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Resident Director for Citizen Engagement (Chief of Party)

NDI - National Democratic Institute

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee program design, implementation, and evaluation on programs related to: civic education, citizen engagement, advocacy, building democratic space, and government partnerships;
  • Manage/oversee local and expatriate staff structure and individual performance, evaluation, promotion/discipline;
  • Coordinate with domestic and international partners in the implementation of joint programming;
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with elected officials, political leaders, government officials and civil society groups in Bangladesh, as well as the US Embassy, USAID, implementing partners, and local/international non-governmental organizations;
  • Ensure adherence to NDI policies and procedures, as well as donor regulations, ensuring the integrity of all financial transactions;
  • Report on program activities and political developments in Bangladesh that may affect program outcomes to the Washington, DC-based staff on a regular basis; and
  • Oversee the development, review and timely submission of program-related materials, including regular reports that measure and evaluate program results.

Required Experience:

  • A minimum of fourteen (14) years of overall experience in the promotion of democracy and good governance; a minimum of ten (10) years of this should be in community development programs, civic engagement/civil society, public administration, institutional development or related technical areas, grants management, and political/civil-sector institutional capacity building; and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience working closely with and supporting local communities in transitional situations; graduate degree preferred;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and closely with donors, managing and implementing USAID-funded international development programs, and conducting results-oriented program design, strategic planning, and program evaluation;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior political leaders, parliamentarians, civil society organizations and members of the donor and diplomatic community;
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues; Ability to adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy-makers;
  • Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities;
  • Experience managing multiple subawards to local organizations;
  • Ability to live and work in a challenging political environment; experience working in Asia preferred; and
  • Working knowledge of Google-based applications such as Drive or other cloud-based online information management systems, and PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications.

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