International Republican Institute Resident Program Director Job in Nairobi, Kenya

International Republican Institute (IRI)

Position: Resident Program Director (RPD)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Closing Date: August 28, 2017

The International Republican Institute (IRI) is a Washington, D.C. based nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization dedicated to advancing democracy worldwide.

IRI has supported the promotion of democratic governance in Kenya since 1992 with an aim to engage citizens in Kenya’s democratic process.

The International Republican Institute is competitively recruiting a Resident Program Director to lead and support operations of the organization’s Nairobi based office.

The RPD will be responsible for all programmatic, personnel, outreach and accounting matters in their designated country.

In consultation with IRI/Washington, the RPD designs and implements a long-range strategy for IRI
programs in the country, manages budgets and is responsible for compliance with local laws and regulations governing current funding.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on socio/political developments in specific countries to provide regional and country analysis.
  • Serves as the official senior IRI representative in country, developing credibility with and maintaining good relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Participates in the substantive design of new programs and fundraising.
  • Oversees the implementation of all program activities in line with grant objectives, donor requirements, and IRI policies and procedures.
  • Oversees all operations related to the IRI field presence, ensuring compliance with local laws.
  • Supervises, hires, develops professionally and evaluates local field staff.
  • Monitors and approves field office budgets and expenses, in collaboration with DC program staff and the Regional Project Accountant, and in line with budget allocations and compliance requirements.
  • Ensures adherence to program monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • Actively supports IRI’s communication strategy on projects assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree ¡n political science, international relations or related field.
  • Five to seven years of professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with political parties, civil society organizations / NGOs and/or legislative bodies and officials.
  • Experience working in East Africa Region and understanding of regional trends in democratic governance, history and politics.
  • Demonstrated experience working with USG funded projects.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience in developing and administering program budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and developing staff
  • Demonstrated experience of working internationally and across cultures.

Desired Competency and Experience

  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to prepare, present and negotiate complex and sensitive agreements and/or project proposals with donor agencies.
  • Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor or technical consultant.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within the country of assignment.
  • Willingness to live and work in a challenging environment.

How to Apply:

If interested, please apply by emailing

The following documents are required for submission:

(1) Curriculum Vitae (start with your most recent employment and state job title, employer, dates employed as well as skills and achievements In each employment listed) and include two professional references

(2) Cover letter (please refer to the core competencies and state how your skills, knowledge and experience demonstrate your suitability.

Please do not send additional attachments or copies (i.e. academic transcripts or professional certificates) at this time.

You may apply no later than August 28, 2017.

No phone calls or in-person applications will be accepted.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted, so there is no need to follow up.

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Updated: July 28, 2017 — 7:36 am