Regional Deputy Director, East Asia and the Pacific At International Republican Institute

Job Summary

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day-to-day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include:

Excellence – We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people.

Freedom – We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive.

Respect – We believe in trust, empathy, and empowering people.

Teamwork – We believe in diversity, inclusion, and the power of global collaboration.

Transparency – We believe in open communication and clear decision-making.

Accountability – We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.

The Regional Deputy Director is responsible for supporting the Regional Director in the daily management of the Division, including ensuring effective program management and implementation.

Position Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field. Post-graduate degree a plus.
  • At least eight years related experience, or equivalent combination, in program design and management.
  • Working knowledge of politics, economics, history and culture of East Asia and the Pacific, including experience working in a variety of political and operational environments, strongly preferred.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills in English.
  • Ability to effectively direct or participate in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, other donors, or relevant audiences.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet regional needs.
  • Proven ability to write effective proposals, reports, procedures, complete required forms, and provide guidance and editorial supervision to ensure quality.
  • Proven knowledge of USG funding regulations, and familiarity with US Congressional processes.
  • Experience identifying complex problems and developing creative solutions.
  • Ability to initiate, foster, interact, and maintain relationships with contacts and stakeholders in a diverse and multicultural environment, with sensitivity, respect, discretion, tact, and professionalism.
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times.
  • Willingness to travel to remote and sometime difficult countries.
  • Ability to speak a regional language—Chinese, Korean, Mongolian, Uyghur, etc.—a plus.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities

Management and Leadership

  • Working with the Division Director, coordinates management and leadership within Asia-Pacific Leadership team for the East Asia and the Pacific region.
  • Assists the Director to provide overall direction for all programs and employees within the East Asia and the Pacific region.
  • Analyzes and reports on political and related developments in East Asia and the Pacific.
  • Assists the Director to develop and manage short- and long-term strategies and programs in East Asia and the Pacific, in alignment with Asia-Pacific regional and IRI institutional strategy.
  • In coordination with the Asia-Pacific Leadership team, contributes to the development and implementation of an integrated strategy for democratic development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Program Oversight and Grant Management

  • Encourages staff efforts in developing innovative program ideas for concept papers and new funding outreach efforts.
  • Oversees the Division’s overall implementation of grants, including adherence to approved proposals and work plans.
  • Contributes to and participates in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, donors or relevant audiences.
  • Provides targeted briefings for USG officials, members of Congress, diplomatic and international stakeholders.
  • Develops and maintains in-country and regional partnerships by building and fostering cordial, productive working relationships with funders and program partners.
  • Maintains an understanding of donor and IRI policies and procedures and oversees fiduciary responsibility for program finances including analysis, budget monitoring and projections in full compliance with IRI and funder requirements.
  • Ensures timeliness and quality of the division’s proposal and report submissions to all funding sources, including effective monitoring and evaluation of grants.

Business Development

  • Oversees new business development opportunities and develops strong professional relationships with potential donors.
  • Monitors proposal and reporting development and submission process to ensure complete, accurate, and timely proposal and reporting submissions.

External Outreach and Presence

  • Communicates with counterparts on a regular basis and fosters a positive image of IRI in the democracy and governance community. Serves as liaison on divisional program matters to other institutions, including NED, USAID, and others.
  • Actively promotes and leads staff efforts to support IRI communication and outreach efforts.
  • Assists the Director with external relations, including, but not limited to, participating as an IRI representative in Washington and overseas in meetings with government representatives, political party leaders, civic leaders, and others, as well as in conferences and other external events.


  • Communicates with staff frequently to keep them engaged and motivated to enable better retention.
  • Supervises Regional division staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.




Bachelors or better in Political Science or related field.

Masters or better in Political Science.



8 years: • Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field. Post-graduate degree a plus. • At least eight years related experience, or equivalent combination, in program design and management.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

How to apply

Please apply via the provided link: Regional Deputy Director, East Asia and the Pacific | Application Link

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