The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking a Resident Director with strong management skills and legislative development, civil society elections support and/or political party experience to oversee the implementation of its democracy support program in Nigeria. The Resident Director in Nigeria reports to NDI’s Regional Director for Central and West Africa. This position is based in Abuja, Nigeria and would require occasional travel elsewhere within the country. Please note that donor approval is required to fill this position.
The Director will be responsible for overall office management, including financial and human resource management, as well as supervisory responsibility for the design, implementation and evaluation of all NDI-Nigeria programs. The Director will provide leadership and oversight to a team of talented and experienced national staff. S/he will be NDI’s principal liaison with the donor community, representatives from the Nigerian government, local political and civil society organizations, USAID, DFID and other donors. Close coordination will also be expected with NDI-Washington, including frequent communication with the Washington-based staff.
Since the 1998/99 transition from military to civilian rule, NDI has supported the efforts of Nigerian civil society and legislators to strengthen the country’s political processes and nascent democratic institutions. With support from USAID and DFID, NDI conducted election monitoring programs for every election since 1999. NDI currently provides technical assistance to Nigerian civil society groups as they: engage in systematic citizen observation of upcoming gubernatorial races; conduct voter education programs targeting youth on the importance of peaceful elections; advocate to prevent gender-based electoral violence; and conduct issue-based advocacy to increase the political inclusion of marginalized groups. NDI is also working to strengthen women’s political participation by supporting women legislators to be more effective and political parties at the national and state levels to be more inclusive.