Partnerships Manager

January 11, 2022

Job Description

  • Full Time
  • Nigeria

the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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.
We are recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Partnerships Manager
Requisition ID: req23646
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full-Time
Sector: Grants
Employment Category: Regular
Open to Expatriates: No
Job Overview / Summary

With the overall objective of achieving high quality and compliant programming, the main goal of this position is to ensure effective sub-grants management and due diligence with sub-award partners and build strong, sustainable partners.
The Partnership Manager will coordinate the daily management of the sub-award lifecycle and invest in their sustainable growth and capacity for partnerships.
With the overall objective of achieving high quality and compliant programing, the Partnerships Manager will increase IRC Nigeria’s capacity to engage with partners in the following functions:

Partnerships / Sub-awards Management
Identification and ongoing engagement of partners
Capacity development and training support to partner staff on proposal development, donor compliance, and budget development.
Internal and External Coordination with the IRC Team and Partners.

This Partnerships Manager will be based in Maiduguri with occasional trips to other IRC operational bases.
S/he will directly report to the Senior Grants and Partnerships Manager and will work collaboratively with other members of the Grants, M&E, Finance, technical and operations teams.
The Partnership Manager will contribute to overall Partnership management at IRC Nigeria.

Major Responsibilities

Follow IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS) that sets out efficient and responsive processes, delineates clear roles and responsibilities and articulates IRC’s strategic approach to partnerships.
Ensure quality sub-award management, including sub-award start-up, sub-award implementation, monitoring and management, and appropriate sub-close-out.

Sub-Award Management:

Work closely with the Senior Grants and Partnership Manager as well as the programs units to map out processes for selecting partners
Manage the administration of pre-award due diligence processes with all new sub-awards, including identification of specific risk factors and mitigation measures associated with the award
Ensure that all partners’ program deliverables are received and tracked in compliance with donor objectives and requirements
Review partners’ contractual reports, coordinate internal feedback and escalate any issues as relevant
Lead in conducting review meetings with partners and follow up on the implementation of action points
Coordinate with the M&E and Grants team to ensure that projects are monitored robustly
Maintain Partner files and the Sub-Award Tracker
Process sub-award amendments in a timely manner
Organize sub-award close-out meetings and support the partners in the closing process, ensuring that all requirements are met
Resolve any issues that may arise with partners, working closely with the Senior Grants and Partnership Manager to advise on the appropriate progressive corrective action, alerting partners’ Senior Management Teams/Boards and the IRC Ethics and Compliance Unit, as required.
Ensure appropriate financial documentation in compliance with IRC and donor regulations. Coordinate with the IRC Country Office Finance department to facilitate timely processing of all sub-award payments according to schedule.


Ensure reporting timelines are prepared and shared with sub-awardees
In conjunction with Finance and respective Program, ensure the timely review of partners’ financial reports in accordance with the terms of their Partnership agreements, coordinated with the review of programmatic reports.

Partners Capacity Building:

Review capacity building/development plans for partners based on pre-award assessment results, ensure capacity building/development plans are tailored, targeted and responsive to respective organizational needs and priorities.
Design tools and create systems to effectively monitor progress made against partner capacity building plans and to partners in their organizational development.
Contribute/lead as/if required to collate lessons learned on a regular basis and disseminate these among partners to maximize the impact of programs and contribute to future strategy and direction.
Support the Senior Grants and Partnership Manager with any other tasks and responsibilities when and where required.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Senior Grants and Partnership Manager
Position directly supervises:  None
Indirect Reporting: None
Other Internal and/or external contacts: Grants staff, Programs and M&E staff, finance, HR, supply chain departments and Regional Grants Support staff at HQ.


Master’s Degree (MA) or equivalent in International Affairs, Development, International Political Economy, Mathematics / Statistics / Economics or related subject desired; BA required.
Fluency in spoken and written English
Two years of experience working in grants management and proposal/business development/design required.
Prior knowledge of donor regulations (USAID, FCDO, ECHO, SIDA, etc.)
Previous experience managing subgrantees and partnerships are highly desired
Good communicator with strong organizational, time management and analytical skills
Excellent interpersonal, cultural, and diplomatic skills
Strong writing and editing skills with close attention to detail
Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements
Ability to manage competing priorities, meet demanding deadlines and work under pressure in unstable security environments
Strong computer skills required.

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