Program Support for the Central Tibetan Administration
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Program Director/Chief of Party (COP) to lead a forthcoming, multi-year USAID-funded program to support the Central Tibetan Administration.
The ideal COP candidate will have the technical expertise to support programs involving the Central Tibetan Administration in strengthening democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and promoting effective citizen participation in government decision making.
The COP will lead activity design and implementation, monitor program progress, engage with local partners, manage program staff, liaise with the program donor, and ensure adherence to program budget and donor requirements.
This position is anticipated to start remotely at the end of July 2021, with eventual deployment to South Asia (country to be determined). The hiring of this position is contingent on donor funding and donor approval of key program personnel.
- Oversee program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation in relation to program objectives;
- Provide technical expertise in the implementation of program activities and advise program beneficiaries;
- Manage/oversee in-country program staff structure and individual performance, evaluation, promotion/discipline;
- Manage program partnerships with international and local partners to ensure streamlined, effective programming;
- Cultivate and maintain collaborative relationships and communication with USAID/India to ensure programmatic goals are achieved and operational and reporting requirements are respected;
- Establish and maintain close working relationships with parliamentarians, civil society organizations, government officials, and political leaders, and with other implementing partners;
- Ensure adherence to NDI Washington, D.C. policies and procedures, as well as to funder/donor regulations, ensuring the integrity of all financial transactions;
- Report on program activities and political developments that may affect program outcomes to the Washington, D.C.-based staff on a regular basis;
- Oversee the development, review, and timely submission of program-related materials, including project work plans and regular reports that measure and evaluate program results.
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in international development, political science, international relations, public policy, law, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred
- A minimum of fourteen (14) years’ experience in progressively more responsible management roles in international development, with significant experience administering multi-year, donor-funded programs in the areas of governance; citizen participation; and gender, youth, and marginalization.
- Experience working with Tibetans strongly preferred, especially with the Central Tibetan Administration.
- Strong practitioner command of effective tools and approaches for fostering and strengthening democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and effective citizen participation in government decision making;
- Experience in managing multi-stakeholder processes and strong communication and negotiation skills; demonstrated ability to develop solid working relationships with local and national governments and government officials, civil society organizations, political parties, and members of the donor/diplomatic community;
- Demonstrated experience in program cycle management, including experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, program evaluation; financial and budgetary planning; and contractual management and oversight. Experience with USAID-funded programming highly desirable;
- Proven experience implementing gender-sensitive programming;
- Proven interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to manage in-country teams;
- Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations that may be remote and difficult to reach;
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English required; proficiency in Tibetan is a plus.
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.