National Democratic Institute
Resident Country Director: Haiti
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Resident Director with strong election monitoring, political and election reform, political leadership, parliamentary, and women and youth political participation program experience, as well as excellent program and staff management skills to oversee the implementation of NDI’s programs in Haiti, including overall office management and financial and human resources issues.
The Resident Director will be based in Port-au-Prince with travel throughout the country as conditions permit, and will serve as principal NDI representative with the program donor, political and civic leaders, program partners and representatives of the international community. The Resident Director will work closely with the Washington-based program staff who provide day-to-day support for field activities. The Resident Director reports to the DC-based Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. This position is a partially-accompanied post (adult dependents only).
Beginning in 1986, NDI has worked to: promote the peaceful engagement of citizens in Haiti’s civic and political life by informing citizens on their rights and responsibilities, help communities organize and engage government officials to solve community problems, strengthen political parties and parliament, promote transparency though national election observation and increase the participation of women and youth in political life. NDI has received funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), private family foundations and other donors.
- Manage all aspects of the implementation of NDI’s programs in Haiti
- Forge and maintain collaborative relationships with Haitian civic groups, the Haitian government, political leaders, and representatives of the US government and other members of the international community
- Oversee and manage all program activities for the NDI office
- Provide oversight and review of the in-country budget and the timely and accurate submission of a monthly financial reconciliation to the Washington, DC office
- Make programmatic adjustments as necessary throughout the implementation cycle to stay on budget
- Monitor, measure and provide verbal and written reports of program results and political developments in Haiti affecting democratic governance
- Adjust program activities in response to changing political and economic circumstances and programmatic needs
- Continue to develop the capacity of NDI national staff to play a substantive role in program development, implementation and evaluation
- Act as chief spokesperson for NDI in Haiti, representing NDI with the media and at public events
- Bachelor degree, preferably in international relations, political science or a related subject. A Master’s Degree in political science, public policy, international relations or related fields such as election management and operations, public administration is highly desirable.
- A strong record of leading governance projects.
- Solid understanding of development, political, and electoral issues At least twelve (12) years of progressively responsible experience in political participation or international democracy development programming
- Demonstrated ability to conduct and apply sophisticated political analysis to programmatic activities and adjust activities based on changing political and environmental circumstances and in response to programmatic needs
- Demonstrated ability to establish productive relationships with senior government officials, political leaders, members of parliament, the business community, civil society, and international community
- Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer and advisor
- Experience in financial management and reporting
- Experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, and program monitoring and evaluation
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and cross-cultural awareness to effectively interact with all levels of staff, and national government personnel, civic and political leaders and donor organizations
- Experience managing and developing staff
- Excellent written and oral communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner
- Fluency in French and English required, along with excellent written communication skills; Haitian Creole preferred
- Experience living and working in a country other than home of record
- Relevant computer skills; experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) a plus, and experience with Excel a plus
NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related conditions.