The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Resident Director with strong management and political organizing skills to provide overall office management and supervisory responsibility for the design, implementation and evaluation of all NDI-Libya programs. The Resident Director will provide leadership and oversight to a team of talented and experienced expatriate and national staff. This position will be NDI’s principal liaison with representatives from the Transitional National Council of the Libyan Republic, local political and civil society organizations, the donor community, the US Envoy, State Department, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and other international government representatives. Close coordination will also be expected with NDI-Washington, including day-to-day communication with the Washington-based staff. The Resident Director will be based in Benghazi will potential travel to Tripoli. NDI is seeking applications for this position immediately. This is an unaccompanied post.
- Establish and maintain strong working relations with the donor and diplomatic communities, international organizations, and in-country partners, including political and elected officials and local civic organizations;
- Facilitate and coordinate technical assistance to the TNC through visits by international experts and delivering trainings and consultations on aspects of democratic governance; including but not limited to political/democratic transition models, constitution development, strategic planning and communications, and election systems;
- Provide skills-building training and informal consultations for political, elected and civic leaders in areas such as coalition building, external communications, membership and recruitment, resource mobilization and platform development;
- Manage frequent external and internal communication to produce high-quality program reports and effectively coordinate program activities;
- Oversee the proper accounting, management, and planning of budget funds in coordination with local accountant and NDI/Washington;
- Manage expatriate and local employees, including hiring, performance reviews, staff development, program implementation, and adherence to human resource policies;
- Coordinate, with NDI/Washington, timetables and staff assignments for developing proposals, budgets, work plans, and reports and ensure documents reflect NDI priorities, strategy, needs and objectives; and
- Assist NDI in obtaining funding from the U.S. government and other donors for new programs in Libya.
Required Skills & Experience
- At least fourteen (14) years of professional experience in politics and/or senior level democracy & governance programming, including several of the following areas: political party building; governance; strategic planning and communications, electoral processes, elected institutions, and public opinion research;
- Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in international development, political science or management; graduate degree preferred; Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis;
- Substantive senior-level professional political experience, including working for a legislature, executive branch or political parties, preferably during political transitions;
- Demonstrated ability to work with senior political and civic leaders as well as members of the donor and diplomatic communities;
- Senior-level program management experience, including office operations and the management of fiscal and human resources;
- Proven ability to effectively communicate skills and experiences to others as a trainer or advisor;
- Demonstrated ability to conduct and apply sophisticated political analysis to programmatic activities;
- Excellent managerial, interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain professional political relationships;
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English;
- Arabic language skills desirable;
- Experience working and living overseas, preferably in the transitional and post-conflict countries, and an ability to work in a challenging environment;
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows environment, email technology and spreadsheets; and
- Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations which may be remote and difficult to reach.
To apply please visit our website at www.ndi.org