Program Officer- The Center for Global Impact

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 10 February 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 International Republican Institute’s Center for Global Impact is designed to help IRI learn, innovate, and lead in global democratic development programming. Comprised of experts specializing in a range of technical areas and program staff who oversee global and cross-cutting initiatives, the Center leads the Institute’s efforts to contribute to thought leadership, respond to emerging global challenges and trends, facilitate global initiatives, and serve as an incubator for new ideas and cutting-edge approaches.

The Program Officer (PO) is responsible for supporting the overall countering authoritarian influence portfolio through oversight, implementation, and management of specified grants and projects. S/he closely monitors and analyzes political and economic developments in countries/technical areas of responsibility, develops program ideas, and contributes to business development, including drafting proposals and tracking ongoing opportunities, 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.

Position Requirements:

• Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field.
• 3-5 years of experience in international development or related field.
• Minimum 3 years’ experience working on China.
• Excellent writing, communications, and presentation skills.
• Experience writing and editing effective proposals and reports.
• 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.
• Ability to work well under pressure and adapt to shifting priorities.
• Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentially regarding all aspects of work.
• Ability to conduct outreach for fundraising and promotion purposes.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

• Support the implementation of assigned grants and program activities, from fulfillment of substantive programmatic objectives to financial and compliance requirements for the life of the grant(s).
• Maintain an understanding of funder and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight.
• Understands assigned grant’s substantive, financial and compliance requirements.
• Develop short- and long-term project initiatives and activities for assigned projects.
• Monitors and ensures proper tracking of program expenditures to ensure projects remain within budget allocations and are implemented timely against a project work-plan.
• Oversees and participates in monitoring and evaluation efforts.
• Writes and reviews high quality quarterly, semi-annual, final and other relevant reports for funders.
• Monitors, analyzes and reports on political and related developments in technical area to provide analysis and information.
• Review and provide technical input on research related to China’s foreign relations and influence around the world.
• Draft short articles and blogs related to China’s foreign influence and democratic resilience to foreign authoritarian influence.
• Work with IRI regional teams to craft programming interventions that bolster democratic resilience to foreign authoritarian influence.
• Represents IRI at external events and actively supports IRI’s communication strategy, branding, and outreach, including drafts and updates program summaries and other outreach materials, drafts web stories, tweets, etc.
• Establish, maintain, and develop productive working relationships with relevant stakeholders, consultants, field and DC staff.
• Supervises staff assigned to the portfolio, including leading the hiring, professional development and evaluation process for these staff. Set specific performance goals and provide ongoing performance feedback.
• Conduct and coordinate Institute-wide outreach, both building and maintaining global networks and contacts related to countering authoritarian influence.
• Lead efforts to identify and pursue new funding strategies and opportunities.
• Serve as technical lead or proposal manager (as assigned) for new bid opportunities.
• Support the countering authoritarian influence Senior Advisor in tracking potential business development opportunities.
• Travel as needed for program oversight and implementation.
• Perform 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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