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Senior Program Officer: Gender, Women and Democracy

Deadline: Until filled

Location: Washington, USA

Organization: NDI


  • Drafts, or oversees drafting, final editing and submission of board memos, proposals, work plans, quarterly and other reports with minimal substance guidance; edits work of Program and Senior Program Assistants, and Program Officers
  • Develops program concepts and leads strategic discussions; manages proposal process and timeline for proposal submissions; develops program objectives, results and indicators, as well as program strategy
  • Leads work plan discussions; manages process for work plan drafting and submission
  • Manages overall strategy and vision for designated GWD-led programs or initiatives; provides advice to Director on status and progress handles all aspects of program management; anticipates and plans for programmatic needs and takes action accordingly; provides guidance to staff in this area; oversees programmatic progress and measures program performance, timing and results; conducts assessments
  • Serves as a point of contact for designated regional, functional or cross-Institute teams and programs; initiates and maintains relations with GWD peer network of partners and key champions; cultivates successful relationships with funders
  • Represents NDI at local conferences and meetings with policy and research organizations, donors, funders and members of the foreign policy community to assist with NDI's public outreach
  • Lends support to Director by providing effective coordination of multiple grants with multiple programs and reconciliations; oversees appropriate application of allowable costs; ensures that they stay within budget limits; anticipates and successfully addresses costs and overages, and implements solutions to budget variances; guides other staff regarding structures and mechanisms; engages funding agencies for new funds and extensions
  • Travels, as requested, to provide technical advice, training or participate in assessments, conferences or forums; and to negotiate with key program contacts, political leaders, donors and others
  • Provides support on gender, women and democracy for local and regional program conferences, workshops and meetings; organizes multi-sector major workshops and delegations abroad
  • Shortlists international trainers for numerous positions related to GWD or regional programs; participates in some recruitment activities for GWD staff; initiates and coordinates cross-team programming activities; directs collaboration within the team and between GWD and other NDI teams
  • Ensures appropriate implementation of values and policies in NDI’s staff handbook; identifies development opportunities for Program and Senior Program Assistants
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, civic organizations and NDI's network of volunteer trainers and experts; acts as back-up to team members not present


  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Gender Studies; or,  if not, in Political Science, International Relations or a related subject with a significant gender component. Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement
  • A minimum of six (6) years of relevant work experience in  gender, women and democracy, or in areas relevant to gender, women and democracy, such as international development, working with women’s rights organizations, organizational development; or equivalent experience at NDI
  • Experience in program management and working with multi-national, multicultural, and dispersed teams   
  • Experience interacting, communicating and engaging with individuals of different contexts and backgrounds to build relationships or foster exchanges
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in gender approaches, gender analysis  and gender mainstreaming
  • Ability to analyze political work, to think innovatively and introduce new concepts
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, women in politics, partner organizations, US and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, and policy makers
  • Excellent oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and communicate new or difficult concepts to experts and non-experts alike
  • Exceptional writing skills, clear and persuasive with little to no editing needed from GWD leadership
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a senior member of the GWD team
  • Experience managing multiple projects and deadlines   
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Ability to provide guidance and mentorship to less experienced staff
  • Foreign language ability preferred
  • 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 up to 15% of time based on budget and organizational needs to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach

How to apply:

Apply here

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


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