Program Associate - MENA

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 the MENA region. This position focuses primarily on providing administrative support, but allows for growth in country expertise, nonprofit programming management, and other areas.

This is a hybrid role based in Washington, DC.

Position Requirements:

Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field.
0-1 years of experience in international development or related field, including experience providing administrative support on donor-funded programs preferred.
Experience tracking budgets and program expenses preferred.
Familiarity with USG budget and program expenses preferred.
Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint required. Experience with online accounting or procurement systems preferred.
Excellent writing, research and communication skills.
Arabic language skills preferred.
International experience preferred, particularly in the MENA region.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

Tracks and follows-up on pending procurement requests, approvals and monitoring once approved, including processing payments
Assists in monitoring project spending and projecting costs
Drafts quarterly, semi-annual, final and other relevant reports for funders, or portions thereof
Edits and summarizes weekly reports for internal and funder audiences
Compiles and facilitates submission of contract packages
Updates program databases, contract trackers, etc.
Compiles briefing books for trainers
Maintains project SharePoint site and documents
Provides logistical support for DC meetings and events for the MENA Division
Supports IRI’s communication strategy, including IRI’s branding and outreach plans on projects assigned, including drafts and updates program summaries and other outreach materials, drafts web stories, tweets, etc.
Assists with program monitoring and evaluation (M&E), including participating in regular M&E calls, tracking compliance with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan, and identifying where adjustments need to be made
Participates in program design and strategy brainstorming sessions
Participates in business development efforts, such as in writing portions of proposals and drafting budgets
Participates in cross functional teams and initiatives
Performs other duties as assigned