Resident Senior Director: Burma/Myanmar

National Democratic Institute
  • Location
    Yangon, Myanmar
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 09

Position description

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee program implementation to ensure NDI is meeting stated program goals;
  • Provide management and oversight of local and expatriate staff;
  • Coordinate with domestic and international partners on the implementation of joint programming;
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with parliamentarians, government officials and civil society groups in Burma, as well as the US Embassy and USAID, British Embassy and DfID, Embassy of Canada and Global Affairs Canada, United Nations, and other implementing partners, and local/international non-governmental organizations;
  • Proactively design and propose draft concept notes, statements of interest, proposals, and other new business-related tools in collaboration with the Washington DC-based staff for use with possible US and non-USG funders;
  • Ensure adherence to NDI Washington and Burma policies and procedures, as well as to funder/donor regulations, ensuring the integrity of all financial transactions;
  • Report on program activities and political developments in Burma that may affect program outcomes to the Washington, DC-based staff on a regular basis;
  • Oversee the development, review and timely submission of program-related materials, including regular reports that measure and evaluate program results.


  • Undergraduate degree in a field of study related to international development; graduate degree in political science, international relations, public policy, law, or related field;
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience working on parliament/legislative strengthening as well as additional experience working on elections programs;
  • Experience working in a developing country, or a challenging political environment. Southeast Asia experience preferred;
  • Experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, and program evaluation;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior political leaders, election officials, parliamentarians, civil society organizations and members of the donor and diplomatic community;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy-makers;
  • Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities;
  • Sound political and negotiation skills, and extensive experience working on parliamentary and electoral issues;
  • Superior oral and written communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner in English;
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues;
  • Ability to adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders;
  • Experience in implementing large USAID-funded international development programs strongly preferred;
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications; experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired.

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