International Republican Institute
Position Title –Program Manager, Montenegro
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.
Based in Podgorica, Montenegro, the Program Manager (PM) leads the implementation of IRI programming in Montenegro, while working with Washington, DC program staff to design and implement programs. The PM will implement a local governance program that aims to enhance the responsiveness and accountability of municipalities while strengthening the capacities and profiles of NGOs and other local civil society groups through Open Government Partnership (OGP) principles and methods. The PM will design and deliver trainings, while monitoring the program budget. The PM will also be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with Montenegrin municipal administrations and civil society and developing new business opportunities. The PM interacts with IRI Washington headquarters staff, U.S. and host country government officials, and program beneficiaries.
Primary Functions and Responsibilities:
- Undergraduate degree and a minimum of five years professional experience in democratic governance and politics.
- Five years in project management or project design, monitoring, and evaluating, preferably working directly with government officials on the local or national level, NGOs and/or civil society, and parliamentarians.
- Technical experience with increasing governmental responsiveness, transparency, and accountability and building government-institution frameworks and mechanisms through innovative programming.
- Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills in Montenegrin and English.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively direct or participate in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, other donors, or relevant audiences.
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet program needs.
- Extensive experience working with USG funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes, specifically with the U.S. Department of State.
- Willingness to work in a challenging political environment and ability to travel throughout the country.
- Experience identifying and analyzing complex problems and developing creative solutions.
- Experience with financial management, including basic accounting experience necessary to draft and oversee a budget.
- Regional or country-specific experience (Western Balkans; Montenegro).
- Supports the implementation of program activities, ensuring consistency with grant work plans and objectives.
- Ensures adherence to program monitoring and evaluation plans.
- Anticipates potential problems, troubleshoots project problems, and develops creative and time-sensitive solutions.
- Provides information and contributes to sections of quarterly, semi-annual, final, and other relevant reports for donors.
- Monitors, analyzes, and reports on political and related developments in Montenegro to provide regional and country analysis.
- Participates in the substantive design of new programs and contributes to the development of new program ideas, taking initiative developing on political party and youth programming concepts.
- Oversees operations related to the IRI field presence and ensures IRI complies with local laws regarding IRI’s legal status in the country and employment of local staff.
- Maintains an understanding of donor and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight, as well as a grant’s substantive, financial, and compliance requirements.
- Supports business development efforts, including identifying and seeking out potential new or additional sources of funding with real-time cost estimates for proposal budgets, and/or the development of new program ideas, in coordination with other program staff.
- Actively supports IRI’s communication strategy including IRI’s branding and outreach plans, and drafting program summaries and other outreach materials, such as web stories, tweets, etc.
- Contributes to Weekly Reports to send to Washington, D.C.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work is performed primarily indoors with occasional exposure to outdoor conditions when required. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Employee’s Responsibility in an Emergency:
The employee is expected to respond to emergency situations involving the safety of fellow employees including evacuation of the building.
Reports to: Montenegro Program Director/Bosnia & Herzegovina Resident Program Director
Exercises Supervision over: N/A
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive nor is it intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, or skills required of an incumbent.
An employee will perform other reasonably-related job responsibilities as assigned by management when required. IRI reserves the right to revise or change job functions as the need arises. Thus, management reserves the right to update and change job descriptions. This job description does not constitute a written contract of employment.
Short-listed candidates will be contacted by IRI.
Applications: Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and list of two references to the attention of Borislav Spasojevic (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Randolph Kent (email@example.com) no later than 5 October 2022.