Program Director: Sierra Leone

Program Director: Sierra Leone

NDI - National Democratic Institute

Sierra Leone

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a program director to lead two NDI programs in Sierra Leone, one funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and one funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The program director will work with civil society groups, political parties, and government officials to implement programs related to increasing dialogue among political parties, enhancing women’s participation in politics, supporting the nascent National Political Debates Committee, and building capacity of local government officials. In addition, this Freetown-based position would be responsible for overall office management, including overseeing grant funds and providing leadership to local staff. The program director will work closely with Washington-based program staff providing support and guidance for field activities, and report to the DC-based regional director for Central and West Africa.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee program implementation and monitoring and evaluation in relation to program objectives
  • Manage program partnerships and coordinate with international and local partners to ensure streamlined, effective programming
  • Cultivate and maintain collaborative relationships and communication with donors to ensure programmatic goals are achieved and operational and reporting requirements are respected
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with political parties, civil society organizations, government officials, and political leaders, and with other implementing partners
  • Ensure adherence to NDI Washington, D.C., policies and procedures, as well as to funder/donor regulations, ensure the integrity of all financial transactions, and ensure compliance with local laws
  • Report on program activities and political developments that may affect program outcomes to the Washington, D.C.-based staff on a regular basis
  • Oversee the project’s monitoring and evaluation components to ensure quality collection of data, capturing of program results, required course corrections, and timely analysis and reporting to the donor
  • Monitor political and programmatic developments and make recommendations for program adjustments and approaches in response
  • Provide training and consultation to program partners on topics including: dialogue and debate, women’s representation, and local government roles and responsibilities
  • Lead initiatives to promote the role of women as leaders within parties and parliament
  • Manage and advise a team of local staff to ensure programmatic activities and goals are achieved and operational and reporting requirements are fulfilled
  • Oversee program spending and manage the reconciliation of program expenses

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in a field of study related to international development, political science, international relations, public policy, law, or a related field preferred
  • A minimum of twelve (12) years’ experience in progressively more responsible management roles in democratic governance development, preferably with parliaments, local governments, and political party organizations
  • Experience administering donor-funded programs in the areas of: 1) political party development and dialogue; 2) women representation and leadership; 3) civil society capacity development and sustainability; and 4) elected official capacity development.
  • Experience with NDI programs, policies and procedures strongly preferred
  • Relevant, professional experience in Sierra Leone. In-depth knowledge and understanding of Sierra Leone’s civil society and political leaders. Comparable relevant experience in other West African countries will also be considered
  • Strong communication skills; demonstrated ability to develop solid working relationships with and represent NDI to political parties, civil society organizations, local and national governments and government officials, and members of the donor/diplomatic community
  • Demonstrated experience in program cycle management, including experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, program evaluation; financial and budgetary management; and oversight. Experience with US government-funded programming highly desirable
  • Proven experience implementing gender-sensitive and minority inclusion programming
  • Proven interpersonal skills and managerial skills. Demonstrated ability to lead a team of professional staff, and to supervise and guide staff in working collaboratively, solving problems and fulfilling duties
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations that may be remote and difficult to reach
  • High level of attention to details in all aspects of work responsibilities
  • Knowledge of international funding agencies’ processes and practices
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications

Comments:

Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Sierra Leone.

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