The PO is responsible for supporting the implementation of a strategy for IRI’s Lebanon programs. S/he closely monitors and analyzes political, military and economic developments in Lebanon, contributes to developing program ideas, and drafts proposals on a range of democracy and assistance programs. S/he supports in the identification of program partners and develops and maintains close relationships with them and with funders, and oversees budgeting, procurement, and activity planning processes to support program implementation. The PO is also involved in new business development efforts. Position Requirements: Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations, Middle East politics or related field. Graduate degree preferred.Three to five years’ professional experience in democratic governance and politics, preferably working directly with political parties, civil society organizations/NGOs or legislative bodies, or equivalent combination.Working knowledge of the politics, economics, history and culture of the MENA region; knowledge of Lebanese politics and current events is strongly preferred. Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills.Demonstrated experience working with US Government funded projects and familiarity with USG regulations and processes.Experience with program management, implementation and basic accounting necessary to draft and oversee a budget.Demonstrated management experience including ability to motivate and manage staff.Demonstrated 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 program goals.Ability to travel to new and challenging environments.Arabic written and oral fluency a plus. Primary Functions & Responsibilities:Monitors, analyzes and reports on political and related developments to provide regional and country analysis and informationAnticipates potential problems and trouble shoots project problems, offers solutions and actively takes part to lead resolution of them with creative and immediate solutionsOversees implementation of specific grant(s) and associated grant activitiesMaintains an understanding of funder and IRI policies and procedures related to grant compliance and oversightUnderstands assigned grant’s substantive, financial and compliance requirementsSupports efforts to ensure that grants are in compliance with grant agreements and completed on timeMonitors and ensures proper tracking of budget estimates and program expenditures to ensure that IRI projects remain within budget allocationsOversees updates to budget tracker and leads regular team budget analysis discussionsOversees and participates in all monitoring and evaluation efforts for grants assignedLeads efforts to evaluate and uses information related to the approved grant work planReviews and edits/adds information to ensure high quality quarterly, semi-annual, final and other relevant reports for funders. [Depending on staffing, may be responsible for drafting funder reports].Contributes to the substantive design of new programs and contributes to the development of new program ideasAssists with assessing new funding opportunities and serve as proposal manager (as assigned) for new bid opportunitiesAnticipates potential problems and trouble shoots project problems and offers solutions and actively takes part to lead resolution of them with creative and immediate solutionsEstablishes, maintains, and develops strong working relationships with relevant stakeholders in DC and abroadActively supports IRI’s communication strategy including IRI’s branding and outreach plans, including drafts and updates program summaries and other outreach materials, drafts web stories, tweets, etc.Represents IRI as needed at external eventsTravels as needed for program oversight and implementation; if an immediate need arises deploys on short-to long-term service in a program in the field to maintain continuity of the programSupervises Program Associates in the absence of a Program Manager; is involved in hiring and evaluation process. Sets specific goals and provides ongoing performance feedback.Participates in cross functional teams and initiatives (optional)Performs other duties as assigned.