IRI’s CEPPS Senior Manager will report to the IRI Vice President for Programs and will serve as the interlocutor between CEPPS management team and IRI program staff, managing IRI’s portfolio of Leader and Associate Award programs and representing IRI to CEPPS management. Responsibilities will include proposal negotiations, proposal management, funder communications, and support for regional directors, program and technical staff, as well as program services, as appropriate. The Senior Manager will also be responsible for providing guidance on USAID regulations and policy to program staff.
The Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) is a co-equal, legal joint venture established in 1995 between the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Currently, CEPPS is the holder of the Global Elections and Political Transitions (GEPT) leader with associates award (LWA) from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and has held similar awards since its creation. To date, over $1.0 billion of funding has been awarded to CEPPS for programs in more than 60 countries. Through the GEPT mechanism, CEPPS works to empower local partners to build resilient government institutions, political parties, and electoral processes in fragile states and developing democracies.
Please apply with your resume, and cover letter.
- Minimum seven years of project management experience with large and complex awards from governmental actors. Specific experience with Leader with Associate Awards preferred.
- Specific experience in grants management of USAID awards.
- Knowledge of U.S. Government and USAID-specific grant regulations.
- Excellent communication and team-management skills.
- Understanding of global DRG issues.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:
- Detailed oriented and organized;
- Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
- Ability to build consensus;
- Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing; and
- Collaborative, team oriented individual.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities
- Serves as the interlocutor between IRI and CEPPS, representing IRI and its interests to the consortium, and vice versa (CEPPS interests to IRI).
- Provides input and seeks consensus on issues that relate to overall CEPPS management and coordination of the consortium to IRI Agreement Administrator, Regional Directors and senior management, accounting, and the CEPPS management team.
- Represents IRI interests in the negotiation of Program Descriptions and development of proposals.
- Works closely with the Technical Director, Administrative Director and other Key Personnel to facilitate to ensure synergies, integration, and coordination among the implementing partners, compliance with USAID’s requirements, and adherence to deadlines.
- Responsible for the overall management of IRI’s portfolio, ensuring that IRI is in compliance with the terms of the award, meeting its deadlines, etc.
- Oversees the IRI CEPPS Liaison in the day-to-day grants administration on all agreement-related issues and deliverables related to IRI’s portfolio.
- Ensure IRI’s internal systems are in line with CEPPS’ procedures and that staff are informed/trained of those procedures
- Works with the CEPPS partners, reviews and refines CEPPS’ internal policies, procedures, and systems
- Ensures that staff within their organization are aware of and trained on all policies and procedures and are implementing them appropriately.
- Works with the CEPPS Technical and Administrative Directors to implement the knowledge management and communications plans, as well as programing reporting
About the Organization
IRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth.