Senior Program Officer/Program Manager For Election Observation And Electoral Reform Support

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed

Website National Democratic Institute - Zambia

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than two decades. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI works in Zambia to support democratic institutions to better engage with stakeholders and citizens on national policy, legislation development and citizen concerns and priorities.

NDI seeks a Senior Program Officer/Program Manager to aid in the implementation of programs related to support to local partners on electoral reform and election observation. The Senior Program Officer/Program Manager will provide technical expertise to local partners, oversee select subgrants awards, aid in strengthening the capacity of subgrantees, and supervise select junior staff. Experience in elections and political processes is desired, as is demonstration of program management and technology skills, and past positions that required close attention to detail will be highly valued. Title will be determined based on level of experience.

Essential duties:

  • Manage NDI Zambia programs related to elections, including observation, legal and policy reform and emerging issues, including civic space and observer accreditation.
  • Lead staff/subgrantee in very detail-oriented tasks related to election observation activities.
  • Provide technical expertise related to election observation activities and other electoral issues (as noted above, previous election experience is a plus but not required as training will be provided).
  • Support communications, analysis, and reporting, including capacity strengthening for local partners.
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and supervision to junior staff, as required.
  • Assist select NDI Zambia subgrantees with the development of proposals, budgets and related documents for awards.
  • Together with select subgrantees, identify organizational and technical capacity gaps, develop capacity building plans to address the gaps and conduct trainings on issues related to the gaps.
  • Identify and, with senior management assistance, contract Zambian experts to assist/train select subgrantees in various organizational and technical areas.
  • Coordinate international consultants and other technical assistance to subgrantee partners, as required.
  • Report on select subgrantee activities in NDI Zambia bi-weekly, quarterly, and final reports.
  • Maintain open, active and timely communications with NDI leadership and senior technical staff on programmatic deliverables, challenges and opportunities.
  • Monitor closely the timeliness of select subgrantees’ financial and narrative reports, review these reports for accuracy and completeness, and work closely with subgrantees to review and resolve queries on financial and narrative reports.
  • Support monitoring and evaluation deliverables, including Pause and Reflect sessions.
  • High degree of integrity, professionalism and responsibility.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least 5 years work experience in managing donor-funded program activities.
  • Experience in programs funded by USAID, preferred.
  • Demonstrated management and leadership experience with experience (maybe) of leading, inspiring and motivating junior staff.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel; preference for database experience. Proficient in Google applications.

Applications for the above position should include a cover letter, updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) with names and telephone numbers of three traceable references. The documents should be addressed to The Country Director, NDI Zambia and e-mailed to: [email protected] with the job title you are applying for as the subject.

Applications must be received by 8 June 2024 for consideration. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. NDI is an equal opportunity employer.


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