Program Assistant - Central and Eastern Europe


NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than three decades. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI and its local partners work to promote openness and accountability in government by building political and civic organizations, safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation. The Institute brings together individuals and groups to share ideas, knowledge, experiences and expertise that can be adapted to the needs of individual countries.

Position Description

The Central and Eastern European Program Assistant supports country staff, program officers, and the regional director in the day-to-day activities and support in the planning, designing and implementing programs related to strengthening political parties, civic organizations, election bodies, local government and legislatures.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Under close supervision of a program officer or other individual in authority within the team provides administrative and logistical support.
  • Under close supervision and direction, contributes to writing and reporting of various documents specific to the team and/or region.
  • Under close supervision, creates initial drafts of budgets; and monitors program budgets and expenses.
  • Participates in program support and conducts research on programs.
  • Trains and supervises interns on tasks.
  • Provides administrative support for proposal production and work plan formulation; takes part in strategic and work plan discussions.
  • Attends meetings and keeps up to date on the latest information on team, region, or partners.
  • Monitors political events in assigned countries and provides written and oral updates to senior staff as needed.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in International Relations, Political Science or a related field; graduate degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated coursework and/or internships in international development, community organizing, political campaigning, organizational development, legislative affairs or related subject.
  • Minimum one (1) year of work experience preferred.
  • Experience living/working/traveling overseas preferred.
  • Good interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel and NGO community.
  • Good oral and written communication skills to effectively present information and respond to questions.
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs.
  • Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach.
  • Interest in and knowledge of regional political environment and people.
  • Political analysis skills.
  • Ability to effectively articulate NDI mission statements and program/project initiatives
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Ability to apply discretion and maintain confidential information

Application Process

Interested applicant should directly through NDI at