Middle East and North Africa: Program Assistants/ Senior Program Assistant

Job Description:

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has an opening for a Program Assistants/Senior Program Assistant (depending on experience) to support NDI's democratic development programs as part of the Middle East and North Africa regional team, particularly for the Gulf region. The position will provide administrative and programmatic support to democratic development programs in a variety of countries in the areas of political party development, civil society development, election processes and domestic monitoring, and international election observation. Under the close supervision of a Senior Manager, these positions will work as part of a team to contribute to program strategy and design, provide administrative and logistical support, draft program documents and reports including program and political analysis and monitor program budgets. The position is based in Washington, D.C.

Job Duties:

  • Under close supervision, creates or makes substantial contributions to drafts of proposals,
  • concept papers, reports, memos, program updates, work plans, and newsletter articles;
  • Proofreads and inputs edits on quarterly reports and proposals
  • Provides administrative support and programmatic input into proposal process and contributes
  • to strategic discussions; substantively contributes to work plan formulation and discussions;
  • Monitors political events throughout the region
  • Creates initial drafts of budgets; monitors program spending (in conjunction with Senior
  • Program Manager); performs basic analysis and projection of financial status and reports on
  • that status
  • Maintains communications with NDI staff (DC and the field), as well as overseas partner
  • organizations
  • Provides administrative and logistical support to field offices and regional staff; oversees
  • logistics needs of assigned region
  • Plays a significant role in organizing local and regional program conferences, workshops and
  • meetings
  • With guidance, identifies means and methods to support program strategy and vision; handles
  • limited aspects of program management;
  • Acts as primary support to program officer and backs-up other team members
  • Assists program officer in recruiting and briefing staff, volunteers, consultants and trainers and
  • expedites projects in host country; coordinates new-hire and closeout procedures
  • Prepares and compiles briefing materials for staff, consultants and volunteers in field programs.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree, preferably in International Relations or related subject. Masters preferred
  • Demonstrated coursework and/or internships (Program Assistant) or two (2) years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development or legislative affairs (Senior Program Assistant)
  • Demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, the Middle East and North Africa and its political environments
  • Experience in international development, community organizing, political campaign, organizational development or legislative affairs preferable
  • Experience writing/editing training materials, conducting participatory training and program evaluation desirable
  • Political analysis skills
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures
  • Fluency in written and oral English required.  Fluency in Arabic strongly preferred.
  • High level of oral and written communication skills to effectively present information and respond to questions
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Experience living and working overseas, preferably in the region
  • High level of interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff, US and foreign government personnel, and NGO community
  • Flexible, diligent and capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Well-organized and skilled at prioritizing and managing multiple tasks

How To Apply:

Please visit our website at www.ndi.org