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Program Officer – West Africa

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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 PO is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for IRI’s programs in her/his countries of assignment, which will include Nigeria, Cameroon, and Benin among others. 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.

Position Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field.
  • 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 sub-Saharan Africa. Specific knowledge of West Africa preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • 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 effectively meet program goals.
  • Ability to travel to new and challenging environments.
  • French language proficiency a plus.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on political and related developments in West African 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 under the supervision of the Program Manager and in collaboration with the West Africa Field Office teams.
  • 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.
  • Monitors and ensures proper tracking of budget estimates and program expenditures to ensure that IRI projects remain within budget allocations.
  • 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.
  • Writes/collaborates with the West Africa Field Office teams, 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.
  • 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 and 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.
  • 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.
  • Helps oversee workloads and tasks of Senior Program Associates/Program Associates, is involved in hiring and evaluation process.
  • Participates in cross functional teams and initiatives (optional).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

How to apply

Please submit both resume and cover letter to the company website: Program Officer – West Africa | Job Opportunities (ultipro.com)

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