The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking a Program Officer to support NDI’s democratic governance programs. The Governance Team’s primary mission is to support the regional teams in the design, implementation and evaluation of democratic governance programs, including legislative strengthening, open government, executive branch transitions, local government, anti-corruption, and engagement with civic tech organizations. The position will be based in Washington, DC and may require occasional travel overseas.
The position contributes to the planning, design and implementation of programs related to parliamentary development, legislative strengthening, and international peer-to-peer exchange.
- Drafts memos, reports and other materials with some editing, direction and substance guidance; drafts entire or significant portions of quarterly reports, sections of work plans and larger proposals; edits work of Project Assistants
- Develops program concepts for proposals that reflect broader institutional strategies and approaches in tandem with cluster lead or Director
- With respect to assigned programs, works with staff to provide, and ensure quality control over administrative support (e.g., travel arrangements, vendor contracting, event support, meeting preparation, printing, managing tablets for briefing books, etc.)
- Contributes to work plan discussions and process for work plan drafting and submission, including preparation and coordination of scheduling for specific programs to ensure successful program events
- Supports vision and aspects of parliamentary strengthening programs; anticipates programmatic administrative needs and with some guidance, takes appropriate actions; maintains interaction with field offices, when relevant (or for the purpose of organizing programming) and monitors and measures program performance, timing and results; prepares for assessments
- Serves as POC for regional and field contacts with respect to assigned global programs; meets with funding agency representatives and program partners to describe program progress and to articulate new funding proposals and concepts; maintains frequent contact with NDI partners prepares and assembles briefing materials as needed for relating to assigned programs
- Acts as liaison with members of NGO, funding and Washington policymaking communities on areas of expertise; formulates funding ideas and pursues funding sources
- Monitors budgets, grants and expenditures for larger or complex programs; creates proposal budgets with supporting notes for large programs; applies allowable costs according to restrictions, structures and mechanisms; ensures that they stay within budget limits; anticipates and successfully addresses costs and overages, and implements solutions to budget variances; implements and manages all aspects of subgrants
- Travels to region to organize and conduct political assessments, or to assess new opportunities, conduct parliamentary strengthening programs, and implement training activities
- Provides support for local and regional program conferences, workshops and meetings; organizes major cross-functional workshops; organizes delegations abroad
- Shortlists international trainers, volunteers and field representatives; develops a network and suggests utilization
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in International Relations or a related subject; Additional years of relevant experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
- A minimum of four (4) years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development or legislative affairs
- Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in one or more areas of NDI’s functional programs
- High level of 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
- Excellent oral communication skills to effectively present information, respond to questions
- Exceptional writing skills to effectively create clear and concise proposals and reports
- Foreign language ability preferred
- Good negotiating skills; able to introduce new concepts
- Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
- Ability to analyze political work, define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, and the ability to think innovatively
- Experience with high-level exchange programs, and/or general event planning
- Familiarity with U.S. Congress
- Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications
- Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired
- Working knowledge of budget and accounting procedures
- Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach
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.