Resident Director

National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • Location
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Aug 24

Position description

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking to hire a Resident Director to manage its democratic development and citizen security programs in Honduras. Currently, NDI is conducting programs to build political party capacity and provide elected officials with tools for more effective governance; support locally-led electoral reform efforts; and increase civic awareness of and engagement in anti-corruption and citizen security reform processes. The Resident Director will supervise the Honduras office staff and be responsible for NDI’s in-country operations, including overseeing and attending, when appropriate, program activities conducted outside the capital. The Resident Director will be based in Tegucigalpa with frequent travel throughout the country. The deadline for applications is September 17, 2018.

In addition to meeting program goals, the Resident Director is charged with conducting regular political analysis, supervising overall security management and operations, managing multiple program budgets, and maintaining relationships with Honduran and international partners and organizations including the Honduran government, electoral bodies, members of Congress, political parties, non-governmental entities and donor agencies. The Resident Director will work in close coordination with Tegucigalpa and Washington, D.C.-based staff to manage the programmatic, administrative, financial, and logistical aspects of NDI’s operations. The Resident Director reports to the DC-based Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

This position is available in September 2018 - a September start date is strongly desired but not required. A commitment of at least through April 2020 is expected for this position.


  • Oversee the implementation of NDI’s programs in Honduras;
  • Manage Honduran and international employees, including hiring, performance reviews and staff development, and adherence to human resource policies;
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with Honduran government officials, political parties, election authorities, domestic monitoring and citizen security groups, women’s groups, civil society organizations and program subgrantees;
  • Report on political developments in Honduras that may affect program outcomes to the Washington, DC-based staff on a regular basis;
  • Design and conduct training workshops and one-on-one consultations for political party members and civil society groups;
  • Oversee activities related to public opinion research on citizen attitudes and concerns;
  • Implement NDI's programs in collaboration with in-country field staff and pro-bono trainers or short-term consultants;
  • Manage the development, review and timely submission of program-related materials, including regular reports that measure and evaluate program progress;
  • Work closely with NDI Washington’s Security and Operations personnel to assess and coordinate appropriate security measures for the Institute’s program operations across Honduras;
  • Oversee the proper accounting, management, and planning of multiple program budget funds in-country, in coordination with NDI Honduras’ Finance and Administration team, including the submission of a monthly financial reconciliation to the Washington DC office;
  • Work with Honduran and international organizations on the implementation of complementary programming;
  • Ensure programmatic goals are achieved and adhere to operational and reporting requirements, including written reports to Washington DC that monitor and measure program results and political developments in Honduras;
  • Adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders;
  • Coordinate, with NDI/Washington, timetables and staff assignments for developing proposals, budgets, work plans, and reports and ensure documents reflect NDI priorities, strategy, needs and objectives;
  • Represent NDI and its program at public events and functions;
  • Serve as principal liaison between NDI and program donors, Honduran government officials, legislators and staff, political party leaders, local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the media;
  • Assist in identifying and securing additional funding for NDI programs;
  • Build the capacity of NDI staff to play a substantive role in program development and implementation.

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