Program Officer - Southeast Asia

International Republican Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    May-27-2021
  • Posted
    Apr 27

Position description

 Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on political and related developments in specific countries 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.
  • Drafts, reviews and/or 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (optional).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

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. 
  • Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of the Southeast Asia region. 
  • 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 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.