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Programme Officer - Panama

Panama (United States of America)

  • Organization: IDEA - International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
  • Location: Panama (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-08

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Programme Officer - Panama

On February 1, 2021 the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean was established in Panamá. From there we work with democratic institutions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region to increase the effectiveness and legitimacy of democracy, its institutions and to support gender equality in politics. Based on a geographic approach, our LAC programme responds to requests of regional, sub-regional and national actors, builds capacity through technical assistance, comparative applied knowledge resources and provides spaces for dialogue. The LAC programme is a significant partner and an agenda setter in many countries where it provides expert technical assistance.

The Programme Officer, under the supervision of the Director, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Region will coordinate the development and management of Regional Office programme activities and projects, at both regional and national level. The Programme Officer will also ensure that International IDEA´s Strategy, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and cross-cutting issues are properly reflected in all projects and activities. The Programme Officer will coordinate with the Finance and Planning Officer to promote a holistic approach in the development of all projects and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Designs and provides technical assistance to political and social organizations;
  • Designs and executes seminars, workshops, roundtables, etc. for Regional Office projects and workplans;
  • Advises the LAC programme on substantive areas of work that should be pursued so that International IDEA continues to be at the forefront of democracy and electoral issues;
  • Creates mechanisms and opportunities that allow for the exchange of information and experiences among the LAC Programme; Identifies issues of common interest and implements activities for democracy promotion;
  • Coordinates and organizes efforts and synergies with international organizations for the implementation of activities of common interest;
  • Promotes the development of research and publications;
  • Promotes dialogue and consensus building among political actors in LAC;
  • Supports the Director LAC Region in the research and development of papers and articles;
  • Supports the Director LAC Region in all fundraising efforts, including, but not limited to, monitoring of call for proposals and/or new opportunities, communication with possible donors and elaboration of project proposals.

General Profile

  • Requires in-depth knowledge, excellent skills and relevant experience in the field of democracy and governance;
  • Will contribute significantly to assigned projects all along the project life cycle, i.e. from project design and funding to project assessment; Will lead meetings and discussions, supervise publications and review input from external providers;
  • Has contributed to publications on the relevant subject; Is recognized as a knowledge resource in his/her broad professional community;
  • Can work with minimal guidance and supervision;
  • Adds value to team-based activities in his/her unit; collaborates with other entities of the Institute;
  • Acts as a model or mentor for less experienced colleagues;
  • Can be expected to travel globally to any geographical area involved in his/her projects;
  • Follows internal procedures to ensure high standards of performance and compliance with Institutional guidelines;
  • Integrates a gender and diversity perspective in all activities;
  • Acts in accordance with International IDEA’ s core values: Respect, Integrity and Professionalism.

Reporting Line

  • Director Latin America and the Caribbean Region.

Programmatic Knowledge

  • Has in-depth knowledge in democracy assistance and a good understanding of related disciplines to be able to approach programmatic issues in a holistic manner.

Operational Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Integrates a results-based approach into the design, management and evaluation of all his/her programmatic activities;
  • Has a good understanding of relevant programmatic issues in the key geographical zone where his/her work is implemented – which may imply field experience at some point;
  • Contributes to the research of information on donors and partners, preparation of reports and project briefs, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, and all other activities related to resource mobilization and partnership building;
  • Illustrates integrity, a collaborative spirit, a sense of achievement, and an understanding of risk management in past experiences.


  • No people management responsibility over permanent staff;
  • Acts as a model and resource for more junior colleagues;
  • May assume project management responsibilities.

Problem Solving

  • Identifies and resolves complex problems; approaches issues with new perspectives; analyses situations from a multitude of intervening factors.


  • Has a clear impact on the programme development and delivery;
  • Can also impact other teams and projects in related fields.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Liaises to all internal and external stakeholders involved in his/her project; Acts and is perceived as an initiator of relevant communication to solve issues;
  • Drives projects and assignments through communicative personal energy and engagement;
  • Can explain sensitive information with diplomacy, and build consensus;
  • Fluency in written and oral English and Spanish is required; Any other widely spoken language in an International IDEA priority region would be an asset.

Education and Experience

  • University degree in public policy, law, political science, sociology, public administration, international relations, Latin American Studies or other related discipline;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience working on issues of democracy and governance, elections, rule of law, integrity, anti-corruption practices, political and constitutional reforms, preferably in different types of organizations (national and international);
  • Design of projects, programme management and fundraising experience;
  • In-depth knowledge and field experience in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • Experience in conducting research and producing articles and academic papers;
  • Experience in designing and organizing international seminars and conferences is an advantage.

Terms of Contract:

  • International Post
  • One (1) year fixed term appointment
  • Remuneration - EUR 4 581 NET per month + benefits

Applying for this position:

  • Applications should be submitted no later than 23:59 (CET) 08 July 2021. Please note that all applications must be made in English.
  • You may apply directly by pressing the Send Application button.

International IDEA is an equal opportunity employer which seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, culture and nationality.

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