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International Rescue Committee Senior Strategy Manager (Strategy & Planning) in London, United Kingdom

Requisition ID: req19107

Job Title: Senior Strategy Manager (Strategy & Planning)

Sector: External Relations

Employment Category: Permanent

Employment Type: Full-Time (37.5 Hours)

Location: London, UK


Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. 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.

The International Rescue Committee UK is part of the IRC global network, which has its headquarters in New York and London. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through over 20 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient.

The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.


Our European headquarters, IRC-UK, were established in London in 1997 to support the organisation’s global activities and particularly to diversify its donor base and be able to better advocate with European policy-makers on behalf of the people we serve. Since its establishment IRC-UK has grown rapidly and is now acknowledged for its high quality project management, technical expertise in governance and rights and economic recovery, and innovative thinking on early recovery and gender based violence. IRC-UK comprises approximately 120 staff.

In Europe, the IRC also has offices in Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Geneva and Stockholm.


The External Relations (ER) department was created in February 2020 and is comprised of 3 main but complementary functional areas: Private fundraising, Communications and Advocacy. The ER department is in the beginning years of implementing an ambitious strategy that will enhance IRC’s ability to strengthen brand awareness and profile, shape the humanitarian sector by driving policy change and bring in more private income. Ultimately, ER works to help IRC deliver greater impact for those who we work with and serve, including more than 19 million people worldwide affected by conflict and crisis.


The Senior Strategy Manager, Strategy & Planning will advance the implementation of the global ER strategy across functional areas and markets. He/she will lead large, complex strategic projects, working closely with ER senior leaders, facilitating often difficult conversations and driving to important decisions. This role will deliver high quality results at a fast pace, use strategic and critical thinking to quickly structure problems and rapidly iterate towards evidence-based solutions. This role requires excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, a high level of personal initiative and the ability to work well in a multicultural, dynamic environment.


  • Lead and oversee large, complex strategy projects, with minimal supervision; scope the project, drive to high-quality solutions a quick pace, and surface and quickly resolve roadblocks as they arise

  • Generate actionable insights and evidence-based user-centric solutions, informed by best practices, rigorous analysis and extensive consultation with IRC staff

  • Apply structure to ambiguous, complex problems and facilitate structured problem-solving sessions with team members and senior stakeholders

  • Validate findings and recommendations with senior leaders, facilitating decision making and consensus building meetings on critical topics

  • Collaborate closely with and provide problem-solving support to senior stakeholders as needed

  • Have your finger on the pulse on ER’s challenges and opportunities and senior leader goals and concerns

  • Lead project teams of 2+ people; assign responsibilities, review work for quality, and sharpen the thinking

  • Promote a positive, collaborative, and efficient working environment where team members enjoy working with each other, and feel inspired to grow and develop in new ways



  • Demonstrable experience in astrategy or business transformation role, with gradually growing responsibilities and a track record of high performance.

  • Experience in runninglarge-scale, cross-functional projects

  • Strongorganizational and time-management skills;proven ability to prioritize against multiple simultaneous demands and deliver at a fast pace

  • Experience in executingstrategic changeand organizational change management

  • Stronganalytical skills ; natural ability to structure and creatively solve complex problems, seeing beyond status quo

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills ; able to distill lots of information into a compelling story with clear recommendations

  • Strong meetingfacilitation and presentation skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders at all levels , especially senior leadership

  • Highly collaborative and able to work independently, in a dynamic, cross-functional global team

  • Experience leading project teams and coaching more junior team members

  • Ability to respond enthusiastically and positively to ambiguity , be resilient to shifting priorities and setbacks, and be comfortable with imperfect analysis and solutions

  • Highly proficient inMicrosoft Officesuite, especially Powerpoint and Excel


  • Experience in astrategy or business transformationrole at a strategy consulting firm, or in the strategy function of a global organization

  • Experience in ahumanitarian or developmentorganization, or similar

  • Strong knowledge ofprivate fundraising, communication and/or advocacyin humanitarian or development contexts

    Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

    IRC-UK strives to be an equal opportunities employer. IRC-UK is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

    IRC-UK welcomes applications from all candidates, including underrepresented groups and refugees who have the right to work in the UK.

    IRC UK will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application and/or interview process, and for essential job functions if appointed to a role. Please contact us if you may need such adjustments.

    The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined inIRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, 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.

    IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.

    If you have any questions or need assistance with the online recruitment process, please contact the UK HR team atapplications@rescue-uk.org