Senior Program Officer: Southern and East Africa

Senior Program Officer: Southern and East Africa

NDI - National Democratic Institute

Washington DC, United States

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Senior Program Officer to join its Southern and East Africa (SEA) team and manage the democratic development programs by assisting in the oversight of the assigned regional department programs. This is a full-time position based in the Washington, DC office and does not have direct reports.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with NDI field staff to execute assigned programs in accordance with NDI standards, grant agreements and donor requirements
  • Monitors projects’ financial status and recommends appropriate adjustments when necessary
  • Drafts, or oversees drafting, final editing and submission of board memos, proposals, work plans, quarterly and other reports with minimal substance guidance; edits the work of the Program Officers and Program and Senior Program Assistants
  • Develops program concepts and leads strategic discussions; manages proposal process and timeline for proposal submissions; develops program objectives, results and indicators, as well as program strategy
  • Leads work plan discussions; manages process for work plan drafting and submission
  • Handles all aspects of program management; anticipates and plans for programmatic needs and takes action accordingly; provides guidance to staff in this area; oversees programmatic progress and measures program performance, timing and results; conducts assessments
  • Serves as POC; engages funding agencies for new funds and extensions; initiates and maintains relations with high-level political partners; cultivates successful relationships with funders
  • Represents NDI at local conferences and meetings with NGO community, funders and donors and members of the foreign policy community to assist with NDI's public outreach
  • Lends support to Program Director by providing effective management of multiple grants with multiple programs and reconciliations; oversees appropriate application of allowable costs; ensures that they stay within budget limits; anticipates and successfully addresses costs and overages, and implements solutions to budget variances; guides other staff regarding structures and mechanisms
  • Travels to the region to plan and support political assessments, assess new opportunities, participate in and evaluate current projects, and negotiate with key program contacts, political leaders, donors and others
  • Provides support for local and regional program conferences, workshops and meetings; organizes major cross-functional workshops; organizes delegations abroad
  • Shortlists international trainers and volunteers for activities on assigned projects; initiates and coordinates cross-team programming activities
  • Ensures appropriate implementation of field office policies and handbook; interprets NDI policies for field office; identifies development opportunities for Program and Senior Program Assistants and Program Officers
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, civic organizations and NDI's network of volunteer trainers and experts; acts as back-up to team members not present

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in International Relations, Political Science, Law or a related subject; Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
  • A minimum of six (6) years of relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development, legislative affairs
  • Experience in program design and how to strategize
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in one or more areas of NDI's functional programs, such as elections, political or community organizing, or legislative affairs and the assigned region's political environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, US 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, clear and persuasive with little to no editing
  • Strong written and spoken proficiency in English required
  • Strong negotiating and project management skills
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Strong multi-tasking skills to manage multiple responsibilities and ensure deadlines are met in a timely manner
  • Ability to inspire and motivate staff where mentoring results are clearly beneficial
  • Ability to analyze political work, to think innovatively and introduce new concepts
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired
  • Seasoned budget and accounting skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% regional locations based on budget and organizational needs to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach

Apply Now

Don't forget to mention IntJobs when applying.

Share this Job

© EuroJobsites 2019

EuroJobsites is a UK registered company number: 4694396 VAT number: GB 880 9055 04

Registered address: EuroJobsites Ltd, Unit 8, Kingsmill Business Park, Kingston Upon Thames, London, KT1 3GZ, United Kingdom

Newsletter | Recruit | Advertise | Privacy | Contact Us

© EuroJobsites 2019

EuroJobsites is a UK registered company number: 4694396 VAT number: GB 880 9055 04

Registered address: EuroJobsites Ltd, Unit 8, Kingsmill Business Park, Kingston Upon Thames, London, KT1 3GZ, United Kingdom

This website uses cookies to make your experience better. Continued use of this website means you accept our cookie policy.  Accept Cookies