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.
IRI is seeking candidates to direct its Sri Lanka program. The Resident Program Director (RPD) is based in Colombo, Sri Lanka and is responsible for IRI’s programmatic, personnel, outreach, and accounting in Sri Lanka. The RPD will oversee a range of governance training and assistance efforts designed to build the political leadership skills of Sri Lankan women and youth and promote citizen participation in the decisions that affect their communities. In consultation with IRI/Washington, the RPD designs and implements a long-range strategy for IRI programs in Sri Lanka, manages budgets, and is responsible for compliance with local laws and regulations governing current funding.
- Monitors, analyzes and reports on political and related developments in Sri Lanka to provide regional and country analysis.
- Serves as the official senior IRI representative in Sri Lanka, developing credibility with and maintaining good relationships with all relevant stakeholders, including U.S. and foreign diplomats and donor agencies, host-country government representatives, and program partners.
- Participates in the substantive design of new programs and contributes to the development of new program ideas.
- Oversees the implementation of all program activities ensuring consistency with grant workplans and objectives.
- Establishes, maintains, and develops productive working relationship with relevant stakeholders, consultants, field, and DC staff.
- Oversees all operations related to the IRI’s Sri Lanka field office, and ensures IRI is compliant with local laws regarding IRI’s legal status in the country and employment of local staff.
- Supervises local field staff, including participating in the hiring, professional development, and evaluation process for these staff. Sets specific goals and provides ongoing performance feedback.
- Mentors local staff in program development, finance, workplan development and presentation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, business development and knowledge management in their country of assignment.
- Maintains an understanding of donor and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight.
- Understands a grant’s substantive, financial, and compliance requirements.
- Oversees the implementation of all program activities in the country ensuring consistency with grant workplans and objectives, reporting weekly to DC.
- Monitors and approve field office budgets and expenses, in collaboration with DC program staff and the Regional Project Accountant, to ensure that expenditures remain within budget allocations.
- Monitors, analyzes, and reports to DC staff on political and economic developments, and media responses.
- Ensures adherence to monitoring and evaluation plans, including the monitoring of programs and evaluation/analysis of program results.
- Provides information and contributes to sections of quarterly, semi-annual, final, and other relevant reports for funders.
- 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.
- Leads business development efforts, including identifying and seeking out potential new or additional sources of funding with real-time costs estimates for proposal budgets, and/or the development of new program ideas, coordinating with DC staff.
- Actively supports IRI’s communication strategy including IRI’s branding and outreach plans on projects assigned, including drafts and updates program summaries and other outreach materials, drafts web stories, tweets, etc.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field.
- Eight - ten years professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with political parties, civil society organizations, NGOs and/or legislative bodies.
- Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history, and culture of Sri Lanka and/or South Asia.
- Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
- Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage staff.
- Demonstrated experience working with USAID funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
- Demonstrated financial management experience in developing and administering program budgets.
- Ability to prepare, present, and negotiate complex and sensitive agreements and/or project proposals with bilateral/multi-lateral agencies and other donor communities.
- Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor, or technical consultant; sensitivity to working in advisory role with local organizations.
- 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.
- Willingness to travel within Sri Lanka a significant amount throughout the year.
- Willingness to live and work in a challenging environment.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities
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