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Georgia: Resident Program Manager/Senior Program Manager

Job Description
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks to hire a Resident Program Manager/Senior Program Manager (depending on experience of the selected candidate) for Parliamentary Communications Center (PCC). The Resident PM/SPM will oversee the establishment of a media center which will improve parliamentary outreach and transparency through the creation of television and radio broadcasts from the Parliament of Georgia. The Resident Program Manager or Resident Senior Program Manager position will be based in Tbilisi but will require travel throughout the country. 

Since 1994, NDI has contributed to Georgia’s democratic transition through a wide-ranging series of programs to support political parties, civic groups and elected officials in their efforts to promote citizen participation, transparency and accountability.  Since 2004, NDI has worked intensively with the Parliament of Georgia to improve the legislature’s institutional capacity, transparency, and oversight, and in 2009 the Institute received a three-year grant to continue its parliamentary support activities.  NDI’s Resident Director manages the overall parliamentary program, as well as an expatriate staff member focused primarily on constituent outreach, and three Georgian local staff contributing to program design and implementation.  The Resident PM/SPM would report to  NDI Resident Director and would supervise the local PCC team.   

To complement NDI’s existing Parliamentary Strengthening Project (PSP), in 2010, NDI received an add-on to its current USAID-funded PSP program  to establish a Parliamentary Communications Center (PCC).  The PCC will take the form of a physical studio within the Parliament of Georgia to support the production of regular television and radio programs focused on the work of the Georgian parliament.  This position will play a key role in overseeing the establishment and the management of the studio space and productions.  To improve parliament’s capacity to utilize technology for outreach, oversight, and constituent relations, NDI is also planning to undertake targeted assistance to parliamentarians and parliamentary staff on the use of technology for constituent relations and outreach.  This assistance will take the form of consultations and workshops on media and communications strategies, and will largely be organized in close coordination and partnership with NDI’s existing parliamentary strengthening project. 

NDI plans to issue a subgrant to a local Georgian organization to equip and set up the PCC, and to staff it with local camera operators, editors, and other technical staff members.  NDI will also hire an additional two local staff members, who will be supervised by the Resident PM/SPM, to help design the training activities and administer the media component of the larger parliamentary project. 
NDI anticipates a nine-month start-up phase of the PCC project, followed by an assessment to determine which elements of the PCC are most appropriate for transfer to parliamentary ownership.  This position is planned to end in August 2012.
Required Skills
  • Supervises the establishment of a television/radio production studio within the Parliament of Georgia;
  • Develops and maintains relationships with Parliamentary Actors (i.e. the Speaker’s Office, Chief of Staff, Public Relations Department and other relevant parliamentary offices);
  • Reports to and strategizes with Resident Director and the Parliamentary Team on new directions for improving parliamentary transparency and outreach using television, radio, and internet;
  • Supervises the scheduling, design, and implementation of training workshops for members of parliament (MPs) and parliamentary staff members on interview skills and media relations;
  • Coordinates and supervises the development, production, and broadcast of political programming;
  • Develops and maintains relationships with regional broadcasters;
  • Oversees the work of PCC local staff members;
  • Manages relationship with local partner to assist in the development and operation of Parliamentary Communications Center;
  • Prepares updates on program activities for donors and NDI/Washington;
  • Contributes to the development of a sustainability plan for transfer of the Parliamentary Communications Center to the Parliament of Georgia;
  • Given the PCC’s role as an integral part of NDI’s existing PSP program, the Executive Producer would work closely with NDI Resident Director and the Parliamentary Team to achieve overall PSP objectives.
Required Experience
  • For a Program Manager, we require a minimum eight (8) years experience or for the Senior Program Manager we require ten (10) years experience in professional broadcast journalism, political and/or governmental media relations, or international media development;
  • Experience working in communications and outreach for/with elected officials, preferably in a legislative context;
  • Ability to supervise a broad range of parliamentary strengthening and media development activities;
  • Ability to adjust to shifting political circumstances and create programming accordingly;
  • Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics in the work place;
  • BA required, MA preferred in International Relations or related subject;
  • English fluency required and Russian or Regional language skills useful;
  • Experience working and/or training in an international context strongly preferred but not required.
NDI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, political affiliation, religion, gender, disability, and/or sexual orientation.
Job Location
Tbilisi, GEORGIA 

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