Technical Advisor, Economic Empowerment - California Based

Posted by
International Rescue Committee | San Diego, CA

International Rescue Committee

Published 18 days ago

This role will be based out of California.


The Technical Advisor, Economic Empowerment provides technical support to IRC’s Economic Empowerment (EE) programs in 26 US cities and, on occasion, to international projects.  The Technical Advisor is responsible for helping USP field offices identify opportunities, and build and monitor sustainable, cost-effective programs and services that promote clients economic well-being and self-reliance.  Critical to economic well-being is access to a living wage and IRC currently serves more than 9,000 clients with workforce development programming across the U.S. The Technical Advisor will promote the development, adaptation and dissemination of workforce development and integration models and develop strong institutional relationships with public and private sector partners. S/he will ensure that USP develops efficient, sustainable, evidence-based program models, and help the IRC increase the scope of its workforce development and related economic empowerment programs.

Major Responsibilities:

Technical Support

  • Ensure that IRC’s domestic EE programs are technically sound and of highest quality; strong focus on workforce development programs
  • Provide remote and on-site technical support and assistance in the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EE programming, in particular workforce development programs
  • Develop and adapt tools, policy and curriculum to support standard program delivery, in particular in the area of employment, career development and workforce development
  • Establish best practices and develop resources to support replication of successful EE models, with emphasis on workforce and career pathway programs
  • Coordinate delivery of technical training
  • Leverage internal and external technical resources  to expand IRC capacity
  • Support and enrich internal working group(s) on workforce development and related EE program areas
  • Monitor and report to USP senior management on the successes and challenges of programming in this sector
  • Technical support to external stakeholders including public systems at the municipal, state, and federal level

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.
  • Contribute to the development of best practices and internal and external learning around workforce development and integration of EE services with other core sectors
  • Research and liaise with external communities of practice on trends in EE programs, in particular workforce development
  • Support field offices in the recruitment and selection of new EE field staff, in particular workforce development

Business Development and Representation

  • Attract financial and technical resources towards the achievement of USP economic wellbeing  outcomes, especially workforce development
  • Build corporate and institutional partnerships that promote opportunities for employment and career-laddering for USP clients
  • Cultivate donor and academic relationships to support workforce development programs and related initiatives
  • Lead the development of concept notes and proposals for EE programs, in particular workforce development programs
  • Provide guidance and support  to field offices to effectively access funding and provide technical review of proposals prepared by field staff

Assessment & Evaluation

  • Ensure intervention methodologies are evidence-based
  • Coordinate tracking, compilation and analysis of key indicators and outcomes for programming in this sector
  • Adapt and develop evidence-based tools for measurement and assessments of programming in this sector
  • 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


  • Masters/post-graduate degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Community Development, Adult Education, or related fields required
  • Minimum of five years of experience with progressive responsibility in implementation of workforce 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 workforce development services a must; experience with  financial literacy, asset development, micro-lending or related programs a plus, ideally within the context of serving low-income immigrant and refugee communities
  • Demonstrated experience implementing publicly-funded workforce development programs including WIOA, SNAP E&T, Welfare-to-Work, and similar programs
  • Demonstrated experience building career pathway programs that include public and private sector partners such as workforce development boards, community colleges, industry, and labor
  • Demonstrated success in securing public and private funding, in particular related to workforce development
  • Demonstrated experience working with system-level partners to implement programming; experience providing technical assistance to system-level partners preferred
  • 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

This role will be based out of California.


The Technical Advisor, Economic Empowerment provides technical support to IRC’s Economic Empowerment (EE) programs in 26 US cities and, on occasion, to international projects.  The Technical…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule


San Diego, CA