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Requisition ID: req3373

Job Title: Senior Compliance Officer (m/f)

Sector: Compliance

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Bonn/Berlin (optional)

Job Description


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’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. 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 and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 28 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.

IRC-Deutschland (IRC-D)

IRC-D, based in Bonn and Berlin was established 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. In Europe, the IRC also has headquarters in London, and offices Brussels and Geneva.

The Awards Management Unit (AMU)

Established in January 2016, the Awards Management Unit (AMU) is a global unit with staff based in Germany, New York, London, Nairobi, and Amman. It has responsibility for identifying, securing and managing all funding from statutory/government donors. The unit is organized into five pillars: Donor Relations & Analytics; Grants Management and Frameworks; Compliance and Policy; Programme Development (Business Development); and Training.

The AMU is a bridge between donors and the field: providing expert technical advice to the field, while maintaining portfolio-level visibility to ensure consistency and compliance, and manage risk. This unit ensures that donor compliance policies and procedures are implemented consistently, and supports all staff working across the grants management cycle for all restricted funding from global government sources.


  • Act as the focal point for all major compliance matters related to IRC’s ECHO funded awards and other donors as assigned
  • Advice IRC internal stakeholders of any changes made to ECHO and other assigned donor compliance regulations and assess the impact on our programmes
  • Engage with country offices and regional teams as needed to provide input and develop solutions on major compliance matters
  • Support the review and development of IRC policies, tools, templates and guidelines as needed to ensure optimal implementation and understanding of compliance requirements among field and HQ staff
  • Provide advice on Subawards and review pre-subaward documentation and instruments to ensure donor regulations are met
  • Develop donor specific subaward and subcontract templates for ECHO and other assigned statutory donors
  • Provide technical support to appropriate IRC internal stakeholders regarding compliance on budgetary issues
  • Participate in the development/revision/review of future Grants Manuals;
  • Prepare training materials and conduct trainings on compliance matters



  • Several years of relevant professional experience, demonstrating increasing responsibility with operations and programmes
  • University degree in a relevant area or equivalent relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in interpreting and applying statutory and regulatory language in executing awards and contracts from statutory entities
  • Demonstrated knowledge and prior experience working with ECHO and ideally other European statutory donors (Including German statutory donors) in the function areas of compliance, business development and grants management
  • Experience in reviewing and negotiating donor awards and sub-award agreements/sub-contracts;
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • German and French language skills are an asset
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively and diplomatically negotiate with donors, partners and co-workers and convey complex topics in a way that is accessible to non-specialists
  • Excellent customer service skills and interpersonal skills
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Excellent command of the MS Office programs
  • Keen attention to detail and solution focused/problem solving approach to work



  • Room to develop in an independent, growing international NGO
  • Being part of a highly motivated and skilled team
  • Participation in internal trainings and other development opportunities
  • Flexible working hours
  • A permanent employment contract
  • An attractive compensation package, including employee benefits

We are looking to fill this role as soon as possible. The vacancy will be advertised until a candidate has been hired.

Candidates must have the right to work in Germany.

Please submit your application (cover letter and CV in English, references) via IRCs application platform. Application submitted via e-mail cannot be considered.

For questions and detailed information about the role, please contact Christine Mader, HR Manager (+49 (0)179 7296166,

IRC-D strives to be an equal opportunities employer. IRC-D 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.