Program Assistant: Southeast Asia

National Democratic Institute

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Program Assistant: Southeast Asia
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Program Assistant to join its Asia-Pacific team in the Washington, DC office, and contribute to the planning, designing and implementation of programs on strengthening civil society, enhancing democratic governance, enhancing women's and other marginalized groups' political participation, and strengthening political parties. This position will support NDI's work in Southeast Asia - primarily Myanmar / Burma & Thailand, although the portfolio is subject to change based on programmatic and funding needs.

This is a full-time position based in the Washington, DC office and does not have direct reports.


Primary Responsibilities

Under close supervision and direction of senior staff within the team, the Program Assistant will:
• 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; oversee 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;


• Bachelor's degree, preferably in International Relations, Political Science or a related field; graduate degree preferred;
• Experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigning, organizational development or legislative affairs; Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis;
• High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, US and foreign government personnel and NGO community;
• High level of 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;


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.

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