Senior Program Assistant: Asia

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 June 2020
  • District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 8 July 2020
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Job Description

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

Senior Program Assistant: Asia

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks multiple Senior Program Assistant(s) to join its Asia & Pacific team and support country staff, program officers and the Regional Director. Specific focus is on DC-based support of the team’s South Asia and/or East Asia & Pacific Islands programs, including the following duties:


Under close supervision and direction of senior staff within the team, the Senior Program Assistant will:
  • Under close supervision, creates or makes substantial contributions to drafts of proposals, concept papers, donor reports, memos, program updates, work plans, and newsletter articles;
  • Monitors political events throughout the region;
  • Creates initial drafts of budgets; monitors program spending (in conjunction with field office and program supervisor); performs basic analysis and projection of financial status and reports on that status;
  • Provides administrative and logistical support to field offices and regional staff; oversees logistics needs of assigned region, including contracts, travel, and other program-related tasks and activities;
  • Provides administrative support and programmatic input into proposal process and contributes to strategic discussions; substantively contributes to work plan formulation and discussions;
  • Maintains communications with NDI staff (DC and the field), as well as trainers, consultants and overseas partner organizations;
  • With guidance, identifies means and methods to support strategy, monitoring and evaluation of programs; .handles limited aspects of program management;
  • Assists Program Manager in briefing staff, volunteers, consultants and trainers and expedites projects in host country; coordinates new-hire and closeout procedures;
  • Prepares and compiles briefing materials for staff, consultants and volunteers in field programs;

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in International Relations, Political Science or a related field
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience required in international development, community organizing, political campaigning, organizational development or legislative affairs; Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
  • Experience living and/or working overseas, preferably in the Asia region
  • Good interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel and NGO community
  • Good oral and written communication skills to effectively present information and respond to questions
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired
  • Fluency in oral and written English required;
    • For South Asia: Additional linguistic abilities in regional languages preferred;
    • For East Asia and Pacific Islands: Ability to read and write in Japanese is highly prefered
  • Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach
  • Interest in/knowledge of political affairs in South Asia, East Asia, or the Pacific Islands preferred
  • Political analysis skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines


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

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all, NDI bases its employment decisions on merit, qualifications and abilities. NDI is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please apply on-line through NDI’s website at:


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