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 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 Sr. Governance Specialist serves as part of the Center, serving a multi-faceted role as program developer and implementer. S/he develops program ideas and drafts proposals on a range of governance themes, subsequently supporting program implementation through a range of activities. S/he consults with regional program teams based in Washington D.C. and in field offices on governance program. S/he manages governance programs and works closely with the Deputy Director for Technical Advancement in providing cross-divisional technical advice and in business development efforts.
· Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field; Graduate Degree preferred.
- 5-7 years of professional experience in government or international development.
- Experience with program management, project implementation and budgetary oversight.
- Experience working with U.S. Government funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and execute program activities in ways that both achieve results and raise the initiative’s public profile.
- Proven experience leading the entire business development capture life cycle, to include serving as lead technical writer on winning proposals.
- Proven expertise on priority governance themes, including but not limited to anti-corruption, open government, and public sector management.
- Exceptional organizational and detail-oriented skills.
- Exceptional ability to operate under strict deadlines and ability to easily shift priorities.
- Strong interpersonal, research, and written/oral communications skills.
- 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.
- Experience living, working and/or traveling internationally.
- Willingness and ability to travel to challenging environments, up to 20% of the time.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities
- Provides technical assistance to IRI regional teams to support evidence-based design of governance programs.
- Serves as primary internal expert for programmatic needs related to open government, public sector management, anti-corruption, and other governance themes.
- Helps develop, pilot, and scale innovative governance approaches.
- Leads business development efforts regarding technical areas under purview, including proposal writing.
- Oversees implementation of specific programs and grant(s), including with regards to anti-corruption and kleptocracy, civil society strengthening, and participatory democracy.
- Understands assigned grant’s substantive, financial and compliance requirements.
- Leads efforts to ensure that grants comply with grant agreements and are completed on time.
- Monitors and ensures proper tracking of budgets and program expenditures to ensure that IRI projects remain within budget allocations and leads regular team budget analysis discussions.
- Oversees and participates in all monitoring and evaluation efforts for grants assigned.
- S/he will also be responsible for the creation of training materials, curricula and other tools.
· Actively tracks latest research (academic and program impact) on governance issues. Continually incorporates these lessons into IRI’s approach and share them with staff across IRI.
· Establishes, maintains, and develops productive working relationships with relevant stakeholders, including DC and field-based staff and external experts.
· Travels as needed for program oversight and implementation.
· Represents IRI at external events.
· Participates in cross functional teams and initiatives.
· Performs other duties as assigned.