Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day to day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include:
Excellence- We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom- We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect- We believe in trust, empathy and empowering people. Teamwork- We believe in diversity, inclusion and the power of global collaboration. Transparency- We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability- We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.
The International Republican Institute’s Center for Global Impact is designed to help IRI learn, innovate and lead in global democratic development programming. Comprised of experts specializing in a range of technical areas and program staff who oversee global and cross-cutting initiatives, the Center leads the Institute’s efforts to contribute to thought leadership, respond to emerging global challenges and trends, facilitate global initiatives, and serve as an incubator for new ideas and cutting-edge approaches.
The Inclusion and Youth Advisor will provide technical direction, advice, and assistance across programs to ensure inclusivity of marginalized populations, particularly youth, as cross-cutting issues for all democracy, rights and governance (DRG) programs. The Advisor will play an important role in developing strategies and approaches to ensure analysis of marginalized populations, particularly youth, and develop interventions and activities that allow for greater parity and inclusion of marginalized groups in political and civic processes. The Advisor will also be responsible for oversight and management of specified grants and projects including those focused on empowering youth political and civic participation. The Advisor will support Institute-wide business development efforts, including but not limited to those related to inclusion and youth. This will involve devising and leading capture strategies for specific donor opportunities and, pending the specific technical area, serving as lead writer proposals. The Advisor will manage Generation Democracy, IRI’s flagship global youth initiative that aims to identify and equip a generation of changemakers with the knowledge and skills to better advocate for reform, overcome barriers to meaningful political participation and promote more vibrant, resilient and inclusive democracies.
• Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field; Graduate Degree preferred.
• Minimum eight years professional experience working in international development
• Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge with ensuring the inclusion of marginalized populations, particularly youth, as cross-cutting issues for (DRG) programs.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and execute program activities in ways that both achieve results and raise the initiative’s public profile.
• Proven experience leading the entire business development capture life cycle, to include serving as lead technical writer on winning proposals.
• Experience with project and budget management.
• Experience living, working and/or traveling internationally.
• Strong written and oral communications and presentation skills in English.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively address Institute needs.
• Proven ability to write effective proposals, reports, procedures, complete required forms, and maintain complete and accurate documentation.
• Knowledge of USG funder regulations preferred.
• Ability to work under pressure and take initiative to develop creative solutions to complex problems.
• Experience supporting interactions with corporate donors or business development preferred.
• Strong ability to initiate, foster, interact, and maintain relationships with contacts and stakeholders in a diverse and multicultural environment, with sensitivity, respect, discretion, tact, and professionalism.
• Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times.
• Ability to effectively manage financial resources in manner that meet highest standards of both the Institute and funders.
• Willingness to travel to remote and difficult countries.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities:
Technical Advancement and Management
• Provide technical direction and assistance to ensure inclusivity of marginalized populations, particularly youth, as cross-cutting issues for all democracy, rights and governance (DRG) programs.
• Refine IRI’s institutional approach to inclusivity and youth. Develop new or refine existing tools. Collaborate with regional divisions to incorporate lessons comprising this approach—and associated tools—into their program design and implementation.
• Provide technical direction to and oversight and management of specified grants, including but not limited to Generation Democracy initiatives.
• Analyze and help ensure interventions are sensitive to issues of inclusion of marginalized groups who are facing various disadvantages and subject to different vulnerabilities, particularly youth populations.
• Actively track latest research (academic and program impact) on inclusion issues and youth empowerment in political and civic processes. Continually incorporate these lessons into IRI’s approach and share them with staff across IRI.
• Conduct outreach and coordinate Institute-wide outreach on issues of inclusivity of marginalized populations and youth empowerment.
• Provide technical direction on network development and sustainability.
• Identify and meet with other organizations/donors on possible new funding activities and/or partnerships related to inclusivity, youth or other relevant technical topics.
• Liaise with stakeholders to facilitate and enhance contribution to thought leadership on inclusivity aspects of democracy and governance.
• Establish, maintain, and develop productive working relationships with relevant stakeholders, including DC and field-based staff.
• Maintain an understanding of funder and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight.
• Fully understand assigned grant’s substantive, financial and compliance requirements and ensures that assigned grants are completed on time, within budget, and in full compliance.
• Monitor grant budgets and overseas project spending (budget trackers).
• Oversee and lead efforts to monitor and evaluate efforts for grants assigned.
• Provide guidance to help ensure monitoring, evaluation and learning systems collect the necessary disaggregated data, and analyze information to reflect on inclusivity approaches and activities.
• Document program and project developments as they relate to inclusivity issues across the Institute.
• Draft and provide input to high quality reports and products for funders.
• Supervises staff assigned to the portfolio, including leading the hiring, professional development and evaluation process for these staff. Sets specific performance goals and provides ongoing performance feedback.
• Travel as needed for program oversight and implementation.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Support Institute and Center-wide business development efforts, including tracking potential opportunities and then oversee development of proposals to capture them.
• Serve as a subject matter expert and/or technical lead/writer for proposals ensuring inclusivity of marginalized populations, particularly youth, are effectively integrated throughout the proposal process.
• Provide technical guidance and/or quality control to proposals and project design regarding inclusivity elements, particularly for youth, that for example help overcome barriers to their political participation and transforming power structures to attain meaningful political involvement and influence.
• Help identify and support the Senior Director to develop strategies to secure new funding.
• Actively maintain or develop new relationships with key donors and stakeholders and pursue new funding activities and/or partnerships related to inclusivity, youth or other relevant technical topics.
• Actively support IRI’s communication efforts, including drafting web stories, blogs, tweets, etc. and updating branding materials and represent IRI at external events.
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