Regional Director: ASIA and PACIFIC

Regional Director: ASIA and PACIFIC

NDI - National Democratic Institute

Washington, DC, United States

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking a highly qualified, entrepreneurial, and creative Regional Director to oversee and manage its programs across this dynamic region. The Regional Director will play a leadership role at the Institute and work closely with the Executive Office and others in providing guidance on the Institute’s global policies and overall strategic direction.

NDI’s Asia Regional Director will lead the Institute’s efforts in facing the key challenges in the region, including China’s growing influence and its impact on democratization; the rise of populist movements and an undercurrent of authoritarian drift. In addition to NDI’s country-specific programs, a regional initiative designed to engage the most developed democracies in the region, such as South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and India, in confronting challenges to democratic values is also a component of the Region Director’s portfolio.


Apply Job Knowledge in Effective Decision Making:

  • Creates and leads high-level design of NDI’s regional strategy for programs promoting good governance and democratic consolidation in Asia, directing staff in their work with local partners to execute program activities and the application of NDI expertise
  • Actively assesses new program opportunities, evaluates current initiatives, and engages with key program contacts, political leaders, donors and other relevant stakeholders throughout the Asia region
  • Represents NDI’s institutional interests with partners, donors, supporters and members of the foreign policy community, as well as, at professional conferences, thematic events and other gatherings
  • Anticipates trends or events in political, social and economic developments to gauge the impact on and opportunities for active and future new programs
  • Maintains an understanding of changing donor and NDI policies and procedures and provides oversight to ensure grant compliance and application within local legal frameworks
  • Makes decisions and guide goal setting, delivering the best possible result with the resources available


  • Leads a multi-cultural team located across the Asia region and Washington, DC, in strategic planning, creative program design, and effective project implementation
  • Nurtures the relationships with political leaders, democratic activists, citizen representatives and other key stakeholders to encourage citizen participation, electoral integrity and greater government accountability
  • Leads, motivates and hires a diverse field and DC team, including oversight of performance appraisals and support for departmental staff professional development
  • Provides leadership and oversight to in-country field teams, ensuring accountability in the execution of program activities and management of field operations and local staff based on established institutional procedures, local laws, donor regulations and best practice
  • Promotes and ensures a professional and respectful workplace environment for staff throughout the region

Collaboration & Communication:

  • Cultivates and maintains relationships and communication with the donor and diplomatic community, other democratic development organizations, regional civic and political leaders from across the political spectrum, the media and NDI’s network of political and technical experts, to strengthen democratic development in the region
  • Establishes and executes communication structures (staff meetings, knowledge management, etc) for team to ensure information is disseminated appropriately and timely for team cohesion
  • Contributes to the development of messaging across the organization to promote NDI’s mission, technical expertise and programmatic achievements, as well as engaging with peers and executive leadership in ongoing assessment of risks, challenges and opportunities

Financial Stewardship:

  • Leads overall regional fundraising strategy and supervises complex relations and negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, donors or relevant audiences as necessary
  • Monitors and oversees the department’s overall annual budget and spending strategy to ensure proper stewardship, including review of financial status reports and ensuring compliance with budget management tasks and processes for appropriate fiscal management


  • Graduate level degree, preferably in International Development or a related area. Significant years of relevant work experience may be substituted for education requirement
  • Twenty plus years of relevant experience in a progressive leadership role, in international affairs organization or related environment
  • Experience leading large multi country donor funded programs
  • Experience in the Asia region, resulting in a highly developed knowledge of the region’s various political, social and economic environments
  • Professional management experience in inspiring and motivating diverse international teams
  • Competency and knowledge of substantive areas of NDI programming such as election monitoring, political party strengthening, civic engagement, legislative strengthening, conflict management and stabilization and women’s empowerment
  • Possess a network of highly relevant political and civic contacts in the region
  • Excellent communicator who possesses cultural sensitivity to effectively interact and negotiate with all levels of staff, US and foreign government staff, program partners, members of donor organizations, donors, and policy makers with diplomacy and tact
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues
  • Experienced budgeting and accounting skills and knowledge of grant funding procedures
  • Working knowledge of USG and European funding policies and regulations
  • Ability to travel frequently to international regional locations

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