Program Manager: Eurasia

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 January 2021
  • District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 20 February 2021

Job Description

Job Function: Washington DC
Department: Eurasia
Location: Washington, DC


TITLE: Program Manager - Eurasia

SUMMARY: The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks candidates for Program Manager (PM) to support the Eurasia team’s work in Belarus and other countries as assigned. Responsibilities include the day-to-day management of country- and program-specific democratic development assistance related to strengthening civil society, enhancing democratic governance, promoting women’s and other marginalized groups’ political participation, and strengthening political parties. This full-time position, based in NDI’s Washington, DC office, is available immediately.

  • Provides assistance and team leadership in the day-to-day internal management and implementation of country-specific and regional programs and acts as management focal point in absence of team director(s).
  • Keeps track of and records all open projects, obligations and tasks in assigned countries at any given time.
  • Responds to NDI staff inquiries requiring functional or country specific expertise.
  • Contributes to the planning, design and evaluation of NDI’s projects in collaoration with field staff, local partners, in-house experts and external experts and advisors.
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, civic organizations in the U.S. and the region, national and international news organizations, political party networks and partners, and NDI’s network of volunteer trainers and experts.
  • Monitors assigned program/countries annual budget; provides a full, accurate and timely accounting of all funds.
  • Monitors political events for assigned country’s/programs.
  • Serves as NDI representative at local and international conferences and meetings and assists with NDI’s public outreach.
  • Manages production of program documents, including work plans, donor reports and proposals.
  • Travels to the region (or assigned country) to assess political development and new opportunities and evaluates current projects; serves as interim manager in absence of established office or staff.
  • Supervises, guides and mentors subordinates in the D.C. office.
  • Takes necessary steps to fill staff vacancies and orchestrates recruiting for assigned program, (i.e., approves job descriptions, develops short-lists and interviews.
  • Anticipates and alerts supervisor to upcoming issues with workload, budget or personnel or other areas of work.
  • Suggests ways to increase funding and visibility as appropriate in assigned countries.
  • Translates rough ideas for NDI programs into strong proposals and concepts

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in International Relations or related subject; graduate degree desired.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development, legislative affairs, or impressive experience at NDI. 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. preferred.

  • 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 communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and negotiate
  • Written and verbal English fluency required; conversational foreign language ability applicable to region preferred
  • Competency in one or more areas of NDI’s functional programs, in addition to a highly developed knowledge of the assigned region’s political environment and people
  • Analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues and to think innovatively and introduce new concepts
  • Strong writing skills, clear and persuasive and experienced enough to edit all types of team documents
  • Ability to manage, lead, inspire and motivate staff where results are clearly beneficial
  • Experience in program design and how to strategize
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired;
  • Seasoned budget and accounting skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach


Interviews for this position slated to begin in late January, 2021. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

As a result of COVID19, this position will start in a remote capacity. However, when the office re-opens, this position will be based in our Washington, DC office and the expectation is that you would be based locally to fulfill this obligation. NDI does not cover relocation costs for this position.

Candidates must be legally eligible and authorized to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.

This is a union position to be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2.

NDI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, NDI makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify NDI’s Human Resources department.

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