Senior Program Manager: Asia & Pacific (Multiple Positions)

National Democratic Institute
May 6, 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

Senior Program Manager: Asia & Pacific (Multiple Positions)

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking multiple Senior Program Manager positions 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.


  • Designs and oversees the implementation of program activities
  • Provides assistance and team leadership in day-to-day internal management of regional department and acts as management focal point in absence of Regional Director
  • 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 regional department
  • 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
  • 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
  • Takes necessary steps to fill staff vacancies and orchestrates recruiting for assigned region


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in International Relations or related subject; Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
  • A minimum of ten (10) 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
  • Superior oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and negotiate
  • Foreign language ability applicable to region preferred
  • Exceptional competency in one or more areas of NDI's functional programs, in addition to a highly developed knowledge of the assigned region's 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 4-6 times to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach


This is a union position to be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2.

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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