Senior Program Assistant

Founded in 1983, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. NDI works with democrats and democratic institutions in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations safeguard elections and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NDI maintains offices in over 55 countries on five continents. Its diverse workforce of employees from 55 countries is united in the belief that democracies promote economic growth and development more consistently and equitably than non-democratic political systems. NDI’s office in Nepal has been operational since 1997 and has since collaborated with the Parliament, political parties, government agencies, and civil society.

NDI-Nepal is seeking candidates for the position of Program Officer/Senior Program Officer for Political Parties, to support the Institute’s political party capacity building program. The Program Officer/Senior Program Officer supports activities aimed at building the skills, capacity and knowledge of political parties to become more inclusive, representative, accountable and better performing public institutions. The Institute’s work includes knowledge and resource sharing and trainings, and aims to expand the participation of marginalized groups including: women, youth and minorities. NDI's assistance reaches across party organizations, from grassroots party membersto mid-level party officials and senior party leaders. The Program Officer/Senior Program Officer position reports to the Resident Program Director. The position is based in Kathmandu, but requires frequent travel to different parts of the country.

Founded in 1983, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. NDI works with democrats and democratic institutions in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations safeguard elections and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NDI maintains offices in over 55 …

Senior Program Assistant

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Basic Job Information

Job Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
Job Level : Mid Level
No. of Vacancy/s : [ 1 ]
Employment Type : Full Time
Job Location : Kathmandu
Offered Salary : Negotiable
Apply Before(Deadline) : Feb. 28, 2021 23:55 (4 days, 20 hours ago)

Job Specification

Education Level : Bachelor
Experience Required : More than or equals to 3 years
Professional Skill Required : Interpersonal Communication Time Management Microsoft Office Suite
Other Specification

Academic Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in International Relations, Political Science or a related  field; 
  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience, some of which may include coursework and/or internships.  
  • Experience working for international organizations, on democracy building, elections and community organizing.  
  • Experience with financial/sub-grants management and report writing preferred.

Required Skills and Abilities: 

  • Engage a range of interpersonal skills to effectively interact with colleagues, international experts, high level political figures and members of parliament, government  officials and civil servants 
  • Build networks and manage relationships to ensure sustained engagements with stakeholders 
  • Experience in managing events; tackling operational challenges in a structured  manner. 
  • Capacity to adapt to a constantly changing/evolving political environment; 
  • Efficiently communicate across socio-political realms while maintaining neutrality; 
  • Negotiate with stakeholders and resource persons to ensure organizational goals are met with maximum utility of resources; 
  • Interest in and knowledge of national political environment, parliamentary procedures and  government functioning; gather, understand, analyze and report on the political  environment; 
  • Identify and introduce concepts and proposals for programmatic intervention;  
  • Excellent English and Nepali speaking, writing and translation skills are required;  
  • Strong familiarity with presenting ideas in front of others;  
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team; 
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs, particularly MS Excel 
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) 
  • Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures; knowledge of financial reconciliation; 
  • Ability and willingness to travel to remote and difficult to reach locations; 
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines; and 
  • Ability to apply discretion and maintain confidential information


Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Under supervision of the Senior Program Officer and Program Manager, provide  administrative and logistical support to organize activities and manage sub-grants; 
  • Assists in building a functional network of significant contacts with prominent  stakeholders including political leaders, government bureaucrats and members of  parliament (MPs); 
  • Contributes to writing and reporting of various documents specific to the program; 
  • Prepares drafts of budgets in coordination with other members of the Program and Finance  teams; 
  • Travels to districts to support and program activities; undertakes financial reconciliation responsibilities for each field trip; 
  • Coordinates with Administrative/Finance team in reviewing budgets and expenditures; 
  • Assists in program execution and conducts background research for the program; 
  • Provides support for work plan formulation; takes part in strategic and work plan discussions; 
  • Assists in conducting/facilitating trainings, workshops, and conferences while also  contributing to development of training/workshop materials and manuals for programs; 
  • Attends partner meetings to stay up to date about the latest developments in the Legislative Strengthening and Government Communication programs, the political situation in the  country and within NDI’s partners;
  • Provides logistical, administrative and programmatic support to visiting international and  national experts; 
  • Under the supervision of senior staff, act as a focal point for engagement with various stakeholders including members of the Federal Parliament (MPs) and partners; 
  • Assist and support in program design, implementation and evaluation; 
  • Assist in translation, editing and writing of program documents in Nepali and English; 
  • Assist in correspondence with program partners; and 
  • Additional responsibilities based on demonstrated ability and/or program needs.


Applying Procedure

The application deadline is 28th February 2021. To apply, please e-mail a CV and cover letter to [email protected] 

Short listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please! 

Applicants need to possess work authorization to work in Nepal. 

NDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and 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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