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Advisor, Asia-Pacific

National Democratic Institute
Washington, DC 20001
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Job Function: Washington DC
Department: Asia
Location: Washington, DC

Advisor: Asia-Pacific

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) seeks an Advisor to join its Asia-Pacific team. This full-time role is responsible for leading and overseeing country programs in South Asia, including Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The Advisor will supervise team members, contribute to strategic planning, oversee aspects of program implementation, and ensure quality control of programs and written products. In addition, the Advisor will initiate and lead program development and fundraising efforts. This position will be based in Washington, DC, and may require occasional travel overseas when COVID travel restrictions permit.


  • Provides leadership and support to the management of NDI's Afghanistan, Bangladesh and other program portfolios
  • Leads team members in the planning, design and evaluation of programs in collaboration with in-country and headquarters-based staff, local partners and external experts
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, national partners and networks, and NDI's network of trainers and experts
  • Advises field directors and teams on NDI and donor policies
  • Leads and supervises staff in developing proposals, briefs and workplans, and in documenting program progress and achievements, ensuring quality control of written reports
  • Ensures oversight of program budgets and works with field and DC-based teams to provide the full, accurate and timely accounting of program funds
  • Supervises, guides and mentors subordinates in the DC office
  • Supports measures to fill staff vacancies and recruit staff and consultants
  • Monitors political developments in South Asia, including Afghanistan and Bangladesh
  • Acts as liaison with members of NGO, funding and Washington policymaking communities, and serves as NDI representative at external events, and assists with NDI's public outreach
  • Works with Asia-Pacific team leadership to formulate and implement fundraising plans targeting traditional and non-traditional donors
  • Supports virtual and/or in-person activities (when conditions for in-person travel permit) to assess and pursue program opportunities


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in International Relations or a related subject. Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
  • A minimum of 14 years of relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development, legislative affairs
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policymakers
  • Extensive experience managing large programs and grants funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills in formal writing, social media channels and presentations for multiple, varied audiences
  • Exceptional competency in one or more areas of NDI's functional programs, in addition to knowledge of the political and operational environment in the Asia region, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh and broader South Asia
  • High degree of organization, initiative and attention to detail
  • Exceptional skills for analyzing complex program and political issues and for developing relevant and innovative program responses in fluid situations
  • Superior clear and persuasive writing skills, and experience editing written materials
  • Experienced management and leadership skills and capable of leading, inspiring and motivating staff
  • Extensive experience in program design and strategic planning
  • Seasoned project financial management skills
  • Working knowledge of Google Apps suite, PC-based word processing, database and spreadsheet applications


Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.

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.

Posted: 2020-09-18 Expires: 2020-10-19

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