Program Officer – Northeast Asia (China and Mongolia)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 June 2020
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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 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.

The Northeast Asia Program Officer (PO) is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for IRI’s programs in her/his country of assignment. S/he closely monitors and analyzes political and economic developments in the country 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 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.
  • Experience in and background knowledge of Northeast Asia.

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 project problems, troubleshoots, offers solutions, and actively takes part to lead resolution.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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