IFES is currently seeking to recruit a Country Director for an upcoming program in Guyana. The program aims to use an evidence-driven approach to increase participation and engagement among diverse young people, including indigenous Guyanese and persons with disabilities, through activities at the local and national levels. This position will be based in Georgetown, Guyana and reports to the IFES Americas Regional Director.
The Country Director serves as IFES’ primary in-country representative and coordinator of programming with local and international counterparts. The primary focus of the position is providing technical support to stakeholders and ensuring the successful completion of project activities. The Country Director will provide vision and technical leadership for project activities and will be responsible for maintaining proactive contacts with stakeholders and the international community. The Country Director will direct technical implementation of IFES programs and oversee the financial, logistical, and personnel management of IFES’ field operations in Guyana.
Serves as primary in-country representative and directs the technical implementation of IFES programming in Guyana. Oversees the management of the field office in Guyana. 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.
Bachelor's degree in a relevant field required. Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of 10 years of experience in democracy and governance assistance and program management. Experience with USAID-funded activities preferred. Familiarity with political, economic and social context in Guyana and the Caribbean. Proven track record with democracy and governance programming, particularly youth engagement and local partnerships; solid experience working with civil society and in designing and implementing civic programs; proven experience supporting civic, social, and political engagement of diverse groups, including specific work with youth groups, persons with disabilities, women, and Indigenous Peoples; technical understanding of local governance and electoral structures. Familiarity with the international donor community and experience as an action-oriented interlocutor with democracy-development actors at all levels. Familiarity with fundamentals of public opinion research including qualitative and quantitative methods. Demonstrated knowledge of USAID regulations and the implementation of USAID-funded project activities preferred. Demonstrated knowledge in proposal and report writing and management of budgets.
Prior experience managing an international office in a 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. Knowledge of local/regional politics and development preferred.
Fluency in written and spoken English required.