Program Associate - Central Asia

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 Program Associate is the entry-level position for program work at IRI and provides administrative and programmatic support for current and developing programs in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The Program Associate will work closely with the team working on these programs.

Position Requirements

Undergraduate degree in public administration, international relations, political science, or related field.
0-1 years of experience in international development or related field.
Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint required.
Experience working in process-driven environments with proven attention to detail and organization.
Excellent writing, communication, and research skills.
International experience in the Eurasia region preferred.
Working knowledge of Kazakh, Uzbek, and/or Russian desirable but optional.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

Assists in drafting narrative and financial reports for quarterly, semi-annual, and final reporting to funders, as well as other relevant reports for funders
Maintains project SharePoint sites and documents
Tracks and follows up on pending procurement requests and approvals
Monitors approved procurement material and ensures timely processing of payments
Assists in drafting objectives and scopes of work for contracts
Compiles and submits contract packages
Assists in monitoring financial spending, projecting costs, and forecasting award spending
Assists in drafting, proofing, and maintaining program budgets
Monitors online news sources to develop a knowledge of key sociopolitical issues in Central Asia
Compiles weekly reports for internal and external audiences
Assists in updating Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning databases and programmatic trackers and schedules
Assists in maintaining and improving filing conventions and document maintenance in project portals
Provides logistical support for DC meetings and events as needed
Provides support in compiling operational itineraries, as well as in reconciling expense reports
Drafts and updates program summaries and other outreach materials (web stories, blogs, and social media posts)
Assists with tracking program compliance including activity deliverables and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning plans
Participates in program and strategy design sessions
Participates in business development, such as proposal writing, background research, and budget drafting
Participates in cross functional teams and initiatives
Performs other duties as assigned.

Education Required

Bachelors or better in Political Science or related field.

Experience Required

Less than 1 year: Undergraduate degree in public administration, international relations, political science, or related field. 0-1 years of experience in international development or related field. • Must have authorization to work in the U.S. • Demonstrated experience working on or studying the politics, economics, history and culture of Eurasia. • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


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