Research on corporations, foundations, and individuals combined with ensued due diligence are integral aspects of IRC’s scoping and selection work for private-sector engagement. This area of work, managed for the organization by the Global Partnerships and Philanthropy Unit (GPP) aims to support IRC’s effective engagement with business, while at the same time ensuring that:
Interactions with companies, private foundations and trusts, and individuals are pursued in alignment with the organization’s integrity, ethical standards and mandate; and
Decision making on whether and how to engage is informed by an adequate assessment of the risks and opportunities that engagements may pose to IRC, and ultimately to IRC beneficiaries.
Core to this function is the review and approval of such stakeholders and activities considered by IRC for non-commercial interaction, a process based on specific parameters for engagement and managed at GPP by the corporate research and due diligence team.
Under the overall supervision of the Vice President, International Development-Global Partnerships and Philanthropy (GPP), the incumbent will be responsible to lead in developing IRC’s cross-functional due diligence and corporate research function and to lead the undertaking of regular and ad-hoc corporate intelligence work as related to IRC private-sector engagement.
Overall objectives of the assignment will include:
- Ensuring IRC’s engagement with corporations, foundations and global HNWIs is undertaken in line with existing ethical standards, criteria and policies and the organization is equipped with the necessary knowledge-base to assess and managed potential ethical and reputational risks involved.
- Streamlining and administering the gift acceptance policy and process on IRC’s behalf, and working closely with Legal and PO & LB and other relevant departments across the organization.
- Ensuring information on ethical business and risk management related to key potential and/or current corporate, foundations and global HNWIs partners of IRC is readily available to users and to private-sector engagement colleagues.
- Be the main focal point for the commissioning and interaction with specialized due-diligence third-party firms for the purposes of further enhancing reports and/or internal processes and systems for IRC.
- Lead the implementation of the due diligence process with a focus on research, screening and risk assessment of companies and other business entities considered by IRC for potential engagement. Upon request, provide support in profiling and running due diligence research about non-corporate foundations and major donors.
- Manage the drafting of screening reports against committed deadlines and uploading final reports to the online database.
- Develop insights and make associated decisions related to IRC corporate research and due diligence transparently available to all users.
- Conduct additional research as needed, including on sector trends, for use in briefings, meetings, presentations, etc.
- Lead efforts to ensure robust knowledge management, including data quality assurance of the customer relationship management (CRM) database, the financial management tools and systems of IRC, and information on the dedicated intranet website pages.
- Identify relevant information (from both internal and external sources) on ethical business and sustainability issues and ensure prompt dissemination among corporate due diligence users and other colleagues concerned with private-sector engagement work.
- Corporate, Foundations and Global HNWI due diligence reports in standard format and with relevant content against committed deadlines.
- Recommendations and insights on risks and risk management actions to be considered by IRC when interacting with companies submitted for screening.
- Research reports, briefing notes and other documentation related to due diligence.
- Briefings on sustainability and integrity issues related to strategic industries and sectors.
Education: Advanced degree (master's level) and a Bachelor's degree in law, information science, or another relevant area of study; at least five years of experience in relevant fields can be considered in lieu of advanced degree.
Work Experience: 8-10 years of experience in the development of high quality, polished research and due diligence products, preferably in the international humanitarian or development arena.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
- Experience with corporate due diligence and evaluation in the INGO sector and/or the multilateral system
- Ability to identify strategic issues, opportunities and risks, and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.
- Direct experience in developing and implementing internal communication plans and policy guidance/training materials.
Language Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to capture key points and actions in succinct formats for a variety of audiences
Reports to: Vice President, International Development
Working Environment*:* This role may require working remotely full or part time (i.e., telecommuting). Applicants must have a home or alternate workspace they can effectively complete their work from during regularly scheduled hours.