Senior Program Officer: Southern and East Africa

National Democratic Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 26

Position description

Job Function: Washington DC
Department: Southern & East Africa
Location: Washington, DC

Senior Program Officer: Southern and East Africa

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Senior Program Officer to join its Southern and East Africa (SEA) team in the Washington, DC office, and manage democratic development programs related to strengthening civil society, enhancing democratic governance, enhancing women's and other marginalized groups' political participation, and strengthening political parties. This is a full time position based in the Washington, DC office and does not have direct reports.Hiring is contingent upon funding.


  • 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 coordinates drafting, editing and submission of board memos, proposals, work plans, quarterly and other reports with limited guidance; edits work ofProgramand SeniorProgramAssistants
  • Manages proposal process and timeline for proposal submissions; developsprogramobjectives, results and indicators, in collaboration with NDI thematic experts and field offices
  • Leads work plan discussions; manages process for work plan drafting and submission
  • Handles all aspects ofprogrammanagement; anticipates and plans for programmatic needs and takes action accordingly; provides guidance to staff onprogramdelivery; overseesprogramprogress and measuresprogramperformance and results; conducts assessments as needed
  • Serves as point of contact on assigned countries and programs for internal and external collaborators
  • Represents NDI at local conferences and meetings with the NGO community, funders and members of the foreign policy and international development communities
  • Supports theSenior Program Manager by providing effective management of multiple grants with multiple programs and reconciliations; oversees appropriate application of allowable costs; ensures that programs stay within budget limits; anticipates and successfully addresses costs and overages, and implements solutions to budget variances; guides junior staff and field offices on financial management questions
  • Travels to the region to plan and support political assessments, participate in and evaluate current projects, and discuss planning, assessment or implementation issues with keyprogramcontacts, political leaders, donors and other stakeholders
  • Provides support for local and regionalprogramconferences, workshops and meetings; organizes workshops involving multiple teams; 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 forProgramand SeniorProgramAssistants
  • 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




  • Bachelor's degree preferably in International Relations, Political Science, Law or 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 relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development, legislative affairs
  • Experience inprogramdesign and how to strategize, think innovatively, and introduce new concepts
  • Experience working in developing countries or in Africa
  • 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 negotiating and project management skills
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Smooth multi-tasking among multiple responsibilities
  • 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


This is a unionpositionto be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2.

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

NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusivework 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,jobrequirements 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 thisposition, 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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