IFES Chief of Party Jobs in Africa

IFES is working on several opportunities with various donors (USAID, DFID, UNDP, etc.) to support election activities for the Anglophone Africa region. Various subject matter expertise will be needed in EMBs, election commissions support, full-life cycle program management, gender issues, disabilities inclusion, voter registration, and monitoring and evaluation.


Job 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.

    Management

  • 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.

    Qualifications:

  • 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. Fluency in Swahili strongly desired.
  • Travel required up to 50% of time

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 30th June, 2018

    All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

    IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

    For more information and job application details, see; IFES Chief of Party Jobs in Africa

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