Program Officer: Southeast Asia (Burma / Myanmar)

National Democratic Institute


• Drafts, and coordinates with the team on preparation, 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; coordinates 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 program 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 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 requirements on a one-for-one basis.
• A minimum of four (4) years relevant work experience in international development, international grants management, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development, and/or legislative affairs.
• Substantive knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region's political history, challenges and culture, and at least one year of experience living and working in Asia-Pacific preferred.
• Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency coordinating grants process including drafting grant proposals and concept notes.
• 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.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English to effectively present information, respond to questions, and prepare written reports in a professional and timely manner.
• Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team.
• Smooth multitasking among multiple responsibilities, ability to analyze political work, think innovatively and introduce new concepts.


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