National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Posted Job
5 months ago

Program Officer – Elections

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organisation working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than two decades. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organisations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI will work in Zambia to support democratic institutions, including political parties, better able to engage with stakeholders and citizens on national policy, legislation development and citizen concerns and priorities.

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking to hire an experienced Zambian national as Program Officer for NDI’s citizen election observation program (domestic election observation) in Zambia. The position will be based in Lusaka and will require domestic travel. The Program Officer will report to the Program Manager under the close supervision of the Senior Resident Country Director. The Program Officer will be responsible for liaison and outreach to civil society organisations (CSOs), and technical assistance under the direction of the Program Manager and NDI elections experts during the upcoming electoral cycle. The PO will be expected to provide up to date analysis of the political environment and context, liaise and communicate with NDI partners, support the election observation team/staff in planning and implementation of program activities. The PO will work with other staff in the NDI Zambia office for successful implementation of the program.

Availability: This position is available immediately.

Deadline: Applications close on June 15.


  • Serve as point of contact on activities of domestic election observation program and provide close oversight of all aspects of daily operations of the program, under the direction of the Program Manager.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and communication with CSO partners.
  • Produce political and electoral analytic briefings, including written analysis to a high standard.
  • Provide assistance in the implementation of the domestic election monitoring/observation, including training and the preparation of presentations;
  • Support the organisation of program events, including conferences, consultations, seminars, workshops and meetings.
  • Support the program planning process and update activity plans and budgets for the citizens’ election observation program.
  • Maintain regular and efficient internal communication on the program developments within the domestic election observation program team.
  • Produce letters, program agendas and memos; proofread and edit program materials and documents for accuracy as needed.
  • Contribute to developing strategic documents – work plans, reports, project proposals and briefings.
  • Support data analysis and data visualisations, under direction of the Program Manager.
  • Contribute to regular bi-weekly, and quarterly reports.
  • Ensure timely monitoring and evaluation of program activities and collect data for ME&L purposes.
  • Provide programmatic assistance to NDI-Zambia and international staff members/consultants as needed.
  • Due to the intensive and time-sensitive nature of program activities, the applicant must be willing to work beyond normal working hours during peak activity times.

Required Qualifications & Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in a field of study related to international development; graduate degree in political science, international relations, public policy, law, or a related field preferred
  • Ability to maintain strict non-partisan/political neutrality
  • Experience with election observation design and implementation
  • A minimum of six (6) years of experience working in the field of democracy and governance, research, civil society and/or organisational and institutional development
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, CSO partners at all levels, members of donor organisations, funders, and policy-makers
  • Proven capacity to meet program goals while managing financial, administrative, and security responsibilities
  • Superior oral and written communications skills to effectively present information in a clear and persuasive manner in English
  • Experience in results-oriented program design, strategic planning, and program evaluation;
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues; and
  • Excellent knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications, as well as Google Drive.

Method of Application

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.

Interested applicants should send a CV, cover letter and writing sample (1 page maximum) to the email below:

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Email applications to

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