Technical Advisor, Economic Empowerment – Location: Flexible (USA)

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • New York
  • City: New York

Website theIRC International Rescue Committee


The Technical Advisor, Economic Empowerment provides technical support and leadership to IRC’s Economic Empowerment (EE) programs in nearly 30 U.S. cities and, in a more limited capacity, in support of IRC’s work in Europe.  The Technical Advisor is responsible for helping field offices identify opportunities, and build and monitor sustainable, cost-effective workforce programs and services that promote clients’ economic well-being and self-reliance.  This Technical Advisor position will promote the development, adaptation and dissemination of microenterprise models and develop strong institutional relationships with industry, public-sector partners, donors and other partners to expand microenterprise programming. S/h/xe will ensure that offices develop efficient, sustainable, evidence-based program models, and help the IRC increase the scope of its Economic Empowerment (EE) programs.


Major Responsibilities:

Technical Support to Field Offices

  • Ensure that IRC’s RAI EE programs are technically sound and of highest quality, with an emphasis on microenterprise and asset building programs
  • Provide remote and on-site technical support and assistance in the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EE programming, with an emphasis on microenterprise and asset building programs
  • Develop and adapt tools, policy and curriculum to support standard program delivery, in particular in the area of sector-specific training curricula for entrepreneurs
  • Actively participate and be accountable as an internal loan committee member for IRC’s Center for Economic Opportunity
  • Establish best practices and develop resources to support replication of successful EE model, with emphasis on microenterprise and asset building services
  • Coordinate delivery of technical training on EE program topics
  • Identify and implement ways to leverage internal and external technical resources to expand IRC capacity
  • Monitor and report to USP senior management on the successes and challenges of EE program

Strategy, policy & institutional capacity building

  • Contribute to the development of organizational strategy and policy to promote economic wellbeing of IRC clients in the US and to support global economic wellbeing outcomes with a focus on the role that microenterprise and asset building programming plays in this strategy
  • Contribute to the development of best practices and internal and external learning around microenterprise with other core sectors
  • Research and liaise with external communities of practice on trends in EE programs, in particular microenterprise development
  • Support field offices in the recruitment and selection of new EE field staff

Business Development and Representation

  • Research and document sustainable microenterprise funding models and facilitate those models across the network in partnership with local field offices
  • Attract financial and technical resources towards the achievement of USP economic wellbeing outcomes
  • Build corporate and institutional partnerships that promote opportunities for in-kind and volunteer opportunities that assist our clients’ businesses to develop further
  • Cultivate donor and academic relationships to support EE programs and related initiatives
  • Lead the development of concept notes and proposals for EE programs, especially as relates to microenterprise and asset building programming
  • Provide guidance and support to field offices to effectively access funding and provide technical review of proposals prepared by field staff

Assessment & Evaluation

  • Ensure economic empowerment methodologies are evidence-based
  • Coordinate tracking, compilation and analysis of key indicators and outcomes for economic wellbeing
  • Adapt and develop evidence-based tools for measurement and assessments of EE programs
  • Contribute new evidence, ideas and analysis to promote program impact and cost-effectiveness
  • Identify and share best practices across the network and with external partners


Position reports to: Deputy Director, Economic Empowerment

The TA maintains close working relationships with Executive Directors, and technical staff in the field offices, staff in the Program Quality & Innovation unit, Research, Analysis and Learning unit, Resource Acquisition and Institutional Partnerships & Philanthropy teams.  The TA is also expected to develop and maintain external relationships with corporate partners, public agencies, peer service providers and research institutions across the country.


  • Masters/post-graduate degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Community Development or related fields required;
  • Minimum of five years of experience with progressive responsibility in implementation of microenterprise development or related programming
  • Demonstrated expertise in program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action;
  • Demonstrated understanding of microenterprise development services a must; experience with financial capabilities or workforce development an asset, ideally within the context of serving low-income immigrant and refugee communities
  • Demonstrated success in securing public and private funding, in particular, related to microenterprise development
  • Strong track record of external and public relations with partners and donors
  • Excellent communication, teambuilding and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time and meet deadlines, and proven ability to work under pressure

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