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Resident Director (Chief of Party): Sri Lanka

Job Location:

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Job Description:

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks to hire a Resident Director/Chief of Party (COP) to support a forthcoming civil society development program in Sri Lanka. A commitment of at least three years is expected for this position. Competitive candidates should have demonstrated international experience in managing large scale development projects, designing and implementing citizen engagement projects to enhance citizens' understanding and ability to express the principles and practice of democracy and good governance. The position is based in Colombo, but requires travel throughout the country.

This position is contingent upon the availability of funding for NDI's programs in Sri Lanka and donor approval of key personnel. This position is anticipated to start in September 2017.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Oversee program design, implementation, and evaluation on programs related to: civic education, citizen engagement, advocacy, building democratic space, and government partnerships;
• Manage/oversee local and expatriate staff structure and individual performance, evaluation, promotion/discipline;
• Coordinate with domestic and international partners in the implementation of joint programming;
• Establish and maintain close working relationships with elected officials, political leaders, government officials and civil society groups in Sri Lanka, as well as the US Embassy, USAID, implementing partners, and local/international non-governmental organizations;
• Ensure adherence to NDI policies and procedures, as well as donor regulations, ensuring the integrity of all financial transactions;
• Report on program activities and political developments in Sri Lanka that may affect program outcomes to the Washington, DC-based staff on a regular basis; and
• Oversee the development, review and timely submission of program-related materials, including regular reports that measure and evaluate program results.

Job Requirements:

• A minimum of fourteen (14) years of overall experience in the promotion of democracy and good governance; a minimum of ten (10) years of this should be in community development programs, civic engagement/civil society, public administration, institutional development or related technical areas, grants management, and political/civil-sector institutional capacity building; and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience working closely with and supporting local communities in transitional situations; graduate degree preferred;
• Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and closely with donors, managing and implementing USAID-funded international development programs, and conducting results-oriented program design, strategic planning, and program evaluation;
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior political leaders, parliamentarians, civil society organizations and members of the donor and diplomatic community;
• Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues; Ability to adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders;
• Exceptional interpersonal and managerial 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;
• Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities;
• Experience managing multiple subawards to local organizations;
• Ability to live and work in a challenging political environment; experience working in Asia preferred;
• Working knowledge of Google-based applications such as Drive or other cloud-based online information management systems, and PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications; and

NDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.


How To Apply:

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Contact Information:

Contact: Daniel Yee
Senior HR Assistant
National Democratic Institute
Phone: 202-728-5615


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