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Resident Director/Resident Senior Director: Pacific Islands

Job Location

Washington, DC, United States

Job Description

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Resident Director/Resident Senior Director to manage and implement democracy assistance programs to advance citizen-responsive democratic governance in the Pacific Islands. Specific areas of focus include 1) enhancing domestic election monitoring efforts; 2) strengthening civil society organizations' capacity to cultivate civic engagement and demand government accountability and; 3) raising awareness on barriers to women's political participation and violence against women in politics to address the unique challenges faced by young democratic governments in the Pacific Islands.

The ideal candidate has 14-20+ years of experience as a political practitioner at the local and national levels, solid managerial and communications skills, and demonstrated capacity for astute political analysis and judgment. The position would be based in or near the Pacific Islands and requires regular travel throughout the region. In the short-term, the posting location will depend on NDI policies regarding COVID-19.

The primary responsibilities of the position will be the overall management and technical direction of NDI programs in the Pacific region as well as representing NDI to the governments, political parties, civil society organizations, and other program stakeholders in the Pacific Islands. Close coordination is expected with NDI-Washington headquarters, including day-to-day contact with the Washington-based staff that provides oversight and support for field activities.

Essential Responsibilities

• Oversee, in collaboration with Pacific Islands-based staff/consultants and Washington-based staff, the design and implementation of NDI's programs and consultations with partners in national and local government, parliament and local councils, political parties, and civic leaders;
• Provide day-to-day management and oversight of local professional and support staff in the field office;
• Engage with a local legal counsel to assist with ensuring compliance of NDI's operational policies with the local laws;
• Cultivate and maintain collaborative relationships with civil society groups in the Pacific Islands, as well as all other relevant stakeholders and program partners including political parties, parliamentarians, host-government officials, U.S. and foreign diplomats and donor agencies in the region;
• Provide needs-based trainings/consultations for political parties, CSOs, national and local government representatives and other stakeholders
• Oversee the development, review and timely submission of program-related materials, including regular reports that describe activities, measure and evaluate program results. Ensure program compliance with donor requirements with regards to work plans and performance monitoring plans, and report on political developments in the Pacific Islands that may affect program outcomes;
• Ensure office adherence to NDI-DC, donor/funder, and the Pacific Islands government policies and procedures and be responsible for the integrity of all financial transactions.
• Develop and implement fundraising strategies with donors to help raise additional funds in coordination with the NDI Washington staff.

Required Experience

• Minimum Bachelor's degree, in a field of study related to political science, public administration, international development, or international affairs; graduate degree desired.
• For Resident Director, minimum fourteen (14) years substantive political experience, including working for elected legislative and/or parliamentary bodies, political parties, and/or politically active non-governmental organizations. For Resident Senior Director, minimum twenty (20) years of the same.
• Practitioner expertise in: parliamentary strengthening; election observation; civic advocacy and political process monitoring; gender and inclusion; political party development; and coalition-building;
• Experience in program management, especially implementing programs funded by USAID and non-USG donors. Candidates should possess a record of solid performance in a management background, including program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation skills, as well as effective personnel management, team leadership, and demonstrated commitment to teamwork; the ideal candidate also possesses a capacity for innovation and creativity in designing, adapting and implementing democracy assistance programming;
• Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior political and civic leaders as well as members of the donor and diplomatic community. Ability to work with competing political groups and understand complex political dynamics is key.
• Track record of securing funding from US government and non-US government sources;
• Ability to communicate and adapt skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor and consultant;
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, with demonstrated ability for public speaking, writing and reporting in English.
• Experience in living and working overseas and an ability to work in a transitioning political environment is highly desirable.
• Ability and willingness to regularly travel to regional locations that may be remote and difficult to reach
• Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) is a must, as well as familiarity with protocols for the secure storage and sharing of information (cyber hygiene)


NDI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, NDI makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant's or employee's race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify NDI's Human Resources department.

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