Program Manager – South Asia

Program Manager – South Asia

Program Manager – South Asia

Program Manager – South Asia

International Republican Institute
May 20, 2022
Washington, DC
Position type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
Not specified


Job Summary:

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.

The Program Manager (PM) is responsible for the overall oversight and management of IRI’s democracy and governance grants in Sri Lanka and the Maldives from start to end. The successful candidate will contribute to the design and implementation of programs as well as business development and communications. The PM will manage a multidisciplinary team and serve as the primary liaison with IRI’s field offices in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The PM will oversee budgets, monitoring and evaluation strategies and will progress relationships with funders, partners, stakeholders and vendors.

Position Requirements    

  • Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Five to seven years professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with political parties, civil society organizations/NGOs and/or legislative bodies and officials in South Asia.
  • Knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of South Asia.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Extensive experience in stakeholder mapping and stakeholder engagement including with stakeholders from different cultural backgrounds and professional experience.
  • Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage a multidisciplinary team. Experience providing HQ support to overseas missions or field offices is essential.
  • Experience working with USG funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience in developing and administering program budgets.
  • Ability to prepare, present and negotiate complex and sensitive agreements and/or project proposals with bilateral/multi-lateral agencies and other funder communities.
  • Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor or technical consultant; sensitivity to working in advisory role with local organizations.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet program goals.
  • Willingness to undertake periodic travel to South Asia.
  • Ability to analyze and report on quantitative and qualitative public opinion research

 Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on political and related developments in South Asia.
  • Leads team and contributes to the substantive design of new programs.
  • Contributes to the development of a comprehensive country strategy and program objectives.
  • Oversees and is responsible for complete grant oversight of a program portfolio consisting of several large and small grants, from fulfillment of substantive programmatic objectives to financial and compliance requirements for the life of the grant.
  • Anticipates potential problems; assesses program risks; offers mitigations and solutions; and actively resolves issues with creative and immediate solutions.
  • Supervises staff assigned to the portfolio, including participating in the hiring, professional development and evaluation process for these staff. Sets specific goals and provides ongoing performance feedback.
  • Serves as primary interface with Resident Program Directors and their local staff as they design, implement and evaluate programs.
  • Establishes, maintains, and develops productive working relationship with relevant funders, stakeholders, consultants, field and DC staff.
  • Ensures that grants are completed on time, within budget, and in full compliance with Funder and IRI policies and requirements, including approving field expenses.
  • Maintains an understanding of funder and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversight.
  • Leads kick-off and close-out process.
  • Ensures compliance with all procurement policies in the implementation of the grant including all contract paperwork.
  • Supports IRI’s external relations efforts, including developing a communications and outreach strategy and working with teams to produce blog posts, articles, and op-eds.
  • Travels as needed for program oversight and implementation.
  • Participates in cross functional teams and initiatives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
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