Program Assistant: Asia

National Democratic Institute

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.


Program Assistant: Asia

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks multiple Program Assistants 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 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, as well as trainers, consultants and overseas partner organizations;


• 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, East Asia, or the Pacific Islands preferred

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