Senior Program Manager - Africa (West/Central Africa)

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 6 December 2018

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 Senior Program Manager for Africa will manage various projects and will assist with the development and adjustments of project’s strategies to achieve projects goals. S/he will ensure that staff, consultants and partners are kept on track as to project deliverables and objectives. The Senior Program Manager (SPM) supports the Africa Regional Director and Africa Regional Deputy Director in division-wide or highly specialized tasks, according to changing conditions, unexpected opportunities or new information.

Position Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field.
  • Seven years in project management or project design and monitoring, preferably related to democracy and governance programs and/or sub-Sharan Africa.
  • Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of sub-Saharan Africa, with specific knowledge of West and Central Africa strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact productively with senior officials such as US Ambassador, Deputy Assistant Secretary level or above.
  • Demonstrated experience working with USG funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
  • Proven experience in report writing and project planning
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills in English. Verbal and written communications skills in French strongly preferred.
  • Must have excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and Internet) and comfort working with database programs.
  • Must be able to work independently, multi-task, be persistent and work under tight deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability and desire to travel.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Regional Director/Deputy Director with input from Division staff to develop and manage short- and long-term strategies in alignment with IRI strategic goals for the Division and/or regional/country strategies, with a focus on West and Central Africa.
  • Serves as a resource for program staff, particularly those working in West and Central Africa, to address implementation challenges and developing innovative program ideas for program development and new funding outreach efforts.
  • Analyzes and reports on political and related developments in specific countries, namely those of West and Central Africa, to provide regional and country analysis.
  • Contributes to identification and analysis of new funding opportunities for West and Central Africa, and supports program teams to pursue through capture processes and proposal development.
  • Assists the Regional Director/Deputy Director with external relations in Washington, DC and in West and Central Africa, including with government representatives, political party leaders, civic leaders, etc.
  • Actively supports IRI’s communication strategy, directly and indirectly through support to West and Central Africa program staff. Oversees implementation of IRI’s branding and outreach plans on projects assigned, including drafts and updates to program summaries and other outreach materials, web stories, tweets, etc.
  • Contributes to Applied Learning, taking “best practices” and “lessons learned” sharing for new program/proposal development and outreach purposes, working with the Center for Applied Learning.
  • Supports the Regional Director/Deputy Director on division-wide activities requiring specialized expertise, such as projects related to migration, authoritarian influence, civic and voter education, electoral violence and public opinion research, making effective use of technology to achieve results while ensuring the integrity of the process.
  • Travels as needed for program oversight and implementation; if an immediate need arises deploys on TDY to maintain continuity of the program
  • Oversees various projects objectives and ensure that staff, consultants and partners are kept on track to achieve results.
  • Reviews grant reports and workplans for projects in West and Central Africa.
  • Oversees implementation of specific grants or projects, as designated by the Regional Director/Deputy Director.
  • 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.
  • Understands fiduciary responsibilities, approves payments as designated by Regional Director/Deputy Director related to program costs following IRI protocols and is held accountable for maintaining appropriate documentation.
  • Supervises Program Managers working on West and Central Africa, including participating in the hiring, professional development and evaluation process for these and other staff.
  • 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
  • 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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