Senior Advisor for Governance


Job Summary

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day-to-day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include:

Excellence– We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom– We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect- We believe in trust, empathy, and empowering people. Teamwork- We believe in diversity, inclusion, and the power of global collaboration. Transparency– We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability- We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.

The Senior Advisor for Governance will provide technical expertise for IRI’s democratic governance programs, with a focus on fighting corruption and promoting open government. The Senior Advisor will contribute to and lead the Center’s involvement in developing innovative and responsive program approaches and tools for the Institute focused on combatting corrupt practices and behaviors and fostering transparent, participatory, and accountable governance that leads to more resilient democratic environments. In this capacity, they will identify and analyze key trends, build external relationships and partnerships, and share expertise, resources, and skills Institute-wide. The Senior Advisor will be part of the Center’s Technical Advancement team, reporting to the Deputy Director. In collaboration with other senior leadership, the Senior Advisor will play a key role in developing strategic partnerships as well as representing and increasing awareness of IRI on assigned topics within the government, think tank, non-profit, and private sector communities.

Position Requirements

· Graduate degree in political science, international relations or related field.

· Twelve or more years of relevant professional experience related to democratic governance in government, academia, journalism, or civil society.

· Proven record working on democratic governance programs, to include anti-corruption, internationally.

· Strong written and oral communications and presentation skills in English, as demonstrated by prior publications and participation in relevant panels and conferences.

· Ability to effectively direct or participate in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, other funders or relevant audiences.

· Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet regional needs.

· Proven knowledge of USG funding regulations, and familiarity with international NGO interlocutors.

· Experience identifying complex problems and developing creative solutions.

· Willingness to travel to remote and sometime difficult countries.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities

External Outreach & Thought Leadership

· Provide technical expertise to IRI staff, partners and donors on a broad range of democratic governance areas, including on corruption, kleptocracy, open government, subnational institutional strengthening, and environmental governance.

· Analyze funder trends related to democratic governance with a focus on anti-corruption and open government, and lead and support the Institute’s efforts to identify and win new funding from traditional and non-traditional donors and foundations.

· Proactively engage in outreach and branding opportunities to increase IRI as a thought leader in the democratic governance, anti-corruption, and open government community.

· Publish and/or co-author Op-Ed, academic journal chapters, blogs, and other written articles to demonstrate IRI’s thought leadership and technical areas of expertise.

· Develop and cultivate strong contacts with key stakeholders in the DRG and international development/foreign policy/think tank community particularly on technical or global areas of IRI’s work assigned.

· Identify and seek opportunities for him/herself and other IRI staff to participate in global and thematic events and initiatives related to anti-corruption, including speaking events and global conferences.

Internal Engagement & Technical Advice

· Provide IRI with technical expertise and assistance in developing program ideas and activities for emerging projects on anti-corruption, open government, and environmental governance.

· Lead the collection and development of anti-corruption tools and provide trainings on related programming components for IRI staff and partners.

· Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with colleagues across the Institute, particularly Regional Division leadership, and reinforce the Center’s inclusive, collaborative approach to staff across the Institute, and provide technical support to Regional Division staff.

· Lead project design and development of proposals managed by the Center directly.

· Support design and writing of proposals managed by IRI regional divisions.

· Provide oversight for the management and implementation of any grants/projects assigned and assume fiduciary responsibility for assigned program finances including analysis, budget monitoring and projections in full compliance with IRI and funder requirements.

· Supervise staff as needed.

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