Senior Program Officer: Latin America and the Caribbean (Multiple)

National Democratic Institute

About the organization

Job Function: Washington DC
Department: Latin America & The Caribbean
Location: Washington, DC
Senior Program Officer: Latin America and the Caribbean (Multiple positions)
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) seeks a Senior Program Officer to join its Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) team in the Washington, DC office, and manage democratic development programs and assist in the oversight of the assigned regional department programs. The position does not have direct reports.


• Drafts, or oversees 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 and Program Officers
• 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
• Leads work plan discussions; manages process for work plan drafting and submission
• Manages overall strategy and vision; handles all aspects of program management; anticipates and plans for programmatic needs and takes action accordingly; provides guidance to staff in this area; oversees programmatic progress and measures program performance, timing and results; conducts assessments
• Serves as primary point of contact; engages funding agencies for new funds and extensions; initiates and maintains relations with high-level political partners; cultivates successful relationships with funders
• Lends support to Program Managers by providing effective management of multiple grants with multiple programs and reconciliations; creates and monitors program budgets; oversees appropriate application of allowable costs; ensures that they stay within budget limits; anticipates and successfully addresses costs and overages, and implements solutions to budget variances; guides other staff regarding structures and mechanisms


• Bachelor's degree preferably in international relations or a related subject. Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement
• A minimum of six 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
• Experience in program design and how to strategize
• Experience in the LAC region
• 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
• Fluency in Spanish required; Additional linguistic abilities in French also useful
• Strong negotiating skills; ability to introduce new concepts
• Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
• Ability to analyze political work, to think innovatively and introduce new concepts
• Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications

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