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 Manager (PM), East Asia is responsible for the overall oversight and management democracy and governance grants and management of the program team. The PM leads the DC-based team, contributes to the design of new programs, crafts long-range strategy for programs, and serves as the primary liaison with three IRI’s field offices.
- Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations, or related field. Graduate degree preferred.
- Minimum 5 years professional experience, preferably working in democratic governance and politics.
- Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of east Asia.
- Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
- Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage a multidisciplinary team. Experience providing HQ support to overseas missions or field offices will be an advantage.
- Demonstrated experience working with USG funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
- Demonstrated financial management experience developing and administering program budgets.
- Ability to prepare, present, and negotiate complex and sensitive agreements and/or project proposals with bilateral/multi-lateral agencies and other donor communities.
- Ability work in advisory role with local organizations.
- Willingness to undertake periodic travel to east Asia.
- Extensive experience in stakeholder mapping and stakeholder engagement including with stakeholders from different cultural backgrounds and professional experience.
- Ability to analyze and report on quantitative and qualitative public opinion research.
- Experience implementing programs in closed or closing societies strongly preferred.
- Fluency in a regional language—Chinese, Korean, or Mongolian—an advantage.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities:
- Monitors, analyzes, and reports on political and related developments in designated countries.
- Leads team and contributes to the substantive design of new programs.
- Oversees and is responsible for complete grant oversight of a program portfolio (which can consist of several large grants), from fulfillment of substantive programmatic objectives to financial and compliance requirements for the life of the grant(s).
- Contributes to the development of a comprehensive country strategy and program objectives.
- Anticipates potential problems, troubleshoots project problems, offers solutions, and actively works towards resolution.
- Supervises staff assigned to the portfolio including participating in the hiring, professional development, and evaluation process for these staff. Sets specific goals and provides ongoing performance feedback.
- Serves as the primary interface with Resident Program Directors and their local staff as they design, implement and evaluate programs.
- Establishes, maintains, and develops productive working relationship with relevant funders, stakeholders, consultants, field and DC staff.
- Ensures that grant is completed on time, within budget, and in full compliance with funder and IRI policies and requirements, including approving field expenses.
- Maintains an understanding of funder and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight.
- Fully understands assigned grant’s substantive, financial and compliance requirements.
- Ensures compliance with all procurement policies in the implementation of the grant including all contract paperwork.
- Signs off on the approval form/blue sheet and prepare contract for division leadership to sign.
- Monitors program team’s grant budgets, spending (budget trackers), and offers guidance and assistance when needed, with program service support.
- Supports IRI’s external relations efforts.
- Travels as needed for program oversight and implementation; if an immediate need arises deploys on short-to long-term service in the field to maintain continuity of the program.
- Participates in cross functional teams and initiatives (optional).
- Performs other duties as assigned.