Program Manager for Afghanistan

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 

This DC based position will assist the Asia team and support democratic development projects in Afghanistan, in collaboration with field staff.  Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Draft briefing memos and reports; draft and/or edit entire or significant portions of quarterly reports, work plans and proposals.
  • Manage work plan discussions and processes for work plan drafting and submission.
  • Manage program monitoring and evaluation, including work with field-based staff to establish processes to collect and report on program results.
  • Monitor program implementation and share results with donors, NDI program partners and other stakeholders.
  • Provide field offices with appropriate program and administrative backstopping.
  • Ensure compliance with donor regulations and NDI policies by program staff in DC and in the field. 
  • Develop program concepts for proposals in collaboration with functional teams; develop program objectives that reflect broader institutional strategies and approaches in tandem with senior staff.
  • Maintain contact with NDI partners overseas and brief political, civic and business leaders, donor organizations and members of the international community on NDI activities.
  • Act as liaison with members of NGO, funding and Washington policymaking communities; formulates funding ideas and pursues funding sources.
  • Manage and monitor program funds, including timely reconciliation of program expenses; implement and manage aspects of subgrants.
  • Provide support for local and regional program conferences, workshops and meetings.
  • Recruit and brief international trainers, volunteers and field representatives.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, civic organizations and NDI's network of volunteer trainers and experts; act as back-up to team members not present.
  • Represent NDI at conferences and meetings with partners, donors and members of the foreign policy community. 
  • Travel to the region to assist in conducting programs, when required.

Eligibility and Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in International Relations or related subject; graduate degree preferred
  • A minimum of six (6) years relevant work experience (for Senior Program Officer) or eight (8) years relevant work experience (for Program Manager) in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development or legislative affairs
  • Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in one or more areas of NDI's functional programs
  • English language fluency, both written and spoken
  • Excellent writing and editing skills with experience in proposal writing, drafting analysis and program briefs, and writing political reports and updates.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets, and knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures.
  • Experience managing and developing M&E frameworks and tools required.
  • Experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, and program evaluation techniques.
  • Strong project management and political analytic skills.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting large, multi-year USAID programs.
  • Strong managerial and interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel and members of donor organizations.
  • High degree of organization, initiative and attention to detail.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows environment, Google applications, email technology and spreadsheets.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to Afghanistan and regional locations.

Application Instructions 

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