Regional Director: Eurasia
Company: National Democratic Institute for Intl. Affairs
Posted on: June 13, 2021
Regional Director: EURASIA
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking a Regional
Director to oversee the design, development, implementation and
evaluation of its democracy strengthening programs in the Eurasia
region. The Regional Director will lead the Institute's efforts in
addressing key challenges to democratic development in the region,
including malign external authoritarian influence; domestic
corruption and illiberalism; the exclusion and marginalization of
women, youth and other communities; the growing role of digital
technology in political, economic and social affairs; and global
shocks, such as pandemics, climate change and food insecurity. The
Regional Director will also play a leadership role at the Institute
and work closely with the Executive Office and others in providing
guidance on the Institute's global policies and overall strategic
direction, including promoting a diverse and equitable workplace
that reflects NDI's values. The position reports to the NDI
President and is based in the Institute's headquarters in
Washington, DC. Regular travel throughout the Eurasia region is
- Leads team in representing NDI's core values -- accountability,
transparency, equity, inclusion, pluralism, civic participation and
rule of law -- in its work with colleagues and partners.
- Creates and leads high-level design of NDI's regional strategy
for a portfolio composed of multiple large-scale, multi-year single
country projects and several regional projects addressing
government transparency and accountability; effective and
responsive political representation; electoral reform and
integrity; inclusive and equitable citizen engagement in politics;
countering disinformation; and defending fundamental freedoms in
closed and closing societies.
- Anticipates and analyzes trends and events in political, social
and economic developments and gauges their impact on current and
- Cultivates and maintains relationships with NDI partners
working in and on Eurasia, including donor and diplomatic
communities, senior civic and political leaders from across the
political spectrum, government leaders, democracy activists, and
representatives of the media, think tanks, and academia.
- Represents NDI's institutional interests with partners, donors,
supporters and members of the foreign policy community, as well as
at professional conferences, thematic events and other
- Maintains an understanding of changing donor and NDI policies
and procedures and provides oversight to ensure compliance with NDI
and donor regulations and relevant laws.
- Contributes to the communication of NDI's mission, technical
expertise, innovations and programmatic impact.
- Leads a multicultural team located in Washington, DC and across
the Eurasia region in strategic planning, creative program design,
and effective project implementation and assessment.
- Recruits and manages a diverse team in DC and country offices,
including oversight of performance appraisals and support for staff
- Provides leadership and oversight to in-country field teams,
ensuring accountability in the execution of program activities and
management of operations based on established institutional
procedures, local laws, donor regulations and best practice.
- Establishes and implements communication systems (staff
meetings, reporting protocols, knowledge management systems, etc)
to ensure effective workflow and productivity, as well as team
- Promotes and ensures a professional and respectful workplace
environment, reflective of NDI's values, in DC and country
- Leads overall regional fundraising strategy and supervises
complex relations and negotiations with donors.
- Monitors and oversees the department's overall annual budget
and spending strategy to ensure proper stewardship, including
review of financial status reports and ensuring compliance with
budget management tasks and processes for appropriate fiscal
- Twenty plus years of relevant experience in a progressive
leadership role, in international affairs organization or related
- Bachelor's degree, preferably in international relations or a
related subject, or equivalent experience. Master's degree
- Experience leading large multi-country donor-funded
- Deep knowledge of the Eurasia region and understanding of
comparative political and governance systems.
- Excellent managerial skills, including experience in leading
and inspiring multicultural teams.
- Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and
- Competence in substantive areas of NDI programming, such as
political party strengthening, civic engagement, legislative
strengthening, electoral integrity, public consultation, countering
disinformation, public opinion research, gender equity and
inclusion of marginalized groups.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the
ability to translate complex information into meaningful and
- Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex
programmatic and political issues.
- Demonstrated ability to manage uncertainty and conflict, as
well as maintain composure and demonstrate control in difficult or
- Ability to adapt to changing political circumstances and
respond to needs articulated by local partners and program
- Proven capacity to meet goals while managing diverse
representational, programmatic, administrative, supervisory and
- Budgeting and accounting skills and knowledge of grant funding
- Working knowledge of USG and European funding policies and
- Proficiency with Google Suite tools.
- Ability to travel to international locations.
- Fluency in English; proficiency in one or more languages spoken
in Eurasia desirable.
Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does
not provide sponsorship.
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 a
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