|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 an assigned location and oversee management of the IFES project field office.|
|MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Technical Direction and Program Implementation
• 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 assigned country/region.
• 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.
POSITION SCOPE: Serves as primary in-country representative and directs the technical implementation of IFES programming for assigned project. Oversees the management of assigned 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.
|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 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. 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.
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 at least one other language in use within assigned project location is strongly desired.