Program Officer: Middle East and North Africa (Multiple Positions)

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Washington, United States
Apply by 3 June 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 4 May 2018

Job Description

Job Function: Washington DC
Department: Middle East & North Africa
Location: Washington, DC

Program Officer: Middle East and North Africa (Multiple Positions)

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks Program Officers to join its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team and contribute to the planning, design and evaluation of democratic development projects in collaboration with regional and field staff.

  • Drafts, and coordinates with the team on drafting, final editing and submission of board memos, proposals, work plans, quarterly and other reports with minimal substance guidance; edits work of Program and Senior Program Assistants
  • Collaboratively develops program concepts and leads strategic discussions; manages proposal process and timeline for proposal submissions; develops program objectives, results and indicators, as well as program strategy
  • Leads work plan discussions; manages process for work plan drafting and submission.
  • In partnership with field staff, plans and supports program activities in assigned countries; anticipates program needs and ensures that field offices receive needed administrative or program backstopping in DC
  • Supports the overall strategy, vision and many aspects of fairly complex programs; anticipates programmatic administrative needs and with some guidance, takes appropriate actions; maintains interaction with field offices and monitors and measures program performance, timing and results; prepares for assessments
  • Serves as primary Point of Contact for assigned programs; meets with funding agency reps to describe program progress and to articulate new funding proposals and concepts; maintains frequent contact with NDI partners overseas and briefs specific country political, civic and business leaders, donor organizations and members of the international community about NDI activities; represents NDI at appropriate events
  • Acts as liaison with members of NGO, funding and Washington policymaking communities and represents NDI at local conferences and meetings; formulates funding ideas and pursues funding sources; assists with public outreach
  • Monitors budgets, grants and expenditures for larger or complex programs with multiple field offices and/or reconciliations; creates proposal budgets with supporting notes for large programs; applies allowable costs according to restrictions, structures and mechanisms; ensures that they stay within budget limits; anticipates and successfully addresses costs and overages, and implements solutions to budget variances; implements and manages all aspects of subgrants
  • Travels to the region to organize and participate in political assessments, assess new opportunities, participate in and evaluate current projects, and implement training activities.
  • Provides support for local and regional program conferences, workshops and meetings; organizes major cross-functional workshops; organizes delegations abroad; supports collaboration within the team and between teams
  • Recruits and briefs international trainers, volunteers and staff; develops a network and suggests utilization
  • Supports development and appropriate implementation of field office policies and handbook; manages Program and Senior Program Assistants on basic and more advanced NDI procedures and programmatic tasks; mentors new staff; conducts basic, structured internal trainings
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, civic organizations and NDI’s network of trainers and experts; acts as back-up to team members not present
  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, Economics, International Relations or related subjects; Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
  • A minimum of four (4) years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development, legislative affairs, or equivalent experience at NDI
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in one or more areas of NDI’s functional programs and the assigned region’s political environment and people
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, US and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers
  • Excellent oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions
  • Exceptional writing skills, clear and persuasive with little to no editing
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English to effectively present information, respond to questions, and prepare written reports in a professional and timely manner
  • Foreign language ability in Arabic, French and/or Farsi preferred
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Smooth multi-tasking among four or more responsibilities
  • Ability to take initiative, inspire and motivate fellow staff
  • Ability to analyze political work, think innovatively and introduce new concepts
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired;
  • Proven budget and basic accounting skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are sometimes remote or difficult to reach (at least twice a year)


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

NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related condition.

To apply, please visit NDI’s website at:


About the Organization

Founded in 1983, NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. Headquartered in Washington, DC and with 59 country offices on five continents, NDI has conducted democratic development programs in more than 100 countries around the world. Calling on a global network of more than 500 volunteer practitioners from approximately 70 countries, NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions. The Institute works with democrats around the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. The Institute receives funding to carry out its mission from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and other donor agencies and private foundations.

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