Jobs and Internships

Unless otherwise noted, all positions listed below are with the National Endowment for Democracy. Please read the descriptions and follow the instructions when applying.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world. Read more about the NED.

Applicants must include a cover letter, resume and completed application. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

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Full-time Positions 

Grants Administrator, Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) - (Job #1456) 
Posted: July 28, 2014

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, is seeking a Grants Administrator based in Washington, DC.

Position Summary: The Grants Administrator, LAC works under the supervision of the Manager, Grants Administration-Asia & Latin America. This position provides hands-on (cradle-to-grave) management of an assigned grant portfolio, working closely with colleagues to provide effective and collaborative due diligence and oversight of grant programs.

The mission of the Grants Administration department is to provide effective and efficient grants management, guiding grantees through the grant lifecycle to support their successful implementation of projects, in support of NED’s mission. The department strives to promote consistent implementation of policy and procedure, flexibility, responsiveness, innovation, and collaboration in the administration of NED’s grantmaking program.

Responsibilities: 

  • Participate in proposal review and risk assessment processes, providing input into the assessment of the eligibility and grants administration capacity of prospective grantees;

  • Analyze proposal budgets for allowability, allocability, and reasonableness;

  • Draft new grant agreements and amendments;

  • Ensure the smooth management of grants portfolio, including timely payments, quick response to grantee inquiries, and efficient problem-solving;

  • Maintain an up-to-date grant portfolio, sending all reminders, follow-ups, and closeouts;

  • Approve grantee financial reports, payment requests, and conduct resolution of invoice review findings;

  • Facilitate grantees’ understanding of grant, reporting, and audit requirements;

  • Ensure that grants awarded are in compliance with US Government or other donor regulations and/or other special requirements;

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (international studies, relevant area studies, nonprofit administration, etc.);

  • At least two years of experience in a nonprofit organization or foundation with emphasis on grants and/or contract administration;

  • Familiarity with Federal grant regulations and international activities/issues relevant to NED’s operational environment;

  • Familiarity with or interest in LAC;

  • Strong written, reading and spoken Spanish required; ability in French language in addition to Spanish, desired;

  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task, set priorities, and organize time efficiently;

  • Strong ability to be a team player and self-starter, comfortable in a supporting role, working independently, and in a multicultural environment;

  • Strong oral and written communication skills;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel; knowledge of MicroEdge Gifts or other relational database helpful;

  • Ability to travel internationally on an occasional basis;

  • Authorized to work in the U.S.;

To Apply:
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Grants Administrator, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) - Job # 1456 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit the NED’s website at www.ned.org. No phone calls please.


Grants Assistant, Europe/Eurasia - (Job #1455) 
Posted: July 22, 2014

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Grants Assistant based in Washington, DC. This position reports to the Manager, Grants Administration.

Position Summary: Assist grants staff with reviewing, processing, and tracking grant agreements, amendments, payments, and other financial documentation, and preparing routine correspondence and reports.

Responsibilities: 

In accordance with Grants Management office policies and procedures, the Grants Assistant shall:

  • Review and process final grant agreements, amendments, and routine correspondence, including receipt, database log-in, copying, distribution, tracking and filing. As required, ensure that appropriate grants staff members are kept abreast of progress of agreements/amendments/correspondence. ;

  • Appropriately scan and save grantee narrative and financial reports, reviewing the financial reports for accuracy, timeliness, compliance with format requirements and consistency with prior reports;

  • Promptly identify, log into database, and appropriately route grantee payment requests upon receipt of proper documentation;

  • Update the grants database as required and produce assigned reports in an accurate, complete and timely manner.;

  • Assist with meeting and special event planning;

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience;

  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task;

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;

  • Strong oral, written communication, and analytical skills;

  • Strong team player, preferably in a multicultural environment;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; knowledge of MicroEdge Gifts or other relational database helpful;

  • Russian language skills and interest in the Europe/Eurasia region are preferred but not required;

To Apply:
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Grants Assistant, Europe/Eurasia - Job # 1455 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit the World Movement’s website at www.wmd.org and NED’s website at www.ned.org. No phone calls please.


Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean(Cuba) (Job #1452)
National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support democracy around the world, seeks a Program Officer for Cuba. This position is based in Washington, DC.:

Position Summary:

The Program Officer reports to the Senior Director for LAC program and work with LAC and Grants staff to provide programmatic and administrative support to NED’s Cuba grants program; contribute to developing the Endowment’s strategy for Cuba; sets programmatic priorities, monitors and evaluates projects, and tracks program budgets.

    Duties:

    • Evaluating project proposals and progress reports in the Cuba portfolio;
    • Drafting summaries of proposals to present at quarterly Board of Directors’ meetings;
    • Maintaining regular communication with potential and existing grantees;
    • Monitoring the work of grantees, including regular field visits;
    • Tracking political developments and main players in Cuba and the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean as they relate to Cuba, and informing NED’s strategy for the region;
    • Representing NED Cuba program at relevant internal and external meetings;
    • Providing support for senior staff as they represent the Cuba portfolio before the Board of Directors, the President, congressional committees, government agencies and other entities as needed;
    • Building and maintaining relationships with like-minded organizations, including other donors, NED partners and regional organizations;
    • Organizing and participating in events to highlight specific democracy-related issues with respect to Cubas.

    Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or related discipline;
    • At least 5 years of extensive experience in democracy-related work;
    • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Latin America and the Caribbean; experience working on Cuba a plus;
    • General understanding of closed societies, civil society issues, and familiarity with civil society networks and individual activists in Cuba and the region;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish; fluency in Spanish is required;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
    • Time living, working or traveling in Latin America;
    • MS Office skills;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Experience with financial management and reporting;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.

    To Apply:
    Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, completed NED Employment Application and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and PO, LAC – Job #1452 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please no phone calls.


    Assistant Program Officer, West Africa (Job #1448)
    National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

    The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and is seeking an Assistant Program Officer for West Africa. The position is based in Washington, D.C.:

    Position Summary:

    Assist with management, administration, development and expansion of grant programs in the West African region. Support existing grantees and develop prospective grantees.

      Responsibilities:

      • Draft summaries of proposals to present at quarterly board meetings;
      • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals;
      • Communicate regularly with existing grantees;
      • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees;
      • Tracking political developments in the assigned region;
      • Provide administrative support to the West Africa Program Officer;
      • Help organize events to highlight specific democracy-related issues;
      • Travel to the assigned region on a regular basis and under occasionally difficult conditions to identify and work with potential new grantees and existing grantees.

      Qualifications:

      • Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Politics, or a related discipline is required;
      • At least 2 years of experience in democracy related work is required;
      • Knowledge of political issues and trends in West Africa;
      • Advanced oral and written proficiency in French is required; proficiency in other relevant languages of the region is a benefit;
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
      • MS Office skills required;
      • High degree of organization and initiative;
      • Experience in grant-making and democratic development is desirable;
      • Excellent interpersonal skills;
      • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

      To Apply:
      Applications must include a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, salary history and expectations, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Assistant Program Officer, West Africa – Job #1448 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries.


      Grants Administrator, Africa (Job #1446)
      National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

      The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Grants Administrator-Africa. The position is based in Washington, D.C. 

      Position Summary:  The Grants Administrator-Africa works under the supervision of the Manager, Grants Administration-Africa & the Middle East.  This position provides hands-on cradle-to-grave management of an assigned grant portfolio, working closely with colleagues to provide effective and collaborative due diligence and oversight of grant programs

      The mission of the Grants Administration department is to provide effective and efficient grants management, guiding grantees through the grant lifecycle to support their successful implementation of projects, in support of NED’s mission.  The department strives to promote consistent implementation of policy and procedure, flexibility, responsiveness, innovation, and collaboration in the administration of NED’s grantmaking program.

      Responsibilities:

      • Participate in proposal review and risk assessment process, providing input into the assessment of the eligibility and grants administration capacity of prospective grantees
      • Analyze proposal budgets for allowability, allocability, and reasonableness
      • Draft new grant agreements and amendments
      • Ensure the smooth management of grants portfolio, including timely payments, quick response to grantee inquiries, and efficient problem-solving
      • Maintain up-to-date grant portfolio, sending all reminders, follow-ups, and closeouts 
      • Approve grantee financial reports, payment requests, and conduct resolution of invoice review findings.
      • Facilitate grantees’ understanding of grant, reporting, and audit requirements
      • Ensure that grants awarded are in compliance with US Government or other donor regulations and/or other special requirements
      • Perform other duties as assigned

      Qualifications:

      • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (international studies, relevant area studies, nonprofit administration, etc.);
      • At least two years of experience in a nonprofit organization or foundation with emphasis on grants and/or contract administration
      • Familiarity with Federal grant regulations and international activities/issues relevant to NED’s operational environment
      • Familiarity with or interest in Africa, particularly Central Africa
      • Professional competency in French required
      • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task, set priorities, and organize time efficiently
      • Flexibility to be a team player and self-starter, comfortable in a supporting role and in working independently
      • Comfortable in a multicultural environment
      • Strong oral and written communication skills
      • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel; knowledge of MicroEdge Gifts or other relational database helpful
      • Ability to travel internationally on an occasional basis
      • Qualified to work in the US

      To Apply:
      Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, completed NED Employment Application (found on our careers page) and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Grants Administrator-Africa – Job #1446 in the subject line by July 13, 2014. NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please no phone calls.


      Assistant Program Officer, Eastern Europe – (Job #1445)

      The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and is seeking an Assistant Program Officer for Eastern Europe.  The position is based in Washington, D.C.

      Position Summary:
      Assist with management, administration, development and expansion of grant programs in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Support existing grantees and develop prospective grantees. 

      Responsibilities: 

      • Draft summaries of proposals to present at quarterly Board meetings;
      • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals;
      • Communicate regularly with current grantees and applicants;
      • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees;
      • Track political developments in Eastern Europe, with a focus on Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova;
      • Provide administrative support to the Europe Team;
      • Organize events to highlight specific democracy-related issues;
      • Travel to Eastern Europe on a regular basis to identify and work with potential new grantees and existing grantees.

      Qualifications:

      • Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Politics, History, Regional Studies or a related discipline is preferred;
      • At least 3 years of experience in democracy related civil society work is required; field experience with NGOs in one or more countries in the region is preferred.
      • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of political issues and trends in the target countries and region;
      • Oral and written proficiency in Ukrainian and/or Russian required;
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
      • MS Office skills required;
      • High degree of organization and initiative;
      • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team exercising with excellent interpersonal skills;
      • Experience in financial management and reporting;
      • Qualified to work in the US.

      To Apply:
      Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, completed NED employment application (found on our careers page), and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Assistant Program Officer, Eastern Europe – Job #1445 in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please no phone calls.


      Senior Director, Finance  (Job #1444)
      National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

      The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support democracy around the world, seeks a Senior Director, Finance. This position is based in Washington, DC. 

      Position Summary:
      The Senior Director of Finance (SDF) is a member of the senior management team and is responsible for the protection of the NED’s financial assets and reputation as a responsible steward of those resources.  The SDF works cooperatively with all departments to effectively budget, monitor and track finances to achieve NED’s programmatic, operational and financial goals in a manner consistent with NED’s mission, vision and values. Routinely interacts with the NED Board of Directors’ Budget and Audit Committee.

      The SDF maintains a strategic approach to financial management and leads financial planning, development and maintenance of an effective and service oriented financial management infrastructure including budgeting, financial monitoring and reporting.   In addition, this position is responsible for leading the development and maintenance of efficient and cost-effective financial services, for leading and managing the finance department in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and best practices and for optimizing relationships with banks and other external service providers.

      The SDF is responsible for implementing the final steps of conversion to a new financial management system, a process that is currently well underway.

      Responsibilities:

      • Leads and manages the Finance Department to ensure efficient, cost-effective, accurate and service oriented operations to achieve NED’s mission of effectively strengthening democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts.
      • Creates an appropriate and sustainable Finance Department infrastructure and develops, supervises and mentors Finance Department staff. 
      • Maintains oversight of general accounting, treasury, and accounts payable areas.  Reviews workflow of financial operations areas for efficiencies and improvements to administrative and accounting functions. 
      • Ensures that NED has effective internal controls and that it complies with all government, state, GAAP, and other regulatory requirements.  Acts as liaison between NED and its auditors, banks, investment managers, insurance broker, vendors, etc.
      • Budgets, monitors, analyzes, and reports on financial performance to COO, the President and the Board of Directors. Ensures that the President, the COO and the Board of Directors are informed about NED’s overall financial situation and have the necessary information to make informed decisions.
      • Leads internal communication effort to ensure staff managers are aware and knowledgeable about budgeting process, fiscal responsibilities and overall context behind NED’s financial management efforts. 
      • In addition to internal activities, plans, monitors and reports to regulatory agencies, funders and other external audiences, required and appropriate financial information on NED’s programs and operations.
      • Participates in strategic business planning for projects and provides risk assessments.
      • Responsible for overseeing system conversion to Microsoft Serenic Navigator.

      QUALIFICATIONS:

      • Knowledge/Experience (formal degree requirements and years of relevant job experience required):
        • CPA, MBA, or equivalent advanced degree in accounting, finance, or business; relevant experience may be considered as an acceptable qualification.
        • A minimum twelve years’ experience as a senior financial manager and team leader.  Nonprofit financial and grant management experience is required as well as accounting, strategic financial analysis and planning skills.
      • Other Qualifications:
        • Authoritative command of relevant OMB Circulars (A-110, A-122, A-133); familiarity with trends within the private foundation community a significant plus.
        • Working knowledge of and ability to analyze business processes and work flows, and budget and grant management concepts and terminology.
        • Solid comfort level with Microsoft Serenic Navigator and Fundware.
        • Strong experience in implementing conversion of a financial management system.
        • Dynamic ability to manage and motivate a team, and foster an environment of fairness with respects to cultural and individual differences.
        • Effective interpersonal skills to reach out to staff of all levels and contacts within federal agencies and other relevant constituencies.
        • Appreciation of the NED’s mission. 
      • Competencies:
        • Strong communication and collaboration skills capable of reaching across organizational hierarchies and structures.
        • Strong management and strategic planning skills.
        • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
        • Ability to develop and administer realistic budgets.
        • Proficient personal computer skills.
        • High ethical standards and ability to maintain confidentiality. 


      To Apply:
      Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Senior Director, Finance – Job #1444 in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please no phone calls.


      Assistant Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa (Job #1439)
      Posted: May 29, 2014

      The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and is seeking an Assistant Program Officer for the Middle East and North Africa. The position is based in Washington, D.C.

      Position Summary:
      Assist with management, administration, development and expansion of grant programs in the MENA region. Support existing grantees and develop prospective grantees.

      Responsibilities:

      • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals.

      • Draft summaries of proposals to present at quarterly board meetings.

      • Communicate regularly with existing grantees, often in Arabic.

      • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees, including review and analysis of any publications or other products.

      • Tracking political developments in the MENA region.

      • Help organize events to highlight specific democracy-related issues in coordination with the other MENA program members.

      • Travel to the region as needed, and occasionally under difficult conditions, to identify and work with potential new grantees and existing grantees.

      Qualifications:

      • Knowledge/Experience:
        • Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in international affairs, politics, or a related discipline is required.

        • At least 3 years of experience in democracy-related work is required.

      • Other Qualifications:
        • Field experience with NGOs in one or more MENA countries is preferred.

        • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

        • Excellent written and oral communication skills in Arabic.

        • Knowledge of political issues and trends in the MENA region.

        • Proficiency in other relevant languages of the region is a benefit.

      • Competencies:

        • Proficiency with MS Office is required.

        • High degree of organization and initiative.

        • Experience in grant-making and democratic development is desirable.

        • Excellent interpersonal skills.

        • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

      To Apply:
      Applications must include a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, salary history, and contact information for three references. Please send an email in Arabic to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Assistant Program Officer, MENA – Job #1439 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries.  


      Senior Grants Administrator, Cores – (Job #1435) 
      Posted: May 16, 2014

      The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Senior Grants Administrator-Cores based in Washington, D.C. The mission of the Grants Administration department is to provide effective and efficient grants management, guiding grantees through the grant lifecycle to support their successful implementation of projects, in support of NED’s mission. The department strives to promote consistent implementation of policy and procedure, flexibility, responsiveness, innovation, and collaboration in the administration of NED’s grantmaking program.

      Summary: NED provides hundreds of grants each year to non-governmental groups working abroad , and also has a special relationship with four US grantees that represent the building blocks of a democratic society. These "core grantees" are: the Solidarity Center, the Center for International Private Enterprise, the International Republican Institute, and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. NED gives grants to these groups for programs that promote pluralism and free and fair elections, free markets and economic reforms, and independent trade unions. The Senior Grants Administrator, Cores works under the supervision of the Senior Director, Grants Administration. This position provides hands-on (cradle-to-grave) management of the NED’s core grant portfolio, working closely with colleagues and core grantee liaisons to provide effective and collaborative due diligence and oversight of grant programs.

      Responsibilities: 

      • Foster and maintain effective working relationships with core grantee liaisons .;

      • Represent NED Grants Administration in meetings with core grantee liaisons and other external groups;

      • Coordinate and work collaboratively with NED colleagues who work with core grantees on planning, program, monitoring and evaluation, and process;

      • Participate in review of proposals to identify potential technical issues in new awards and analyze proposal budgets for allowability, allocability, and reasonableness ;

      • Draft new grant agreements and amendments;

      • Monitor grantee compliance with terms of grant agreement;

      • Ensure the smooth management of grants portfolio, including timely payments, quick response to grantee inquiries, and efficient problem-solving.

      • Review grantee financial reports and track project costs and spending rates;

      • Maintain up-to-date grant portfolio, including reminders, follow-ups, and closeouts ;

      • Conduct prompt resolution of grantee audits as needed;

      • Ensure that assigned fields of grants database are timely updated;

      • Document and serve as staff resource on core grant history, policies, and procedures;

      • Supervise Grants Assistant in duties related to core grant management;

      • Perform other duties as assigned;

      Qualifications:

      • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (public administration, nonprofit administration, international studies, etc.);

      • Minimum of five years experience in a nonprofit organization or foundation with emphasis on grants and/or contract administration;

      • Demonstrated knowledge of Federal grant regulations;

      • International experience and familiarity with issues relevant to NED’s operation and mission preferred;

      • Ability to analyze abstract ideas, particularly related to workflow processes and compliance requirements, and to propose possible solutions and approaches;

      • Ability to use professional judgment to resolve problems reasonably and fairly

      • Highly-organized and efficient; able to prioritize work based on minimal direction and multiple competing priorities

      • Detail oriented, and extremely conscientious about accuracy and timeliness in recordkeeping and follow through ;

      • Demonstrated ability and desire to be part of a diverse team with positive attitude and commitment to NED’s mission

      • Self starter, strong team player and leader, preferably in a multicultural environment

      • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including articulate interactions with staff at all levels and ability to lead discussions and meetings

      • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel; knowledge of MicroEdge Gifts or other relational database helpful

      • Qualified to work in the US.

      To Apply:
      Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, and contact information for three references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Senior Grants Administrator-Cores – Job #1435 in the subject line. NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please no phone calls.


      Public Affairs Coordinator – (# 1431) 
      Posted: May 13, 2014

      The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit, grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, is seeking a Public Affairs Coordinator. The position is based in Washington, D.C.

      Summary: The Public Affairs Coordinator provides support to the Senior Director of Public Affairs (PA) in all PA functions, including event planning, execution and follow-up, internal and external communications, contact management, and media relations.

      Responsibilities: 

      • Support public events by serving as point person for all public events (other than Forum/CIMA/WMD) to ensure that events are properly supported at every stage, including concept, invitations, catering, AV, setup and logistics, outreach and publicity, follow-up. Position would coordinate closely with counterparts in Forum and CIMA and WMD to offer any needed cooperation, support or guidance;

      • Coordinate cross-organizational communications support/efforts through interdepartmental communications working group;

      • Contribute to the development and execution of communications campaigns (digital/social/editorial) to showcase the work of NED grantees and strategic priorities;

      • Maintain NED contact database and coordinate with various workgroups across NED to insure that high quality, targeted lists are easily available for invitations, mailings, media, etc.;

      • Assist in general media relations, maintain press lists, draft statements and press releases, update journalists/media about NED events, monitor daily press clippings

      • Contribute content for NED website, social media, and newsletter, when needed

      • Provide assistance in making sure that NED staff and Board of Directors are kept up-to-date on significant outside activities, including media interviews, publications, congressional testimony, press mentions, etc.

      Qualifications:

      • Bachelor’s degree in communications, international relations/political science preferred;

      • 2-3 years of work experience: event planning, communications, database management, graphic design highly desirable;

      • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills;

      • Detail oriented, highly organized, able to handle and prioritize multiple work flows;

      • Experience with non-profit/international affairs organizations desirable;

      • Proficient in MS Office suite, Microsoft Dynamics CRM database and/or other contact management tools, social media platforms

      To Apply:
      Applicants must include a cover letter, resume, and completed application which can be found on the careers page of our internet site, incomplete applications may not be considered. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Public Affairs Coordinator – Job #1431 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please no phone calls.


      Fall 2014 Internships

      Intern, Africa (Job #1454)

      Posted: July 16, 2014

      The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization that works to support freedom around the world. The Africa Department is seeking an Intern to help research on African political systems and help with the organization of a Sahel Strategy Forum (SSF) which will bring together practitioners, academics, NGOs and US Government institutions on a regular basis to discuss and strategize for better governance in the sub-region.

      Position Summary:

      The Africa department seeks an individual with strong research, writing, communication, and organizational skills who has a demonstrated interest in sub-Saharan Africa and in democracy work in the region. Energetic, creative and flexible team players who take initiatives, prioritize several competing tasks, and work independently are encouraged to apply. Fluency in French would be a competitive advantage. The position is based in Washington, D.C.

        Requirements:

      • Conduct research to track political and security developments throughout Africa;

        Assist in drafting invitation letters, organizing event logistics, notetaking, meeting agendas and newsletters;

        Take notes during meetings and draft minutes;

        Attend lectures and roundtable discussions on African policy issues;

        Help develop a sustainable organizational structure for the SSF;

        Work with other members of the Africa team as requested;

      • Requirements:

      • Candidates must be able to receive academic credit for the internship and therefore must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program in a related field.

      • Qualified candidates should have excellent writing skills, strong analytical skills, maintain a strong work ethic and have sharp attention to detail. Students must also have strong computer skills.

      • Time Commitment: 24-40 hrs/week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) commitment for the duration of the internship.

        Travel Reimbursement: $10/day for commuter expenses

        NED Application Deadline: n/a

        Anticipated Start Date: o/a September 8, 2014

        Orientation Dates: September 8-12, 2014

        Anticipate End Date: Mid-Dec 2014

        Authorization:Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

        To Apply: Please send a copy of your completed application for academic credit for internship, cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Intern for Africa (Fall 2014) – Job #1454 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


        Intern, Center for International Media Assistance (Job #1451)

        Posted: July 3, 2014

        The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world. The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), an initiative of NED, works to strengthen the support, raise the visibility, and improve the effectiveness of media assistance programs throughout the world. The Center approaches its mission by providing information, building networks, conducting research, and highlighting the indispensable role independent media play in the creation and development of sustainable democracies around the world.

        Position Summary:

        CIMA is currently seeking an intern for Fall 2014. The internship is open to current graduate and undergraduate students. Working on a small team, the intern will play a key role in supporting CIMA’s core activities, including assisting with events, publications, and mailings. The Intern will also have the opportunity, under CIMA staff guidance, to conduct their own research and contribute to CIMA’s blog on a topic relevant to their interests. The internship is a unique opportunity to learn more about an emerging field in development and media. Applicants should have an interest in journalism, international relations, development, and/or democracy work. The position is based in Washington, D.C.

          Requirements:

        • Candidates must be able to receive academic credit for the internship and therefore must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program in a related field

        • Duties/Responsibilities:

        • Manage CIMA’s subscription-based email listings.

        • Assist with updating and maintaining CIMA’s website, as well as design and format of CIMA reports.

        • Attend meetings and hearings on media development topics as necessary

        • Assist with arranging and executing meetings and events

        Qualifications:

        • The internship is open to current undergraduate or graduate students.

        • Applicants must have experience with content management systems (Drupal preferred), Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign and Illustrator preferred)..

        • Applicants should have an interest in journalism, international relations, development, or democracy work.

        • Applicants with graphic design skills and background are highly desired.

        Time Commitment: 24-40 hrs/week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) commitment for the duration of the internship.

        Travel Reimbursement: $10/day for commuter expenses

        NED Application Deadline: n/a

        Anticipated Start Date: o/a September 8, 2014

        Orientation Dates: September 8-12, 2014

        Anticipate End Date: Mid-Dec 2014

        Authorization:Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

        To Apply: Please send a copy of your completed application for academic credit for internship, cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and CIMA Intern (Fall 2014) – Job #1451 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


        Intern (Office of Government Relations & Public Affairs)  – (Job #1450)

        Posted: July 3, 2014

        NED Announcement:

        The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and is seeking an Intern for the Office of Government Relations & Public Affairs. The position is based in Washington, D.C.

        Position Summary:

        The Office of Government Relations & Public Affairs at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as an Intern for fall 2014. The unpaid internship provides excellent opportunities for research, writing and administration in the areas of communications (press, publications and public events), Congressional relations and the Freedom of Information Act. The Intern will also interact with a stream of international visitors, speakers and activists who are working in support of democratic development and human rights.

          Responsibilities:

        • Assist with meeting and event preparations

        • Attend lectures and events related to democracy assistance

        • Conduct research and compile files pertaining to Freedom of Information Act requests

        • Help maintain contact database

        • Other duties as assigned

        • Qualifications:

        • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited 4-year college or university, with a strong interest in democracy development and/or international affairs

        • Spanish language skills are a plus

        • Possess excellent written and verbal communications skills

        • Maintain a strong work ethic and a sharp attention to detail

        Requirements:

        • Candidates must be able to receive academic credit for the internship and therefore must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in a related field.

        • Qualified candidates should have excellent writing skills, strong analytical skills, maintain a strong work ethic and have sharp attention to detail. Students must also have strong computer skills.

        Time Commitment: 24-40 hrs/week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) commitment for the duration of the internship.

        Travel Reimbursement: $10/day for commuter expenses

        NED Application Deadline: n/a

        Anticipated Start Date: o/a September 8, 2014

        Orientation Dates: September 8-12, 2014

        Anticipate End Date: Mid-Dec 2014

        To Apply:Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

        To Apply: Please send a copy of your completed application for academic credit for internship, cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and GRPA Fall Intern – Job #1450 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


        Intern, Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program (Int’l Forum for Democratic Studies) Fall 2014  – (Job #1449)

        Posted: July 2, 2014

        NED Announcement:

        The National Endowment for Democracy is an independent, bipartisan, grant making organization funded by an annual Congressional appropriation. Its aims are to promote democratic reform and foster civil society worldwide. The Endowment is also the home of the   International Forum for Democratic Studies, the Journal of Democracy, and serves as the secretariat for the World Movement for Democracy. The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is an international exchange program that offers practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world the opportunity to conduct independent research on democracy in a particular country or region. More information can be found at www.ned.org. The National Endowment for Democracy is an equal opportunity employer.

        Position Summary:

        The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking a motivated individual to serve as an intern for Fall 2014. This unpaid internship provides professional development opportunities in the area of international exchange, with a focus on publications, and assistance with promotional and annual competition activities.  The intern will interact with Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, the research and publications arm of the NED, and participate in the collegial environment of the Forum, including fellows’ presentations and other NED events.

          Duties:

        • Aids in the promotion and administration of the annual Reagan-Fascell fellowship competition, including correspondence with potential applicants and preparation of materials for the selection committee

        • Assists with database management and implementation of administrative policies

        • Assists with alumni relations and preparation for the program’s 15th anniversary year

        • Contributes to website and social media development

        • Other duties, as appropriate

        • Qualifications:

          We seek a college student with:

        • interest in human rights and international exchange

        • strong writing, editing, and communications skills

        • organizational skills and attention to detail

        • ability to earn academic credit for the internship

        • experience with database management, website development, and/or social media a plus

        • foreign languages and experience with other cultures a plus 

        Requirements:

        • Candidate must be a registered student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program; and be able to receive college credit for each semester they internship with us and therefore must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program in a related field.

        • Qualified candidates should have excellent writing skills, strong analytical skills, maintain a strong work ethic and have sharp attention to detail. Students must also have strong computer skills.

        Time Commitment: 24-40 hrs/week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) commitment for the duration of the internship.

        Travel Reimbursement: $10/day for commuter expenses

        NED Application Deadline: n/a

        Anticipated Start Date: o/a September 8, 2014

        Orientation Dates: September 8-12, 2014

        Anticipate End Date: Mid-Dec 2014

        Authorization: Please send a copy of your completed application for academic credit for internship, cover letter, resume, writing sample from a college term paper or something equivalent, and contact information for three references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Intern, Reagan Fascell Fellows (Fall 2014) – Job #1449 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


        Intern (Penn Kemble Youth Forum on Democracy) – Fall 2014-15  – (Job #1434)

        Posted: May 14, 2014

        NED Announcement:

        The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, is seeking candidates for the Penn Kemble Youth Forum Internship for the Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 academic year.

        Position Summary:

        The Penn Kemble Youth Forum aims to cultivate a commitment to an understanding of democracy assistance and democratic values and practices among leading students from within local universities and future generations of foreign policy practitioners. The forum will also provide educational and networking opportunities for these “Penn Kemble Associates” to attend meetings, take advantage of NED’s research and information facilities and to engage with foreign policy experts and former government officials. An advisory committee comprising local academics and democracy practitioners will identify and recruit to the forum young students and professionals with a demonstrable commitment to international engagement, defending human rights and advancing democracy. Penn Kemble’s death in October 2005 robbed the democracy movement of one of its most committed activists and strategists. His political evolution took him from early involvement in the young socialist and civil rights movements, through engagement with the U.S. labor movement in combatting Communism, especially within Central America, to more recent initiatives, including the Transatlantic Democracy Network and Civitas, an international program to promote civic education. He served as deputy and acting director of the United States Information Agency in the Clinton administration, and Secretary of State Albright appointed him U.S. representative to the Community of Democracies. In 2002, Secretary of State Powell appointed him to lead a group to investigate slavery and human trafficking in Sudan. The National Endowment for Democracy seeks a highly qualified undergraduate/graduate student to organize forums and other events addressing some of Penn’s key interests and commitments, including:

        • The role of organized labor, either in democratic transitions, as a 'balance wheel of democracy'

        • Democracy assistance

        • Civic education

        • Religion and democracy

        • Anti-Communism and the challenge of new totalitarian ideologies

        • Transatlantic relations

        • Social dimensions of democracy

        • Youth activism

         

        Duties/Responsibilities:

        • Reports to Special Assistant to VP, GRPA

        • Assists with the establishment and management of the Penn Kemble Youth Forum; organizes events and meetings for forum participants; liaise with Advisory Board members

        • Responsible for promotion of forum events, including drafting and posting of announcements

        • Contributes to other projects as needed

        Qualifications:

        We seek a college student with:

        • Interest in political science or international relations

        • Strong research, writing, editing, and communications skills

        • Knowledge of desktop publishing, graphic design, and/or web development

        • Ability to earn academic credit for the internship

        Requirements: 

        • Candidates must be able to receive academic credit for each semester they intern with us for the internship and therefore must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program in a related field

        • Qualified candidates should have excellent writing skills, strong analytical skills, maintain a strong work ethic and have sharp attention to detail. Students must also have strong computer skills.

        Time Commitment: 24-40 hrs/week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) commitment for the duration of the internship.

        Travel Reimbursement: $10/day for commuter expenses

        NED Application Deadline: n/a

        Anticipated Start Date: o/a September 12, 2014

        Orientation Dates: September 8-12, 2014

        Anticipate End Date: Mid-May 2015

        Authorization: Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. 

        How to Apply: Please send a copy of your completed application for academic credit for internship, cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Penn Kemble Intern 2014-15– Job #1434 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.