Program Advisor: Asia

National Democratic Institute
September 9, 2019
Washington, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


Job Function: Washington DC
Department: Asia
Location: Washington, DC

Program Advisor: Asia

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking a Program Advisor to join its Asia team. This full-time role is responsible for leading and overseeing country programs, including Afghanistan. The Advisor will manage team members, contribute to strategic planning, oversee aspects of program implementation, and ensure quality control of programs and written products. In addition, the Advisor will lead Asia team initiatives on strategic communications, program development and fundraising.


  • Provides leadership and support to the management of NDI's Afghanistan and other program portfolios
  • Leads team members in the planning, design and evaluation of programs in collaboration with in-country and headquarters-based staff, local partners and external experts
  • Builds capacity of the Asia team to improve internal and external communications
  • Works with Asia team leadership to formulate and implement fundraising plans targeting traditional and non-traditional donors
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, national partners and networks, and NDI's network of trainers and experts
  • Advises field directors and teams on NDI and donor policies
  • Leads and supervises staff in developing proposals, briefs and workplans, and in documenting program progress and achievements, ensuring quality control of written reports
  • Ensures oversight of program budgets and works with field and DC-based teams to provide the full, accurate and timely accounting of program funds
  • Supervises, guides and mentors subordinates in the DC office
  • Supports measures to fill staff vacancies and recruit staff and consultants
  • Monitors political developments in Afghanistan and the broader Asia region
  • Travels to program countries to support activities as well as assess program opportunities
  • Serves as NDI representative at external events and assists with NDI's public outreach
  • Acts as liaison with members of NGO, funding and Washington policymaking communities


  • 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 14 years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development, legislative affairs
  • Exceptional 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
  • Extensive experience managing large programs and grants funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills in formal writing, social media channels and presentations for multiple, varied audiences
  • Exceptional competency in one or more areas of NDI's functional programs, in addition to knowledge of the political and operational environment in the Asia region, including Afghanistan
  • High degree of organization, initiative and attention to detail
  • Exceptional skills for analyzing complex program and political issues and for developing relevant and innovative program responses in fluid situations
  • Superior writing skills, clear and persuasive and experienced in editing of written materials
  • Experienced management and leadership skills and capable of leading, inspiring and motivating staff
  • Extensive experience in program design and strategic planning
  • Seasoned project financial management skills
  • Working knowledge of Google applications, PC-based word processing, database and spreadsheet applications, and e-mail technology
  • Ability and willingness to travel (up to 20%) to regional locations based on program needs


Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.

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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