Programme Officer

International IDEA - The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
  • Location
    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Dec 21

Position description

On 10 October 2017, as a result of a long-standing partnership with International IDEA, the Government of Mexico, signed a host-country agreement to establish a sub-regional office of International IDEA in Mexico City. Mexico joined International IDEA in 2003 as a Member State and chaired the organization in 2010.The host-country agreement was signed as a result of this long-standing partnership between Mexico and International IDEA.

The sub-regional office in Mexico will start operations in 2018 and work on promoting, consolidating and advancing sustainable democracy and democratic electoral processes in Mexico and the Central America and the Caribbean region. Through the sub-regional office, International IDEA will support national capacities by providing training and assistance to institutions involved in the democratic process. It will also provide a platform for knowledge exchange and discussion about key issues in strengthening democracy, such as electoral integrity and electoral justice. The opening of the office in Mexico City will facilitate increased collaboration with Mexico ahead of the key upcoming elections in Mexico in 2018.

The Programme Officer, under the supervision of the Head of Programme, will coordinate the development and management of the sub-regional programme activities and projects, at both regional and national level. The Programme Officer will also ensure that International IDEA´s Strategy, Key Performance Indicators (KIAs) and cross-cutting issues are properly reflected in all projects and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Designs and provides technical assistance to political and social organizations;
  • Designs and executes seminars, workshops, roundtables, etc. for sub-regional office projects and workplans;
  • Advises the programme on substantive areas of work that should be pursued so that International IDEA continues to be at the forefront of democracy and electoral issues;
  • Creates mechanisms and opportunities that allow for the exchange of information and experiences among the LAC Programme; Identifies issues of common interest and implements activities for democracy promotion;
  • Coordinates and organizes efforts and synergies with international organizations for the implementation of activities of common interest;
  • Promotes the development of research and publications;
  • Promotes dialogue and consensus building among political actors in Mexico and the Central American region;
  • Supports the Head of Programme in the research and development of papers and articles;
  • Supports the Head of Programme in all fundraising efforts, including, but not limited to, monitoring of call for proposals and/or new opportunities, communication with possible donors and elaboration of project proposals.

General Profile

  • Requires in-depth knowledge, excellent skills and relevant experience in their field;
  • Will contribute significantly to assigned projects all along the project life cycle, i.e. from project design and funding to project assessment;
  • Will lead meetings and discussions, supervise publications and review input from external providers;
  • Has contributed to publications on the relevant subject; is recognized as a knowledge resource in his/her broad professional community;
  • Can work with minimal guidance and supervision;
  • Adds value to team-based activities in his/her unit; collaborates with other entities of the Institute;
  • Acts as a model or mentor for less experienced colleagues;
  • Can be expected to travel globally to any geographical area involved in his/her projects;
  • Follows internal procedures to ensure high standards of performance and compliance with Institutional guidelines;
  • Integrates a gender and diversity perspective in all activities.

Reporting Line

Head of Programme - Mexico and Central America

Programmatic Knowledge

  • Has in-depth knowledge in own discipline and good understanding of related disciplines to be able to approach programmatic issues in a holistic manner.

Operational Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Integrates a results-based approach into the design, management and evaluation of all his/her programmatic activities;
  • Has a good understanding of relevant programmatic issues in the key geographical zone where his/her work is implemented – which may imply field experience at some point;
  • Contributes to the research of information on donors and partners, preparation of reports and project briefs, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, and all other activities related to resource mobilization and partnership building;
  • Illustrates integrity, a collaborative spirit, a sense of achievement, and an understanding of risk management in past experiences.


  • No people management responsibility over permanent staff;
  • Acts as a model and resource for more junior colleagues;
  • May assume project management responsibilities.

Problem Solving

  • Identifies and resolves complex problems, approaches issues with new perspectives, analyses situations from a multitude of intervening factors.


  • Has a clear impact on the programme development and delivery;
  • Can also impact other teams and projects in related fields.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Liaises to all internal and external stakeholders involved in his/her project; acts and is perceived as an initiator of relevant communication to solve issues;
  • Drives projects and assignments through communicative personal energy and engagement;
  • Can explain sensitive information with diplomacy, and build consensus;
  • English and Spanish: Fluent written and oral. Any other widely spoken language in an International IDEA priority region would be an asset.

Education and Experience

  • University degree, plus 5 years relevant experience, including substantial internship(s) working on issues of social and economic development, democracy and governance, preferably in different types of organizations (national and international);
  • Field experience is desirable.

Terms of Contract

  • Fixed Term Appointment until December 2018. Extension possible subject to available funding;
  • Start date 01 April 2018;
  • Please note as this is a local post, International IDEA will bear no costs relating to relocation of the selected candidate to the duty station. This position is open to those legally authorized to live and work in Mexico.

Applying for this position

  • Applications should be submitted no later than 07 January 2018. Please note that all applications must be made in English.

International IDEA is an equal opportunity employer which seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, culture and nationality.

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