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Program Development Officer / 2 Positions 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 BackgroundThe 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 Program Development Officer is responsible for implementing elements of the LGCS portfolio in Benghazi, providing a full range of programmatic and administrative support.
 ReportingThe Program Development Officer reports to the Regional Program Manager and works with the rest of the Benghazi-based Program Development Team and Objective Leads in support of programming in and around Benghazi.
Essential Duties

Organize the implementation of program activities, including but not limited to meetings, workshops, public events and seminars. Serve as a workshop trainer and/or facilitator.
Maintain and cultivate relationships with key LGCS program stakeholders and political influencers, including civil society organizations, municipal councils, and government officials; engage with then to develop training and capacity development plans as well as advocacy and engagement activities.
Contribute to the development and implementation of the program strategy and work plans.
Represent IRI at meetings, conferences and workshops, as needed
Monitor project performance in assigned topic and/or geographic area.
Providing logistical management and support to training program execution.
Support monitoring and evaluation programs in coordination with M&E officer.
Prepare, review and/or edit project progress reports (monthly, quarterly, annual, etc.) to ensure quality, and work with supervisor and field team to revise target goals if necessary.
Provide updates, reports and critical analysis of field reports to RPM and DCOP, as appropriate.
Prepare program budgets.
Weekly reporting to RPM and DCOP

Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field required.
Three to five 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.
Knowledge of Libyan political history and structure required. Existing network of relationships with CSOs and government stakeholders.
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.
Ensuring neutrality

How To Apply
Interested candidates are invited to submit their updated CV with a cover letter to [email protected], 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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