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Chief of Party (Resident Director) - Pacific Islands

National Democratic Institute
Washington, DC 20001
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Job Function: International
Department: Asia - Pacific Islands

Chief of Party (Resident Director): Pacific Islands

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Chief of Party (COP) in the Pacific Islands to lead a forthcoming, multi-year USAID-funded program to strengthen the practice of sound, just, and responsive governance in the Pacific Islands.

The ideal COP candidate will have the technical expertise to support programs across the Pacific Islands to strengthen democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and effective citizen participation in government decision making.

The COP, under the direction of the Resident Senior Director, will lead activity design and implementation, monitor program progress, engage with local partners, manage program staff, liaise with the program donor, and ensure adherence to program budget and donor requirements.

This key personnel position will be based in the Pacific Islands (country to be determined) and is an accompanied post. The hiring of this position is contingent on donor funding.


  • Under the supervision of the Resident Senior Director, oversee program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation in relation to program objectives;
  • Provide technical expertise in the implementation of program activities and advise program beneficiaries;
  • Manage/oversee in-country program staff structure and individual performance, evaluation, promotion/discipline;
  • Manage program partnerships with international and local partners to ensure streamlined, effective programming;
  • In coordination with the Resident Senior Director, cultivate and maintain collaborative relationships and communication with USAID/Philippines to ensure programmatic goals are achieved and operational and reporting requirements are respected;
  • Coordinate with domestic partners in the implementation of programming;
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with parliamentarians, civil society organizations, government officials, and political leaders, and with other implementing partners;
  • 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.

  • Masters degree in a field of study related to international development; political science, international relations, public policy, law, or a related field preferred;
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years' experience in progressively more responsible management roles in international development, with significant experience administering multi-year, donor-funded programs in the areas of 1) governance; 2) citizen participation; and 3) gender, youth, and marginalization.
  • Strong practitioner command of effective tools and approaches for fostering to strengthen democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and effective citizen participation in government decision making;
  • Relevant, professional experience in the Asia-Pacific region. 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 and national governments and government officials, civil society organizations, political parties, and members of the donor/diplomatic community;
  • 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 and minority inclusion programming;
  • Proven interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to manage large 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; facility with Pacific Island languages a plus.


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: 2020-09-10 Expires: 2020-10-11

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National Democratic Institute
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