Program Officer - Transatlantic Strategy

International Republican Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 30

Position 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. 

Based in Washington, DC The Program Officer (PO) is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for select IRI global and regional programs.  S/he closely monitors and analyzes political and economic developments in countries of responsibility, develops program ideas and drafts proposals, and implements a range of democracy and assistance programs. The PO is involved in new business development efforts. S/he also identifies program partners and develops and maintains close relationships with them and with funders.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Monitors and analyzes political and related developments in a geographic region and in specified countries to provide analysis and information on a region/country and assigned thematic areas such as political parties and political processes.
  • The PO is responsible for maintaining regular direct communication with program-specific youth beneficiaries and ensuring alternate lines of communication with program partners remain open.
  • Leads team to and contributes to the substantive design of new programs.
  • 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.
  • Oversees implementation of specific grant(s) and associated grant activities.
  • 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, and all program-specific branding efforts with an emphasis on digital and social media.
  • Maintains an understanding of funder and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight (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 and participates in all monitoring and evaluation efforts for grants assigned.
  • Leads efforts to evaluate and uses information related to the approved grant work plan.
  • Drafts and reviews information for ensure high quality quarterly, semi-annual, final and other relevant reports for funders.
  • Contributes to the substantive design of new programs and contributes to the development of new program ideas.
  • Assists with assessing new funding opportunities and serve as proposal manager (as assigned) for new bid opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Establishes, maintains, and develops strong working relationships with relevant stakeholders in DC and abroad.
  • 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 designated staff, is involved in hiring and evaluation process. Sets specific goals and provides ongoing performance feedback.
  • Participates in cross functional teams and initiatives (optional).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements:   

  • Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field, with a strong preference for a regional focus on Europe/Eurasia.
  • Three to five years’ professional experience in democracy and governance, preferably working directly with political parties, civil society organizations/NGOs, or equivalent combination.
  • Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of the Europe/Eurasia region.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills. 
  • Strong digital communications skills with an emphasis on digital storytelling.
  • 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. 

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