Program Director, Sri Lanka

National Democratic Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 02

Position description

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) seeks to hire a Part-Time Program Director to implement a 13-month USAID-funded program working with Sri Lankan Members of Parliament and civil society to promote open government reforms, transparency, accountability, and communications. The ideal candidate will have field experience working with parliaments and civil society on open government initiatives and the capacity to share best-practices with program beneficiaries in designing and implementing open government action plans. This position requires extensive knowledge of Georgian open government programs and partners. This position is contingent on funding and would require frequent travel to Sri Lanka to meet program goals.


NDI has worked with local organizations in Sri Lanka to build their capacity to support open and inclusive government. Since 1995, NDI has collaborated with domestic election monitoring organizations helping to support thousands of domestic election observers, sponsored roundtable discussions to generate recommendations for electoral reform, and promoted women’s representation in government. NDI also carried out programs to strengthen local political parties and fund polling to identify methods for greater connection between parties and their constituencies. NDI will support the development of a parliamentary focused Open Government Partnership - National Action Plan (NAP) in Sri Lanka. The development of a NAP is an opportunity for the Sri Lankan parliament to engage with civil society leaders in an ongoing conversation about democratic reforms within the supportive supportive OGP framework that provides external incentives to promote good governance.


  • Manage and implement NDI’s open government program in Sri Lanka, including the planning and coordination of program activities to strengthen parliamentary reforms through engagement with citizens, policy development, and inclusion of women and youth
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with Sri Lankan parliamentarians, civil society leaders, USAID and the donor and diplomatic communities
  • Provide technical assistance and develop learning materials, as needed, to ensure targeted training and enriching exchanges for program participants
  • With guidance from NDI-DC, oversee program spending and manage the reconciliation of program expenses, ensuring adherence to NDI policies and donor financial regulations
  • Ensure compliance with national laws, NDI and donor administrative and reporting requirements, as well as appropriate implementation of field office policies and handbook
  • Oversee, report and consult regularly with NDI-DC staff on program progress and financial integrity
  • Supervise the work of local staff/international consultants in meeting program objectives
  • Oversee activity report submissions, ensure that activity reports are submitted to the DC-based program staff in a timely manner with thorough and high-quality data
  • Liaise with NDI’s DC-based Asia and administrative teams to ensure that programmatic and administrative issues are addressed and resolved and that all follow-up is performed as requested
  • Represent NDI and its program at public events and functions.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent educational background; advanced degree in a field of study related to international development or management preferred
  • Minimum of 14 years’ experience working in political environments or international development; experience working with parliaments on open government initiatives strongly preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience working in a multicultural environment, preferably in countries that have already undergone significant open government reforms; knowledge of Georgian open government programs and partners required
  • Ability to share skills and experience with others as a trainer and/or advisor
  • Solid experience in parliamentary program management, accounting and planning of field budgets in coordination with NDI/Washington
  • Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to produce high-quality program reports and effectively coordinate program activities
  • Oversee the proper accounting, management, and planning of budget funds in coordination with local accountant and NDI/Washington
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and networking skills, and a demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and solve problems
  • Knowledge of USAID and international funding agencies’ processes and practices
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired
  • Regular travel to Sri Lanka therefore must have a valid passport to travel international

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