Program Assistant: Latin America and the Caribbean (Multiple positions)

National Democratic Institute

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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.


Job Function: Washington DC
Department: Latin America & The Caribbean
Location: Washington, DC

Program Assistant: Latin America and the Caribbean (Multiple positions)

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Program Assistant to join its Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) team and support country staff, program officers, and senior management in the day-to-day activities of planning, designing and implementing programs related to strengthening civil society, political parties and legislatures; and enhancing women's and other marginalized groups' political participation.

*Under close supervision of a senior program assistant, program officer, program manager or other individual in authority within the team, provides administrative and logistical support
*Under close supervision and direction, contributes to writing and preparation of various documents and reports specific to the team and/or region
*Assists in creating initial drafts of budgets and monitors program budgets
*Participates in program support and conducts research on programs
*Provides administrative support for proposal production and work plan formulation
*Keeps up to date on the latest information on team, region, or partners


*Bachelor's degree, preferably in Political Science, International Relations, Latin American Studies or a related field
*Demonstrated coursework and/or internship, professional or significant volunteer experience in community organizing, political campaigning, international development, organizational development, legislative affairs or related subject
*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
*Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures
*Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations
*Interest in and knowledge of regional political environment and people
*Political analysis skills
*Ability to effectively articulate NDI mission statements and program/project initiatives
*Fluency in oral and written Spanish and English required; Additional linguistic abilities in French also useful
*Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
*Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines

Application instructions

NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI.

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