Program Officer - Asia (South Asia)

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 6 February 2019

Job Description

The Program Officer is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for IRI’s programs in South Asia. S/he closely monitors and analyzes political and economic developments in countries of responsibility, develops program ideas, and drafts proposals on a range of democracy and assistance programs. S/he also identifies program partners and develops and maintains close relationships with them and with funders. The PO is also involved in new business development efforts.

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 South 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.

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.
  • Reviews and edits/adds information to ensure high quality quarterly, semi-annual, final and other relevant reports for funders [Depending on staffing, may be responsible for drafting funder reports].
  • 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.

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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