Job Function: Washington DC Department: Asia Location: Washington, DC
Senior Program Manager: Asia & Pacific
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking a Senior Program Manager position to join its Asia & Pacific team, and support in the day-to-day management of country and program specific democratic development programs related to strengthening civil society, enhancing democratic governance, promoting women's and other marginalized groups' political participation, and strengthening political parties across Asia and the Pacific. This full-time position is based in NDI's Washington, DC office.
Designs and oversees the implementation of program activities for regional and global programming, or in country locations where NDI does not have an office
Supports resident director and local staff for assigned country offices, serving as the primary point of contact at headquarters and marshaling appropriate knowledge and resources to advise and assist the in-country team.
Provides team leadership in day-to-day internal management
Manages knowledge of political events and programmatic strategy for assigned programs, in order to respond to inquiries requiring functional or regional expertise
Leads inclusive processes in order to contribute to the planning, design and evaluation of assigned projects in collaboration with local partners, in-house experts and external experts and advisors
Maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, civic organizations in the U.S. and the region, national and international news organizations, political party networks and partners, and NDI's network of volunteer trainers and experts
Monitors assigned programs' annual budgets; provides a full, accurate and timely accounting of all funds
Develops and oversees a communication strategy for assigned projects, in order to share the mission, programmatic approach and impact of NDI and its partners with domestic and international audiences
Leads strategy discussions for, and provides oversight of, production and submission of briefing memos, reports, work plans and proposals
Ensures compliance with all relevant policies, agreements and regulations governing program implementation
Travels to the region to assess political development and new opportunities and evaluates current projects; Takes necessary steps to fill staff vacancies and orchestrates recruiting for assigned programs
Bachelor's degree, preferably in International Relations or a related subject; Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
A minimum of ten (10) years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development, legislative affairs or other politically-oriented domains where coordination or coalition management are essential skills
Extensive experience managing complex programs, especially of USG funded grant programs, and preferably of international democracy, human rights, and governance programs
Exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers
Superior oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and negotiate
Foreign language ability applicable to region preferred
Exceptional competency in one or more areas of NDI's functional programs, in addition to a highly developed knowledge of the assigned region's political environment and people
Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues and to think innovatively and introduce new concepts
Superior writing skills, clear and persuasive and experienced enough to edit all types of team documents
Established network, through years of experience, of significant contacts and political leaders
Experience in program design, strategy, and implementation
Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications
Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired
Seasoned budget and accounting skills
Ability and willingness to travel 4-6 times to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach
This is a union position to be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2.
Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.
NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related condition.