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IRI’s Southern Africa office in Johannesburg is recruiting for the position of Program Manager on a full-time basis.

If you would like to become part of our team, please send your CV and a cover letter to on or before 15 December 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


For more than 30 years, the International Republican Institute (IRI) has worked in challenging environments, offering programmatic support in emerging democracies, as well as closed, post-conflict and transitioning political situations.

Within the framework of democracy development, IRI has implemented political party, youth, gender equality, information communication technology, polling, civil society, election monitoring, and voter education programs. In all, activities have been conducted in more than 80 countries with integrated programmatic and operational components. IRI attributes its success to:

  • Talented, passionate, and professional staff
  • Sound financial management and accountability
  • Comprehensive support to IRI’s partners
  • Effective grants management and compliance
  • Procurement integrity
  • Modern information technologies
  • Commitment to program integration

Description of Duties

Position Overview

The Program Manager (PM) will oversee the development and implementation of IRI Southern African regional programs on a full-time basis. S/he will work as part of IRI’s Southern Africa
program team and lead in program implementation and management, proposal development, communication with donors and relevant stakeholders both in-country and in the region, communication with colleagues in Washington DC, implementation of program activities, oversight of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) efforts, and writing of programmatic reports. The Program Manager will report directly to the Resident Program Director (RPD).

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

The Program Manager will have a broad set of duties and responsibilities, including the following:

I. Conceptualize and design new program activities consistent with IRI program objectives and available budgets;

II. Write and review time-sensitive program documents, activity reports, funding proposals, and training materials;

III. Support RPD in business development efforts and strategic outreach;

IV. Provide efficient and timely oversight of administrative and financial matters including developing and monitoring activity budgets, contributing to monthly rolling budgets.

V. Cultivate relationships and communicate with relevant government officials, local partners, and members of the donor community, implementing partners and represent IRI at public functions as requested and share summaries;

VI. Work in concert with IRI’s Evidence and Learning Practice (ELP) and program personnel to monitor and evaluate the performance of IRI and partner organizations’ program activities, identifying successes and failures and recommending program adjustments accordingly;

VII. Monitor the political current events and developments in the targeted countries to provide political and programmatic analysis and recommendations for the RPD;

VIII. Regular travel, independently and/or as part of a team, to various locations throughout the Southern Africa region to support IRI’s programmatic objectives;

IX. Regularly analyze the media sector, and relevant topics such as disinformation and the role of technology to promote citizen understanding of democracy governance.

X. Support the RPD in management of members of the IRI Southern Africa team;

XI. Perform any other duties as assigned by the RPD.


  • At least 7 years of experience in the democracy and governance sector.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of political parties, legislatures, local government, media and civil society.
  • Master’s degree in Political Science or related field.
  • Knowledge of USG regulations and experience with USAID funding is an added advantage.
  • Networking skills and experience engaging with donors, diplomatic community and government officials.
  • Fluent in English (speaking and writing). Fluency in an indigenous Southern African language and/or Portuguese is an added advantage.
  • Strong writing skills required.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office package
  • Experience with Monitoring &Evaluation (M&E).

Successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Detailed-oriented and organized
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • Collaborative, team-oriented individual
  • Ability to work online in different platforms
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders and team members

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