As part of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) program team based in Rome, Italy, under the supervision of the Regional Program Manager, EECA Programs, the Program Lead will deputize for the Regional Manager with managing IDLO’s program portfolio in Central Asia. The Program Lead will be expected to:
1. Oversee project implementation, including work planning, budget, monitoring and reporting, HR management, recruitment and coordination of technical experts
· Lead the overall management of the program portfolio, including substantive and administrative matters, to ensure effective, efficient, results-based and timely delivery of activities and results;
· Design implementation plans by means of standardized program cycle management tools, logic models and frameworks, work plans, monitoring reports, and others;
· Maintain oversight of the overall financial management, accurate financial forecasts, including reviewing financial reports and identifying areas of over- or under-spending, and flagging any urgent budgetary issues;
· Review and provide inputs to annual and quarterly reports; clear the submission of financial and narrative reports; highlighting the value, results and impact the project bring;
· Effectively lead the team by providing clear direction, addressing development, and performance through ongoing dialogue and mentoring; fostering a teamwork approach in meeting objectives and goals; address possible conflicts in a positive and constructive manner; encourage initiative and maintain effective working relationships within a multi-cultural setting;
· Select, supervise, and manage international and national technical experts, ensuring that the work delivered meets high-quality standards and is coordinated at HQ and field level.
2. Ensure project compliance consistent with the project design and delivery schedule, and IDLO processes and procedures, as well as quality standards
· Monitor program implementation, including revisions to project design and work plans; make decisions for timely and optimal course corrections;
· Design, research, draft, review and edit technical working papers, memos, briefs, and other original materials in the field experience, and utilize these materials for the development of relevant outputs;
· Conduct and review research on legal, political, social, and economic events, trends, and/or developments relating to the programs; respond to internal and external requests for such research;
· Ensure project deliverables meet quality standards and proactively seek input from relevant substantive internal and external experts;
· Establish and maintain regular communications with partners and stakeholders at HQ and field level;
· Foster effective communication and coordination with relevant IDLO Departments, Branch Offices and Country Offices;
· Undertake regular needs assessments and monitoring missions to selected countries and other locations, as needed.
3. Project Leadership, Development and Representation**
· In close coordination with the supervisor and as part of the EECA team, generate ideas and identify opportunities to scale up the project and identify new program opportunities;
· Provide substantive knowledge and guidance on Rule of Law issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to project team members;
· Provide substantive input in the development of proposals or concept notes aimed at innovatively expanding IDLO’s EECA portfolio in line with the regional strategy;
· Develop knowledge outputs, including assessments, briefs and communication materials;
· Under the guidance of the supervisor, represent IDLO in project-related events and liaise with project stakeholders and donors.
IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE
Education and Experience
· Master’s Degree in Law, International Relations, Development Studies, or other related field is required;
· Minimum 8 years of significant relevant professional experience within an international organization preferably within the area of rule of law, designing and implementing complex programs;
· Desirable: Relevant experience in the Eurasian region.
· Fluent oral and professional writing skills in English and Russian are essential.
Specific Knowledge / Skills / Competencies
· Proven experience in rule of law, access to justice related programming and collaboration with other international organizations and network/partnership building in these areas;
· Familiarity with standard program and data management tools, as well as results-based management and monitoring and evaluation principles;
· Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Proficient use of other ICT software and internet software;
· Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working in a diverse professional environment. Shares information, contributes, encourages and motivates others to become involved in team activities;
· Works effectively across and within IDLO organizational boundaries;
· Takes initiative to share knowledge, experiences and information with others. Accepts and gives constructive feedback (up, down and across) to develop and motivate others;
· Proven ability to see through tasks set and deliver results;
· Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, flexibility and an entrepreneurial spirit;
· Ability and willingness to travel even to high-conflict countries, if necessary;
· Keen sense of ethics, integrity, and commitment to IDLO’s mandate. Self-motivated and dynamic with a willingness and ability to use initiative to assist the organization to achieve its objectives.
COMPENSATION and BENEFITS
For this internationally professional recruited position, IDLO shall offer the selected candidate an Affiliate contract of 12 months, with the possibility of extension subject to performance and availability of funding.
IDLO shall also offer an annual basic salary of EUR 64,000 and a benefits package including provident fund contribution (14%), medical insurance, and leave entitlements. Relocation and installation support are also available for internationally recruited employees in accordance with IDLO Employee Regulations and Rules.
Salaries and benefits paid by IDLO to employees are exempt from taxation in Italy. IDLO employees are responsible for compliance with income tax laws of their country of nationality or residence and/or of any other relevant fiscal jurisdiction.
IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome and encourage diverse applications.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employee assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.
The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.
How to apply
Applications should be sent through the following link: