The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, dynamic, and entrepreneurial individual for a fast-paced position as Associate Director for the Venezuela Initiative in its Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. The Venezuela Initiative explores possible solutions to the crisis, increases awareness of the situation on-the-ground, and seeks to galvanize a broad array of actors to move toward action-driven impact. The Associate Director dedicates him or herself to lead the day-to-day operations of the Venezuela Initiative in its international component, and serves as a logistical bridge between international and local partners. The selected candidate will work closely with the Director and Deputy Director of the Adrienne Arsht Center and other members of the team, as well as colleagues in regional and thematic centers across the Atlantic Council. Although the position will primarily focus on Venezuela, the Associate Director will be included in Center activities beyond Venezuela.
The ideal candidate will have previous working experience in Venezuela, a proven ability to communicate effectively in English and Spanish, and enjoy the fast pace of building a new enterprise. The current situation in Venezuela is at a crisis level and this position will lead the Center’s efforts to build international and local movement to finding solutions. A strong leader with experience as well in international crisis resolution is important for success. The position also requires a strong record of coordinating programs and events, experience with project monitoring and evaluation, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and knowledge of diplomatic protocol. He/she will possess political experience, excellent project management skills, knowledge of grant management, and an ability to balance multiple tasks under the pressure of time.
The position has an initial duration of one year, with possible extension.
• Assist the Center Director in establishing the strategic course of the Venezuela Initiative.
• Provide intellectual leadership to achieve project goals.
• Manage the programmatic and financial aspects of the Venezuela Initiative.
• Devise and organize briefings with stakeholders in multilateral organizations, financial institutions, international political groups, country representatives, and others.
• Coordinate information sharing between local and international partners.
• Produce relevant documentation and summary of meetings both for internal record keeping and external knowledge sharing.
• Manage the Venezuela Initiative budget and other financial records.
• Prepare relevant and necessary documentation for Monitoring and Evaluation activities.
• Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, public policy, or a related field with a focus on Latin America, and, if possible, conflict resolution. Master’s degree is preferred.
• 5-7 years of combined professional experience in international public policy or politics and comprehensive knowledge of political, economic, and social issues in Venezuela.
• Ability to represent the Atlantic Council to external constituencies, such as senior officials, diplomatic officials, board members, and donors.
• Proven track record in managing multiple projects simultaneously and a demonstrated ability to work efficiently and collaboratively with both junior-level and senior-level colleagues.
• Native-level Spanish-language writing and editing skills.
• Excellent English-language writing skills and superior communication skills.
• Self-starter who can balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
• Excellent organizational, logistical, and administrative skills; experience in grant and database management highly desirable.
• Research and writing skills in the areas of international relations with a focus on Venezuela.
• Knowledge of M&E activities.
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