Senior Program Assistant

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs

Founded in 1983, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. NDI works with democratic institutions in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections and promote citizen participation, openness, and accountability in government. NDI’s office in Nepal has been operational since 1994 and has…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 3 year
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    Job Category Admin & Management ,NGO | INGO | Charity ,Programme Management
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    Job Qualification : Bachelor
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    Posted Date : Aug 11, 2021

Job Description

Founded in 1983, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. NDI works with democratic institutions in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections and promote citizen participation, openness, and accountability in government. NDI’s office in Nepal has been operational since 1994 and has since collaborated with the Parliament, political parties, government, and civil society. NDI is currently implementing a five year (2017-2022) program Niti Sambad aimed at improving governance systems, including to increase transparency, inclusivity, and accountability within Political Parties, the Legislature-Parliament (LP) and the Government of Nepal.

NDI-Nepal is seeking a candidate for the position of Program Assistant for Political Parties, to support the Institute’s political party capacity building program. The Program Assistant supports the Program Officer/Sr. Program Officer and Senior Program Manager in their efforts to build the skills, capacity, and knowledge of political parties to be come more inclusive, representative, accountable and better performing public institutions. They provide administrative, logistical and organizational support, contribute to drafting and translating various type of documents and should have demonstrated interest in Nepali politics. The position is based in Kathmandu, but requires frequent travel to different parts of the country.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under close supervision of a (senior) program officer or senior program manager provides administrative and logistical support to organize trainings and activities
  • Contributes to writing and reporting of various documents specific to the team
  • Creates initial drafts of budgets; and monitors program budgets
  • Assists in program support and conduct background research for the program
  • Provides administrative support for proposal production and work plan formulation; takes part in strategic and work plan discussions
  • Attends regular staff and partner meetings to stay up to date about the latest developments in the political party team, the political situation in the country and within NDI’spartners
  • Provides logistical administrative support to visiting international and national experts
  • Assists and supports in program design, implementation and evaluation
  • Travels to districts to support and observe political party program activities
  • Assists in translation, editing and writing of program documents in Nepali and English
  • Trains and supervises interns on tasks
  • Additional responsibilities based on demonstrated ability and/or program needs

Required Qualification & Experience

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in International Relations, Political Science or a related field; graduate degree preferred;
  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience, coursework and/or internships of working with political stakeholders or international organizations or working on democracy building, elections, political activism and/or community organizing

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Good interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff, international personnel and political partners and party representatives
  • Good or a land written communication skills to effectively present information,respond to questions and prepare draft written reports in a professional manner
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office programs
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired;
  • Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach
  • Interest in and knowledge of national political environment, parties and political leaders
  • Able to perform basic political analysis on political and programmatic developments
  • Good English writing, speaking and translating skills
  • Ability to effectively articulate NDI mission statements and program/project initiatives
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Ability to apply discretion and maintain confidential information

How to Apply

The application deadline is 19 August 2021. To apply, please e-mail a CV and cover letter to nepaljobs@ndi.org

Short listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please!

Applicants need to possess work authorization to work in Nepal.

NDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.