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US Organization Seeks Country Director in Bishkek

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the International Republican Institute (IRI) advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, good governance and the rule of law. IRI has conducted programs in more than Protected content and is currently active in 65 countries.

Position Summary:

The Eurasia Regional Division is currently recruiting for Resident Country Director for programs in Kyrgyzstan. The Resident Country Director (RCD) is responsible for conducting activities, support, and mentor field-level Program Officers and other Program and Administrative staff in program development, finance, work plan development and presentation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, development and knowledge management in two offices in Bishkek and Osh.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Directs implementation and execution of political party and governance programs in country, monitoring the grants, and providing financial oversight of the program budget, ensuring compliance with donor requirements;
Develops long-term and annual plans for the country programs, identifies key players and partners in IRI programs;
Develops strategies for programs on political party capacity-building, good governance programs, and increasing the representation of marginalized groups in the political process;
Oversees operations ensuring that IRI's country program and projects comply with IRI policies, program grantees, program grantees, external (U.S. Government or other donor) grant requirements, and local laws, as applicable.
Serves as the official senior IRI representative developing credibility with high-level U.S. Government officials, host-country government representatives, foreign diplomats, and program partners.
Business Development:

Identify opportunities for new sources of funding.
Participates in the development of program proposals and budgets and negotiate funding proposals with USG and other international funding sources.
Supervisory Responsibilities:

Oversees the field offices’ operations and supervise the in-country program and administrative staff.

Educational Requirements:
Graduate degree in political science, international relations or related field.
Minimum Requirements:
5-7 years' professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with legislative bodies or political parties, or equivalent combination.
Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
Ability to speak Russian or Kyrgyz.
Aware of and sensitive to working in multiple socio-economic settings and with multi-cultural groups in a developing country environment.
Demonstrated skills in the technical side of program implementation.
Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills.
Extensive experience in the development of strategic and tactical plans in cooperation with others who represent a wide range of interests and needs.
Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and coordination.
Experience in public speaking and professional presentations.
Field oriented and comfortable with a team approach to programming and the ability to manage several major activities simultaneously.
Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor or technical consultant; sensitivity to working in advisory role with local organizations.
Demonstrated financial management experience in developing and administering program budgets.
Ability to negotiate with country missions, donors and other senior professionals.
Ability to interact with established networks of senior level professionals.
Ability to travel independently in new environments.
Desired Requirements:
Experience with NGO management desirable.
Demonstrated experience working with USG funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes preferred.
Demonstrated international experience and familiarity with international political systems and legislative bodies preferred.

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