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Resident Program Director for Political Parties Program: Nepal

Deadline: Until filled

Location: Nepal

Organization: National Democratic Institute

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) seeks a Resident Program Direct to direct its political party development assistance program in Nepal. S/he will report to NDI’s Senior Country Director. Based in Kathmandu, Nepal with frequent in-country travel, the Resident Program Director will assume responsibilities related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Institute’s program activities related to political party strengthening.

This position is subject to donor approval. The anticipated start date is February 2020.

Responsibilities:

  • In consultation with the Senior Country Director, plans, designs, implements and evaluates NDI’s political party strengthening programming in collaboration with local partners, in-house experts and external experts and advisors
  • Provides assistance and team leadership in the day-to-day internal management of political party strengthening activities, and responds to NDI staff inquiries requiring technical expertise on political party work
  • Provides training and consultation to program partners on topics including: messaging and communications, policymaking procedures, and campaign planning and strategy
  • Monitors assigned program’s annual budget; provides a full, accurate and timely accounting of assigned program funds
  • Monitors political events in assigned program areas and reports on political developments in Nepal that may affect program outcomes to the Senior Country Director on a regular basis;
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with key partners in government, political parties, civil society and the donor community in relation to program goals and activities
  • Provides day-to-day management and oversight of local program staff
  • Along with the Senior Country Director, represents NDI programs in meetings with Nepali political party leaders and candidates, election and government officials, donors and other international organizations, at local and international conferences and meetings, and assists with NDI’s public outreach
  • As directed by the Senior Country Director, consults regularly with DC staff on program progress and manages the development, review and timely submission of program-related materials, including regular reports that measure and evaluate program results to the Resident Director and NDI/Washington

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in international relations or a related subject; additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
  • A minimum of fourteen (14) years of relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development, or parliamentary strengthening
  • Strong political sense and ability to understand and respond to political developments and challenges in country, and capable of quickly adjusting program response accordingly;
  • Significant experience in political party strengthening programming and in-person assistance training/oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and negotiate, including message and policy development, candidate debates, and party outreach in addition to exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues and to think innovatively and introduce new concepts
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, including training, with senior political and civic leaders
  • Program management and financial management experience, including experience initiating and managing grants. Experience in implementing USAID international development programs preferred
  • Superior writing skills, clear, persuasive, and experienced enough to edit all types of team documents
  • A proven track record of working effectively both independently and as a member of a large field team
  • Experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, implementation, and program evaluation
  • Ability to live and work in a challenging environment
  • Ability to adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications as well as Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.)
  • Seasoned budget and accounting skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel on a frequent basis within Nepal outside of Kathmandu, including in remote regions and districts, as needed
  • Professional proficiency in English is required
  • Highly developed knowledge of the Asia region’s political environment preferred

Comments:

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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How to apply:

Please apply online through NDI's website

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