The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking a Resident Director/Senior Resident Director with strong political acumen and management skills as well as experience with legislative development, civil society advocacy support, elections programming and/or political party experience to provide direction and oversee the implementation of its democracy support programs in Tunisia. The resident director/senior resident director in Tunisia reports to NDI's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This position is based in Tunis, Tunisia but would require travel elsewhere within the country. This position is contingent upon donor approval of key personnel.
The director/senior director will provide leadership and oversight to a team of talented and experienced national and international staff. S/he will be NDI's principal liaison with the donor community, representatives from the Tunisian government, local political and civil society organizations and the international diplomatic and donor community. The director will be responsible for overall office management, including financial and human resource management, as well as supervisory responsibility for the design, implementation and evaluation of all NDI-Tunisia programs. Close coordination will also be expected with NDI-Washington, including frequent communication with the Washington-based staff.
Provide overall leadership and vision for the design and implementation of NDI's programs in Tunisia with the support of resident national staff, expatriate staff, short-term consultants and trainers, and in coordination with NDI staff in Washington, DC
Establish and maintain strong working relations with the donor and diplomatic communities, international organizations, and in-country partners, including political and elected officials and local civic organizations
Manage frequent external and internal communication to produce high-quality program reports and effectively coordinate program activities
Manage the successful implementation of NDI program activities, including evaluation and reporting
Lead donor engagement and fundraising efforts for new programs
Oversee the proper accounting, management, and planning of budget funds in coordination with the local accounting and NDI/Washington staff
Manage expatriate and local employees, including hiring, performance reviews, staff development, program implementation, and adherence to human resource policies
Coordinate, with NDI/Washington, timetables and staff assignments for developing proposals, budgets, work plans, and reports and ensure documents reflect NDI priorities, strategy, needs and objectives
Coordinate regular informal and formal communication with NDI/Washington on program and political developments, including regular program and financial reports
Provide, as needed, skills-building training and informal consultations for political, elected and civic leaders
Required Skills and Experience:
Bachelor's degree, preferably in Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, or related subject
A minimum of fourteen (director) or twenty (senior director) years substantive professional experience primarily in a political field, with experience working to expand women's political participation, enhance political party outreach capacity, and/or bolster civil society involvement in political processes or experience working in challenging political environments preferred
Experience in program management, with experience implementing U.S. government-funded programs preferred
Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities
Proven ability to effectively communicate skills and experiences to others as a trainer and/or adviser
Demonstrated ability to conduct and apply sophisticated political analysis to programmatic activities
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior political and civic leaders as well as members of the donor and diplomatic community
Demonstrated experience in proactively navigating and ensuring compliance with host country legal and reporting requirements
Excellent managerial, interpersonal, and networking skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain professional political relationships
Strong oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated leadership capacity and ability to work as a member of a team
Oral and written French fluency required
Oral and written English skills required
Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired
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.
To apply for this position, please visit the HR Page on NDI Staff Portal and click on the link for Internal Job Openings .