Program Officer: Gender, Women and Democracy

National Democratic Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 25

Position description

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Program Officer for its Gender, Women and Democracy (GWD) team, to contribute to the planning, designing and implementation of regional, country and global programs related to overcoming the barriers to women’s political participation as a pathway to gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Program Officer will work under the supervision of the Director and NDI’s Senior Gender Advisor, to develop tools and approaches for gender-transformative democracy programming, informed by NDI’s theory of change, and its commitment to gender analysis and gender mainstreaming. This full-time position is based in the Washington DC, office.


  • Drafts board memos, briefing memos, reports and other materials with some editing, direction and substance guidance; drafts entire or significant portions of quarterly reports, sections of work plans and larger proposals; edits work of Program Assistant and Senior Program Assistant
  • Develops program concepts for proposals in collaboration with functional team; develops program objectives that reflect broader institutional strategies and approaches in tandem with Senior Program Officer or Director
  • Contributes to work plan discussions and processes for work plan drafting and submission
  • Supports vision and many aspects of fairly complex programs; anticipates programmatic administrative needs and with some guidance, takes appropriate actions; maintains interaction with field offices and monitors and measures program performance, timing and results; prepares for assessments
  • Serves as POC for field; meets with funding agency reps to describe program progress and to articulate new funding proposals and concepts; maintains frequent contact with NDI partners overseas and briefs specific country political, civic and business leaders, donor organizations and members of the international community about NDI activities; represents NDI at appropriate events

Acts as liaison with members of NGO, funding and Washington policymaking communities

  • Monitors budgets, grants and expenditures for larger or complex programs with multiple field offices and/or reconciliations; creates proposal budgets with supporting notes for large programs; applies allowable costs according to restrictions, structures and mechanisms; ensures that they stay within budget limits; anticipates and successfully addresses costs and overages, and implements solutions to budget variances; implements and manages all aspects of subgrants
  • Travels to region to organize and conduct political assessments, assess new opportunities, develop assistance programs, and implement training activities; substantively contributes to assessments
  • Provides support for local and regional program conferences, workshops and meetings; organizes major cross-functional workshops; organizes delegations abroad
  • Shortlists international trainers, volunteers and field representatives; participates in some recruitment activities, develops a network and suggests utilization
  • Oversees creation and implementation of field office policies and handbooks; provides guidance to Program and Senior Program Assistants on basic and more advanced NDI procedures and programmatic tasks; conducts basic, structured internal trainings
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, civic organizations and NDI's network of volunteer trainers and experts; acts as back-up to team members not present


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in gender or gender studies, including with Political Science, International Relations, Development or a related field;
  • Demonstrated coursework and/or internships in gender and international development, community organizing, political campaigning, organizational development, legislative affairs or related subject. Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis.
  • A minimum of four (4) years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development or legislative affairs
  • Demonstrated knowledge, competency or experience in the theoretical frameworks and programmatic approaches anchored in social norms theory, that are used to influence male attitudes and practices to increase their support for gender equality and women’s empowerment (i.e., gender, power and masculinities).
  • High level of interpersonal 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
  • Excellent oral communication skills to effectively present information, respond to questions
  • Exceptional writing skills to effectively create clear and concise proposals and reports
  • Foreign language ability, an advantage
  • Good negotiating skills; able to introduce new concepts
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to analyze political work, define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, and the ability to think innovatively
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired
  • Working knowledge of budget and accounting procedures
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach

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