Program Manager, Communities & Governance

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Who We Are

At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals research their full potential, governments serve their people and communities thrive.

But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people form achieving their full potential. To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities—and to create person to person bridges between nations.

IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

The Program Manager will have responsibility for the successful implementation of a program in Mexico under IREX’s Communities & Governance practice. Responsibilities include day-to-day program implementation, oversight of partners and subgrantees, networking with stakeholders in Mexico, and contributing to programmatic reporting and communications. Providing overall managerial leadership, the program manager will ensure targets are met or exceeded. The Program Manager will foster strong relationships with relevant local/international partners and will work closely with IREX headquarters staff.

The program is designed to support community worker engagement and capacity by providing urgent resources and information about migration and COVID-19 to internal migrant workers in export-oriented agriculture, and establishing systems for coordination and learning on the export-oriented agriculture sector over the longer term. The program aims to provide internal migrant agricultural workers and their families with information and knowledge about services to migrate more safely. It will also support communities to build stronger support systems for vulnerable workers.

We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.

Are you the next member of our team?

Your Background & Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field;
  • 8 years of work experience;
  • Proven leadership qualities and excellent management skills including a successful track record of supervising, managing, and implementing donor-funded projects;
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with civil society organizations, and private sector firms, international organizations, and other stakeholders;
  • Experience working with migrant laborers or migrant-serving organizations and/or knowledge of issues related to migrant labor in Mexico, preferred;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and intercultural skills, along with clear communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Proactive and comfortable with contemporary digital platforms for collaboration and communication;
  • Demonstrated ability to track and manage budgets;
  • Ability to communicate professionally and provide written reporting in both Spanish and English, required;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Citizens/nationals of Mexico are strongly encouraged to apply

Your Daily Tasks

  • Manage day-to-day implementation of the Ambulantes project in Mexico, including strategic and technical leadership;
  • Ensure project activities are implemented at a high level according to the program’s standards, on schedule, and continuously improving;
  • Serve as primary contact for subgrantees on technical performance and products, including programmatic, financial and monitoring and evaluation reporting;
  • Lead development of subgrant scopes of work and budgets, in coordination with headquarters staff;
  • Lead partnership building and network strengthening for IREX and Ambulantes in Mexico including maintaining effective partnerships with local, regional, and international organizations, including CSOs, to advance opportunities for the program;
  • Provide input to internal/external reports, presentations, and other products;
  • Support project budgeting and financial management, as needed in coordination with headquarters;
  • Ensure that all operations are in compliance with IREX, Mexican, and the donor’s regulations;
  • In coordination with IREX headquarters, establish and ensure implementation operational policies, security protocols, and other procedures for the program;
  • Contribute to IREX’s overall goals and priorities on safe migration initiatives globally and other opportunities in Mexico, as needed; and
  • Other duties, as assigned

This is a fixed-term position for the duration of the project, currently scheduled to end in September 2022 with a planned extension. Continued employment with IREX will be contingent on additional funding. Citizens/nationals of Mexico are strongly encouraged to apply. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

How to apply

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