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Iraq (Baghdad): Resident Senior Program Manager, Governance Program

Job Description
Iraq: Resident Senior Program Manager, Governance Program

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a legislator or senior political staff member with significant experience at the state/province or national level. The applicant should possess international experience and broad knowledge of parties in parliament, legislative strategy, organization and operations to implement the governance component of the Institute’s Iraq program.  The Senior Resident Program Manager reports to the Governance Director. The position is based in Baghdad, Iraq, with travel to Erbil. The selected individual will help develop customized training/consultation programs in coordination with partners and program directors based on identified needs of party caucuses and other representative and legislative bodies. 
Required Skills
  • Assist in the management of the overall implementation of NDI’s governance program in Iraq;
  • Assist the Iraqi Council of Representatives (CoR) with organizational and managerial development by providing non-partisan training/consultation in the role of party caucuses, constituency outreach methods, members and committees, strategic planning, internal organization and communication, and public relations strategies;
  • Assist the CoR committees in exercising their legislative and oversight functions through organization of legislative, fact findings and investigative public hearings and outreach towards the civic sector organizations;
  • Assist the CoR with adopting and utilizing basic rules of lawmaking, parliamentary procedures and representative oversight functions;
  • Assist the CoR and  Presidency Council   to develop governing processes, rules of procedures, regulations and directives, and implement government programs and polices;
  • Assist with day-to-day management and oversight of local program staff Baghdad office;
  • Collaborate with other NDI Iraq program teams to maximize cross programmatic activities;
  • Ensure programmatic goals are achieved and operational and reporting requirements are adhered to;
  • Maintain relationships with key partners in government and the donor community;
  • Draft and submit field reports that monitor and measure program results and political developments.
Required Experience
  • Bachelors Degree, preferably in political science, international relations, public policy, law or related field preferred; Graduate degree preferred;
  • Minimum of ten (10) years experience working with non-governmental organizations, legislatures or political parties at the state or national level;
  • Effective communication skills that include a strong ability to deliver effective and convincing presentations as well as the ability to write strong and detailed consultation reports;
  • Proven ability to communicate skills and experience to others;
  • Experience in providing advice  of a political nature to high ranking officials;
  • Previous training/consultation experience;
  • Familiarity with international political systems;
  • Experience working in post-conflict environments and/or countries undergoing political transitions;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior political and civic leaders as well as members of the donor and diplomatic community;
  • Ability to adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders;
  • Ability to effectively and appropriately handle stressful living and working conditions in a compound setting, often with restricted ability for personal travel/movement outside of the compound;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and with cultural sensitivity with a diverse group of co-workers, partners, and the general public;
  • Willingness to be highly flexible and adaptable to a rapidly changing environment;
  • Arabic language skills desirable, but not required;
  • Living/working experience outside of the U.S. preferred.

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, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Job Location
Baghdad, IRAQ

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