IFES is recruiting a Chief of Party for the “Regional Elections Administration and Political Process Strengthening Program – Phase 2”, which was designed with support from USAID to address common challenges among Central and Eastern European and Eurasian societies, including: defining the role of government, fostering political pluralism, stimulating civic participation, and channeling internal conflict into political institutions to produce democratic outcomes faced by transitioning democracies. To date, REAPPS has involved more than 30 EMBs from Central & Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries as well as international institutions in Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, and Warsaw. Phase 2 of REAPPS is launching in late 2018 and will go through mid-2023 and will build on existing successes and address other challenges in the region, such as cybersecurity threats and investing in new leaders in government and NGO sectors.
The Chief of Party (“COP”) for the REAPPS program will be based in Prague, Czech Republic, and will serve as IFES’ primary representative and coordinator of programming with local and international actors. 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. It is also envisioned that significant portion of the time will be spent supporting IFES programs in the region and globally.
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.
Evaluates risk factors with potential to disrupt achievement of strategic goals and sets appropriate course of action in response. Investigates and analyzes current information from various sources and in various formats to inform decision making and the development of protocols and procedures. Leads development and oversees implementation of strategies to track and mitigate risk and its potential impact.
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.
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
Supervises and mentors local and international field staff and provides oversight and management of consultants and field experts. Leads project planning, monitoring and evaluation.