Job Opening Description

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Program Officer, Korea and Mongolia

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 Program Officer (PO) is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for IRI’s programs in her/his countries of assignment.  S/he closely monitors and analyzes political and economic developments in countries of responsibility, develops program ideas, and drafts proposals 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.  The PO is also involved in new business development efforts.

Position Requirements:   

  • Three to five years’ professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with political parties, civil society organizations/NGOs or legislative bodies, or equivalent combination.
  • Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of the region, particularly Korea.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Korean language proficiency preferred.
  • 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 meet program goals.
  • Ability to travel to new and challenging environments.
  • Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field.

 

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on political and related developments in specific countries to provide regional and country analysis and information.
  • 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.
  • Maintains an understanding of funder and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight.
  • Understands assigned grant’s 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 updates to budget tracker and leads regular team budget analysis discussions.
  • 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 edits/adds information to 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.
  • Develops and coordinates 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, 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.
  • 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, etc.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 Senior Program Associates and/or Program Associates, is involved in hiring and evaluation process. Sets specific goals and provides ongoing performance feedback.
  • Participates in cross-functional teams and initiatives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Learn more and apply on the IRI website.