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.
- 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.