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Resident Deputy Country Director: Ethiopia


The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Resident Deputy Country Director for its Ethiopia country office. This is a senior-level position overseeing administrative, finance and operational aspects of NDI’s multi-donor funded democracy assistance programs in Ethiopia. The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and reports to the Resident Senior Country Director.

The ideal candidate should possess at least 10 years professional experience.


  • Coordinates and supervises all aspects of administration, logistics, and accounting for the Ethiopia office
  • Oversees compliance with internal controls and administrative procedures, and ensures that all financial and accounting reports are prepared and submitted in a timely manner
  • Manages payroll for local national staff, including tabulation of employee benefits
  • Reviews financial management, taxation, planning, systems and controls for the local office
  • Reviews and accounts for procurement transactions to ensure adequate supporting documents and fairness in costings
  • Provides recommendations for budget realignments and no-cost extensions
  • Leads field office in preparing for external and internal audits
  • Supports resident director with day-to-day internal operations of the Ethiopia field office
  • Manages senior accountant and administrative staff
  • Oversee human resources matters for Ethiopia in-country staff, in consultation with DC-based Human Resources Manager
  • Ensures compliance with national laws, NDI and donor administrative and reporting requirements, as well as appropriate implementation of field office policy manuals and handbooks
  • Regularly reviews security plans and serve as a point of contact for security issues for NDI in Ethiopia
  • Provides guidance for applying functional and administration standards.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Work independently with initiative, and as a member of a team, to manage high volume work flow. Structures work of team or project members.
  • Apply professional judgment to execute duties and responsibilities.
  • Multitask and work within a management matrix and changing business environment with ability to manage and set priorities for a team.
  • Apply management best practices such as leveraging deadlines and workplans to effectively coordinate and manage across geographic and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Management and leadership skills in order to lead, inspire and motivate staff
  • Apply resources by using technology and research skills in areas of purview, and relationship building among organizational teams, professional organizations, and significant local contacts.
  • Alignment with and application of NDI SEA best practices and standards.
  • Interact with diplomacy and tact using interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers
  • Verbal communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions and negotiate
  • Writing skills, clear and persuasive and experienced enough to edit all types of team documents
  • Ability to articulate NDI-Ethiopia interests in informed and persuasive manner to external constituency and colleagues
  • Analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues and to think innovatively and introduce new concepts
  • Financial management skills and familiarity with grant funding, budget and accounting procedures
  • Logistics and Operations skills and proven abilities.
  • Knowledge of the assigned geographical area’s political environment and people
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) desirable
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations or related subject, graduate degree preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years experience working in international development including overseas experience in developing democracy.
  • Proven ability to motivate and communicate skills and techniques to others as a manager, trainer, advisor or consultant
  • Proven supervisory skills
  • Knowledge of key political developments in the country
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations that may be remote and difficult to reach.
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) is a must, as well as familiarity with protocols for the secure storage and sharing of information (cyber hygiene).
  • Comments: Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Interviews may be conducted in-person or remotely. Salary is commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is provided. Employment is contingent upon continued availability of grant funds. Please note that due to the impact of the covid-19 pandemic, exact timing of employment is presently uncertain. Please provide a cover letter and resume. 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 a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify NDI’s Human Resources department. Job Location: Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA To apply please visit our website at

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