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Country Director, Ecuador
The Country Director ( CD ) serves as IFES’ primary in-country 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 CD 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 Country Director will direct technical implementation of IFES programs and oversee management of the IFES Ecuador office.
This position is based in Quito.
Job Responsibilities :
Technical Direction and Program Implementation
relevant events in the region; support required from IFES / HQ; and activities planned for the coming period.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Ensure, in conjunction with the IFES HQ team, compliance with IFES, USAID or other donor rules and regulations, particularly with respect to fiscal management, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation.
Position Scope : Serves as primary in-country representative and directs the technical implementation of IFES programming in Ecuador.
Oversees the management of the field office in Ecuador. In conjunction with IFES HQ, ensures compliance with IFES, USAID and other donor rules and regulations.
Recommends policies, controls and procedures to guide performance.
Decision Making / Problem Solving : 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
Position Requirements :
Education : Bachelor's degree in a relevant field required. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience : Minimum of 10 years of experience in democracy and governance assistance and program management. Experience with USAID-funded activities preferred.
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.
Related Skills or Knowledge : 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.
Language Skills : Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish required.
Travel : Domestic travel required up to 15% of time
Physical Requirements / Work Environment : Standard office work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.