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Senior Program Officer – Advocacy and Lobbying

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  • Post Date: September 15, 2020
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Job Overview


The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs seeks a Senior Program Officer to join its Zimbabwe Country team and contribute to the planning, designing and implementation of programs related to strengthening civil society, building reform minded coalitions and strengthening alliances for lobbying and advocacy for effective political and electoral reform. Reporting to the Programs Director, the successful candidate manages the programs under this area by performing the duties listed below.


  • Develops program concepts and leads strategic discussions;
  • Supports proposal process and timeline for proposal submissions;
  • Develops program objectives, results and indicators, as well as program strategy;
  • Drafts proposals, work plans, quarterly and other reports with minimal substance guidance, edits work of Program and Senior Program Assistants and Program Officers;
  • Liaises, as necessary, with NDI staff based in Washington, DC;
  • Leads work plan discussions on their area of responsibility and supports processes for work plan drafting and submission;
  • Contributes to overall strategy and vision;
  • Handles all aspects of program management in their area of focus including: anticipating and planning for programmatic needs and taking action accordingly;
  • Provides guidance to fellow staff members;
  • Oversees programmatic progress and in collaboration with the Program Manager for Monitoring Evaluation and Learning, NDI staff in Washington, measures program performance, timing and results;
  • Conducts assessments;
  • Represents NDI at local conferences and meetings with the NGO community, funders and donors and members of the foreign policy community to assist with NDI’s public outreach, in consultation with the Resident Country Director;
  • Lends support to the Country Director and Director for Elections by providing effective management of multiple grants with multiple programs and reconciliations;
  • Oversees appropriate application of allowable costs;
  • Ensures that they stay within budget limits;
  • Anticipates and successfully addresses costs and overages, and implements solutions to budget variances;
  • Guides other staff regarding structures and mechanisms;
  • Collaborates closely with the Director of Finance and Administration on budgets and with Senior Sub Grants Manager on the oversight of sub grantees;
  • Travels to different parts of the country as instructed to plan and lead political assessments, assess new opportunities, participate in and evaluate current projects, and negotiate with key program contacts, political leaders, donors and others;
  • Provides support, as requested, for local and regional program conferences, workshops and meetings, organizes major cross-functional workshops, organizes delegations and any other NDI activities when the need arises;
  • Works to support the development of a network and coalitions to move the electoral and political reform agenda forward;
  • Maintains strong relationships with civil society organisations across the country in order to strengthen the relationships and linkages in the area of electoral reform;
  • Supervises Program Officers / Assistants as assigned; identifies development opportunities for Program and Senior Program Assistants and Program Officers;
  • Support CSO partners to advocate for key electoral and political reforms that uphold regional and international electoral standards;
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, civic organizations and NDI’s network of volunteer trainers and experts;
  • Acts as back-up to team members not present;
  • Performs other duties as required and requested by the Programs Director and Resident Country Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in social sciences, law or related subject;
  • Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement;
  • A minimum of six (6) years relevant work experience in community organizing, advocacy campaigns, legislative affairs and political affairs;
  • Experience in program design and monitoring;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in the area of responsibility as well as any other areas of NDI’s functional programs;
  • Knowledge, experience and understanding of the Zimbabwean political environment and the key political and electoral stakeholders;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff both in the country office and in NDI-Washington;
  • Skills in developing and managing relationships with members of USAID and other donor organizations, funders, and policy makers, political parties, government departments;
  • Excellent oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions;
  • Exceptional writing skills, clear and persuasive with little to no editing;
  • Professional proficiency in English is required and proficiency in one or more local languages is an advantage
  • Strong negotiating and managerial skills;
  • Able to think innovatively, introduce new concepts or new approaches to the subject area;
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Smooth multitasking among several responsibilities;
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications;
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired;
  • Seasoned budget and accounting skills;
  • Ability and willingness to engage in extensive in-country travel and in the absence of that, regular sustained interface with program partners across the country.

To apply

Applications with a brief one pager cover letter, stating expected salary & benefits and resume to be sent to

Deadline: 22 September 2020 (5pm)

Job Detail
  • Career LevelOfficer
  • QualificationDegree
  • Experience5-10 Years
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