • Serve as a communication point for coordination of programs, operations, finance and other support to partners.
  • Provide and coordinate capacity-building support to local partner organizations based on assessment findings and donor compliance, including report and proposal-related mentoring and training.
  • Ensure that partnership and sub-grant related administrative processes and procedures are followed based on IRC policy and process, and are consistently implemented including pre-award compliance checks, agreements, disbursements, reporting and partner capacity-building.
  • Ensure that all partners’ program deliverables and expenditure is received, tracked, filed and in compliance with IRC and donor objectives and requirements, coordinating with program teams and other units within the IRC, and that partners’ contractual reports are properly reviewed.
  • Coordinate and support monitoring visits and coordinate support for partners, ensuring that support plans are implemented, regularly reviewed and updated.
  • Maintain partner files, including filing all appropriate communication and maintaining the Sub-Award Tracker
  • In collaboration with relevant IRC staff, coordinate inputs and review of sub-award progress for donor reporting and grant review meetings to ensure that donor commitments are met.
  • Develop and process sub-award amendments in a timely manner, ensuring involvement of relevant IRC units.
  • Work with Finance to ensure timely and accurate payments are made to partners throughout life of the partnerships
  • Provide support to partners on compliance issues as needed.
  • Provide training to partners and IRC staff on compliance and donor-specific compliance requirements.
  • Help design and ensure the maintenance of the indicator tracking sheet to monitor partner performance, and escalate any issues or concerns to the Grants Coordinator
  • Ensure immediate reporting of suspected fraud cases through appropriate reporting mechanism


Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, development, international political economy or other relevant subject Master’s is preferred.
  • 5 years relevant experience is required.
  • Significant knowledge and experience of working in partnership management
  • Good communicator with strong organizational, time management and analytical skills
  • Fluency in English, spoken and written
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures but also use own initiative, meet deadlines, and work independently and cooperatively with team members
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements and circumstances
  • Ability to mentor and build staff and partner capacity
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities, meet deadlines and work under pressure in an insecure environment
  • Willingness to travel
  • Commitment to women’s rights and IRC’s vision, mission and values, including sensitivity to cultural settings
  • Prior knowledge of donor compliance regulations (OFDA, USAID, ECHO, DFID, SIDA etc) is desirable
  • Proven previous successful experience developing projects, writing proposals and donor reports is desirable.

Submission Guideline:

Interested and qualified female candidates are requested to open the given link and follow the instructions :

applications received without a given link and/or online system will be disqualified and remove from the entire process.

Shortlisted candidates will be directly contacted for written test and after that for interview. If you are not contacted TWO or FOUR WEEKS after the closing date .please know that your application has not been successful for the post. IRC Afghanistan Country Office – Kabul House 34, Street No.4 Taimani District 10, Close to Haji Mohammad Dad Mosque.

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