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National Democratic Institute Position in Bishkek

Job Title: Resident Director: Kyrgyzstan
Job Function: International
Department: Eurasia
Location: Kyrgyzstan
NDI seeks a Resident Director to be based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to manage and implement democracy assistance programs to promote political party development, constituent relations by national and local elected officials, and political participation through grassroots organization and advocacy as well as citizen oversight by nongovernmental organizations. The Resident Director will serve as NDI’s primary in-country representative to host and donor government officials as well as local partner organizations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Designs and oversees the implementation of program activities.
Provides day-to-day leadership, professional development, and management of in-country staff.
Identifies and maintains collaborative relationships with local partner organizations, representatives of the host government and the diplomatic community, donor institutions, other democratic development organizations, and the media.
Provides regular written reports on program activities and analysis of related political developments to the DC office.
Contributes to the planning, design and evaluation of NDI Kyrgyzstan projects in collaboration with local partners, in-house experts and external experts and advisors.
Oversees and ensures timely and accurate reporting of Bishkek office expenditures on multiple grants, compliance with relevant procurement and personnel regulations, and adherence to registration requirements.
Undertakes training, advisory and consultative activities for in-country and/or regional programs.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a field of study related to political science, international development, or international affairs;
Minimum fourteen (14) years substantive political experience, with particular emphasis on constituent relations, issue-based advocacy, training and leadership development within political parties, election campaigns, or politically active non-governmental organizations, , and/or mobilizing historically underrepresented populations.;
Experience in program management and monitoring and evaluation, especially implementing USAID- and  DfID-funded democratic development programs;
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior political and civic leaders as well as members of the donor and diplomatic community;
Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor and consultant;
Strong personnel management and professional development skills;
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; facility with Russian and/or Turkic languages a plus;
Familiarity with Google platform and apps, as well as social media and technology innovations to promote communication and participation, are highly desirable;
Experience in living and working overseas and/or an ability to work in a challenging cross-cultural environment is highly desirable, as is previous experience in former Soviet/Eastern bloc countries.
COMMENTS
APPLICATIONS WITHOUT COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Position is available November 15, 2016  and subject to USAID approval. NDI will cover costs associated with one dependent only; tuition allowance will not provided for this post.
Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.  No phone calls please.
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all, NDI bases its employment decisions on merit, qualifications and abilities. NDI is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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