Iraq Resident Program Manager: Political Parties

National Democratic Institute
August 7, 2019
Washington, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Job Function: International
Department: Middle East & North Africa
Location: Iraq

Iraq Resident Program Manager: Political Parties

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking to hire a Resident Program Manager for Political Parties with solid management skills and experience working with political parties to implement a program designed to assist political parties to increase engagement with citizens, develop responsive campaigns, and integrate women and youth in party activities. The Program Manager will design and conduct activities such as consultations, training workshops, and multi- and inter- party forums, and maintain regular contact with program participants and partners. NDI seeks candidates with leadership and management skills, coupled with significant political experience. Relevant professional experience working within political party structures and/or in local or national government is expected. The position reports to the Resident Senior Director and is based in Baghdad and Erbil, with occasional travel to other areas.

• Manage and implement NDI's political party program in Iraq, including the planning and coordination of program activities to strengthen parties' engagement with citizens, policy development and campaign capacity, and inclusion of women, youth, and minorities
• Establish and maintain working relationships with key Iraqi and Kurdish political party leaders and members
• Provide technical assistance through consultations and workshops and develop learning materials, as needed, to ensure a high quality of training and enriching exchanges for participants
• Support NDI's specific initiatives to promote the role of women, youth, and minorities as leaders within parties
• Monitor assigned project's annual budget, providing a full, accurate and timely accounting of all funds
• Establish and maintain strong working relations with the donor and diplomatic communities, international organizations, and in-country partners, including political and elected officials and local civic organizations
• Ensure programmatic goals are achieved and operational and reporting requirements are fulfilled
• Support data collection efforts to monitor and track program activities, in line with NDI's performance monitoring framework
• Develop fundraising strategies with local and international donors to help raise additional funds in coordination with the Senior Director and NDI Washington DC staff
• Maintain relationships with key partners in government, political parties, civil society and the donor community in relation to program goals and activities
• Report to the Senior Resident Director and consult regularly with Washington-based staff on program progress and submit field reports to NDI/Washington that monitor and measure program results and political developments
• Bachelor's degree, preferably in International Relations or a related subject; Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
• A minimum of eight (8) years relevant work experience in a legislative environment and/or working political parties at the state/provincial or national level
• Experience in democratic governance development, preferably with political parties, and parliaments
• Training experience and workshop facilitation skills
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, policy makers, US and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, and funders
• Experience working in a post conflict, non-English speaking multi-cultural work environment and promoting staff development
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior government and political leaders as well as members of the donor and diplomatic community
• Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer and advisor
• Ability to adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders
• Experience in program design and strategic planning
• Excellent managerial, interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to conduct professional political relationships
• Superior oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and negotiate
• Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues, as well as public opinion research
• Superior writing skills, clear and persuasive and experienced enough to edit all types of team documents
• Working knowledge of Google Suite platform and e-mail technology
• English fluency, Arabic language ability desirable

A generous benefits package is provided. This is a non-dependent post.

NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work 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, job requirements 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 this position, 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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