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.

Full-time positions

Internships

Spring 2015 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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Full-time Positions 

Program Assistant East and Southern Africa – (Job #1459)
Posted: September 16, 2014

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

Position Summary:
Provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic support to the East and Southern Africa program staff.

Responsibilities:

• Assist the Africa Regional Director and staff with general administrative duties.

• Provide support for considering and awarding grants to nongovernmental organizations working on democracy building programs in East and Southern Africa.

• Maintain the program team calendar.

• Update program contacts and maintain files.

• Organize events for visiting grantees.

• Attend and report on relevant conferences, meetings, and other events.

• Researching information on current political developments in East and Southern Africa.

• Assist with writing of project summaries and drafting budgets.

Qualifications: (formal degree requirements and years of relevant job experience required):

• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

• Minimum of 1 year of work experience in an office environment.

• Knowledge of major political and social issues in East and Southern Africa.

• Administrative support experience.

• Strong written and oral communication skills in English.

• Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.

• Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite.

b• Authorization to work in the United States.

To Apply:
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, NED employment application and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Program Assistant - East and Southern Africa – Job #1459 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.


Grants Administrator, Asia - (Job #1458) 
Posted: August 27, 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 Administrator, Asia based in Washington, DC. This position reports to the Manager, Grants Administration.

Position Summary: The Grants Administrator for this region/country will administer the assigned portfolio of grants from pre-award stage of proposal to the close-out of the Grant. Beginning with corresponding with grantees, drafting grants, receiving reports and payments and ending with the close-out procedures. Monitor the progress and delivery of Financial & Narrative reports and requesting payments. Assist the Audit Department in solving Questions Cost issues after invoice review process.

Responsibilities: 

  • Under the general supervision of the Manager, Grants Administration for Asia and Latin America, provide cradle-to-grave management of assigned grants portfolio, including review of proposals, grant negotiation, award, compliance monitoring, administration and closeout;

  • Participate in review of proposals to identify potential technical issues in new awards; ensure that any compliance issues arising under prior awards to renewal grantees are adequately addressed before a new grant is issued;

  • Negotiate, draft and issue new grant awards and amendments as required over the life of assigned grants; prepare other correspondence as required;

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

  • Review grantee financial reports and, when issues arise, narrative reports submitted by grantees to identify and resolve budget, compliance and/or other problems; in cooperation with NED’s Audit Section and/or appropriate program staff, investigate and resolve invoice reviews, audit and/or other issues as required;

  • Promptly review and process grantee requests for payment;

  • Obtain required closeout information from grantees and otherwise facilitate grant closeout process;

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

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (business, international studies, or area studies relevant to assigned portfolio, etc.);

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

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

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

  • Professional competence in an Asian language is useful but not required;

  • Familiarity with or an interest in Asia;

  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task;

  • Ability to set priorities, organize time efficiently and work independently;

  • Strong team player, preferably in a multicultural environment;

  • Strong oral and written communication skills;

  • Experience in Microsoft Office package, 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, contact information for three professional references, salary history/requirements and completed NED employment application which is available on our careers page at http://www.ned.org/about/jobs. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Grants Administrator-Asia – Job #1458 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please no phone calls.


Program Assistant, Eurasia - (Job #1457) 
Posted: August 27th, 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 Program Assistant, Eurasia to provide administrative and programmatic support to the Eurasia region focusing on Central Asia and the Caucasus. This is a non-exempt level position and is based in Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities: 

  • Providing support for considering and awarding grants to nongovernmental organizations working on democracy-building programs in Caucasus and Central Asia;

  • Maintaining accurate information on proposals and current projects in a database;

  • Providing general administrative support, such as tracking expenditure of funds, preparing documents for senior staff to review, copy editing;

  • Researching information as requested by the Senior Director and Program Officers about potential grantees and current developments in the region;

  • Assisting the Program Officers with general administrative duties;

  • Coordinating administration and information exchange between regional grant-making staff and other departments of the NED;

  • Helping to organize meetings, roundtables and other events

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (international relations, history, political science or area studies relevant to Russia and Eurasia.);

  • Strong Proficiency in Russian;

  • Strong written and oral communications skills in English and Russian;

  • Knowledge of the political and social issues in Caucasus and Central Asia;

  • Administrative support experience;

  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office;

  • Authorization to work in the US (non-US citizens must possess work authorization that does not require employer sponsorship for a visa);

  • The start date for this position is September 15, 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

To Apply:
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, contact information for three professional references, salary history/requirements and completed NED employment application which is available on our careers page at http://www.ned.org/about/jobs. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Program Assistant, Eurasia – Job #1457 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please no phone calls.


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.


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.


    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.


    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.


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