Job Vacancies National Democratic Institute
Position: Temporary Program/Senior Program Officer
Location: United States of America ( The )
Closing Date: Tuesday, 06 September 2011
The Temporary Program Officer (PO) or Senior Program Officer (SPO)-depending on experience, manages assigned democratic development programs in the former Soviet Union, and contributes to their planning, design and evaluation in collaboration with DC and field staff, by performing the duties listed below. This is a temporary position lasting 3 months with the possibility for permanent placement pending funding.
Drafts or oversees drafting, final editing and submission of board memos, briefing memos, reports and other materials with some editing, direction and substance guidance; drafts entire or significant portions of quarterly reports, sections of work plans and larger proposals;
* Develops program concepts for proposals in collaboration with functional teams and field staff; develops program objectives that reflect broader institutional strategies and approaches in tandem with the Director.
* Leads work plan discussions; manages process for work plan drafting and submission.
* Manages overall strategy, vision and many aspects of fairly complex programs; anticipates programmatic administrative needs and with some guidance, takes appropriate actions; maintains interaction with field offices and monitors and measures program performance, timing and results; prepares for assessments.
* Serves as POC for field; meets with funding agency reps to describe program progress and to articulate new funding proposals and concepts; maintains frequent contact with NDI partners overseas and briefs specific country political, civic and business leaders, donor organizations and members of the international community about NDI activities; represents NDI at appropriate events.
* Acts as liaison with members of NGO, funding and Washington policymaking communities; formulates funding ideas and pursues funding sources.
* Monitors budgets, grants and expenditures for larger or complex programs with multiple field offices and/or reconciliations; creates proposal budgets with supporting notes for large programs; applies allowable costs according to restrictions, structures and mechanisms; ensures that they stay within budget limits; anticipates and successfully addresses costs and overages, and implements solutions to budget variances; implements and manages all aspects of subgrants.
* Provides support for program conferences, workshops and meetings; organizes delegations abroad.
* Recruits and briefs international trainers, volunteers and field representatives; develops a network and suggests utilization.
* 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 or related subject; graduate degree preferred
* A minimum of four (4) year for PO and six (6) years for SPO of relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development or legislative affairs
* Living or working experience outside the U.S., especially in the former Soviet republics, preferred
* Exceptional writing skills to effectively create clear and concise proposals and reports
* High level of 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
* Ability to analyze political work, define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, and the ability to think innovatively
* Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
* Basic managerial skills; good negotiating skills; able to introduce new concepts
* Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in one or more areas of NDI’s functional programs and the assigned region’s political environment
* Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures
* Foreign language ability applicable to the region, preferred
* Ability to take initiative, inspire and motivate staff
* Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications
* Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach
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