Senior Program Manager: Asia-Pacific

National Democratic Institute
February 25, 2020
Washington, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


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

Senior Program Manager: Asia-Pacific

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking a Senior Program Manager position to join its Asia & Pacific team, and support in the day-to-day management of country and program-specific democratic development programs related to strengthening civil society, enhancing democratic governance, promoting women's and other marginalized groups' political participation, and strengthening political parties across Asia and the Pacific. This full-time position is based in NDI's Washington, DC office and currently focused on Myanmar, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam programs.


  • Provides assistance and team leadership in the day-to-day internal management of a portfolio focused on Myanmar, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam and acts as management focal point in absence of Senior Advisor
  • Designs and oversees the implementation of large-scale and diverse program activities across multiple countries
  • Responds to NDI staff inquiries requiring functional or regional expertise
  • Contributes to the planning, design, and evaluation of NDI's projects for the region in collaboration with local partners, in-house experts, and external experts and advisors
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, civic organizations in the U.S. and the region, national and international news organizations, political party networks and partners, and NDI's network of volunteer trainers and experts
  • Monitors assigned region's annual budget; provides a full, accurate and timely accounting of all funds
  • Monitors political events in assigned country portfolio
  • Serves as “high-level” NDI representative at local and international conferences and meetings and assists with NDI's public outreach
  • Provides final edits on regional department generated documents
  • Provides final reviews on the substance of reports and other documents/proposals/concept notes, that are developed in the field, before submission to donors.
  • Travels to the region to assess political development and new opportunities and evaluates current projects; serves as “Resident Director” in absence of established office or staff
  • Willingness to travel and be stationed in a country program for a period of 1-2weeks to provide substantive assistance to senior staff during exceptionally hectic periods
  • Takes necessary steps to fill staff vacancies, orchestrates recruiting for assigned region, and coordinates closely with the relevant field offices, to ensure the suitability of the candidates' profile and experience with the country office needs.


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in International Relations or related subject; Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
  • Preferably a minimum of ten (10) years relevant work experience in international development, project management, 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 policymakers
  • Superior oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and negotiate
  • Mandarin Chinese or other Asian language proficiency a plus, but not required.
  • Exceptional competency in one or more areas of NDI's functional programs, in addition to a highly developed knowledge of China and Southeast Asia political environment and people
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues and to think innovatively and introduce new concepts
  • Superior writing skills, clear and persuasive and experienced enough to edit all types of team documents
  • Established network, through years of experience, of significant contacts and political leaders
  • Experienced management and leadership skills in order to lead, inspire and motivate staff where results are clearly beneficial
  • Experience in program design and how to strategize
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired
  • Seasoned budget and accounting skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach, for more than two weeks at a time multiple times per year.

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