Country Director: Asia - Myanmar - Tenders Global

Country Director: Asia – Myanmar

National Democratic Institute

Position description

Country Director: Myanmar Programs (Offshore)

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Country Director with extensive experience leading high-level program support and technical assistance in closed political and conflict environments. The Country Director will advise leading pro-democracy political actors to sustain and build cohesive participation in political and electoral processes in Myanmar; coordinate technical assistance to pro-democracy civic organizations, and provide leadership to a dispersed staff to oversee the implementation of NDI’s offshore Myanmar program.

Responsibilities include overall management, financial and human resource oversight, donor and partner relations, and strategic development of the program. Additionally, the Country Director is charged with conducting regular political analysis, supervising overall security management and operations, managing multiple program budgets, and maintaining relationships with Burmese partners and organizations including senior U.S. government officials, non-governmental entities, the diplomatic community, and donor agencies. The Country Director will work in close coordination with Washington, D.C.-based staff to manage the programmatic, administrative, financial, and logistical aspects of NDI’s operations. The Country Director reports to the DC-based Director for Asia-Pacific.

The preferred placement for this position is Taipei, Taiwan with extensive travel to Thailand. NDI may consider applicants for placement in nearby time zones, such as Thailand, Malaysia, or Indonesia. NDI invites nationals across the Asia-Pacific region to apply.

This is a Key Personnel position and subject to approval by the donor.


  • Direct the implementation of NDI’s offshore Myanmar programs
  • Serve as a technical advisor to program partners, including high-level pro-democracy actors, political parties, citizen led election observation networks and coalitions in response to program implementation needs and requests
  • Cultivates and maintain collaborative relationships with Myanmar pro-democracy political actors, civil society, and political party leaders
  • Anticipate trends or events in political, social and economic developments to gauge the impact on and opportunities for active and future programs
  • Provide high-level leadership of all country programs and coordinate day -to-day activity implementation and operations
  • Monitor programs to determine that programmatic goals are achieved and that operational and reporting requirements are adhered to
  • Adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders, and in consultation with donors
  • Ensure programmatic goals are achieved and adhere to operational and reporting requirements, including written reports to Washington DC that monitor and measure program results and political developments in Myanmar.
  • Present NDI analysis to donors, international organizations, the diplomatic community, and policy makers;
  • Ability to communicate skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor and consultant
  • Ability to motivate and inspire a diverse group of professionals in a challenging environment, instilling a strong sense of mission and team work to program implementation
  • Work with international organizations on the implementation of complementary programming and participate in donor coordination meetings;
  • Represent NDI and its program at public events and functions;
  • Serve as principal liaison between NDI and program donors, regional government officials, legislators and staff, political party leaders, local nongovernmental organizations, and the media
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with pro-democracy political actors, civil society organizations, election monitoring groups, women’s groups, ethnic minority and other vulnerable population organizations and leaders, and other program partners;
  • Assist in identifying and securing additional funding for NDI programs; and
  • Build the capacity of NDI staff to play a substantive role in program development and implementation.
  • Keep NDI leadership informed of relevant and significant political developments and programmatic issues.


  • Undergraduate degree, preferably in international development, political science, or management
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant work experience in political and electoral processes, democracy and governance programming, particularly closed society, conflict environment programming, and civil society development, to include:
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and build relationships with senior political and civic leaders, U.S. and foreign government personnel and policy makers, and members of donor organizations
  • Substantial work experience in multiple disciplines of democracy development, including technical assistance to high-level political leaders (required), civic engagement in closed/closing spaces, and civil society development, preferably in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Senior-level program management experience, including development of proposals and workplans, strategic planning, office operations, and the management of fiscal and human resources.
  • Knowledge of program design, monitoring, and evaluation tools and best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior political and civil society leaders as well as members of the donor and diplomatic community.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and managerial skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy-makers.
  • Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities.
  • Prior management and implementation of large international development programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Department of State, and other donor governments.
  • Sound political and negotiation skills and extensive experience in working on complex programs and political issues.
  • Experience living and working in a country other than home of record.
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues.
  • Ability to adjust programmatic activities based on changing political circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of political processes and actors of Myanmar preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required to effectively present information, respond to questions and negotiate outcomes; Myanmar language skills highly desirable
  • Experience working in low income countries and an ability to work in a highly challenging and stressful environment


NDI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, NDI makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state and local laws. If you need reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify NDI’s Human Resources department.

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