Program Assistant: Asia

National Democratic Institute


Program Assistant: Asia


Under close supervision and direction of senior staff within the team, the Program Assistant will:
• Provide support in creating or making substantial contributions to drafts of proposals, concept papers, donor reports, memos, program updates, work plans, and newsletter articles;
• Monitor political events throughout the region;
• Create initial drafts of budgets; monitor program spending (in conjunction with field office and program supervisor); perform basic analysis and projection of financial status and reports on that status;
• Provide administrative and logistical support to field offices and regional staff; oversee logistics needs of assigned region, including contracts, travel, and other program-related tasks and activities;
• Provide administrative support and programmatic input into proposal process and contribute to strategic discussions; substantively contributes to work plan formulation and discussions;
• Maintain 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;
• Assist Program Manager in briefing staff, volunteers, consultants and trainers and expedites projects in host country; coordinates new-hire and closeout procedures.


• Bachelor's degree, preferably in International Relations, Political Science or a related field
• 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
• Knowledge of a regional language preferred
• 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
• Political analysis skills
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines

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