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Program Officer: Asia & Pacific


Location: Washington D.C.

Organization: National Democratic Institute

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Program Officer to join its Asia team, and contribute to the planning, designing and implementation of programs related to enhancing democratic governance, strengthening civil society, encouraging citizen election observation, promoting women’s and other marginalized groups’ political participation, and strengthening political parties. This full-time position is based in the Washington, DC office.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Drafts, and coordinates with the team on preparation, final editing and submission of memos, proposals, work plans, quarterly and other reports with minimal substantive guidance; edits work of Program and/or Senior Program Assistants
  • Collaboratively develops program concepts and participates in strategic discussions; supports proposal processes and timelines for submissions; assists in the development of program objectives, results and indicators, as well as contributing to program strategy
  • Contributes to work plan discussions and coordinates processes for work plan drafting and submission
  • Supports overall strategy, vision and many aspects of fairly complex programs; anticipates programmatic administrative needs and with some guidance, takes appropriate actions; maintains interaction with field offices and monitors and measures program performance, timing and results; prepares for assessments
  • Serves as POC for field; meets with funding agency reps to describe program progress and to articulate new funding proposals and concepts; maintains frequent contact with NDI partners overseas and briefs specific country political, civic and business leaders, donor organizations and members of the international community about NDI activities; represents NDI at appropriate events.

Overview of Qualifications:

  • 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 four (4) years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development or legislative affairs
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in one or more areas of NDI's functional programs and the assigned region's political environment
  • High level of 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
  • Excellent oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions
  • Exceptional writing skills to effectively create clear and concise proposals and reports
  • Good negotiating skills; able to introduce new concepts


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

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