Resident Legislative Program Manager/Sr. Program Manager for Somalia

The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.


The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks to hire two a Resident Legislative Program Manager/Sr. Program Manager for Somalia to implement legislative strengthening program activities with Somali partners including federal and regional parliaments, complementary to federal and regional government executive offices and ministries, political associations and groups, and civil society actors. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, this position requires regular travel to Djibouti, Puntland (northeast Somalia) and the broader region. The position is available immediately through December 2014, with extension contingent upon availability of funding.

Since 2005, NDI has supported endogenous efforts to improve democratic governance in Somalia with support from the British Department for International Development, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. NDI’s program activities are aimed at building the core capacities, roles and responsibilities of the Somalia Federal Government, Somalia federal House of the People (HoP), the regional Puntland state parliament, executive ministries, and civil society as well as political associations and groups. The Institute has worked with the offices of the president, prime minister, and speaker of parliament; with the political and administrative heads of more than 30 ministries; and with nearly 400 MPs, including more than 20 women members, to enhance their governance and parliamentary capacities.

With parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for 2016, the federal parliament is tasked with the oversight, review and implementation of the provisional constitution, passing key legislations that include federal resource allocation and regional state formation and a political party system, further strengthening democratic gains made since 2012. The Senior/Program Manager for Legislative Programs would oversee current program activities with the essential duties and responsibilities outlined below that would build upon long-standing relationships with Somali federal and regional state legislative and executive officials as well as civil society partners.

Job Description:

Program Design and Implementation

  • Manage the implementation of program activities including strategic planning, technical expertise, administrative, accounting/financial, monitoring and evaluation, donor communications and reporting, operations and security; 
  • Design, develop, and organize training sessions for Somali partners regarding program implementation and monitoring; assessments and reporting; comparative government, political and/or civic structures; Somali-specific governance structures and institutions; and intra-governmental and political communication systems as well as external communication and interaction with civil society actors, etc.;
  • Advise Somali partners regarding their respective legislative, executive, political and civic roles and responsibilities to advance their capabilities and capacities; 
  • Identify consultants and experts – international, regional and/or Somali – to assist with the program and oversee their work and activities;
  • Develop and/or manage the creation of program materials when needed to facilitate activities, workshops, training sessions, etc.;
  • Build and maintain relationships with donors, key Somali officials, civil society actors and other partner groups; 
  • Draft and submit activity, quarterly, and technical program reports that monitor and evaluate program performance and results as well as political and security developments;
  • Ensure programmatic objectives are achieved as well as security, operational and reporting requirements are adhered to; and
  • Develop, implement and/or manage other programmatic and administrative activities as needed.

Technical Expertise

  • Support Somali officials and staff with review of legislation and legislative processes.
  • Help political parties and political party officials on organization development.
  • Support the development of federal and regional electoral systems.

Financial Management

  • Supervise preparations of budgets for programs; ensure activity and trip budgets are prepared accurately and within the approved program budget.
  • Track program expenses to ensure that the program activities remain within budget.
  • Prepare regular financial reports and reconciliations.
  • Support budget alterations and expenses when necessary apprise relevant staff when changes are necessary in the program and activity budgets.

Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)

  • Support M&E Program Officer in the collection of relevant data to evaluate program progress and outcomes.
  • Provide analysis of data to determine the quality and impact of program activities.


  • Prepare monthly and support quarterly reports on program activities including background, descriptions of activities, evaluation of program performance and analysis.
  • Ensure regular activity reports are provided by staff and consultants.
  • Communicate regularly with Washington based regional and functional staff.
  • Participate in staff meetings and present weekly program updates.
  • Represent NDI to Somali organizations and the donor community as delegated by the Country Director.

Personnel Management

  • Supervise and provide feedback to all staff assigned to legislative program activities.

Skills Required:

  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably in International Relations or related subject; graduate degree desired;
  • Minimum of eight (8) years relevant work experience for the Program Manager position, ten (10) years relevant work experience for the Senior Program Manager position in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development and/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 of the U.S. required especially in extremely challenging political environments with additional preferred experience in the Middle East or Africa and/or in fragile, failed, conflict and/or immediate post-conflict environments; additional experience preferred in implementing programs and activities remotely within conflict environments due to security limitations.
  • Knowledge of and comparative experience in legislative and executive processes, political parties, and citizen participation;
  • Experience developing and implementing governance, media, political party and/or citizen participation programs in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience in implementing organization and development programs funded by European, USAID and other bi- and multi-lateral donors;
  • Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor and consultant as well as experience in organizing and conducting trainings and workshops;
  • Excellent managerial and networking skills, as well as the ability to conduct professional political relationships;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills to effectively and persuasively present information, respond to questions and negotiate as well as share information with partners, donors and bilateral partners;
  • Oral and written fluency in English required; fluency in Arabic and/or Somali highly desirable;
  • Conversational, foreign language ability applicable to region preferred;
  • Experience in program design, strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Proven analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues and to think innovatively and introduce new concepts;
  • Ability to lead, inspire and motivate staff where results are clearly beneficial;
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications with seasoned budget and accounting skills; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach.

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