CHIEF OF PARTY –ARMENIA
INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ELECTORAL SYSTEMS (IFES)
Open until filled
Division: Program Management
Status: International Full Time
Position Number: 18:129
Project Description: TheChief of Party (“COP”) serves as IFES’ primary in-country representative andcoordinator of programming with local and international actors. The primary focus of the position isproviding technical election support to stakeholders and ensuring successfulcompletion of project activities. TheCOP will provide vision and technical leadership for project activities. S/he will be responsible for maintainingpro-active contacts with stakeholders and the international community. TheChief of Party will direct technical implementation of IFES programs within anassigned location and oversee management of the IFES project field office inYerevan, Armenia.
- Serve as IFES’ senior election technical advisor for assigned project, providing technical support and advice to various government and non-government stakeholders.
- Oversee the day-to-day management of IFES’ project(s) in Armenia.
- Oversee the design, implementation, and evaluation of program strategies and activities.
- Prepare and manage the implementation of the project(s) annual work plans in fulfillment of the project’s strategic objectives and goals, and within the allocated budget.
- Establish and maintain close working relationships with local government and non-government stakeholders, including high-level officials in government ministries and election management bodies.
- Establish and maintain working relationships with international NGOs and the donor community to ensure successful implementation of the project and avoid duplication of efforts.
- Coordinate closely with consultants and field experts on program components.
- Lead the drafting and timely submission of detailed, combined quarterly reports to HQ, and ensure that they meet USAID and IFES reporting requirements.
- Contribute to weekly reports submitted to IFES HQ, providing updates on program activities, progress, and challenges; outreach activities; relevant events in Liberia; support required from IFES/HQ; and activities planned for the coming period.
- Lead and/or contribute to written technical reports, briefing papers, and IFES thought pieces, both program-specific and non-program specific.
- Represent IFES in global, regional, national and sub-national events and in international meetings, at donor meetings and other fundraising activities, as speaker and/or spokesperson for IFES.
- Ensure the highest quality of program monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and communications.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Ensure, in conjunction with IFES HQ team, compliance with IFES, USAID or other donor rules and regulations, particularly with respect to fiscal management.
- Establish strong working relationships with the field staff to facilitate the completion of program tasks in a timely manner and within the allocated budget.
- Provide general supervision and mentoring of local and international field staff, including performance appraisals, staff development and other management issues.
- In coordination with IFES/HQ assist in the identification, recruitment, and hiring of in-country office staff, as well as local and international technical consultants.
- Provide oversight and management of technical consultants, including review of all consultant reports and deliverables.
- Assist in program development for IFES in assigned country/region by identifying additional technical needs in-country, contributing to the development of project proposals and reaching out to the international donor community in an effort to diversify IFES funding sources.
- Serve as the “Lead Coordinator” (LC) for assigned project. The LC will have primary responsibility for the overall success and implementation of the project, including but not limited to, effective coordination of the partners’ joint activities, regular reporting and meeting with local USAID Mission and proper sharing of programming information among project partners. Perform other duties as assigned by the Regional Director or IFES senior management.
Education: Master’s degree in international politics, international development, public policy, or related field
Experience: Minimum of 10 years’ experience in election administration and international program management, with working proficiency in comparative election systems, campaign finance, election dispute resolution, election operations, training of election management bodies, voter and civic education, and elections communication and outreach. Minimum of 5 years of experience with USAID-funded activities in related program area. Familiarity with political, economic and social context within assigned region. Proven track record with democracy and governance programming in developing countries; solid experience working with civil society and in designing and implementing civic programs; solid experience working with elections management bodies in election administration capacity development, training, drafting of elections procedures, logistics and planning, outreach and engagement of electoral stakeholders is required. Demonstrated experience as an interlocutor on election issues with civil society organizations and representatives of government. Familiarity with the international donor community and experience as an action-oriented interlocutor with democracy-development actors at all levels. Demonstrated knowledge of USAID regulations and the implementation of USAID-funded project activities. Demonstrated knowledge in proposal and report writing and management of budgets. Prior experience in Armenia and the south Caucasus strongly preferred.
Related Skills or Knowledge:
Prior experience managing an international office in a politically sensitive and challenging environment. Ability and skills to promote and inspire effective collaboration between individuals, organizations and networks, demonstrating strong diplomacy skills and cultural sensitivity. Strong consultative, collaborative and participatory way of working. Strong interpersonal, presentation, and communications skills to meet the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders. Experience living and working overseas, preferably within the assigned region and/or other transition environments. Knowledge of local/regional politics and development preferred.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Fluency in written and spoken English required. Proficiency in Russian or Armenian a plus.
TRAVEL: Posting is Yerevan; travel within the country anticipated 20% of the time.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: Standard office work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
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