Job Opportunity at The International Rescue Committee (IRC) – External Liaison Manager

Job Title: External Liaison Manager

Sector: Advocacy & Government Affairs

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is an International Non-Governmental Organization working in 40 countries, responding to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.

With funding from donor governments, institutions, companies and individual supporters we strive to support people meet their basic rights with dignity and to be protected. In Tanzania, the IRC supports refugees and Tanzanian people in- and – out of camps with education, health and protection services.

If you are Tanzanian, with excellent strategic vision, professional skills, an understanding and leadership experience in humanitarian or development work with a cutting edge outlook, willingness to take action to have a positive impact for the clients we serve, then please consider applying for the following position

Job Summary:

The External Liaison Manager is a key role, ensuring that IRC has an effective and updated analysis of country and regional affairs, has very strong external relations with government and key partners, is fully compliant with Tanzanian legislation and that IRC is able to work effectively to influence and advocate for IRC priorities.

Reporting directly to the Country Director, the role is responsible for the development and maintenance of excellent working relations with government stakeholders, visitors and others partners.

The External Liaison Manager will ensure IRC has a good analysis of critical issues in terms of country context and external affairs and will provide regular briefings to the SMT and more widely. The post holder will represent IRC in external forums, lead in supporting the Country Director on Advocacy and influencing plans.

The role will also maintain responsibility legislative compliance. This includes, oversight of organizational registration and documentation, international immigration details, including visitors and other delegates.


A key member of the Senior Management Team, the External Liaison Manager, will play a an advisory role across aspects of IRC strategy
The role will lead on the development of IRC’s advocacy and influencing strategy, working directly with the country director and Deputy Director for Programmes
The role will project manage IRC’s advocacy and influencing strategy, coordinating with programme, technical and management staff.


The role will lead in the development and implementation of a strategy to strengthen and broaden government relations for IRC in Tanzania, including a range of government departments at senior levels

The ELM will develop external relations with other influential stakeholders, enabling IRC to deliver and expand its mission in close coordination with programmes, grants, supply chain and HR teams.


The ELM will represent IRC at key external forums, in external and organizational meetings.
The ELM will coordinate and deliver on key events related to the strategic implementation of IRC plans.


The ELM will be responsible for ensuring and coordinating IRC compliance of government legislation, this includes registration processes and all documentation with government related to programmes
Working closely with the HR department the ELM will lead and maintain a record of staff compliance, working to ensure all documentation is up to date
Tags crisis management  government departments  refugees
The post holder will be a key advisor to the country director on legal affairs, maintain direct relations with IRC’s external legal counsel.
Leading on the development, maintenance and mitigation around organizational risk register

The role is responsible for external affairs analysis, ensuring the organization has the latest information related to the Tanzanian context including legislation


Trouble shooting/ Crisis Management: called in to support challenges and crises, including as a member of the crisis management team.
Additional advisory and support duties for the Country Director, SMT and more widely.
Regular travel to Dodoma, field sites and elsewhere as required.


  • University degree from a recognized institution or a high degree of relevant professional experience.
  • Management experience, managing a team, coordinating and influencing staff
  • Experience in developing policy positions and guidance for large organisations
  • Excellent analytical skills, ability to analsyse context and convert in to accessible summaries.
  • Development or humanitarian experience, ideally within an NGO context.
  • Excellent understanding of the Tanzanian context with relevant understanding of government departments, preferably with existing relationships and networks.

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