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Deputy Chief of Party (Resident Senior Program Manager) - Zimbabwe

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

  • Organization: NDI - National Democratic Institute
  • Location: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Democratic Governance
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2022-02-09

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Job Function: International
Department: Southern & East Africa
Location: Zimbabwe

Deputy Chief of Party (Resident Senior Program Manager) - Zimbabwe

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the International Election Observation in Zimbabwe (IEOZ). The IEOZ seeks to promote a more transparent, inclusive, and legitimate electoral process and demonstrate an international interest in and commitment to the credibility of Zimbabwe's 2023 harmonized elections through international observation based on regional and international standards. Working in close coordination with NDI/HQ and based on NDI's established international observation methodology, the DCOP will support the Chief of Party (COP) in all aspects of the program; be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the mission, and provide direct management for long-term observers (LTOs) and local support staff. This position is contingent upon funding.

With the elections tentatively anticipated in August 2023, the program time frame would cover the pre-election, election day, and post-election periods - approximately from May 2022 to February 2024. Thus, the Level of Effort for this position will entail adaptability to cover requisite needs over said timeframe, including some remote work as well as periodic travel to Zimbabwe for key electoral activities. Deployment to Harare during the time frame leading up to election day, is required.


  • Support the COP in all aspects of the mission, including the conduct of observation activities, organizing pre-election, election day, and post-election delegations, managing key stakeholder and program partner relationships, management and oversight of mission staff; and mission financial management.
  • Manage the day-to-day mission operations in consultation with the COP.
  • Oversee logistics and security for deployed expatriate staff and local support staff, in consultation with the COP as well as NDI's Regional and Washington, DC Operations teams.
  • Provide direct management and oversight of LTOs, including developing scopes of work, onboarding, reporting plans, deployment, and internal briefings.
  • Maintain regular communications with LTOs and produce LTO summary reports that feed into internal reports for NDI/HQ produced by the COP that provides analysis of political developments, observation findings, and updates on mission activities.
  • Provide direct management and oversight of local support staff, including developing scopes of work, and ensure effective collaboration between
  • Assumes the responsibilities of the COP in their absence;
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party as well as NDI in-country staff and Washington, DC to identify and assess project risks and manage appropriate security measures for the mission;
  • Work closely with the Finance Director and COP in overseeing the project's budget and expenses in country, along with the submission of financial reconciliation statements;
  • Support the activity of the mission and of the international observers in any other aspect as necessary.

  • Graduate degree in a field of study related to international development; graduate degree in political science, international relations, public policy, law, or related field preferred.

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience working in democratic development and electoral processes, including leadership and key roles on international and/or citizen election observation missions.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with election authorities, civil society, and senior political leaders, as well as members of the donor and diplomatic community and media representatives.

  • Experience working in post-conflict environments and/or countries undergoing political transitions, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Proven experience managing staff members, election observers, and analysts, and demonstrated success in collaborating with a senior management team.

  • Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities.

  • Extensive background in organizing individual and group consultations and communicating skills and experience to others as an advisor or consultant.

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, and the ability to build and maintain professional political relationships; extensive experience in team-oriented work environments.

  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues, and ability to accurately convey analysis in public reports.

  • Flexibility and adaptability in order to rapidly adjust program activities based on changing political or electoral circumstances and in response to needs articulated by local partners and program stakeholders.

  • Superior oral and written communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner in English.

  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications; experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, please apply as soon as possible.

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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