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Resident Program Director

Deadline: Until filled

Location: Burkina Faso

Organization: The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs

The Resident Program Director assists the Resident Director in managing and supervising in-country staff and programs.  S/he will also undertake training and provide guidance to NDI Burkina Faso program staff as they plan, implement and monitor programs, including program data collection, performance monitoring and reporting; collaborates with technical experts and consultants to design, implement and evaluate trainings and technical assistance activities for political parties, civil society organizations, and members of parliament; ensures timely and accurate program reporting and response to requests by donors, program partners, and NDI headquarters. S/he will assist the Resident Director in identifying funding opportunities and managing relationships with donors and government officials Burkina Faso.

Interested candidates should have strong leadership and management skills, significant experience in democracy and governance program areas, such as civil society capacity-building, advocacy, legislative strengthening, political party strengthening, elections, and the political participation of women and youth. S/he must possess effective communication skills and experience as a trainer and/or technical advisor. Strong familiarity with or experience in Burkina Faso or West Africa is necessary. Written and spoken French is required; working knowledge of English is desired.


In the last decade, NDI has been implementing programs to strengthen democratic processes and institutions in Burkina Faso. The Institute has provided technical assistance to political parties, civil society organizations, and women and youth groups. NDI programs assist political parties to be more responsive to constituents, empower civil society to participate effectively in political processes, enhance the voice and role of women in political and civic life, and strengthen democratic oversight of the security sector.


  • Lead and oversee the planning and implementation of NDI’s programs in Burkina Faso under the direction of the Senior Resident Director, and in collaboration with country staff, consultants and experts, and NDI regional and international staff
  • Initiate program activities as appropriate based on changing political conditions, partners’ priorities and local needs
  • Build staff capacity through training, guidance and supervision to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate programs; collect and analyze data; produce accurate and timely documents and reports
  • Guide staff in conducting regular review and analysis of programs’ progress, and identifying opportunities
  • Lead and supervise staff in documenting activities and monitoring visits, drafting monthly and quarterly reports
  • Provide expertise to staff and partners in at least three of NDI Burkina Faso’s core program areas: organizational capacity building, youth and women’s leadership, countering and preventing violent extremism, conflict prevention, good governance, political dialogue, legislative processes, and advocacy
  • Assist staff and consultants to develop and deliver content and materials tailored to specific participant groups through trainings, workshops, and other technical assistance activities
  • Develop concept notes for potential donors or to pursue funding opportunities
  • Develop and coordinate complementary partnerships as appropriate with national and international non-governmental organizations
  • Maintain relationships with donors, embassies, and other key partners represent NDI at local and regional meetings, conferences and events
  • Undertake other activities assigned by the Senior Resident Director


  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science or related field; Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
  • A minimum of fourteen (14) years of political and civic experience, including work with political parties, civil society organizations, legislatures and/or executive branch agencies
  • Oral and written communication skills in French; English skills desirable
  • Working knowledge of political systems in West Africa, preferably through work experience in the region; ability to work in a challenging political environment and make decisions under pressure
  • Experience implementing, managing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on large international development programs strongly preferred
  • Experience in developing and analyzing program budgets and monitoring program expenditures
  • Proven ability to conduct sophisticated political analysis and interact in politically sensitive discussions, meetings and events
  • Experience organizing conferences/seminars, training, facilitating small group consultations, communicating skills and experience to others and in participatory training, especially to party leaders and activists
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills, experience fostering relationships with senior political leaders and members of the donor and diplomatic community
  • Demonstrated teamwork and supervision ability, ability to work under pressure with minimal direction; ability to lead and manage multinational staff and consultants, and to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • A high degree of organization, initiative and attention to detail and accuracy
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Excel and Powerpoint, Google products, social media, use of Internet
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations which may be remote and difficult to reach

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