International Rescue Committee Investment Lead Jobs in Kenya

International Rescue Committee Investment Lead Jobs in Kenya

Job Overview:

  • The IRC’s Airbel Impact Lab designs, tests, and scales life-changing, cost-effective solutions for people affected by conflict and disaster. We work to develop breakthrough solutions that combine creativity and rigor, openness and expertise, and a desire to think afresh with the experience of a large-scale implementing organization. Innovative Finance at IRC is piloting new ways of working between humanitarians and the development and private sectors. The team is currently managing and developing transaction-level partnerships between humanitarians and investors.

  • This is a cutting-edge approach to blended finance, with the goal of driving more investment and funding to the communities on the frontline of conflict and climate change. Current projects include advising on large scale water and energy infrastructure for refugee communities, advising on a commercial startup accelerator to support refuge-led businesses in the Mashreq region, and partnering with a ClimateTech startup to deliver sustainable drinking water procurement to IRC health clinic facilities.

  • The Investment Lead will be integral to the practice’s growth and development. This position will drive forward current innovative finance investor-humanitarian partnerships, manage project performance, and grow our pipeline through robust prospecting and fundraising. This position requires a range of finance and investment management experience, as well as technical writing and stakeholder management skills. A successful candidate will be able to engage in the technical details of investment, speak to investors with a high level of industry fluency, develop strategic pitches, and manage the day-to-day of project activities.

    Major Responsibilities

  • Lead operations for a pipeline of advisory model projects by coordinating directly with external investor partners to progress current projects.

  • Develop and refine investment performance, impact, and risk monitoring plans including quantitative and qualitative analysis of investment projects.

  • Lead communication with donors, philanthropists, and other NGO partners to meet implementation goals; present project findings externally to drive progress across sectors.

  • Create technical decks, briefs, and other innovative finance materials to ensure internal and external partners are regularly briefed on progress, strengthen buy-in and accountability, and to support innovative finance external engagement.

  • Continuously review the market for new financial models, including grants, blended revenue models, fees, and less orthodox models.

  • Win new business and expand the pipeline of investment project opportunities through engagement of financial services network and investment pitch skills

  • Work closely with IRC business development teams to socialize achievements of innovative finance and solicit new donor and philanthropist support for the practice.

  • Prepare annual reports and documents according to contract requirements and coordinate response to donor, investor, and private philanthropist inquiries.

  • Support management of Leadership Board debt swap working group including preparing technical presentations and
    organizing follow up.

  • Support management of Airbel Advisory Board Innovative Finance working group, including leading technical research, designing new strategic approaches, and developing pilot outlines.

  • Lead technical conversations and decision making with innovative finance advisors.

  • Convene and lead meetings with investment project partners to develop strategy.

  • Collect data on lessons learned and develop analyses for decision making, reporting, and pipeline development.

    Job Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in relevant field or equivalent professional experience.

  • 6-8 years of professional experience in financial services, investor relations, or related field.

  • Solid understanding of venture capital, private equity, development finance, investor relations, and relevant financial services, ideally with a background in frontier markets and regions.

  • Excellent ability to write about financial markets, economics and investment projections.

  • Outstanding network in two or more of the following fields: venture capital, private equity, management consulting, development finance, public sector donors.

  • Strong leadership and stakeholder management competencies including the ability to bring people along with a stated vision, and capacity to communicate effectively with leadership.

  • Demonstrated experience in articulating funding needs and cultivating a portfolio of fundraising opportunities from concept through execution, and ongoing donor/partner stewardship.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with a variety of people in a multicultural environment and work on a virtual team.

  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and IRC’s values, including a demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Preferred Requirements:

  • Knowledge of government donor commercial contracts (PRM, DG ECHO) and compliance.

  • Excellent digital literacy and ability to develop and understand financial models in Excel.

  • Professional fluency in French is preferred, Arabic a plus.


  • 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.

    US Benefits:

  • The IRC offers a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. All US employees are eligible for sick time, a 403b retirement savings plans: up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus an 3-7% additional IRC contribution, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

    How to Apply

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