Program Manager

International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) promotes democratic stability by providing technical assistance and applying field-based research to the electoral cycle worldwide to enhance citizen participation and strengthen civil societies, governance and transparency. Every IFES project is staffed by national and international staff while partnering with local organizations. This homegrown approach ensures that the expertise offered by IFES fits the needs of the country or client and the benefit of assistance outlasts the life of the project. Our work is nonpartisan and also includes projects that: Help citizens participate in their democracies Increase politicians' accountability to the electorate Strengthen government institutions Since its founding in 1987, IFES has worked in more than 100 countries - from developing democracies such as Liberia, to mature democracies such as the United States.

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Vacancy Announcement

Program Manager

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is an International NGO that supports the building of democratic societies around the world. Since 2006, IFES Nepal has worked with the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) and local civil society partners to enhance citizen participation and strengthen civil society, governance and transparency.

IFES Nepal is seeking a Program Manager to oversee program design and implementation, reporting writing, monitoring and evaluation and product development for IFES’ women’s leadership project and other program activities. This position will be under the supervision of the Country Director and Deputy Country Director and will be full-time based in Kathmandu with potential for some travel outside Kathmandu.

Roles and Responsibilities:

        Lead and manage IFES’ women's leadership program activities and provide support for other IFES activities as requested, monitoring activities to ensure project deliverables are being met;

        Provide day-to-day technical support for IFES’ program activities, ensuring timely and high-quality implementation;

        Proactively communicate with IFES leadership, relevant team members and local partners on program activities;

        Closely monitor program activities to ensure donor regulations and policies are adhered to and deliverables are met with consistently high quality; 

      Support the Country Director and Deputy Country Director with the preparation of written reports and presentations on IFES’ program as required, specifically providing inputs for bi-monthly operational reports and donor reports;

        Curriculum review and development, in partnership with IFES staff and international consultants;

        Provide technical and logistics support to IFES’ subaward partners in implementation of project activities;

        Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including donor counterparts, relevant NGO’s and IFES Nepal’s partners;

        Monitor relevant political developments affecting the programs and brief the Country Director and Deputy Country Director as needed;

     Support to manage program staff, including participation in recruitment of program staff and consultants, preparation of scopes of work, and performance monitoring and management of IFES Nepal staff and consultants working on the program;

        Oversee planning, administration and logistics for special events and travel organized by IFES Nepal;

         Other relevant duties as assigned by the Country Director and Deputy Country Director.


Required Qualifications and Experience:

·         Bachelor’s degree in international development, political science, women’s studies or a related field, Master’s degree preferred;

·         Minimum 8 years of relevant experience with proven track record in international development or related field;

·         Experience managing CSO partner projects;

·         Strong grammar and editing skills;

·         Excellent organizational skills;

·         Fluency in English and Nepali is required;

·         Ability to work independently in support of a team.

·         Availability to travel up to 15%


This position is opened for Nepali nationals only. Qualified and interested candidates are requested to send their application with a motivation letter, an updated CV and name of two references and contact details to: The application submission deadline is 4:00 PM, Thursday, November 12, 2020.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for selection processes. Undue influence at any stage of the processes will lead to automatic disqualification. Women, people with disabilities, marginalized and disadvantaged communities are highly encouraged to apply.

Job Overview

Category Development and Project
Openings 1
Position Type Full Time
Position Level Senior Level
Experience Please check vacancy details.
Education Please check vacancy details
Posted Date 16 Oct, 2020
Apply Before 12 Nov, 2020
City Kathmandu