The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking to hire a Resident Director for Women’s Political Participation to assist with its electoral support and political development programs in Afghanistan. The Director will be based in Kabul, supervised by the Institute’s Resident Country Director in Afghanistan, and supported by Kabul and Washington, D.C.-based staff. This position is available in November 2014. A commitment of 18 months is expected for this position.
- Collaborate with the resident country director and senior staff to increase the participation of women within NDI’s electoral support and political development programs – such efforts would include technical assistance to female provincial council and parliamentary candidates, newly elected representatives, political party members and political activists;
- Work closely with the NDI Afghanistan resident director for political processes to ensure the implementation of the gender component in all programs;
- Build and maintain collaborative working relationships with program stakeholders, including political parties, government and election authorities, civil society groups and members of the international community working on women’s participation programs;
- Provide technical assistance to elected representatives and political parties on approaches to increase women’s participation in Afghan political life;
- Facilitate information and skills exchange among networks of women political leaders, political party members, civil society leaders and international resource persons;
- Conduct and coordinate training activities, workshops and other events, including the preparation of modules and training materials as well as the coordination of travel, accommodations and other logistical needs;
- Draft reports to NDI Washington that detail program activities and monitor and measure program results and political developments; and
- Manage and reconcile program expenses.
- A minimum of 14 years of experience working on women’s political participation issues in the field of democracy and governance, either through work with political parties, governance or civic groups;
- Bachelors degree required. Graduate degree in law, public policy, international relations, political science or related field preferred;
- Experience living and working in an international setting required; prior experience in conflict or post-conflict settings strongly preferred.
- Experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, and program evaluation;
- Experience in organizing and facilitating individual and group consultations and communicating skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor, or consultant;
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, and policy-makers;
- Proven experience managing staff members and promoting staff development in a multi-cultural work environment;
- High degree of organization and initiative;
- Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities;
- Superior oral and written communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner in English; knowledge of Dari and/or Pashtu a plus;
- Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues; Experience in implementing USAID and/or Canadian-funded international development programs strongly preferred; and
- Experience with Google Apps (including Gmail, Calendar, Google Docs, Google Drive) strongly preferred.