Position Scope: Serves as primary in-country representative and directs the technical implementation of IFES programming for assigned project. Oversees the management of the Tbilisi, Georgia field office. In conjunction with IFES HQ, ensures compliance with IFES, USAID and other donor rules and regulations. Recommends policies, controls and procedures to guide performance.
Fiscal Responsibility: Ensures the completion of program tasks in a timely manner and within the allocated budget. Ensures compliance with IFES, USAID or other donor rules and regulations, particularly with regard to fiscal management. Oversees preparation and presentation of financial reports to internal and external partners. Oversee and approve local and international procurement in accordance with IFES policies and USAID rules and regulations. Authority to regularly make purchases and incur expenses, subject to established controls and procedures.
Relationships: Serves as primary in-country representative of IFES with local and international actors. Develops, manages and maintains collaborative working relationship with senior level stakeholders within and outside IFES to ensure timely and successful achievement of project goals and objectives. Represents IFES in global, regional, national and sub-national events and in international meetings, and at donor events and fundraising activities, as a spokesperson for IFES.
Supervision Exercised: Supervises and mentors local and international field staff and provides oversight and management of consultants and field experts. Leads project planning, monitoring and evaluation.
IFES works Georgia to support the development of democratic institutions through technical elections assistance, civil society development, and civic education programming. This support features assistance to key stakeholders in the country, including election administrative bodies, voter registration officials, state audit office representatives, judges, civil society organizations, and institutions of higher learning. In addition to increasing local capacity and proficiency of partner institutions, assistance activities are targeted to benefit youth, ethnic minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Under its current project, IFES will continue partnering with both government and civil society organizations to assist in conducting credible, inclusive election processes with the participation of all Georgian citizens, and increase civic understanding and engagement.
The Chief of Party (“COP”) serves as IFES’ primary in-country representative and coordinator of programming with local and international actors in Georgia. The primary focus of the position is providing technical support to stakeholders and ensuring successful completion of project activities. The COP will provide vision and technical leadership for project activities. S/he will be responsible for maintaining pro-active contacts with stakeholders and the international community. The Chief of Party will direct technical implementation of IFES programs within Georgia and oversee management of the IFES project field office, including financial oversight.
Technical Direction and Program Implementation
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. Minimum of 5 years of experience with USAID-funded activities in related program area. Familiarity with political, economic and social context within the post-Soviet space or in transitional environments. 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. Previous experience managing programs that include civics education, youth-focused activities, and support for the inclusion of persons with disabilities strongly desired. 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, monitoring and evaluation methodologies, and management of budgets.
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: Fluency in written and spoken English required. Proficiency in Russian and/or Georgian desired.
Travel: Travel required up to 25% of time