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Regional Program Manager – Benghazi - International Republican Institute (IRI)



Organizational ProfileEstablished in April 1983, IRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth. IRI maintains a 501(c)(3)-tax status in the United States and receives funding through grants from the U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Endowment for Democracy, a number of European foundations and aid agencies and other Western countries, and the United Nations.  Less than one percent of IRI’s funding comes from private donations. IRI has been active in Libya since 2012 and its program in country focuses on strengthening democratic governance and peacebuilding at the municipal level.
Project Background
The Libya Local Governance and Civil Society (LGCS) Activity will support the foundation of a more unified Libyan state by prioritizing local-level activities that foster stability and accountable governance while reinforcing positive linkages among the national government, subnational government administration, and citizens. LGCS works to increase the Libyan Government’s ability to deliver essential services and promote stability. It seeks to help citizens engage in public dialogue, prioritize resources, and develop initiatives to hold government accountable. To achieve these goals, LGCS will center its activities around four objectives:

Strengthen the capacity of targeted municipal institutions to deliver services and be more responsive to citizen needs
Empower Libyan citizens, civil society organizations, private sector, and other stakeholders with the skills and capability to advocate for government institutions to deliver on their mandates.
Encourage coherence of national and subnational government policy, systems, and coordination through pilots advancing targeted policy reform. Strengthen national and subnational decentralization policies, systems, and, and coordination
Inform Programming through a robust learning and analysis agenda

Position profileGeneral DescriptionThe Regional Program Manager (RPM) is responsible for management and oversight of IRI activities and Program Development Team based in Benghazi. S/he monitors program progress and ensures the achievement of key benchmarks, including funder required indicators. S/he builds and maintains connections with a wide range of political stakeholders and program beneficiaries. S/he develops relevant knowledge management content, serves as a subject-matter trainer, and oversees other LGCS staff or contractors delivering workshop content.
ReportingThe RPM reports to the DCOP and works with the Benghazi-based Program Development Team and Objective Leads in support of programming in and around Benghazi.
 Essential DutiesProgramming

Contributes to development work plans to meet program objectives, with oversight and direction from the objective leads.
Organize and supervise the implementation of program activities, including but not limited to meetings, workshops, public events and seminars. Serve as a workshop trainer and/or facilitator.
Make recommendations to the management team on program implementation, including activities and procurement, keeping the management team abreast of program progress, successes, challenges and failures.
Forecast monthly spending based on program work plans and accurately budget planned activities in a cost-effective method.
Oversee the work of assigned staff, ensuring adherence to work plans and troubleshooting as needed.
Maintain and cultivate relationships with key LGCS program stakeholders and political influencers.
Oversee the writing of weekly news and political updates relevant to IRI’s program; stay abreast of political developments within Libya.

Administration and Management

Oversee the schedule of assigned staff, provide development opportunities where possible. Contribute to the annual review process.
At least weekly, provide the management team with a program status update, highlighting issues that need attention. When needed, advise the management team about personnel challenges.
Liaise with IRI-DC program staff and IRI-DC support teams.

Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field required; Graduate degree preferred.
Four to six years of progressively responsible professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with political parties, civil society organizations/NGOs or legislative bodies, or equivalent combination is required. Incumbents of positions at this level are expected to perform complex duties with a minimum of supervision.
Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage staff.
Knowledge of Libyan political history and structure required. Existing network of relationships within politics preferred.
Demonstrated experience working with US Government funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
Experience with program management, implementation, and basic accounting required.
Professional fluency in English and Arabic required.
Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
Ensure neutrality

How To Apply
Interested candidates are invited to submit their updated CV with a cover letter to libyajobs@iri.org, by 25 September 2019 , mentioning the job title in the subject line. Emails without such indication will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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