The National DemocraticInstitute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than three decades. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Resident Country Director - Nigeria
Location: Abuja (FCT)
NDI Programs in Nigeria
Since the 1998/99 transition from military to civilian rule, NDI has supported the efforts of Nigerian civil society and legislators to strengthen the country’s political processes and nascent democratic institutions. With support from USAID and UK DFID, NDI conducted election monitoring programs for every election since 1999, as well as a variety of other democracy support programs.
NDI currently provides technical assistance to Nigerian civil society groups as they engage in systematic citizen election observation; conduct voter education programs targeting youth on the importance of peaceful elections; advocate to prevent gender-based electoral violence; and conduct advocacy and outreach to increase the political inclusion of marginalized groups.
The Resident Country Director will be a person with strong management skills and civil society and elections support experience to oversee the implementation of its democracy support program in Nigeria.
The Resident Country Director in Nigeria reports to NDI’s Regional Director for Central and West Africa.
This position is based in Abuja, Nigeria, and would require occasional travel elsewhere within the country.
Please note that donor approval is required to fill this position.
The Director will be responsible for overall office management, including financial and human resource management, as well as supervisory responsibility for the design, implementation and evaluation of all NDI-Nigeria programs.
The Director will provide leadership and oversight to a team of talented and experienced national staff.
S/he will be NDI’s principal liaison with the donor community, representatives from the Nigerian government, local political and civil society organizations, USAID, FCDO and other donors.
Close coordination will also be expected with NDI-Washington, including frequent communication with the Washington-based staff.
Establish and maintain strong working relations with the donor and diplomatic communities, international organizations, and in-country partners, including political and elected officials and local civic organizations
Manage frequent external and internal communication to produce high-quality program reports and effectively coordinate program activities
Manage the successful implementation of NDI program activities, including evaluation and reporting
Oversee the proper accounting, management, and planning of budget funds in coordination with local accountant and NDI/Washington
Manage expatriate and local employees, including hiring, performance reviews, staff development, program implementation, and adherence to human resource policies
Coordinate, with NDI/Washington, timetables and staff assignments for developing proposals, budgets, work plans, and reports and ensure documents reflect NDI priorities, strategy, needs and objectives
Coordinate regular informal and formal communication with NDI/Washington on program and political developments, including regular program and financial reports
Provide, as needed, skills-building training and informal consultations for political, elected and civic leaders
Serve as the principal liaison between NDI and international donor representatives in country, Nigerian officials, legislators and staff, political party leaders, local non-governmental organizations, the media and U.S. and other government representatives
Assist NDI in obtaining funding from international donors for new programs in Nigeria
Bachelor's Degree, preferably in International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, or a related subject
A minimum of 14 years of program management experience overseeing international development programs, preferably in the field of democracy and governance, in the political field, with experience working to expand women's political participation, enhance political party outreach capacity, and/or bolster civil society involvement in political processes preferred
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and build relationships with senior political and civic leaders, U.S. and foreign government personnel and policy makers, and members of donor organizations
Substantial experience overseeing and implementing programs, managing staff, and ensuring compliance with financial regulations, and operations and human resources, including experience in overseeing sub-grants to local partners
Experience in program management with experience implementing US government-funded programs preferred
Substantial program design and management, proposal writing and financial management experience, including experience in initiating and managing sub-grants preferred
Demonstrated experience in proactively navigating and ensuring compliance with host country legal and reporting requirements
Ability to motivate and inspire a diverse group of professionals in a challenging environment, instilling a strong sense of mission and team work to program implementation
Demonstrated ability to conduct and apply sophisticated political analysis to programmatic activities
Knowledge of political processes and actors of Nigeria preferred
Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities
Proven ability to effectively communicate skills and experiences to others as a trainer and/or adviser
Excellent managerial, interpersonal, and networking skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain professional political relationships
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required to effectively present information, respond to questions and negotiate outcomes
Experience working in the developing world, and an ability to work in a highly challenging and stressful environment
Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired
Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations which may be remote and difficult to reach.
NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees.
NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making.
Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI.
To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related condition.