Program Manager: Central & West Africa

National Democratic Institute

About the organization

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


The National Democratic Institute (NDI) seeks a Program Manager to plan, design, implement, and manage one or more designated programs in West Africa, including a large, multi-faceted, single-country program in a political context marked by uncertainty. Competitive applicants will have experience working with civil society organizations and other stakeholders on issues such as citizen participation, elections, and/or women’s political participation. Working proficiency in written and spoken French is required.

Essential Accountabilities
Serve as a resource and provide general guidance to Project Assistants, Program Associates, and Program Officers on programmatic procedures, tasks, and assignments.
Lead the development of detailed work plans to ensure achievement of assigned program(s) objective(s) and expected outcomes, including the establishment of actions to be taken, the required resources (time, funding, staffing, etc.), a schedule/timeline for the actions required, and specific measures/metrics for evaluation at completion.
Conduct all aspects of program management, ensuring the effective and efficient execution of the established program work plans, including established actions, outcomes, and timelines. Monitor progress, identify problems and barriers and make recommendations to management for necessary adjustments to ensure successful, quality outcomes.
Facilitate collaboration with team leadership, other team members


Bachelor's degree, preferably in International Relations, Political Science or a related field, or equivalent experience. Graduate degree in a similar discipline preferred.
Five years of relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, or legislative affairs, or a similar field, including experience in program strategy and design. An advanced degree or work towards one in a relevant discipline may be substituted for required years of experience on a one-for-one basis.
Prior relevant international field work experience performed in-country is highly desired.
Language- Reading, Written, and Oral/Spoken
Professional proficiency in written and spoken French is required. Knowledge of West African languages such as Bambara, Fulfulde, etc., is beneficial.
Advanced knowledge and competence in one or more of NDI’s international development disciplines, e.g. political campaigns, elections, community organizing, gender and democracy, etc.
Knowledge of budget development/management and accounting processes along with math skills and the ability to perform accurate calculations and understand quantitative information.
Strong analytical and judgment skills for identifying problems, drawing conclusions, determining options for resolution, and recommending next steps.
Negotiation skills and the ability to be innovative and creative in finding ways to resolve issues

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