National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

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Founded in 1983, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. NDI works with democrats and democratic institutions in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations safeguard elections and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NDI maintains offices in over 70 countries on five continents. NDI’s office in Nepal has been operational since 1997 and has since collaborated with the Parliament, political parties, government agencies and civil society.

NDI-Nepal seeks candidates for the position of Program Officer for an anticipated USAID funded countering hate crime and disinformation program beginning in March 2021. She/he will primarily oversee a sub-grant to a local CSO for an online media monitoring activity, coordinate with co- implementers to organize and implement joint activities, in addition to supporting activities aimed at building the capacities of political election stakeholders to become more reform minded in the fight against hate speech and disinformation. She/he will additionally support other ongoing NDI activities as/when required. She/he will report to the Program Specialist for the Parliamentary Strengthening program and Program Director for Political Parties. The position is based in Kathmandu, but may require travel to different regions of Nepal, subject to COVID-19 health & safety restrictions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contributes to program implementation and evaluation; manage daily operations under the day-today supervision of the Political Program Director;
  • Assists in designing and organizing training activities;
  • Cooperates with program staff in drafting and editing memos, reports, including the editing of reports submitted by partner organizations;
  • Serves as a program point of contact, maintains relations with partners and stakeholders, represents the program at appropriate program activities;
  • Maintains cooperative working relations within the NDI Nepal and DC offices;
  • Coordinates with Administrative/Finance team in reviewing budgets and expenditures;
  • Travels as necessary to monitor program implementation;
  • Works with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in collecting data and measuring program impact;
  • Participate in regular activities and meetings with program partners and stakeholders;
  • Analysis of national political developments;
  • Maintains strict neutrality in dealing with program activities;
  • Sets up senior level meetings for senior staff with relevant local interlocutors;
  • Performs other assignments as and when necessary, as assigned by senior staff.

Academic Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, International Development or related field, Master’s preferred;
  • Experience in sub-grant management with local CSOs;
  • Relevant four years’ experience working with political parties/international organizations and/or working on democracy building, elections, civic activism and community organizing;
  • Experience in management, development and program implementation.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to interact effectively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent communications skills in Nepali and English to engage others, present information and respond to questions; and produce clear and concise written work;
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Willingness to work longer hours, when required;
  • Strong working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications and experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.);
  • Ability and willingness to travel to remote and difficult to reach locations;
  • Gather, understand, analyze and report on the political environment;
  • Identify and introduce concepts and proposals for programmatic intervention;
  • Excellent English and Nepali speaking, writing and translation skills are required;
  • Strong familiarity with presenting ideas in front of others;
  • Experience in managing events; tackling operational challenges in a structured manner.


The application deadline is 28th February 2021. To apply, please e-mail a CV and cover letter to

Short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please! Applicants need to possess work authorization to work in Nepal.

NDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Overview

Category Development and Project
Openings 1
Position Type Full Time
Experience 4+ years
Education Graduate (Bachelors), Post Graduate / Masters in related field.
Posted Date 19 Feb, 2021
Apply Before 28 Feb, 2021
City Kathmandu