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Senior Program Associate – Election Integrity and Political Party Support

Job Summary:
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 Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include:

Excellence- We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom- We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect- We believe in trust, empathy and empowering people. Teamwork- We believe in diversity, inclusion and the power of global collaboration. Transparency- We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability- We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.

The International Republican Institute’s Center for Global Impact (CGI) 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 CGI Senior Associate is a mid- to entry level position for program work at IRI and provides administrative and programmatic support for current and developing programs.

In this unique position, the Senior Associate will support two of the Center’s related technical areas – election integrity and political party support. The political party and election integrity teams provide technical assistance to country teams across IRI, implement global programs under their respective technical areas of expertise, and contribute to thought leadership – the Senior Associate will play a vital role in the successfully achieving the missions of these teams.

Position Requirements

Current student in or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program in Political Science, International Affairs, Conflict Studies, etc.
1 – 3 years of experience in international development or related field.
Demonstrated interest and understanding of elections cycles and citizen and international election observation, with prior study in the topic area preferred
Previous experience with non-profits, domestic elections, voter education/outreach, political campaigns or community organizing preferred
Experience in database development preferred
Excellent verbal and written skills in English
Mastery of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational and time management skills
Ability to manage time effectively, complete tasks with minimal oversight, and communicate clearly and consistently in a virtual and/or hybrid work environment.
Interest and ability to travel internationally is preferred

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

Provides general project and grant management support including developing and tracking work plans, developing and tracking budgets, monitoring deadlines and deliverables, and other relevant project-related elements.
Develops, tracks and follows-up on procurements, approvals and monitoring once approved.
Develops and maintains budget trackers and consults with accounting staff to manage and update project budget pipelines based on expected and planned expenses.
Drafts quarterly, semi-annual, final and other relevant reports for funders as needed.
Compiles and facilitates submission of contract packages.
Serves as point of contact for procurement solicitations and compiles submitted materials to facilitate the procurement evaluation process.
Maintains project site and documents on SharePoint and related project portals.
Provides logistical support for meetings and events including logistical arrangements and travel for international election observation as needed.
Liaises with vendors and contractors to support project goals and deliverables and serves as main point of contact as needed.
Supports CGI’s communication strategy including branding and outreach plans on projects assigned, including drafting, and updating program summaries and other outreach materials, drafts web stories, tweets, etc.
Supports other staff in CGI to reach programmatic objectives and deliverables.
Performs other duties as assigned.


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