Program Officer: Latin America and the Caribbean

National Democratic Institute

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National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) operates as a non-profit organization. The Organization offers assistance to civic and political leaders, citizen participation promotion, civic organization building, and safeguarding elections. NDI conducts its business worldwide.


Program Officer: Latin America and the Caribbean

• Drafts, and coordinates with the team on drafting, final editing and submission of board memos, proposals, work plans, quarterly and other reports with minimal substance guidance; edits work of Program and Senior Program Assistants
• Collaboratively develops program concepts and leads strategic discussions; manages proposal process and timeline for proposal submissions; develops program objectives, results and indicators, as well as program strategy
• Contributes to work plan discussions, drafting and submission
• In partnership with field staff, plans and supports program activities in assigned countries; anticipates program needs and ensures that field offices receive needed administrative or program backstopping in DC
• Supports the overall strategy, vision and many aspects of fairly complex programs; anticipates programmatic administrative needs and with some guidance, takes appropriate actions; maintains interaction with field offices and monitors and measures program performance, timing and results; prepares for assessments
• Serves as primary point of contact for assigned programs; meets with funding agency reps to describe program progress and to articulate new funding proposals and concepts


• Bachelor's degree in political science, public administration, public policy, economics, international relations or related subjects; Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
• A minimum of four (4) years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development, legislative affairs
• Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in one or more areas of NDI's functional programs and the assigned region's political environment
• Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, US and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers

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