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 Resident Program Director (RPD) is responsible for all programmatic, personnel, outreach and accounting matters in Indonesia. In consultation with IRI/Washington, the RPD designs and implements a long-range strategy for IRI programs in the country, manages budgets and is responsible for compliance with local laws and /regulations governing current funding.
- Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field; graduate degree preferred.
- Seven plus years professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with political parties, civil society organizations/NGOs and/or legislative bodies and officials.
- Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of the region.
- Professional proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia preferred
- Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
- Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage staff.
- Demonstrated experience working with USG-funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
- Demonstrated financial management experience in developing and administering program budgets.
- Ability to prepare, present and negotiate complex and sensitive agreements and/or project proposals with bilateral/multi-lateral agencies and other donor communities.
- Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor or technical consultant; sensitivity to working in advisory role with local organizations.
- 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.
- Willingness to travel within the country of assignment a significant amount throughout the year.
- Willingness to live and work in a challenging environment.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities
- Monitors, analyzes and reports on political and related developments in specific countries to provide regional and country analysis.
- Serves as the official senior IRI representative in country, developing credibility with and maintaining good relationships with all relevant stakeholders, including U.S. and foreign diplomats and donor agencies, host-country government representatives, and program partners.
- Participates in the substantive design of new programs and contributes to the development of new program ideas.
- Oversees the implementation of all program activities oversees ensuring consistency with grant work plans and objectives.
- Establishes, maintains, and develops productive working relationship with relevant stakeholders, consultants, field and DC staff.
- Oversees all operations related to the IRI field presence, and ensures IRI is in compliance with local laws regarding IRI’s legal status in the country and employment of local staff.
- Supervises local field staff, including participating in the hiring, professional development and evaluation process for these staff. Sets specific goals and provides ongoing performance feedback.
- Mentors local staff in program development, finance, work plan development and presentation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, business development and knowledge management in their country of assignment.
- Maintains an understanding of donor and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight.
- Understands a grant’s substantive, financial and compliance requirements.
- Oversees the implementation of all program activities in the country ensuring consistency with grant work plans and objectives, reporting weekly to DC.
- Monitors and approve field office budgets and expenses, in collaboration with DC program staff and the Regional Project Accountant, to ensure that expenditures remain within budget allocations.
- Monitors, analyzes and reports to DC staff on political and economic developments, and media responses.
- Ensures adherence to monitoring and evaluation plans, including the monitoring of programs and evaluation/analysis of program results.
- Provides information and contributes to sections of quarterly, semi-annual, final and other relevant reports for funders.
- 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.
- Leads business development efforts, including identifying and seeking out potential new or additional sources of funding with real-time costs estimates for proposal budgets, and/or the development of new program ideas, coordinating with DC staff.
- Actively supports IRI’s communication strategy including IRI’s branding and outreach plans on projects assigned, including drafts and updates program summaries and other outreach materials, drafts web stories, tweets, etc.
- 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.