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Resident Program Director (Chief of Party)

NDI – National Democratic Institute

South Asia

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Program Director/Chief of Party (COP) to lead a forthcoming, multi-year USAID-funded program to support the Central Tibetan Administration.

The ideal COP candidate will have the technical expertise to support programs involving the Central Tibetan Administration in strengthening democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and promoting effective citizen participation in government decision making.

The COP will lead activity design and implementation, monitor program progress, engage with local partners, manage program staff, liaise with the program donor, and ensure adherence to program budget and donor requirements.


  • Oversee program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation in relation to program objectives;
  • Provide technical expertise in the implementation of program activities and advise program beneficiaries;
  • Manage/oversee in-country program staff structure and individual performance, evaluation, promotion/discipline;
  • Manage program partnerships with international and local partners to ensure streamlined, effective programming;
  • Cultivate and maintain collaborative relationships and communication with USAID/India to ensure programmatic goals are achieved and operational and reporting requirements are respected;
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with parliamentarians, civil society organizations, government officials, and political leaders, and with other implementing partners;
  • Ensure adherence to NDI Washington, D.C. policies and procedures, as well as to funder/donor regulations, ensuring the integrity of all financial transactions;
  • Report on program activities and political developments that may affect program outcomes to the Washington, D.C.-based staff on a regular basis;
  • Oversee the development, review, and timely submission of program-related materials, including project work plans and regular reports that measure and evaluate program results.


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in international development, political science, international relations, public policy, law, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred;
  • A minimum of fourteen (14) years’ experience in progressively more responsible management roles in international development, with significant experience administering multi-year, donor-funded programs in the areas of governance; citizen participation; and gender, youth, and marginalization;
  • Experience working with Tibetans strongly preferred, especially with the Central Tibetan Administration;
  • Strong practitioner command of effective tools and approaches for fostering and strengthening democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and effective citizen participation in government decision making;
  • Experience in managing multi-stakeholder processes and strong communication and negotiation skills; demonstrated ability to develop solid working relationships with local and national governments and government officials, civil society organizations, political parties, and members of the donor/diplomatic community;
  • Demonstrated experience in program cycle management, including experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, program evaluation; financial and budgetary planning; and contractual management and oversight. Experience with USAID-funded programming highly desirable;
  • Proven experience implementing gender-sensitive programming;
  • Proven interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to manage in-country teams;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations that may be remote and difficult to reach;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required; proficiency in Tibetan is a plus.

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