Country Representative (Resident Program Manager/Sr. Program Manager): Korea

National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • Location
    Seoul, Korea, Republic Of
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 29

Position description

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks to hire a Seoul-based NDI Country Representative (Resident Program Manager/Senior Program Manager) to implement a program designed to assist Seoul-based North Korea democracy and human rights organizations. The Program Manager/Senior Program Manager will organize and facilitate activities such as consultations, assessments, training workshops, and inter-group forums, as well as maintain regular contact with program participants. NDI seeks candidates with leadership and management skills, coupled with significant political experience. Relevant professional experience working on civil society organizational strengthening, strategic planning, advocacy and coalition building is expected. Authorization to work in South Korea without requiring employer sponsorship is a prerequisite for a successful application.

This position will be based in Seoul, will report to the Senior Advisor for Asia in Washington, DC, and begin on or around January 1, 2018.


  • Represent NDI to Korean NGO partners, political leaders, international donors, and local and international organizations;
  • Implement NDI’s citizen participation program in Korea, including the planning, coordination and delivery of technical assistance to Korean NGOs to strengthen their organizational capacity on: 1) organizational capacity development, including strategic planning and fundraising; and 2) topics such as donor and media outreach; proposal development; media; and advocacy;
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with Korean NGO leaders and members;
  • Coordinate NDI efforts with other domestic and international organizations in order to ensure complementary program activities;
  • Manage the development, review, and timely submission of program-related materials, including regular weekly and quarterly reports that evaluate political developments in Korea and measure NDI program results and impact;
  • Manage host-country staff and budget for assigned program activities;
  • Regularly communicate and coordinate activities with NDI staff in Washington.


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Political Science, International Relations or related subject; graduate degree preferred;
  • Minimum of (8) eight years (Manager) or (10) years (Sr. Manager) of relevant work experience including demonstrated work with civil society groups, media, political organizing, coalition building or advocacy;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of partner staff, foreign government personnel, and program beneficiaries;
  • Demonstrated diplomacy and negotiating skills to facilitate networking and coalition building amongst NGO partners. Previous experience working with North Korean defector community strongly preferred;
  • Proven ability to communicate skills and experience to others effectively as a trainer or advisor;
  • Substantive experience in effective program management, with high degree of organization and initiative;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, online collaboration tools and new media;
  • Superior writing skills; clear and persuasive written communication. Ability to draw upon previous experiences to effectively and credibly edit all types of documents;
  • Strong budget and financial management skills;
  • Fluency in English is required and Korean is preferred.

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