NDI supports technological innovation globally that promotes individual rights and liberties, participatory and inclusive democracy, and good governance. NDI programs build resilience and capacity to address and manage digital risks, while promoting tools to enhance connectivity and amplify citizen engagement.
Technology, data, and their interplay with democracy are changing rapidly, and the Institute is evolving to address emerging threats and opportunities. The Director will lead a newly configured team of experts, to examine, test and refine NDI’s strategy in close collaboration with NDI’s regional teams and other functional experts to ensure quality design, implementation and evaluation of projects. The Director will work in close collaboration with the leadership of NDI’s global technology support team to ensure that programmatic work is supported and informed by its team of IT engineers, and remains in conformity with network security and data and privacy requirements
Lead refinement of priorities to advance NDI strategy and programs.
- Develop recommendations on priority focus areas, based on agreed upon criteria (e.g. relevance to NDI’s strategic goals, current state of policy debate, ability of NDI to make a difference, etc.).
- Drive prioritization process based on agreed vision for how to overcome challenges to democracy from emerging digital technologies and platforms.
Provide Thought Leadership for Effective Design and Delivery of Priority Areas.
- Serve as lead technical advisor for programs around the globe related to data use technology policy and regulation, civic technology, disinformation and cybersecurity.
- Assess and refine current approach to digital development, product development, product deployment and maintenance.
- Develop and deploy diagnosis tools which map the digital information environment, risk analysis, and develop adaptive planning models.
Lead Collaboration and Capacity Building.
- Lead and manage a diverse team located in Washington, DC, in strategic planning, creative program design, and effective project evaluation.
- Guide baseline assessment of organizational strengths and opportunities for knowledge sharing and learning.
- Develop and/or recommend a theory of change for the Institute’s approach to digital technologies, with corresponding set of metrics for evaluation and monitoring.
- Promote and ensure a professional, creative and respectful workplace environment, focused on learning, for all staff.
Lead External Technology Partnership Strategy.
- Nurture and further develop partnerships with technology firms and platforms, multilateral policy and advocacy groups, donor agencies, local partner organizations; and research institutes to support NDI strategic direction and priority areas.
- Contribute to NDI policy on partnership strategy and criteria for engagement.
Education, Experience and Skills Requirements:
- Extensive demonstrable experience working globally with diverse stakeholders, as well as a track record of building strong relationships, designing and delivering on strategy, and commitment to excellence.
- Deep commitment and experience at the intersection of democratic governance and technology. Interdisciplinary expertise in domains such as digital development, product strategy, data use, disinformation, open government principles, and cybersecurity. Hands on technical experience with code, data analytics, or similar a plus.
- Demonstrated credibility as a recognized technology leader with ecosystem of digital technology, including technology firms and platforms, civil society and government.
- Experience in the application of technology to support social change and in diverse environments a plus. Strong public speaker, writer and confident communicator.
- Track record of building and managing strong, energetic and creative teams with flexibility and adaptability, and collaborating across teams to improve impact.
- Familiarity with democracy assistance trends, program design approaches and adapting to implementation challenges.
- Experience working with major donors such as USAID, the US Department of State, foundations, and corporations a plus.
- Readiness to travel around the world to diverse contexts potentially in hardship environments, and sensitivity to a full range of cultures and contexts.
- Languages: excellent written and oral English skills, proficiency in additional languages a plus (Arabic, French, Spanish).
- Bachelor degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
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.