Program Officer - Sub-Saharan Africa

International Republican Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 26

Position description

 Primary Functions & Responsibilities:


  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on political and related developments in assigned countries to provide regional and country analysis and information.


  • Anticipates and troubleshoots project problems and offers solutions and actively takes part to lead resolution of them with creative and immediate solutions.
  • Oversees implementation of specific grant(s) and associated grant activities.
  • Maintains an understanding of IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight as well as assigned grants’ specific substantive, financial and compliance requirements per its respective funder.
  • Supports efforts to ensure that grants are in compliance with grant agreements and completed on time.
  • Monitors and ensures proper tracking of budget estimates and program expenditures to ensure that IRI projects remain within budget allocations; leads regular team budget analysis discussions.
  • Oversees and participates in all monitoring and evaluation efforts for grants assigned.
  • Leads efforts to evaluate and uses information related to the approved grant work plan.
  • In collaboration with the field team, drafts, reviews and edits information to ensure high quality quarterly, semi-annual, final and other relevant reports for funders.
  • Contributes to the substantive design of new programs and contributes to the development of new program ideas.
  • Assists with assessing new funding opportunities and serve as lead writer or proposal manager (as assigned) for new bid opportunities.
  • Establishes, maintains, and develops strong working relationships with relevant stakeholders in DC and abroad.
  • Actively supports IRI’s communication strategy including IRI’s branding and outreach plans, including drafts and updates program summaries and other outreach materials, drafts web stories, tweets, etc.
  • Represents IRI at external events and oversees IRI-led working group(s) on assigned countries.
  • Travels as needed for program oversight and implementation; if an immediate need arises deploys on short-to long-term service in a program in the field to maintain continuity of the program.
  • Assists Program Manager in overseeing Program Associate(s), and is consulted in hiring and evaluation process. Contributes ongoing performance feedback in coordination with Program Manager.
  • Participates in cross functional teams and initiatives (optional).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Position Requirements:   


  • Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field.
  • Three to five years’ professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with civil society organizations/NGOs, women, youth or persons with disabilities, political parties, legislative bodies or equivalent combination. Experience with the following topics strongly desired: transitional politics, conflict/post-conflict contexts, elections, coalition building, advocacy, civic/voter education, citizen engagement and/or public opinion research.
  • Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of the region, particularly East or Southern Africa.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills. 
  • Demonstrated experience working with US Government funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes, especially USAID.
  • Experience with program management, implementation and basic accounting necessary to draft and oversee a budget. 
  • Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage staff. 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively direct or participate in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, other funders or relevant audiences. 
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet program goals. 
  • Ability to travel to new and challenging environments. 

Application instructions

Please complete your profile and submit your cover letter and resume to IRI's website.