The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs seeks an experienced professional to coordinate program administration, grant management, and monitoring and evaluation of the Institute’s Belarus program in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The Resident Program Officer will be responsible for supporting NDI’s Belarus program based in Vilnius, including providing the program team with grant management, procurement, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation support. The Resident Program Officer will report to the Resident Country Director. Close coordination will also be expected with the NDI/Washington, DC office.
The ideal candidate is a dynamic, creative professional whose experience encompasses a wide range of skill areas, including: project management, procurement, donor reporting, and monitoring and evaluation.
- Provide guidance, oversight and problem solving assistance to NDI staff on financial management policies, donor requirements and help strengthen systems;
- Assist in developing and maintaining forward planning and financial tracking systems;
- Ensure compliance with NDI’s internal policies, including procurement, and with donor requirements;
- Coordinate data collection and analysis protocols for programs, in coordination with NDI’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team and senior staff based in Vilnius;
- Conduct relevant analysis to determine potential impacts of programmatic work related to program-specific initiatives, plans, and/or problems, as well as review of data and metrics associated with program progress. Draw conclusions and present findings in a concise and understandable manner with related recommendations for any proposed actions to be taken;
- Draft assigned communications as needed, including briefing memos, reports (e.g. quarterly), workplans, proposals, and presentations;
- Attend and/or represent NDI at selected external events/meetings;
- Work closely with field and DC staff to improve interoffice coordination and communication;
- Act as a back-up to other team members as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in International Relations or related subject; graduate degree preferred.
- A minimum of four (4) years relevant work experience in international development, particularly civil society development, research, media, and/or political party development.
- Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirements on a one-for-one basis.
- Previous experience working with the National Democratic Institute strongly preferred.
- Previous experience working on the East European and/or Eurasia regions strongly preferred.
- Proven experience in international democracy, human rights, and governance assistance strongly preferred.
- In-depth knowledge of U.S. Government and international donors strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the political environment in Belarus and the region
- Substantial program coordination and financial management experience including working knowledge of NDI budget and accounting procedures;
- Excellent oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and transfer skills to host country staff;
- Exceptional writing skills to effectively create clear and concise proposals and reports.
- Ability to prioritize, delegate, and monitor program responsibilities and tasks;
- Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team;
- High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, and members of donor organizations;
- Ability to take initiative, inspire and motivate staff;
- Ability to analyze the political situation, define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions as part of monitoring and evaluation of program progress and impact;
- Excellent knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications, including facility with Google platform and applications.
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 http://www.ndi.org/careers.