Program Manager - Middle East and North Africa

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 Program Manager will assist in essential program management, including: working with senior team members to develop new programs and program components; developing overall program strategy and direction; writing proposals, program and political analysis, and reports to funders and program contacts; managing the monitoring and evaluation process; and serving as a primary point-of-contact for field directors and managers. The Program Manager will also oversee Washington-based junior staff activities. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Draft some elements of and oversee the editing process for proposals, work plans, memos, other reports, and political and programmatic analysis documents.
  • Develop program concepts and strategies, including objectives and evaluation frameworks; manage proposal development process and timeline for proposal submissions.
  • Work with field staff to plan, implement, and evaluate program activities in Iraq and for Syria.
  • Participate in work plan discussions and manage work plan drafting and submission.
  • Manage program monitoring and evaluation, including working with field-based staff to establish processes to collect and report on program results.
  • Provide field offices with appropriate administrative or program backstopping.
  • Monitor program implementation and share results with donors, NDI program partners and other stakeholders.
  • Represent NDI at conferences and meetings with partners, donors and members of the foreign policy community.
  • Manage and monitor program funds, including timely reconciliation of program expenses.
  • Travel to the region to participate in and evaluate current projects, and participate in discussions with program partners, including political leaders and the donor community.
  • Recruit international trainers, volunteers and staff for Washington, DC and field-based positions.
  • Facilitate collaboration within the team and between teams.
  • Ensure compliance with donor regulations and NDI policies by program staff in DC and in the field.
  • Undertake additional duties as necessary.

Eligibility and Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in International Relations or related subject; graduate degree preferred. 
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant work experience 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.)
  • Living or working experience outside the U.S. preferred.
  • Arabic language skills are preferred but not required.
  • ​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.
  • Demonstrated competency in one or more areas of NDI’s functional areas.
  • Strong project management and political analytic skills.
  • 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, email technology and spreadsheets.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to Iraq and locations in the Middle East, some of which may be remote or lacking some services.

Application Process 

Interseted applicants should apply through NDI's website at