Senior Manager for Youth and Inclusivity

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 December 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 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 Inclusivity and Youth Senior Manager manages and oversees execution of the Generation Democracy program, IRI’s flagship global youth initiative that aims to identify and equip a generation of changemakers with the knowledge and skills to better advocate for reform, overcome barriers to meaningful political participation, and promote more vibrant, resilient and inclusive democracies.

The Senior Manager will also be responsible for oversight and management of other grants that the Center manages, particularly those focused on empowering youth political and civic participation. The Senior Manager provides technical advice and assistance across programs to ensure inclusivity of marginalized populations, particularly youth, as cross-cutting issues for all democracy, rights and governance (DRG) programs. Working with the Center’s Associate Director for Technical Advancement, the Senior Manager will play an important role in refining and further developing IRI’s strategies and approaches related to inclusion of marginalized populations, particularly youth, and supporting IRI’s institutional learning on this thematic area. The Senior Manager works closely with the Center’s Senior Director to lead business development efforts related to youth/inclusion.

Position Requirements:
• Graduate degree in political science, international relations or related field; Masters’ Degree preferred.
• Minimum six years professional experience working in international development
• Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge with ensuring the inclusion of marginalized populations, particularly youth, as cross-cutting issues for (DRG) programs.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and execute program activities in ways that both achieve results and raise the initiative’s public profile.
• Significant experience with project and budget management.
• Experience living, working and/or traveling internationally.
• Strong written and oral communications and presentation skills in English.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively address Institute needs.
• Proven ability to write effective proposals, reports, procedures, complete required forms, and maintain complete and accurate documentation.
• Knowledge of USG funder regulations preferred.
• Ability to work under pressure and take initiative to develop creative solutions to complex problems.
• Experience supporting interactions with corporate donors or business development preferred.
• Strong ability to initiate, foster, interact, and maintain relationships with contacts and stakeholders in a diverse and multicultural environment, with sensitivity, respect, discretion, tact, and professionalism.
• Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times.
• Ability to effectively manage financial resources in manner that meet highest standards of both the Institute and funders.
• Willingness to travel to remote and difficult countries.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

Project Management and Institutional Learning:
• Manage and oversee execution of the Generation Democracy program and other grants that the Center manages, particularly those focused on empowering youth political and civic participation
• Fully understand assigned grant’s substantive, financial and compliance requirements and ensures that assigned grants are completed on time, within budget, and in full compliance.
• Assume fiduciary responsibility for program finances including analysis, budget monitoring and projections in full compliance with IRI and funder requirements.
• Review financial status reports of all projects on an ongoing basis to ensure accuracy and monitor spending by using budget trackers for each grant and ensure they are updated on a regular basis.
• Draft and provide input to high quality reports and products for funders. Review/edit quarterly, semi-annual, final and other relevant reports for funder.
• Maintain an understanding of donor and IRI policies and procedures provides oversight and ensures grant compliance.
• Oversee and lead efforts to monitor and evaluate efforts for grants assigned
• Provide guidance to help ensure monitoring, evaluation and learning systems collect the necessary disaggregated data, and analyze information to reflect on inclusivity approaches and activities
• Document program and project developments as they relate to inclusivity issues across the Institute.
• Supervises staff assigned to the portfolio.
• Travel as needed for program oversight and implementation
• Working closely with IRI’s regional divisions, provide technical direction and assistance to ensure inclusivity of marginalized populations, particularly youth, as cross-cutting issues for all democracy, rights and governance (DRG) programs.
• Work with the Center’s Associate Director for Technical Advancement to refine and further develop IRI’s strategies and approaches related to inclusion of marginalized populations, particularly youth, and support IRI’s institutional learning on this technical area.
• Analyze and help ensure interventions are sensitive to issues of inclusion of marginalized groups who are facing various disadvantages and subject to different vulnerabilities, particularly youth populations.
• Keep abreast of inclusion issues and youth empowerment in political and civic processes, and share with staff recent developments and knowledge tools in the areas of interventions.
• Conduct outreach and coordinate Institute-wide outreach on issues of inclusivity of marginalized populations and youth empowerment.
• Establish, maintain, and develop productive working relationships with relevant stakeholders, including DC and field-based staff.

Business Development:
• Provide technical guidance and/or quality control to proposals and project design regarding inclusivity elements, particularly for youth, that for example help overcome barriers to their political participation and transforming power structures to attain meaningful political involvement and influence.
• Serve as a technical lead/writer for proposals ensuring inclusivity of marginalized populations, particularly youth, are effectively integrated throughout the proposal process.
• Help identify new funding strategies and opportunities.
• Identify and meet with other organizations/donors on possible new funding activities and/or partnerships related to inclusivity, youth or other relevant technical topics.
• Liaise with stakeholders to facilitate and enhance contribution to thought leadership on inclusivity aspects of democracy and governance.
• Actively support IRI’s communication efforts, including drafting web stories, blogs, tweets, etc. and updating branding materials and represent IRI at external events.
• 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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