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Project Director, ECA

Community Engagement Exchange Program


Location: Washington, DC

About IREX:

IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $90 million, offices in 20 countries, and a global staff of 400. We work in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Summary of Position:

IREX seeks qualified Project Director candidates for the upcoming U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) funded Community Engagement Exchange Program (CEE). The program will support approximately 120 emerging community leaders, ages 20-27, from approximately 100 countries who are starting careers in the civil society sector, to spend two- to three-months in the United States in an immersive civil society exchange that includes a professional practicum and provides opportunities to cultivate leadership skills, develop actionable projects, establish career goals that support engaged and inclusive communities, and builds capacity for civil society. The Project Director will be responsible for the program quality and impact, overseeing all program activities and ensuring all objectives are met. 

This position is contingent on funding. Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. will be considered.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Serve as primary liaison between the program and the U.S. Department of State as well as program participants, host organizations, program partners, IREX and other stakeholders

  • Provide vision, strategic direction and technical leadership for the program, ensuring program objectives are met and overall program quality and impact

  • Provide technical inputs and guidance on program design and content including, but not limited to: fellow and host recruitment; practicum and leadership curriculum design; participant and alumni activities and support; outbound exchanges for U.S. fellows and global leaders; events; monitoring, learning and evaluation, etc.

  • Provide leadership and oversight for all administrative and operational aspects of the program including finance, human resources, monitoring and evaluation, external communications, and contractual compliance

  • Ensure program compliance with IREX policy and donor requirements

  • Lead, supervise and mentor program personnel

  • Adapt programming in partnership with donor based on program learning

  • Serve as senior manager in the Leadership Practice, adhering to IREX management principles and contributing to Practice and IREX-wide initiatives such as reporting, knowledge management, information sharing, and new business initiatives among others

  • Other duties as assigned


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

  • At least eight (8) years’ experience working on relevant donor-funded programming, with a minimum of four (4) years’ senior management experience

  • Technical knowledge of and hands-on experience with exchange/fellowship programs required; experience with civil society and/or leadership and professional development programming strongly preferred

  • Demonstrated ability to build strong and diverse teams; demonstrated ability to build positive team culture ensuring that talent management is a priority alongside delivering on program objectives

  • Ability to communicate effectively and develop relationships with donor counterparts and project stakeholders

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including conflict resolution abilities, and a demonstrated ability to hold self and assigned staff accountable for quality outputs and results

  • Fluent English language skills

HOW TO APPLY:  Please send your cover letter and resume to with the subject title “IREX Project Director ECA”

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