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Resident Country Director: Haiti

Job Location

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Job Description

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Resident Director with strong political party, parliamentary, women and youth political participation program experience, as well as excellent program and staff management skills to oversee the implementation of NDI's programs in Haiti, including overall office management and financial and human resources issues.

The Resident Director will be based in Port-au-Prince with regular travel throughout the country, often to remote locations, and will serve as principal NDI representative with the program donor, political and civic leaders, program partners and representatives of the international community. The Resident Director will work closely with the Washington-based program staff who provide day-to-day support for field activities. The Resident Director reports to the DC-based Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. This position is a partially-accompanied post (adult dependents only).

Beginning in 1986, NDI has worked to: promote the peaceful engagement of citizens in Haiti's civic and political life by informing citizens on their rights and responsibilities, help communities organize and engage government officials to solve community problems, strengthen political parties and parliament, promote transparency though national election observation and increase the participation of women and youth in political life. NDI has received funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), private family foundations and other donors.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Manage all aspects of the implementation of NDI's programs in Haiti
• Forge and maintain collaborative relationships with Haitian civic groups, the Haitian government, members of parliament, political parties, and representatives of the US government and other members of the international community
• Oversee and manage all program activities for the NDI office
• Provide oversight and review of the in-country budget and the timely and accurate submission of a monthly financial reconciliation to the Washington, DC office. Make programmatic adjustments as necessary throughout the implementation cycle to stay on budget
• Monitor, measure and provide oral and written reports of program results and political developments in Haiti affecting democratic governance
• Adjust program activities in response to changing political and economic circumstances and programmatic needs
• Continue to develop the capacity of NDI national staff to play a substantive role in program development, implementation and evaluation
• Act as chief spokesperson for NDI in Haiti, representing NDI with the media and at public events


• Bachelor degree, preferably in international relations, political science or a related subject. Master's Degree in political science, public policy, international relations or related field such as election management and operations, public administration is highly desirable.
• A strong record of leading large and complex projects in Haiti, or in other Latin American, or African countries.
• Solid understanding of development, political, and electoral issues in Haiti, and/or other francophone countries, and knowledge of Haitian counterparts and individuals and organizations active or interested in elections and political process issues
• At least fourteen (14) years of progressively responsible experience in international democracy, specifically Election and Political Process project management, preferably with USAID projects, in Haiti, other Latin American, or other African countries
• Previous experience serving as advisor to electoral institutions or parliament is a plus
• Demonstrated ability to conduct and apply sophisticated political analysis to programmatic activities and adjust activities based on changing political and environmental circumstances and in response to programmatic needs
• Demonstrated ability to establish productive relationships with senior government officials, members of parliament, the business community, civil society, and international donors
• Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer and advisor
• Experience in financial management and reporting
• Experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, and program monitoring and evaluation
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and cross-cultural awareness to effectively interact with all levels of staff, and national government personnel, members of civic and donor organizations
• Experience managing and developing staff
• Excellent written and oral communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner
• Fluency in French and English required, along with excellent written communication skills; Haitian Creole preferred
• Experience living and working in a country other than home of record
• Relevant computer skills; experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) a plus, and experience with Excel a plus

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all, NDI bases its employment decisions on merit, qualifications and abilities. NDI is an equal opportunity employer. It 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.

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