Deputy Project Director/Management

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 31

Position description

IREX is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information.


The SAFE Initiative Deputy Project Director works with Project Director to manage and provide leadership to the SAFE Initiative and associated journalist and activist holistic safety projects. The Deputy Project Director manages assigned staff based in the home office and in field offices to support day to day operations of the SAFE Initiative and contributes to new business development. This position involves approximately 10 to 12 weeks per year of predominantly international travel.

The Deputy Project Director/Management particularly manages the important administrative part of the SAFE project, leading a team at headquarter and teams at the field offices, to support operations of the project, including contributing to new business development.


  • In close coordination with the Project Director, lead the operational work of the SAFE project, ensuring high quality project deliverables and results are being met;
  • Review, analyze, and provide high-level guidance on developing and managing project budgets, including projections vs actuals, forecasts and recasts, and modifications (realignments, cost and no cost extensions);
  • Ensure all fiscal and performance activities are in compliance with IREX policies and procedures and funder regulations, negotiate subgrants with international and national partners and review management of subgrants;
  • Lead the recruitment processes for new staff including selection and onboarding, hiring consultants as necessary, and setting up mechanisms for capacity building and career development of existing staff of the project;
  • Support the streamlining of the project risk management and Standard Operating Procedures development, with particular focus on the administrative side of the project;
  • Draft complex documents, including program reports and evaluations;
  • Training and mentoring of primarily administrative staff and field office managers;
  • Other responsibilities as requested.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, (Risk) Management, Business, Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Political or Social Science, Pedagogy, Psychology, or equivalent attested education or training;
  • At least five (5) years of project and/or grant management experience;
  • Project design and activity document preparation on U.S. government-funded political transition programming and/or media development projects preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills- a relation builder that supports and encourages colleagues in multi-cultural environments;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, trainer experience preferred;
  • Previous work experience with international donors/NGOs, preferably in transitional and post-conflict environments;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple project partners with preferably media, judicial or rights-based sector stakeholders;
  • Native-level written and spoken English with experience in quickly generating high-quality written documents and reports. 

Desirable Qualification, Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Psychosocial health;
  • Digital security;
  • Physical security;
  • Risk management/risk avoidance;
  • Emergency coordination;
  • Public relations, advocacy, social media, campaigns and events;
  • Latin America, East Africa, MENA, Eurasia, South Asia;
  • Occasional international travels to manage project activities.


  • High ethical standards;
  • Willingness to work in a flexible manner in terms of number of working hours and days of work.

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