Senior Program Manager: ASIA

National Democratic Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 27

Position description

Job Function: Washington DC
Department: Asia
Location: Washington, DC

Senior Program Manager: ASIA

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Senior Program Manager to join its Asia team and support democratic development projects in the South Asia (including Afghanistan) and Southeast Asia regions. This full-time position is based in NDI's Washington, DC office.


  • Contributes to the planning, design and evaluation of NDI's programs in collaboration with local partners, in-house experts, external experts and advisors
  • Provides leadership and support in day-to-day internal management of country programs and acts as management focal point
  • Provides field offices with program and operational support
  • Drafts and edit briefing memos, reports, work plans and proposals
  • Manages work plan discussions and processes for work plan drafting and submission
  • Monitors program implementation and shares results with donors, program partners and other stakeholders
  • Ensures compliance with donor regulations and NDI policies by program staff in DC and in the field
  • Develops program concepts for proposals in collaboration with functional teams; develops program objectives that reflect broader institutional strategies and approaches in tandem with senior staff
  • Maintains contact with NDI partners overseas and brief political, civic and business leaders, donor organizations and members of the international community on NDI activities
  • Acts as liaison with members of NGO, funding and Washington policymaking communities; formulates funding ideas and pursues funding sources
  • Manages and monitors program funds, including timely reconciliation of program expenses
  • Supervises, guides and mentors subordinates in the D.C. office
  • Travels to the region (at least twice a year), as needed, to support in-country programs


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in international relations or related subject.. Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
  • A minimum of ten (10) years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development or legislative affairs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers
  • Excellent oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and negotiate
  • Competency in one or more areas of NDI's functional programs, in addition to knowledge of South and Southeast Asia's political and operational environment
  • Extensive experience managing large programs and grants funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues and to think innovatively and introduce new concepts
  • Strong writing skills, clear and persuasive and experienced enough to edit all types of team documents
  • High degree of organization, initiative and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage, lead, inspire and motivate staff where results are clearly beneficial
  • Experience in program design and strategy development
  • 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 to regional locations


Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.

NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related condition.


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