Strategic partnerships assistant

The Hague, , NL

The Strategic Partnerships department has an important task in translating and implementing IRC’s acquisition strategies into a pro-active business development plan, identifying and pursuing concrete opportunities for partnerships and elaboration of funding proposals for institutional, programme and project funding. 

Main task

The Strategic Partnerships assistant’s main responsibility is to support the Strategic Partnerships (SP) Department in its fundraising activities as well as in the coordination of the funding proposal processes with both internal and external parties. 

Main responsibilities

  • Be the main point of contact for colleagues and other organisations in the development of competitive pitch and proposal documents for a variety of funders from institutions to foundations – which includes final review of proposals and budgets, and ensuring internal sign-off procedures are followed;
  • Develop budgets that adhere to both internal and external guidelines for a variety of projects from small scale short term consultancies to multi-annual, multi-country projects in conjunction with colleagues;
  • Be involved in creating compelling outreach emails / one-pagers to potential partners;
  • Critically review contracts and terms of reference (ToR) from donors and partners and create new ones as required;
  • Collate, write and copy-edit responses to proposals and expressions of interest for large and small-scale donors;
  • Maintain lines of communication with a broad range of partners and suppliers from a variety of sectors and develop strong client and working relationships with the same;
  • Assist in developing and coordinate communications about SP across the organisation;
  • Be involved with delivering the strategic priorities and direction of the department and IRC as a whole;
  • Assist staff in SP with the administration, planning and organisation of activities and meetings internally in IRC and with external parties;  
  • Provide hands-on support to the development and implementation of any fundraising activities and events;
  • Closely monitor calls for proposals from potential donors, do a first screening and inform the business development officers on existing or upcoming opportunities;
  • Keep IRC’s reporting system up-to-date, which provides key information on potential leads, pending proposals and running projects;
  • Collect and file standard documents for proposal development and keep these up-to-date (e.g. staff CVs, project descriptions, IRC registration documents);
  • Assist in project evaluations of finished projects (both internal and external) and enable sharing of lessons learned with the appropriate teams in the organisation;
  • Organise and keep updated all other business development relevant databases, and ensure accessibility of the information at any time.    


  • Professional qualification at HBO-level with at least three years work experience;
  • Professional experience in an area relevant for the job;
  • Enthusiasm for working in the international development sector, affinity with proposal development processes and keen to learn about donor requirements, preferably with international donors like the EU, the UN, the World Bank, USAID, DFID, international foundations etc.;
  • Good understanding and interest in financial-administrative processes, preferably linked to a project life-cycle;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to assist in negotiations with donors, clients and local partners to provide effective support to project teams which are often located abroad;
  • Work in a well-organised and well-structured manner with accuracy and with eye for detail, combined with good organisational and time management skills;
  • Entrepreneurial attitude and ability to work independently when needed but also collectively within a team;
  • Resilient and good-humoured. A self-starter with drive and ambition to progress;
  • Good computer skills with some practical experience in making budgets in Excel;
  • Fluent in English, verbally and in writing, and preferably Dutch. French is also highly desirable. Good (intercultural) communication skills, combined with a problem solving and highly service-oriented attitude.

Details of the position

You will initially be offered a one year contract with a salary depending on qualifications and experience up to a maximum of € 3,019 gross per month, excluding 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year allowance based on a full-time working week.

Interested candidates are kindly requested to respond with a motivation letter explaining their interest in the position, and curriculum vitae latest by 9 am Monday 2 October 2017, to IRC to the attention of Ms. Coline van der Ven, via email: [email protected] or by mail to P.O. Box 82327, 2508 EH, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Job interviews will be scheduled for the week of 9 October 2017. For additional information please contact Ms. Bryony Stentiford on tel. +31 (0)70 304 4000.

About IRC

IRC is an international think-and-do tank that works with governments, NGOs, entrepreneurs and people around the world to find long-term solutions to the global crisis in water, sanitation and hygiene services. At the heart of its mission is the aim to move from short-term interventions to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

IRC implements long-term programmes in a number of selected countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and implements a wide variety of smaller projects in multiple countries. IRC is an internationally operating organisation with offices in The Netherlands, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Uganda.

To achieve its mission, IRC aims to attract and maintain an international high-performance team of professionals working throughout the world.