Governance Specialist/Sr. Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 January 2019

Job Description

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 Governance Specialist/Sr. Specialist serves as part of a Center for Global Impact, serving a multi-faceted role as program developer and implementer. S/he develops program ideas and drafts proposals on a range of governance themes, subsequently supporting program implementation through a range of activities. S/he consults with regional program teams based in Washington D.C. and in field offices on governance program. S/he manages a governance program and works closely with the Senior Governance Manager in program management and business development.

Position Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree (Masters or higher for Sr. Specialist) in political science, public administration, international relations or related field.
  • 3-5 years (5-7 for Sr. Specialist) professional experience in in democratic governance, politics, government or international development.
  • Demonstrated experience working with U.S. Government funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
  • Experience with program management, project implementation and budgetary oversight.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated exceptional organizational and detail-oriented skills.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, research, and written/oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated exceptional ability to operate under strict deadlines and ability to easily shift priorities.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to challenging environments, up to 20% of the time.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities

  • Oversees implementation of specific programs and grant(s).
    • 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 budgets and program expenditures to ensure that IRI projects remain within budget allocations and leads regular team budget analysis discussions.
    • Oversees and participates in all monitoring and evaluation efforts for grants assigned.
  • Works closely with the Senior Manager in the management of governance programs related to anti-corruption, public sector management and other related topics. S/he will also be responsible for managing budgets, report writing and the creation of training materials, curricula and other tools.
  • Works closely with the Senior Manager in providing cross-divisional technical advice and supporting business development efforts, including proposal writing.
  • Manages the Governance baseline thematic portfolio and builds expertise around governance innovative approaches.
  • Travels as needed for program oversight and implementation.
  • Represents IRI at external events.
  • Maintains an understanding of funder and IRI policies and procedures related to grant and project implementation and compliance.
  • Participates in cross functional teams and initiatives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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.

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