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JOB POST: Resident Program Officer for Asia-Tibet with National Democratic Institute (NDI), Dharmshala/Remote: Apply Now!

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The NDI (National Democratic Institute) is seeking to hire a professional for the job role of Resident Program Officer for Asia-Tibet.

About NDI (National Democratic Institute)

The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government

About the Job Opportunity

NDI seeks eligible candidates for the job position of Program Officer for its Dharamshala office. The Program Officer would be responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of the organization’s projects supporting the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).

Reporting to the Program Manager, the position is based in Dharamshala but may require some travel, when permitted given travel limitations due to COVID-19. This position is available immediately.

Responsibilities of the Program Officer

  • Contribute to the design, oversight and implementation of program activities under the supervision of the Program Manager;
  • Design and implement programs, managing day-to-day operations under the supervision of the Program Manager and Country Director;
  • Build a functional network of significant contacts with program stakeholders, including CTA officials, leaders, and civil society organizations  for the advancement of the organization’s programs;
  • Stay up to date on the parliamentary and political news and dynamics to assess how various developments might affect program strategy, approach and implementation;
  • Conduct/facilitate trainings, workshops, and conferences;
  • Assist in developing training/workshop materials and manuals for programs;
  • Travel to Tibetan population centers (when possible given COVID-19) to monitor and evaluate program activities; and to accompany MPs and committee members during field visits;
  • Assist Program Manager to prepare program budgets and keep track of expenses and spending;
  • Report on program activities to the Program Manager and Chief of Party on a regular basis;
  • Collaborate with other team members and managers in drafting and editing briefing memos, reports, work plans and concept notes with some editing; draft portions of quarterly reports and work plans; edit work of Program Associate; review and edit reports submitted by partner organizations;
  • Prepare program briefings by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information;
  • Collaborate with other program, monitoring and evaluation, and administrative teams and managers in development of an annual work plan, budget and performance monitoring plan (PMP), as well as general program activity implementation;
  • Ensure programmatic goals and adherence to operational and reporting requirements are achieved; 
  • Liaise with partners organizations and sub-grantees, monitor their progress, attend activities and review their reports and other submissions;
  • Perform other assignments assigned by senior staff as and when necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, international development, law or a related field; Master’s preferred;
  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience working with political stakeholders/ international organizations or working on democracy building, elections; experience working with the Central Tibetan Administration an advantage;
  • Experience with management, development, and implementation cycle of programming.

Skills and Competencies Required

  • High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, foreign personnel, members of donor organizations and political party representatives; and to actively maintain and build constructive professional relationships with a broad range of (senior) political representatives and partners;
  • Excellent oral communications skills to engage partners, effectively present information, and respond to questions;
  • Exceptional writing skills to create clear and concise proposals and reports;
  • Basic project management skills; ability to take initiative, inspire and motivate others;
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications and experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.);
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly gather, understand, analyze and contextualize relevant political developments and report on those to superiors;
  • Identify areas for programmatic intervention and develop proposals on the basis of a political analysis; able to introduce new concepts convincingly;
  • Familiarity with presenting ideas and expressing yourself effectively in front of groups;
  • High degree of initiative and flexibility and a positive attitude to work;
  • Experience with organizing events; able to quickly tackle logistic and administrative challenges necessary to organize events; working in a structured and organized manner;
  • Fluency in English required; proficiency in Tibetan preferred;
  •  Work eligibility in India without employer sponsorship is required.

How to Apply?

  • Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.
  • To be considered, applicants must only apply through the online system; resumes sent by mail or fax will not be accepted.
  • Opportunities are open until filled and will be taken off the website once they are filled regardless of the closing date stated on the job description.
  • Applicants may apply to as many opportunities as they choose.
  • Applicants will be notified once a position has been closed by an automated message sent via e-mail.
  • Please be sure to check your SPAM filter for emails sent from NDI.org or NDI.force.com and add these domains to your address book so that you will receive messages regarding your application.


Based in Dharmashala, Himachal Pradesh

As a result of COVID19, this position will start in a remote capacity. 

Click here for the official job description.

Click here to start your application process.

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