Strategy Planning Consultant

Location: New York, USA

Deadline: Open until filled


The International Institute for Rural Reconstruction [IIRR] is seeking an experienced Strategic Planning Consultant to design and facilitate a participatory planning process that will create a three-year strategic plan for the organization (2021 – 2023 Strategy).


About IIRR

IIRR is a non-profit organization with a 60-year history of championing the rights and economic development of rural communities globally. Founded by Dr. James Yen in 1960, through its Health, Education, Environment and Livelihood programs IIRR has directly impacted the lives of over 10 million people in 50+ countries.

In its operations, IIRR focuses on partnerships and collaborative approaches involving communities, NGOs, private institutions and government authorities.


Objectives and Tasks

The previous strategy prepared by the IIRR team covers operations from 2015 until 2020 (2015 – 2020 Strategy). Now there is a need for a new plan to direct the next steps of the organization and guide its growth.

The required process would consist of 4 major steps ( which to be defined further with the selected candidate):

  1. Review of the current strategy and the organization’s achievements (or challenges in achieving the set goals).
  2. Context analysis – review of the general environment and changes versus the last strategy.
  3. Strategic planning for the next three years – collaborative planning involving key stakeholders from IIRR and outside.
  4. Preparation of the final 2023 Strategy report and recommendation for implementation.



The project is initially planned to be finalized by October 2020 (with a final report and recommendations ready for implementation).


Required Qualifications

The project is initially planned to be finalized by October 2020 (with a final report and recommendations ready for implementation).

  • Strong technical background and a university degree in Community Development, Development Studies, Business, Economics, Agriculture, Sociology or related fields.
  • Min. 15 years of proven work experience in the development sector and a deep understanding of non-profits, civil society, and the international development landscape.
  • Strong research and facilitation skills (able to synthesize and build consensus among people of various backgrounds) and great communication skills.
  • Ability to draw strategic directions based on sound analysis and synthesis of context, and lessons generated from strategy and program reviews.
  • A Team player who is experienced in working on multidisciplinary and multicultural projects
  • Proven work experience in the Global South, mainly Asia and Africa.
  • Experiencing Leading and Coordinating virtual workshops with participants across multiple time zones and cultures


How to apply

Interested candidates are requested to submit a brief proposal (2-3 pages max) explaining the following:

  • The process for implementing the project
  • The steps that would be taken to deliver the project in a timely manner.
  • A list of deliverables
  • Short bio of people who will be involved in the project (if applicable)
  • An estimate on the cost range is required to be considered for this project

Applications that have not clearly responded to all the items listed above will not be considered.
Send to: Maria Kurzawska, at IIRR | include Strategy Planning Consultant in the Subject Line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled but we encourage interested parties to submit applications as soon as possible.

No calls, please. If you have not received a response from us in two weeks, you should assume that your application was not successful on this occasion.


IIRR is an equal opportunity employer. We will respond to short-listed candidates only. All applications should be sent electronically.