- Date Posted January 9, 2024
- Location Nairobi City, Kenya
- Category Project Management
- Offered Salary: $72845 – $85000 / year
- Expiration date–
- Experience 3 Years
- Gender Both
- Qualification Bachelor Degree
- Career Level Officer
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is one of the world’s largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 40 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees delivers lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you’re a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.
Over the past 90 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 offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster.
The Pricing Advisor is a member of the Pricing team within Business Development in IRC’s Award Management Unit. They conduct and steer the development of impactful programs, conducting a thorough evaluation of the detailed cost drivers that contribute to the successful delivery of high-quality interventions within multi-year bids. This involves crafting comprehensive descriptions in both budgets and narratives for complex competitive bids. This position specializes in working with IRC’s major donors, including USAID, FCDO, World Bank and the European Union, while also extending support to other donors when required. As a key member of proposal teams, this role collaborates closely with IRC Country Offices, Finance Department, and Technical Units to facilitate the development of cost proposals. The Pricing Analyst, provides essential guidance and technical assistance throughout the business development lifecycle, ensuring a delicate balance between cost recovery, risk mitigation, price competitiveness, and compliance with internal policies and donor regulations. This position entails various responsibilities, including estimating program costs, customizing budget formats, collecting, and certifying cost data, and negotiating budgets with partners. Additionally, the Pricing Analyst contributes to the improvement of budgeting guidelines and templates, cultivating collaboration with finance and compliance team across different organizational levels.
Capture & Program Design
• Conduct extensive research and evaluation of cost drivers specific to each country, including aspects such as labor rates, employment regulations, travel expenses, training venue costs, operational cost, local inflation rates, procurement of equipment and supplies, and security requirements. This analysis strives to establish viable implementation approaches within the predefined cost constraints for forthcoming bids.
• Aggregate all budgetary details at the activity level, encompassing all anticipated interventions and necessary support provisions, into clear rough estimates. These comprehensive budgets should account for match arrangements and independent cost structures, aligning with the expected budget format and cost-narrative submission criteria.
Strategy & Proposal Development
• Review released solicitations to assess whether cost-related considerations might hinder the development of a competitive, compliant, and viable bid.
• Take charge of developing or modifying comprehensive tools sought at delivering high-quality cost and business application materials promptly. These tools encompass document checklists, partner document lists, and compliance matrices.
• Develop a comprehensive budget template or framework structure tailored to the specific proposal, along with the cost narrative. These tools should align closely with work plans and objectives. They should effectively showcase the competitiveness of pricing, fee arrangements, the feasibility of implementation, and the overarching strategy to secure the proposal successfully. When required, offer guidance and strategies for creating intricate budget templates (e.g., breaking down activities by desired outcomes) to present cost-related aspects most efficiently for each competitive proposal.
• Drive and/or ensure that pricing inputs from technical or other contributors are integrated effectively. Lead all aspects of detailed cost, and technical queries in anticipation of submission timelines.
• Collaborate in proposal design sessions to ensure that all cost drivers are adequately considered, drawing input from various collaborators, including staffing, management, different geographical locations, work plans, and targets at the activity level.
• Liaise partner and design sessions to gather and guide partner submissions, ensuring full compliance in line with client initiatives.
• Ensure adherence to IRC’s standard processes and policies, as well as compliance with solicitation requirements and client policies across a variety of opportunities and donors.
• Integrate all partner pricing inputs into the consolidated budget, budget narrative, and cost application.
• Degree (minimum BA) or equivalent experience in a relevant field such as public administration, business administration, management, economics, or similar.
• Proven knowledge of budget development and cost analysis, good practices; familiarity with project design methodologies, price-to-win approaches and proposal development processes is a plus.
• At least 3 years of professional experience, including experience with budget development of multi-million-dollar projects; international development, management and training experience is a plus.
• Demonstrates in depth understanding of USAID, UK FCDO or EU rules and regulations, particularly as they pertain to budget development; is able to identify donor-specific risks and design cost proposals in a way that mitigates those risks.
• The ability to work efficiently and accurately while under pressure in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
• Flexible work attitude: the ability to work in an inclusive team environment, independently and ability to meet unexpected demands.
• Demonstrates ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues in ‘remote’ and complementary teams.
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively.
• Ability to travel internationally; (up to 20% of time).
• Ability to work autonomously and under remote management.
• Proficient in written and spoken English is required; French, Spanish or Arabic is highly desirable.
Posted pay ranges apply to US and UK-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity:
IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.
IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.
Standard of Professional Conduct:The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.
Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.