Senior Program Assistant: Asia

National Democratic Institute


Senior Program Assistant: Asia

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks multiple Senior Program Assistant(s) to join its Asia & Pacific team and support country staff, program officers and the Regional Director. Specific focus is on DC-based support of the team's South Asia and/or East Asia & Pacific Islands programs, including the following duties:


Under close supervision and direction of senior staff within the team, the Senior Program Assistant will:
• Under close supervision, 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; oversees logistics needs of assigned region, including contracts, travel, and other program-related tasks and activities;
• Maintains communications with NDI staff (DC and the field), as well as trainers, consultants and overseas partner organizations;
• Assists Program Manager in briefing staff, volunteers, consultants and trainers and expedites projects in host country; coordinates new-hire and closeout procedures;


• Bachelor's degree, preferably in International Relations, Political Science or a related field
• Minimum of two (2) years of experience required 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
• Experience living and/or working overseas, preferably in the Asia region
• Good interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel and NGO community
• Good oral and written communication skills to effectively present information and respond to questions
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs
• Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired
• Fluency in oral and written English required;
o For South Asia: Additional linguistic abilities in regional languages preferred;
o For East Asia and Pacific Islands: Ability to read and write in Japanese is highly prefered

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