This position is responsible for managing NDI’s policies and procedures related to compliance with host country registration, immigration, tax laws, US and International data privacy and data protection laws and regulations, and all federal laws and regulations related to anti-terrorist financing, economic sanctions, and ethical conduct.
- Assists NDI Counsel to initiate, develop, maintain, and revise policies and procedures for NDI’s legal compliance program to ensure the Institute discharges its obligations under all federal and host country laws and regulations and to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct;
- Manages day-to-day operation of NDI’s legal compliance program and procedures and consults with the NDI Counsel as needed to resolve difficult legal compliance issues related to registration, immigration/work authorization, tax obligations, and economic sanctions;
- Responsible for refining NDI’s data protection and data privacy policies and developing and delivering training to ensure NDI’s compliance;
- Collaborates with other teams (e.g., Regional Teams, Accounting, Internal Audit, Human Resources, Program Coordination/Grants Management Team) to develop policies and procedures and to address compliance issues related to prohibited transactions and other vetting requirements;
- Develops an effective regulatory compliance and ethics training program in relevant areas including appropriate introductory training for new employees as well as ongoing training for all employees and managers;
- Assists Counsel in conducting the research necessary for servicing a collective bargaining agreement with the Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 2 and in bargaining subsequent agreements;
- Identifies potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk related to registration, tax and ethics; develops/implements corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, and provides general guidance on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the future;
- Receives conflict of interest disclosures and facilitates training and education on NDI’s policy and practice on potential conflicts of interest;
- May assist Counsel in the investigation of allegations of ethics violations related to fraud, bribery and gratuities violations and in tracking and documenting the allegations and the investigation;
- Assists Counsel in ensuring proper reporting of ethics violations or potential violations to duly authorized enforcement agencies as appropriate and/or required and ensures NDI’s compliance with the laws and regulations of host countries;
- Maintains and manages the compliance/whistleblower hotline for procurement, financial or ethics-related issues.
Peripheral Accountabilities/Responsibilities (Non-essential)
- Actively seek and engage in professional development opportunities to enhance knowledge in project/program management, and maintain a general working knowledge of relevant program trends and issues occurring external to NDI.
- Perform other duties as required.
- Incumbent operates under general direction, plans or coordinates work in accordance with established objectives.
- Incumbent will have supervisory responsibilities to one or more members of the Legal team.
- Incumbent regularly interacts with staff at all levels within NDI.
- Incumbent regularly interacts with NDI partners, funders and other stakeholders, including international development organizations, civic organizations, NDI’s network of volunteers, trainers, and experts, political leaders, and other key program contacts.
- Bachelor’s degree, Business Administration, Social Science, Law or a related field. A combination of experience and education in lieu of degree will be considered.
- Seven years of relevant work experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of and familiarity with the regulations and principles of the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as well as other donor regulations;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality for sensitive legal and compliance issues or projects;
- Ability to define and troubleshoot issues, and apply critical thinking and analytical problem-solving skills;
- Experience managing high volume workflow and performing detail-oriented work with a high level of accuracy and follow-through with minimal supervision;
- A professional presence and strong interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact in a courteous, timely and diplomatic manner with all levels of staff, as well as other parties/stakeholders;
- Strong leadership skills with demonstrated knowledge and understanding of staff management practices and processes and the ability to establish accountabilities and expectations and manage performance to achieve results;
- The ability to build/foster relationships by reinforcing trust and respect and demonstrating high standards of tact, diplomacy and discretion;
- Possess technical knowledge of legal and compliance issues and ability to apply resources (e.g. research, regulations, guidance documents, etc.);
- Ability to interpret complex regulatory documents related to both US and international compliance;
- Ability to align and apply NDI compliance best practices and standards;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills along with the ability to effectively present compliance-related, technical information to various audiences;
- Knowledge of various training and teaching methods to a diverse audience;
- Proficient database management skills with demonstrated advanced analytical and reporting skills, including the ability to evaluate complex data and information and develop a recommendation and plan of action;
- French and/or Spanish language proficiency preferred;
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs or similar software, including advanced technical skills with Excel, Google Sheets, PowerPoint or other software.
- Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) highly preferred.
This position generally is performed in an office environment and may be suitable for partial telework.
Occasional evening and weekend work may be required, as well as attendance at external events.
Some international travel is required in this role, approximately 20% to NDI field locations. These locations often are in remote locations and may require significant time and varying modes of travel. Designated locations also may at times be considered less secure and with greater risk to NDI employees.
- Sitting/mobility—to work at a desk and move around work areas.
- Speaking/hearing—to engage orally in conversation with others and conduct presentations.
- Seeing—to effectively use computer screen and for reading and interpreting printed materials, memos and other paperwork.
- Reaching/handling—to input information into computer systems and retrieve and work with appropriate paperwork, equipment and supplies.
The physical demands and work environment that have been described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.
NDI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, NDI makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state and local laws. If you need reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify NDI’s Human Resources department.
To apply please visit our website at www.ndi.org/careers.