Resident Program Director (Chief of Party)

Resident Program Director (Chief of Party)

Organization: National Democratic Institute

Apply By: 25 Jul 2021


Resident Senior Program Manager (Deputy Chief of Party)

Program Support for the Central Tibetan Administration

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Senior Program Manager/(Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to lead a forthcoming, multi-year USAID-funded program to support the Central Tibetan Administration.

The ideal DCOP candidate will have the technical expertise to support programs involving the Central Tibetan Administration in strengthening democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and promoting effective citizen participation in government decision making.

The DCOP, under the direction of the Chief of Party, will be responsible for the overall administrative and operational aspects of the project, manage administrative and program staff, liaise with the program donor, and ensure adherence to program budget and donor requirements. 

This position is anticipated to start remotely at the end of July 2021, with eventual deployment to South Asia (country to be determined). The hiring of this position is contingent on donor funding and donor approval of key program personnel. 

Authorization to work in India without requiring employee sponsorship is a prerequisite for a successful application.


  • Assist the Program Director (Chief of Party) in ensuring timely execution of project activities within the allocated budget, and strategic development and implementation;
  • Supervise in-country local support staff and oversee consultant assignments providing feedback on performance;
  • Oversee program management, administration, finances, budgeting, and reporting
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, subgrant partners, donors, and other partners;
  • Oversee any necessary procurement in accordance with internal policies and USAID rules and regulations; Ensure adherence to NDI Washington, D.C. policies and procedures, as well as to funder/donor regulations, ensuring the integrity of all financial transactions;
  • 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 development, review, and timely submission of program-related materials, including project work plans and regular reports that measure and evaluate program results;
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, in a field of study related to international development; political science, international relations, public policy, law, or a related field preferred;
  • A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in progressively more responsible management roles in international development, with significant experience administering multi-year, donor-funded programs in the areas of governance; citizen participation; and gender, youth, and marginalization;
  • Strong practitioner command of effective tools and approaches for fostering and strengthening democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and effective citizen participation in government decision making;
  • Relevant professional experience in the Asia-Pacific region, especially South Asia. Comparable relevant experience in other geographic regions will also be considered;
  • Experience in managing multi-stakeholder processes and strong communication and negotiation skills; demonstrated ability to develop solid working relationships with local partners and staff;
  • Strong experience in large and complex subgrant management;
  • Experience in finance, accounting, and procurement preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience in program cycle management, including experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, program evaluation; financial and budgetary planning; and contractual management and oversight. Experience with USAID-funded programming highly desirable;
  • Proven experience implementing gender-sensitive programming;
  • Proven interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to manage in-country teams; 
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations that may be remote and difficult to reach;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English; proficiency in Tibetan strongly preferred.



NDI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, NDI makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify NDI’s Human Resources department.



How to apply

Please apply driectly on our website at: https://ndi.secure.force.com/careers/apex/ts2__jobdetails?jobId=a0x2R00000MjmsWQAR 




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