Chief of Party (Resident Program Director)- Zimbabwe

National Democratic Institute

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Chief of Party (Resident Program Director)- Zimbabwe

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the International Election Observation in Zimbabwe (IEOZ). The IEOZ seeks to promote a more transparent, inclusive, and legitimate electoral process and demonstrate international interest in and commitment to the credibility of Zimbabwe's 2023 harmonized elections through international observation based on regional and international standards. Working in close coordination with NDI/HQ in Washington, DC, and based on NDI's established international observation methodology, the COP will have overall responsibility for the mission. The COP will be supported by a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), Finance Director Elections Technical Expert as well as other mission staff. This position is contingent upon funding.


• Design, implement, monitor, and evaluate observation activities to determine that the mission's goals are achieved, and make adjustments based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by key stakeholders and program partners.
• Develop, manage and participate in pre-election, election day, and post-election delegations and provide input for technical team assessments led by the Elections Expert.
• Contribute to all mission statements/reports and make presentations to key stakeholders and program partners on mission activities, findings, and recommendations.
• Provide overall management and oversight of all mission staff, including key personnel, core team - including long-term analysts (LTAs), long-term observers (LTOs), short-term observers (STOs), and local support staff. The DCOP would be responsible for the direct management of LTOs and local support staff.
• Design scopes of work, onboarding, and reporting plans for LTAs, in collaboration with the DCOP.
• Produce written internal reports to NDI/HQ that provide analysis of political developments, observation findings and updates on mission activities drawing on reporting from LTAs and LTOs
• Provide guidance to the DCOP in the day-to-day operations of the mission.
• Serve as the mission's point of contact for media inquiries, in conjunction with NDI/HQ.


• A minimum of 12 years of experience working in democratic development and electoral processes, including leadership roles on international election observation missions.
• Undergraduate degree in a field of study related to international development; graduate degree in political science, international relations, public policy, law, or related field preferred.
• Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities.
• Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications; experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired.

Application instructions

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, please apply as soon as possible.

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 reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify NDI's Human Resources department.

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