Senior Program Officer, Matching Grant

International Rescue Committee

**Job Overview:**The headquarters Resettlement Team oversee the implementation and quality of services for refugees within their early resettlement period. The team supports IRC local office staff in implementing high quality programs by providing technical assistance, training, and monitoring. The Matching Grant Program, funded in public private partnership with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) offers early employment services to newcomers. The Senior Program Officer for Matching Grant oversees the quality of programming including training, monitoring, and reporting throughout IRC US offices. Directing the work of two additional Matching Grant Program Officers, the SPO supports these offices to achieve programmatic excellence and objectives through communication, technical assistance, training, and program quality evaluation while meeting ORR requirements. The Senior Program Officer develops long-term bilateral relationships with ORR, other resettlement agencies, IRC’s headquarters budget and finance teams, the Economic Empowerment Team and Resource, Acquisition and Management Team. The Senior Program Officer reports to the Director of Resettlement within the Resettlement, Asylum and Integration Department in the US.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Lead the overall management and implementation of the Matching Grant Program: providing strategic direction in setting goals and metrics, preparing donor reports, leading the preparation of grant proposal to the donor.

  • Supervise and mentor three Program Officers ensuring that their efforts respond to the needs of IRC local MG programs and ORR’s requirements.

  • In collaboration with the HQ Budget Officer and Regional Directors, propose budget allocations for local offices and their enrollment targets.

  • In collaboration with HQ Finance, ensure the integrity of contributions in kind, their valuation, documentation, and targets by office.

  • Collaborate with the Resource, Acquisition and Management Unit to develop and procure donations for the Program.

  • Oversee the development and implementation of a Matching Grant training and technical assistance plan to ensure local offices have the tools they need to implement the Program.

  • Analyze programmatic and operational outcomes for grant program; present trends to headquarters and local implementors to assist them in improving outcomes.

  • Lead monitoring of local offices for compliance with program guidelines; prepare offices to be monitored by the donor.

  • Ensure high standards of the Matching Grant monitoring framework. Train other Program Officers in MG monitoring practices. Collaborate with Senior Program Officer, Monitoring and Compliance to collect and analyze monitoring outcomes.

  • Develop compliance guidance (Program Announcements, reference manuals) for grant program based on review of program guidelines, analysis of monitoring results, and other changes.

  • Represent the IRC at the RCUSA Matching Grant Working Group and ORR meetings.

Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Social Work, International Affairs, or related field highly desirable.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum five years progressive non-profit experience, preferably with experiences in the Matching Grant Program.
  • Previous experience in leading program implementation, monitoring program compliance and providing technical assistance required.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of US Refugee Resettlement Programs
  • Financial discernment and experience with matching fund requirements, budget development and in-kind allowability and tracking.
  • Demonstrated command of databases, MS Excel and evidence-based decision making.

Preferred experience & skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as, an overall ability to be clear and concise in all communications.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills; proven ability to prioritize and deliver on time.
  • Strong analytic problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic, cross-functional global team structure.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to manage others and work through change in a proactive and positive manner.

Working Environment:**

  • Standard office working environment.
  • Up to 30% of domestic travel as needed.
  • This role may require working remotely full or part time and part time remote employees may be required to share workspace.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC 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.

Compensation: Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirement

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions. All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

US Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

How to apply

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Closing date: 16-Jan-23