Senior Governance Specialist, International Republican Institute

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 Senior Governance Specialist serves as part of a global functional practice, serving a multi-faceted role as in-house advisors, program developers and implementers. S/he develops program ideas and drafts proposals on a range of governance themes, subsequently supporting program implementation through a range of activities, including but not limited to creating substantive reference and training materials, conducting program and partner assessments. S/he consults with regional program teams based in Washington D.C. and in field offices on governance programs. S/he closely monitors, analyzes and disseminates information about trends and approaches within democratic governance support. S/he also identifies potential international program partners in the U.S. and abroad, developing and maintaining close relationships with them and with donors.

Position Requirements
  • Undergraduate degree in public administration, government, international development or related field.
  • 5 or more years’ professional experience working in democratic governance and international development, including working directly with civil society or government.
  • Working knowledge of public administration reform, democratic institution development, community development strategies or government service provision.
  • Experience assessing programs, identifying desired results and developing program approaches to encourage those results.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals, and effectively meet program goals.
  • Financial management and basic budget management knowledge necessary to draft and oversee a grant budget.
  • Experience working with US Government, international or multilateral funds and familiarity with regulations and processes.
  • Experience in advising on key policy or thematic issues to varying stakeholders.
  • Experience in implementing governance programs.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once, prioritize and work independently and part of a team.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills in English.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to challenging environments, up to 25% of the time.
  • Experience working in city government and/or work with civil society at the local level would be a plus.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:
  • Serves as a key technical expert for Washington, D.C. and field-based staff implementing or developing governance projects.
  • Leads and supports a range of business development processes.
  • Manages specific governance grants ensuring all activities are completed, reports created and managing the budget.
  • Produces technical tools that support program implementation, such as manuals and training curricula. Prepares and delivers trainings to internal and external audiences as needed.
  • Develops effective working relationships with region-specific counterparts, keeping informed about key political developments and project modifications.
  • Communicates regularly with region-specific counterparts and arrange meetings as necessary.
  • Offers ideas and resources for program implementation for assigned portfolios program implementation for assigned portfolios.
  • Focuses on thought leadership by continuing to develop knowledge of assigned thematic areas and offer expertise on assigned thematic areas.
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    Bachelors or better in Public Administration or related field.

    5 years: Professional experience working in democratic governance and international development

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