Job Posting: Partners for Democratic Change


Position Title:             Program Assistant, Sub Saharan Africa & Europe

Organization:             Partners for Democratic Change (Partners)

Reports to:                 SSA/E Associate

Location:                     Washington, DC

Start Date:                   As soon as possible-Position open until filled

Salary:                         —-

Job Type:                    Full time 

Overview of Organization

Partners for Democratic Change (Partners) is a global non-governmental organization committed to building democratic institutions and strengthening civil society worldwide. Since 1989, Partners has provided communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, and cooperative planning competency to thousands of civic, NGO, municipal and national government leaders in over 50 countries. Partners has established a network of locally staffed and managed Centers that work on change and conflict management in 19 countries. Each Center within this network (Partners Global) is established as an independent in-country NGO managed by an in-country board of Directors and staff. PDCI is a network with a high reputation for undertaking cutting edge work. We have many highly committed, professional staff within the network with specialized skills who are working to bring about lasting positive change in their communities. Partners Global–including the affiliate Centers—employ over 250 staff worldwide, deploy over 100 trainers and practitioners, and work in over 40 countries. Partners for Democratic Change, based in Washington, is one of two hubs (the second in Brussels) that provides support to the network.

Partners DC has developed a successful portfolio of programs across LAC, MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. The Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe program (SSA/E) currently works on issues related to accountable governance, security sector reform, and collaborative capacity-building. We have also recently developed a multi-stakeholder framework designed to foster an enabling and inclusive process for security reform in any given context. This framework has been applied in Nigeria and Sierra Leone, with plans for expansion into additional West African countries in the near future. The majority of our funding comes from a diverse set of sources and includes the US State Department, the National Endowment for Democracy, USAID, and additional international development firms.

Our Mission is to work through a global network to support local leaders and create partnerships that transform conflict, strengthen democratic institutions, and achieve sustainable development.

For more information, please visit our website at 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist SSA/E team in tasks related to implementing Partners’ programs in the SSA region, including the supporting the creation of project/partnership work plans and budgets;
  • Support managers and associates in monitoring existing grant status, progress towards achievement of program objectives and support implementation;
  • Review financial reports, working on financial reconciliations, procurement plans, preparing advance requests, fielding and coordination with consultants in the region, wire request forms, travel authorizations and expense reports;
  • Support the completion of project quarterly and final reports, monitoring and evaluation reports and any other technical and substantive reports as assigned;
  • Support new business development including, proposal budget and narrative development;
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned, such as meeting follow-ups, correspondence, producing presentations, travel arrangements, etc.; and
  • Attend conferences and meetings as appropriate.



  • Fluency in English
  • A minimum of one year professional experience in project management, international development, or related field for non-profit or business sectors;
  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, African studies, or related subject pertaining to international development, peacebuilding, public administration, etc;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment for a growing, dynamic team;
  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills with strong attention to detail and the ability to express complex ideas clearly;
  • High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with U.S. and foreign national staff and civil society, government and the private sector actors;
  • Ability to organize, problem-solve, manage, and prioritize work;
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing, spreadsheet, and desktop publishing applications; and
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.


  • Coursework related to Sub Saharan Africa;
  • Study abroad and/or internship experience in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Experience managing budgets and financial reporting;
  • Research and communications experience;
  • French or Swahili language skills a plus

Full job description available here.

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