The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Resident Program Director to design and implement new democracy assistance programs in Uzbekistan. NDI programming in Uzbekistan would focus on exploring and establishing sustained cooperation and communication between members of parliament, citizens and citizens’ groups. The position will be based in Tashkent and requires travel throughout the country; conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic will likely necessitate a remote start.
Hiring is contingent on donor approval. This is an unaccompanied post.
- Represents NDI to build and maintain relationships with the government of Uzbekistan, donors and others in the international community in Uzbekistan, as well as local civic partners, elected officials, and government authorities.
- He/she will also be responsible for establishment and management of an office, to include financial and personnel management as well as managing relations with the NDI-Washington office.
- Collaborates with the Washington D.C.-based Program Director to design overall country strategy and programs.
- Explores and initiates the design and implementation of all NDI programming in Uzbekistan.
- Implements, monitors and evaluates NDI programs in Uzbekistan in collaboration with Tashkent staff and in consultation with Uzbekistani civic and political leaders.
- Serves as lead facilitator, advisor and trainer.
- Provides day-to-day management and oversight of professional and support staff in the field office, ensures professional development of staff.
- Oversees the development, review and timely submission of program-related materials to DC, including regular reports that describe activities, measure and evaluate program results, and analyze political events that may impact NDI’s programming in Uzbekistan.
- Ensures adherence to NDI-DC and Uzbekistani legal, financial and human resource policies and procedures, as well as adherence to funder/donor regulations, ensuring the integrity of all financial transactions.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
- Minimum twelve (12) years substantive experience in democracy and governance (D&G) work, with particular expertise in the representative functions of elected officials, and promoting citizen engagement in politics.
- Exceptional political judgment and analytical skills for interpreting complex political environment, as well as identifying and responding to program opportunities. Creativity and flexibility are a must.
- Demonstrated experience working effectively with senior elected, appointed, and civic leaders as well as members of the donor and diplomatic community.
- Demonstrated experience as a participatory trainer/facilitator and trusted advisor.
- Experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, and program evaluation desired.
- Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities.
- Previous experience working with democratic development programs is desirable.
- Exceptional interpersonal, managerial and negotiation skills as well as cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, US and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders and policy-makers.
- Demonstrated experience working in a cross-cultural environment; experience living and working overseas and an ability to work in a challenging environment is preferred, as is previous experience in former Central Asia and/or Soviet/Eastern bloc countries.
- Ability to live and work in a challenging political environment; prior experience preferred.
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English required; oral communication skills in Russian or Uzbek highly desirable.
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 a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify NDI’s Human Resources department.