Resident Senior Director: Burma/Myanmar

Apply by 9 May 2018
Senior-level , Field assignment
Posted on 9 April 2018

Job Description

Resident Senior Director: Burma/Myanmar

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking to hire a Resident Senior Director in Burma/Myanmar to implement multi-year, multi-million dollar technical assistance programs funded by USAID and the U.K. Department for International Development (DfID). A well-qualified candidate will possess experience implementing large democracy development programs in Asia, particularly related to elections and legislative strengthening, and the ability to administer program activities, finances, and personnel in a challenging operating environment. He/she will primarily be based in Yangon, with substantial time spent in Naypyidaw and States/Regions of Myanmar. S/he will be responsible for providing financial oversight and technical support to the Institute’s overall program portfolio.

This position is subject to USAID approval. The anticipated start date will be in June 2018. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee program implementation to ensure NDI is meeting stated program goals
  • Provide management and oversight of local and expatriate staff
  • Coordinate with domestic and international partners on the implementation of joint programming
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with parliamentarians, government officials and civil society groups in Burma, as well as the US Embassy and USAID, British Embassy and DfID, Embassy of Canada and Global Affairs Canada, United Nations, and other implementing partners, and local/international non-governmental organizations
  • Proactively design and propose draft concept notes, statements of interest, proposals, and other new business-related tools in collaboration with the Washington DC-based staff for use with possible US and non-USG funders
  • Ensure adherence to NDI Washington and Burma policies and procedures, as well as to funder/donor regulations, ensuring the integrity of all financial transactions
  • Report on program activities and political developments in Burma that may affect program outcomes to the Washington, DC-based staff on a regular basis
  • Oversee the development, review and timely submission of program-related materials, including regular reports that measure and evaluate program results


  • Undergraduate degree in a field of study related to international development; graduate degree in political science, international relations, public policy, law, or related field
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience working on parliament/legislative strengthening as well as additional experience working on elections programs
  • Experience working in a developing country, or a challenging political environment. Southeast Asia experience preferred
  • Experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, and program evaluation
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior political leaders, election officials, parliamentarians, civil society organizations and members of the donor and diplomatic community
  • Exceptional interpersonal and managerial 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
  • Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities
  • Sound political and negotiation skills, and extensive experience working on parliamentary and electoral issues
  • Superior oral and written communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner in English
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues
  • Ability to adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders
  • Experience in implementing large USAID-funded international development programs strongly preferred
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications; experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired

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.

About the Organization

The National Democratic Institute 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.

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