Country Director – Full-time

International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

Port-au-Prince, Haiti


Jan 24

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  • Country Director - Haiti
  • Location: Haiti, Port au Prince
  • Division: Program Management
  • Status: International Full Time
  • Position Number: 20:273

About the International Foundation for Election Systems(IFES): IFES advances democracy for a better future. We collaborate with civil society, public institutions and the private sector to build resilient democracies that deliver for everyone. As the global leader in the promotion and protection of democracy, our technical assistance and applied research develops trusted electoral bodies capable of conducting credible elections; effective and accountable governing institutions; civic and political processes in which all people can safely and equally participate; and innovative ways in which technology and data can positively serve elections and democracy. Since 1987, IFES has worked in more than 145 countries.

The greatest assets of IFES are our team members. IFES offers competitive benefits and pay, as well as the opportunity to work in a dynamic and collaborative environment. Every member of the IFES team is responsible for carrying out the mission of IFES and integrating IFES values into their work every day: Commitment to Excellence, Effective Communication, High Quality Decision-Making, Accountability, Teamwork and Collaboration.

IFES is currently recruiting for a Country Director position for an ongoing USAID-funded activity in Haiti. The program aims to build the capacity of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to effectively manage inclusive elections, foster citizen engagement, and enhance voter participation and confidence in the country’s electoral processes. This position is based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and reports to IFES’ Vice-President of Programs.

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 successful completion of project activities.  The Country Director will provide vision and technical leadership for project activities.  S/he 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 management of IFES’ field operations in Haiti.

Job Responsibilities:

Technical Direction and Program Implementation

  • Serve as IFES’ senior election technical advisor, providing technical support and advice to various government and non-government stakeholders.
  • Oversee the design, implementation, and evaluation of program strategies and activities in Haiti.
  • Lead and/or contribute to written technical reports, briefing papers, and IFES thought pieces, both program-specific and non-program specific. Prepare and manage the implementation of the project(s) annual work plans in fulfillment of the project’s strategic objectives and goals, and within the allocated budget.
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with local government and non-government stakeholders, including high-level officials in government ministries and the CEP.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with international NGOs and the donor community to ensure successful implementation of the project activities and avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Represent IFES in global, regional, national and sub-national events and in international meetings, at donor meetings and other fundraising activities, as speaker and/or spokesperson for IFES.
  • Lead the drafting and timely submission of detailed, combined quarterly reports to HQ, and ensure that they meet USAID and IFES reporting requirements.
  • Contribute to program development in Haiti and the Caribbean by identifying additional technical needs and cultivating donor interest to diversify funding sources.
  • Participate in weekly meetings with IFES HQ, providing updates on program activities, progress, and challenges; outreach activities; relevant events in the region; support required from IFES/HQ; and activities planned for the coming period.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Provide general supervision and mentoring of field staff, including performance appraisals, staff development and other management issues.
  • Establish strong working relationships with field staff to facilitate the completion of program tasks in a timely manner and within the allocated budget.
  • Lead the identification, recruitment, and hiring of local and international technical consultants, in coordination with IFES/HQ.
  • Provide oversight and management of technical consultants, including review of all consultant reports and deliverables.
  • 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 Haiti. Oversees the management of the field office in Haiti. 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 oversees implementation of strategies to track and mitigate risk and its potential impact.

Fiscal Responsibility: 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.

Relationships: 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.

Supervision Exercised: Supervises and mentors local and international field staff and provides oversight and management of consultants and field experts. Leads project planning, monitoring and evaluation.Position Requirements:

Education: Bachelor's degree in international politics, international development, public policy, or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience: Minimum of 10 years of experience in election administration and international program management. Minimum of 5 years of experience with USAID-funded activities in related program area. Familiarity with political, economic and social context in Haiti. Proven track record with democracy and governance programming in developing countries; solid experience working with civil society and in designing and implementing civic programs; solid experience working with elections management bodies in election administration capacity development, training, drafting of elections procedures, logistics and planning, election technology, outreach and engagement of electoral stakeholders is required. Familiarity with the international donor community and experience as an action-oriented interlocutor with democracy-development actors at all levels. Demonstrated knowledge of USAID regulations and the implementation of USAID-funded project activities. 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 French required.

Travel: Travel required up to 35% of time

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