Resident Director-Guatemala

International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
  • Location
    Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Oct 09

Position description

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is recruiting for a Resident Country Director based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The overarching responsibilities for the position include:

  • Serve as IFES’s legal representative in Guatemala;
  • Provide technical leadership, management, and operational oversight to IFES programs; and,
  • Serve as IFES Director for a USAID-funded project on electoral governance and political reforms.

This position reports to the Regional Director of the IFES Americas Division.  

  • Job Responsibilities: Ensure delivery of project results by providing overall technical leadership and direction;
  • Establish and manage strong trust relationships with funders, representatives of the international community, and local partners in the governmental and non-governmental sector;
  • Manage and conduct oversight of the projects including tracking and monitoring financial expenditures and project budget in accordance to USG rules and regulations;
  • Prepares annual work plans, quarterly reports, and other reports requested by the funder;
  • Oversee the project monitoring and evaluation requirements and communicate the project results to various audiences;
  • Mentor and supervise local project staff; and
  • Maintain regular communication and liaise with IFES Headquarters office in Arlington, VA.


  • 15 years’ experience in relevant technical sector(s).
  • Master’s degree in international relations, public administration, Latin American studies, or another relevant field.
  • Experience implementing USAID funded projects, in Central America preferably.
  • Experience implementing electoral assistance projects in Central America, preferably in Guatemala.
  • Demonstrated comparative technical expertise in electoral administration.
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural team setting with a wide variety of actors and in a highly complex political environment.
  • Able to capture lessons learned through project implementation and to communicate them effectively to multiple audiences.
  • Hands on experience of USG rules and regulations, USAID project reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements, and knowledge of management of USG funded sub-grants.
  • Solid interpersonal and communication skills including work planning facilitation, public presentations, and report writing.
  • Experience living and working in Central America, preferably in Guatemala.
  • Native fluency in both English and Spanish is required.

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