The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks Program Assistants to join its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team and support country staff, program officers, and senior management in the day-to-day activities and support in the planning, designing and implementation of programs related to strengthening civil society, enhancing democratic governance, enhancing women’s and other marginalized groups’ political participation, and strengthening political parties. These positions are based in Washington D.C.
Under close supervision and direction of senior staff within the team, the Program Assistants will:
- Provide administrative and logistical support
- Contribute to writing and preparation of various documents and reports specific to the team and/or region
- Participate in program support and conduct research on programs
- Provide administrative support for proposal production and work plan formulation
- Keep up to date on the latest information on team, region, or partners
- Create initial drafts of budgets; monitor program spending (in conjunction with field office and program supervisor); perform basic analysis and projection of financial status and reports on that status
- Provide administrative and logistical support to field offices and regional staff; oversee logistics needs of assigned programs, including contracts, travel, and other program-related tasks and activities
- Provide administrative support and programmatic input into proposal process and contributes to strategic discussions; contribute to work plan formulation and discussions
- Maintain communications with NDI staff (DC and the field), as well as trainers, consultants and overseas partner organizations
- Identify means and methods to support strategy, monitoring and evaluation of programs
- Assist other team members in briefing staff, volunteers, consultants and trainers, and expedite projects in host country; coordinate new-hire and closeout procedures
- Prepare and compile briefing materials for staff, consultants and volunteers in field programs.
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Political Science, Public Policy, International Relations, or a related field
- Demonstrated coursework and/or internship, professional or significant volunteer experience in community organizing, political campaigning, international development, organizational development, legislative affairs or related subject
- Good oral and written communication skills to effectively present information and respond to questions
- Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs
- Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired
- Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures
- Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach (depending on COVID travel restrictions)
- Interest in and knowledge of regional political environment and people
- Political analysis skills
- Ability to effectively articulate NDI mission statements and program/project initiatives
- Professional-level language proficiency in Arabic and/or French strongly preferred, language ability in Farsi a plus
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
- Ability to apply discretion and maintain confidential information
Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.
This is a union position to be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2.
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.
Please apply on-line through NDI’s website at: www.ndi.org/careers