Resident Representative: Kyrgyzstan

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.

Job Description:

NDI seeks a resident representative to be based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to manage and implement democracy assistance programs to promote constituent relations by national and local elected officials, women’s political participation, and good governance through citizen oversight by nongovernmental organizations.  The resident representative will serve as NDI’s primary in-country representative to host and donor government officials as well as local partner organizations.  

  • Designs and oversees the implementation of program activities.
  • Provides day-to-day management and leadership of 13 in-country staff.
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with local partner organizations, representatives of the host government and the diplomatic community, donor institutions, other democratic development organizations, and the media.
  • Provides regular written reports on program activities and related political developments to the DC office.
  • Contributes to the planning, design and evaluation of NDI Kyrgyzstan projects in collaboration with local partners, in-house experts and external experts and advisors.
  • Oversees and ensures timely and accurate reporting of Bishkek office expenditures on multiple grants, compliance with relevant procurement and personnel regulations, and adherence to registration requirements.  
  • Undertakes training, advisory and consultative activities for in-country and/or regional programs. 

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a field of study related to political science, international development, or international affairs;
  • Minimum ten (10) years substantive political development experience, with particular emphasis on constituent relations, issue-based advocacy, training and leadership development within politically active non-governmental organizations, parties or election campaigns, and/or mobilizing historically underrepresented populations.;
  • Experience in program management and monitoring and evaluation, especially implementing USAID-funded democratic development programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior political and civic leaders as well as members of the donor and diplomatic community;
  • Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor and consultant;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; facility with Russian and/or Turkic languages a plus;
  • Experience in living and working overseas and/or an ability to work in a challenging environment is highly desirable, as is previous experience in former Soviet/Eastern bloc countries.

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APPLICATIONS WITHOUT COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Position is available immediately and subject to USAID approval. This is a one-dependent post with no tuition allowance provided.