Deputy Chief of Party (Resident Senior Program Manager) - Zimbabwe

National Democratic Institute

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Job Function: International
Department: Southern & East Africa
Location: Zimbabwe

Deputy Chief of Party (Resident Senior Program Manager) - Zimbabwe

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the International Election Observation in Zimbabwe (IEOZ). The IEOZ seeks to promote a more transparent, inclusive, and legitimate electoral process and demonstrate an 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 and based on NDI's established international observation methodology, the DCOP will support the Chief of Party (COP) in all aspects of the program; be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the mission, and provide direct management for long-term observers (LTOs) and local support staff. This position is contingent upon funding.



*Support the COP in all aspects of the mission, including the conduct of observation activities, organizing pre-election, election day, and post-election delegations, managing key stakeholder and program partner relationships, management and oversight of mission staff; and mission financial management.
*Manage the day-to-day mission operations in consultation with the COP.
*Oversee logistics and security for deployed expatriate staff and local support staff, in consultation with the COP as well as NDI's Regional and Washington, DC Operations teams.
*Provide direct management and oversight of LTOs, including developing scopes of work, onboarding, reporting plans, deployment, and internal briefings.
*Maintain regular communications with LTOs and produce LTO summary reports that feed into internal reports for NDI/HQ produced by the COP that provides analysis of political developments, observation findings, and updates on mission activities.
*Provide direct management and oversight of local support staff, including developing scopes of work, and ensure effective collaboration between
*Assumes the responsibilities of the COP in their absence;
*Work closely with the Chief of Party as well as NDI in-country staff and Washington, DC to identify and assess project risks and manage appropriate security measures for the mission;



* Graduate degree in a field of study related to international development; graduate degree in political science, international relations, public policy, law, or related field preferred.
* A minimum of 10 years of experience working in democratic development and electoral processes, including leadership and key roles on international and/or citizen election observation missions.
* Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with election authorities, civil society, and senior political leaders, as well as members of the donor and diplomatic community and media representatives.
* Experience working in post-conflict environments and/or countries undergoing political transitions, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa.
* Proven experience managing staff members, election observers, and analysts, and demonstrated success in collaborating with a senior management team.

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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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