Program Officer - Ukraine

International Republican Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 27

Position description

Primary Functions & Responsibilities: 

  •  Monitors, analyzes and reports on political and related developments in Ukraine to provide regional and country analysis and information.
  • Anticipates potential problems and trouble shoots 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 funder and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight. 
  • Understands assigned grant’s substantive, financial and compliance requirements. 
  • 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. 
  • Oversees updates to budget tracker and 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. 
  • Reviews and edits/adds 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. 
  • Develops and coordinates new program ideas. 
  • Assists with assessing new funding opportunities and serve as 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 drafting and updating program summaries and other outreach materials, drafts web stories, tweets, blogs etc.  
  • Represents IRI at external events. 
  • 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. 
  • Supervises Program Associates, is involved in hiring and evaluation process.  Sets specific goals and provides ongoing performance feedback.  
  • Participates in cross functional teams and initiatives. 
  • 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 political parties, civil society organizations/NGOs or legislative bodies, or equivalent combination.   
  •  Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of the Eurasia region in general and Ukraine in particular. 
  •  Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills. 
  •  Demonstrated experience working with US Government funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes. 
  •  Experience with non-US Government funded projects and familiarity for diverse donor regulations and processes preferred. 
  • 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.  
  •  Working knowledge of Ukrainian or Russian preferred.

Application instructions

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