Careers

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


Full-time Positions

IT Helpdesk Analyst – (Job #1943)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an IT Helpdesk Analyst – Tier 1 to work in the Knowledge Management & IT Department.  This position is based in Washington, D.C. 

Position Summary: 

The IT Helpdesk Analyst (ITHDA) is responsible for providing Tier 1 level support for timely, accurate, and responsive resolution of computing hardware, operating system, application, phone, mobile device, and other technical support issues for the end-user community.  The analyst will assist with the implementation, support, and management of current and future hardware and software technologies.  The ITHDA also coordinates with senior IT staff and management to implement, review and update help desk related policies and procedures for maximum efficiency.

Responsibilities:  

  • Serve as first-line customer service, providing tier 1 helpdesk support to all Endowment staff 
  • Diagnose technical issues, provide technical analysis and engage appropriate resources to speed problem resolution 
  • Perform triage and manage the NED helpdesk ticketing system
    • troubleshoot and resolve problems to fulfill requests 
    • respond/update help desk tickets upon problem or request resolution 
    • escalate or refer tickets as necessary
    • ensure closed helpdesk tickets are adequately documented
    • provide follow-up status to end-users in accordance with specified support policies and procedures
  • Assist in coordination/provision of mobile devices for employees based on requests
  • Configure mobile devices, install software, and image equipment
  • Manage add/change/delete requests for phone system
  • Maintain workstation hardware and peripheral inventory and storage
  • Organize and maintain storage facilities, server rooms, and workroom space
  • Identify and learn appropriate software and hardware used and supported by the Endowment; increase personal knowledge of the technical environment; improve ability to operate all support tools and technologies
  • Access and provide technical solutions to frequently asked questions and use resources on the Internet to aid in problem resolution
  • Provide administrative assistance for department documentation and standards
  • Develop and present short technical presentations to Endowment staff
  • Participate in new-hire orientation for NED’s computer systems
  • Provide technical support to other Analysts and work closely with all IT team members in order to streamline support

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • At least 1-year direct support to end-users of information systems, or relevant experience in a technical or customer support environment;
    • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Understanding of information systems technology including common computer applications, operating systems, hardware, networks, and messaging systems;
    • Knowledge configuring, installing, troubleshooting, and repairing PC and laptop hardware and software technologies;
    • Demonstrated technical, analytical and problem-solving skills;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent customer service skills when dealing with staff at all levels;
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Ability to interpret customer needs and provide thorough and complete support;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure; 
    • Must be organized, versatile and possess strong administrative skills;
    • Must be able to work both independently and as a team member;
    • Ability to facilitate and present to large audiences.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with 1943 – Helpdesk – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


Assistant Program Officer, Eurasia – (Job #1942)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Assistant Program Officer on our Eurasia team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:
The Assistant Program Officer (APO) will assist with management, administration, development and expansion of grant programs in Eurasia.  In addition, the APO will 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;
  • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees;
  • Tracking political developments in Eurasia;
  • Provide administrative support to the Eurasia Team;
  • Travel to the region on a regular basis to identify and work with potential new grantees and existing grantees.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree education in political science, regional studies, international relations, history or other relevant discipline (Master’s degree is preferred);
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications;
    • 2+ years of prior experience in democracy related work is required; in-country experience is an advantage.
  • Other Qualifications: 
  • In-depth knowledge of political issues and trends in Eurasia;
  • Advanced fluency (oral and written) in Russian and English is required;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task;
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:
Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send a brief email to careers@ned.org, with Job #1942 – APO, Eurasia – YOUR NAMEin 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.  www.ned.org/NED-Full-Employment-Application.pdf


Manager, Media Relations – (Job #1941)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Manager for Media Relations to join the office of Government Relations and Public Affairs. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

A key member of the Government Relations and Public Affairs team, the Manager for Media Relations is an experienced communications professional who has experience working with journalists covering international affairs and foreign policy. The incumbent will respond to media inquiries and media coverage of the NED, will pursue opportunities to promote the work of the Endowment and its partners, and will encourage coverage that advances the importance of democratic development in general. Reporting to the Sr. Director for Public Affairs, the incumbent will work closely with the public affairs team as well as NED leadership, regional teams, and various NED initiatives to help design and implement a media outreach strategy that will effectively communicate NED’s mission and encourage accurate and positive media coverage of the Endowment.

Responsibilities:  

  • Serve as a spokesperson for NED with media and outside organizations.
  • Develop and execute a media relations outreach plan for traditional and social media, including working closely with Sr. Dir. for Public Affairs, Sr. Manager for Digital Strategy, as well as other communications stakeholders at NED.
  • Build relationships with domestic & international print, broadcast, and digital media reporters, editors, and producers.  Maintain detailed contact lists of relevant outlets, journalists, and interests.
  • Draft press materials, including talking points, press advisories and releases, op-eds, and memos in support of communications plans and goals.
  • Coordinate and support media engagements for NED staff and grantees.
  • Monitor risks and opportunities to advance NED’s position and brand.
  • Provide ongoing media and communications support and training to NED staff and grantees.
  • Work with the VP of GRPA to manage NED’s Penn Kemble Fellowship program.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree;
    • 5 – 7 years of professional experience in media, communications or public relations, preferably with exposure to U.S.-based foreign affairs and national security reporters and international news media and reporters.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • Experience with media placements and working with reporters, editors, editorial boards, columnists, bloggers, bookers, and thought leaders;
    • Exceptional writing skills for both press and general audiences; writing should be sharp, personable, and memorable; ability to write in the voice of others;
    • Familiarity and aptitude with using social media as an earned media tool;
    • Keen political judgment and ability to anticipate how others will respond to our work;
    • Ability to work evening events once or twice per month;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team;
    • Ability to work independently, juggling competing priorities with strict deadlines;
    • Proven track record as a self-starter;
    • Excellent project management skills;
    • Attention to detail.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, op-ed writing sample (600-800 words), salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with 1941 MGR. GRPA – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


Auditor, Latin American & the Caribbean (Job #1940)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Auditor, Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) to join the Compliance team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Auditor conducts financial monitoring of NED Grantees in the LAC Region. This shall include conducting risk assessments and monitoring of grantees compliance with Federal rules and regulations and NED’s grant making policies and procedures. Additionally, the Auditor shall assist the assigned Compliance team in performing compliance monitoring for assigned Core Institute.

Responsibilities:

  • Determine the appropriate risk category (low, medium, or high risk) of a potential grantee based on the risk assessment;
  • Develop a monitoring plan, specifying the type of monitoring activities to be conducted for a grantee based on the results of the risk assessment process;
  • Conduct monitoring activities specified in a grantee’s monitoring plan including but not limited to the daily transaction ledger reviews and invoice reviews;
  • Prepare the audit/compliance reports which detail any identified observations, findings or questioned costs, as well as the respective recommendations for corrective actions and resolution of deficiencies identified in the compliance monitoring process;
  • Assist the assigned Compliance team in performing compliance monitoring for assigned Core Institute;
  • Demonstrate effective representational skills, increasing the profile of the department by participating in NED internal working groups and in grantee proposal reviews held jointly with Grants and Program staff;
  • Prepare presentation and training materials for use in conducting financial management training workshops in overseas locations, when required;
  • Ensure that grants are timely closed out by verifying that all the required monitoring activities have been conducted and questioned costs, if any, were resolved;
  • Ensure that respective data input in the Grants Management System (GIFTS/Alta) is kept pertinent at all times;
  • Perform ad hoc special engagements or other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • BS in Accounting or Finance;
    • 2+ years of related experience;
    • Experience with Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint;
    • Experience with grant management databases such as GIFTS/Alta;
    • Working knowledge of OMB’s Uniform Guidance: 2 CFR Part 200 Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards;
    • Working knowledge of Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, also known as the Yellow Book.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Advanced fluency (reading, writing and speaking) in Foreign language(s) relevant to the Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) Region; Proficiency in Spanish is required.
    • Ability to travel, both domestically and internationally;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Ability to work independently;
    • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work in a team environment;
    • Auditing and report writing skills;
    • Ability to develop rapport quickly and easily;
    • Ability to present audit findings with tact and sensitivity;
    • Ability to work in a multicultural environment;
    • Commitment to accuracy and timeliness.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply.  Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.

Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with 1940 Auditor, LAC – YOUR NAME in the subject line.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


Program Officer, Egypt (MENA) (Job #1939)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Officer, Egypt for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team’s regional portfolio.  The position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Program Officer will work with the regional director and program staff to manage the Endowment’s grants program for Egypt, including monitoring and assessment of country-specific and regionwide projects.

Responsibilities:  

  • Provide strategic and programmatic guidance to NED grantees in the Egypt portfolio, including assisting them with program development and design, offering creative solutions to political and technical challenges, providing administrative advice, and facilitating contact with like-minded organizations throughout the region.
  • Work closely and flexibly with a diverse range of activists in media, human rights, rule of law, conflict resolution, civic education, and other areas.
  • Monitor political developments in Egypt, and the surrounding region to inform NED strategies and programming, including reading various US- and regional-based publications, meeting with regional political analysts and other partners, keeping abreast of the changing political environment, and actively coordinating with other MENA team members on their country portfolios.
  • Oversee the implementation of NED-approved projects, including analysis of quarterly reports, providing feedback on implemented activities, maintaining continuous communication over the grant cycle, and conducting regular field visits.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and the institutional growth of NED grantees and the Egypt portfolio, and recommend renewed and new funding.
  • Build and maintain relationships with like-minded organizations, including other donors, NED partners and regional organizations.
  • Travel to monitor existing grantees, identify new funding opportunities for NED, and gain an on-the-ground perspective on the political situation. The visits include meetings with NED grantees, meetings with core institutes, potential civil society partners, other donors active in the country, and political analysts and opinion-makers.
  • Think creatively about how to improve team effectiveness, including suggestions for new team processes, improving grantee-reporting guidelines, communicating with other teams at NED, etc.
  • Liaise with other NED teams; participate in various working groups, and other efforts to improve NED’s overall functioning and effectiveness.

Qualifications:

 

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
    • 5+ years of experience in democracy-related projects and programs from the civil society perspective; significant experience in nonprofit work.
    • 2+ years living or working in Egypt.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Egypt and the MENA region generally;
    • Full professional fluency in English and Arabic languages are essential; other regional languages are preferred.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Solid analytical skills;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player, including coordination and facilitation skills.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. In addition, please also attach a document containing 2-3 paragraphs in Arabic, which introduce you and summarize your interest in the position. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with Job #1939 – PO, Egypt – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


Assistant Program Officer, Middle East & North Africa (MENA) (Job #1938)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary:

The Assistant Program Officer (APO) will assist with the management, administration, development, and expansion of grant programs in the MENA region.  In addition, the APO will 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.
  • Track 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:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
    • 3+ years of experience in democracy-related work is required.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Arabic are required.
    • Proficiency in French or other relevant languages of the region is preferred, but not required.
    • Proficiency with MS Office is required.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • Field experience with NGOs in one or more MENA countries is preferred.
    • Knowledge of political issues and trends in the MENA region.
    • Regional knowledge of one or more countries in the Levant is essential.
    • Ability to travel to Levantine countries as needed.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • 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:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. In addition, please also attach a document containing 2-3 paragraphs in Arabic, which introduce you and summarize your interest in the position. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with Job #1938 – APO, MENA – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


Assistant Program Officer, Africa (Job #1937)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Assistant Program Officer for the Africa regional program team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Program Officer will work with the regional director and senior program staff to manage and direct the Endowment’s grants program, including monitoring and assessment of projects.

Responsibilities:  

  • Design country strategies based on political developments and NED funding ability;
  • Assess proposals to present at quarterly Board meetings;
  • Travel domestically and internationally on a regular basis;
  • Provide strategic support to the Associate Director, including Africa-related initiatives and events;
  • Monitor and provide compliance assistance to existing grantees;
  • Track political developments around the world;
  • Maintain contacts with organizations and individuals in Washington and abroad working to advance democracy and human rights.

Qualifications:

 

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is preferred, but not required;
    • 3+ years of applicable program experience is required;
    • Experience in democracy and nonprofit work is required.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • In-depth knowledge of political issues and trends in Africa;
    • Solid understanding of civil society issues and familiarity with civil society networks and organizations;
    • Fluency in English and French is required; proficiency in other relevant languages of the region is a benefit;
    • Knowledge of program assessment techniques;
    • Experience in grant-making and democratic development is desirable;
    • Experience in financial management and reporting;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
    • Competencies:
        • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
        • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
        • High degree of organization and initiative;
        • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1937 APO, Africa – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Program Assistant, Forum (Job #1934)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Assistant for the International Forum for Democratic Studies.This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy is a leading center for research, discussion, thought, and analysis on the theory and practice of democracy around the world.

The International Forum seeks a full-time paid program assistant within the Research and Conferences Program. Successful candidates will have an understanding of democracy and international politics. The program assistant position provides candidates with an excellent opportunity to improve their knowledge of democratization and international affairs, advance their research and writing skills, and introduce them to the democracy assistance community.

Responsibilities:

      • Assist in the organization and implementation of a busy calendar of public events and roundtables;
      • Document events by taking notes and producing meeting summaries;
      • Assist with travel logistics and reconciling expenses;
      • Assist with the drafting, editing, and proofreading of Forum electronic and print publications, including material for the Forum website, reports, electronic newsletters, and multi-media content for social media;
      • Assist the Forum vice president and senior director with special research projects, as needed;
      • Help populate and maintain a contact management system;
      • Assist with administrative and other related tasks, as needed.

Qualifications:

      • Knowledge/Experience:
        • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international affairs, or a related field required; M.A. preferred.
        • 1+ years of work experience;
        • Experience assisting with event logistics;
        • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Mail Chimp;
        • Basic HTML, Microsoft CRM/Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Adobe Spark preferred.
        • Experience using a contact management system.
      • Other Qualifications:
        • Knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred;
        • Experience living, working, or studying abroad a plus;
        • Authorized to work in the United States.
      • Competencies:
        • Strong editing and writing skills;
        • Strong attention to detail;
        • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

To Apply:

Deadline for applications is June 15, 2019.

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, contact information for three professional references, and a completed NED Employment Application.Please send an email to careers@ned.org with 1934 PA, Forum – YOUR NAME in the subject line.The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.For more information, please visit our NED Careers page at http://www.ned.org/careers.Please, no phone calls.


Editor, Journal of Democracy (Job #1921)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a highly regarded, internationally recognized Editor for the Journal of Democracy (JoD), the world’s preeminent quarterly publication for analyzing the problems and prospects of democracy around the globe.This position is based in Washington, D.C.The DC-based founding co-editor will be stepping down from this position in January 2020.

Position Summary:

The Editor will provide overall editorial and managerial direction for the Journal of Democracy (JoD), in close coordination with the academic co-editor.

Responsibilities:

In close coordination with the academic co-editor, the Editor will:

      • Oversee the full editorial process as well as business-related aspects of the JoD;
      • Play the lead role in deciding which topics will be addressed and which articles will be published;
      • Make sure that the JoD publication schedule is adhered to;
      • Review and improve edited manuscripts before they are sent to the authors;
      • Oversee the writing of editors’ introductions and the cover, table of contents, and back-of-the-book sections of the JoD;
      • Lead and professionally develop the JoD editorial staff;
      • Engage with, and facilitate the participation of, the JoD Editorial Board and the International Advisory Committee;
      • Seek opportunities to promote the JoD, and contribute to other activities of the International Forum for Democratic Studies and NED upon request.

Qualifications:

      • Knowledge/Experience:
        • Ph.D. in International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is preferred;
        • 5 + years of editing experience is required.
      • Other Qualifications:
        • Superior level of knowledge about issues related to democracy;
        • Deep knowledge of scholarly literature on democracy and democratization;
        • Thorough familiarity with contemporary debates and issues related to democracy around the world;
        • Sound understanding of democracy promotion and of NED as an institution;
        • Record of significant achievement and impeccable credentials;
        • Authorized to work in the United States.
      • Competencies:
        • Outstanding editing and writing skills;
        • Demonstrated managerial experience;
        • Excellent political judgment;
        • Adept at soliciting submissions from leading authors.

More about Journal of Democracy

Our team is committed to publishing the best writing about democracy from all countries, and to meeting the highest editorial standards. Widely cited in the media, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Democracy provides an influential international forum for scholarly analysis and competing democratic viewpoints.Its articles have been widely reprinted in many languages. The Journal monitors and analyzes democratic regimes and movements around the world.Each issue features a unique blend of scholarly analysis, reports from democratic activists, updates on news and elections, and reviews of important recent books.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, contact information for three professional references, and a completed NED Employment Application.Please send an email to careers@ned.org with 1921 – Editor, JOD – YOUR NAME in the subject line.The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.For more information, please visit our NED Careers page at http://www.ned.org/careers.Please, no phone calls.


Program Officer, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (Job #1920)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Officer for the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team.This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

A key member of the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team, the Program Officer is an experienced professional who has a background both in program evaluation and democracy and human rights. Reporting to the Director, the PO will apply technical experience to support and strengthen NED’s monitoring and evaluation systems.

Responsibilities:

      • Provides evaluation training and technical assistance to NED staff and grantees;
      • Develops and maintains M&E resources for NED staff and grantees;
      • Collaborates with MEL Director on NED-wide evaluation initiatives;
      • Work with the Director on the development, design and management of independent evaluations;
      • Acts as liaison with other NED teams and NED’s four core institutes.

Qualifications:

      • Knowledge/Experience:
        • Master’s level education in political science, public administration, international relations, international development or other relevant discipline;
        • 5+ years of work experience in program evaluation, preferably in the area of democracy and human rights;
        • Experience in democracy and human rights is required;
        • Experience using grants management/database systems;
        • Experience with qualitative data analysis software;
        • Experience in communications using creativity in graphic representations of data and visual designs; experience with Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher, and/or Tableau is a plus;
        • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required;
      • Other Qualifications:
        • Familiarity with a range of evaluation methods and approaches that lend themselves to democracy and human rights work;
        • Experience in training and facilitation;
        • Fluency in English is required; proficiency in a second language is a benefit; Arabic, Russian, or Spanish preferred;
        • Authorized to work in the United States.
      • Competencies:
        • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to forge effective working relationships with peers;
        • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
        • Ability to work independently, juggling competing priorities;
        • Excellent project management skills;
        • Attention to detail.
        • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.orgwith 1920 – PO, MEL – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Program Assistant, Fellowships Program – (Job #1916)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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 to provide programmatic and administrative support to the Fellowships Program, based at NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, in Washington, D.C.  This is a non-exempt level position.

Position Summary:

The Program Assistant assists with a broad range of administrative, programmatic, and financial areas of support for the Fellowships Program, an international exchange program that hosts Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows, Visiting Fellows, and Hurford Youth Fellows in residence at NED.

Responsibilities: 

      • Reports to the Director, Fellowships Program;
      • Contributes to the cultural, intellectual, and collegial life of the international exchange program;
      • Facilitates the Reagan-Fascell program’s annual competition;
      • Contributes to the development of web content and promotion of the program via social media;
      • Assists with administrative and financial procedures, including purchase orders, stipend payments, travel arrangements, and reimbursements;
      • Provides administrative support to Reagan-Fascell, Visiting, and Hurford Youth Fellows, including the special needs of democrats at risk;
      • Contributes to events and other projects, as needed.

Qualifications:

      • Knowledge/Experience:
        • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or a related field is required;
        • 1 – 2 years of work experience in a field related to democracy and human rights.
        • Interest and experience working with democracy advocates, civil society leaders, and human rights defenders a plus;
        • Computer proficiency. Familiarity with social media and web development a plus.
      • Other Qualifications: 
        • Knowledge/awareness of global democracy and human rights issues;
        • Interest in and experience with international exchange programs a plus;
        • Experience with budgeting and database management a plus;
        • Authorized to work in the United States.
      • Competencies:
        • Excellent verbal, written administrative, and interpersonal communication skills;
        • Meticulous attention to detail, and ability to multi-task;
        • High degree of organization and initiative;
        • Works well in a team environment.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.orgwith 1916 PA, RFDF in the subject line.


2019–2020 Research Associate Positions at the National Endowment for Democracy

(Job #1915)

Summary: The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) seeks to hire up to three Research Associates for the 2019–2020 fellowship year (dates of employment September 2019–August 2020).

Background: Dedicated to international exchange, the Reagan-Fascell program offers democracy activists, scholars, and journalists from around the world the opportunity to spend five months in residence at NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, in Washington, D.C., in order to reflect on their experiences and consider lessons learned; conduct research and writing; develop contacts and exchange ideas with counterparts; and build ties with a global network of democracy advocates. The program hosts two cohorts of fellows per year (October–February and March–July).

Responsibilities: Each Research Associate is assigned to work closely with several fellows in each cohort. Duties include:

      • consulting with fellows on the shape and direction of their projects
      • providing research, written, and editorial support for fellows’ projects and products
      • facilitating fellows’ networking and outreach
      • aiding in the preparation and follow-up of fellows’ presentations
      • helping international fellows acclimate to living in Washington, D.C.
      • assisting select fellows, as needed, with professional placements in the post-fellowship period
      • aiding staff with programmatic and administrative assignments, including the annual competition, events, publications, and promotion

Qualifications:

      • B.A. in political science or a related field required
      • 1–2 years of work experience
      • Web and computer proficiency (especially Microsoft Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint)
      • Knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred
      • Experience living, working or studying abroad a plus
      • Legal authorization to work in the United States

The successful applicant will (1) have a keen interest in democracy and human rights; international development, the social sciences, or area studies; (2) possess excellent research and writing skills; (3) demonstrate professionalism and strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well in a team setting; and (4) display a dedication to international exchange and to supporting individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Duration: The program seeks to hire up to three full-time Research Associates at 40 hours per week for the period of September 2019 – August 2020. RAs are expected to commit to working for the entire duration of the fellowship year. RAs serve as temporary full-time employees, with benefits.

To Apply:Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Your cover letter should address why you are interested in serving as a Research Associate with the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program and indicate any regional interests or language skills. Short-listed candidates will be asked to complete a writing test. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.orgwith 1915 RA – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


Auditor, Latin America & the Caribbean– (Job #1914)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Auditor, Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) to join the Compliance team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Auditor conducts financial monitoring of NED Grantees in the LAC Region. This shall include conducting risk assessments and monitoring of grantees compliance with Federal rules and regulations and NED’s grant making policies and procedures. Additionally, the Auditor shall assist the assigned Compliance team in performing compliance monitoring for assigned Core Institute.

Responsibilities:

      • Determine the appropriate risk category (low, medium, or high risk) of a potential grantee based on the risk assessment;
      • Develop a monitoring plan, specifying the type of monitoring activities to be conducted for a grantee based on the results of the risk assessment process;
      • Conduct monitoring activities specified in a grantee’s monitoring plan including but not limited to the daily transaction ledger reviews and invoice reviews;
      • Prepare the audit/compliance reports which detail any identified observations, findings or questioned costs, as well as the respective recommendations for corrective actions and resolution of deficiencies identified in the compliance monitoring process;
      • Assist the assigned Compliance team in performing compliance monitoring for assigned Core Institute;
      • Demonstrate effective representational skills, increasing the profile of the department by participating in NED internal working groups and in grantee proposal reviews held jointly with Grants and Program staff;
      • Prepare presentation and training materials for use in conducting financial management training workshops in overseas locations, when required;
      • Ensure that grants are timely closed out by verifying that all the required monitoring activities have been conducted and questioned costs, if any, were resolved;
      • Ensure that respective data input in the Grants Management System (GIFTS/Alta) is kept pertinent at all times;
      • Perform ad hoc special engagements or other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

      • Knowledge/Experience:
        • BS in Accounting or Finance;
        • 2+ years of related experience;
        • Experience with Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint;
        • Experience with grant management databases such as GIFTS/Alta;
        • Working knowledge of OMB’s Uniform Guidance: 2 CFR Part 200 Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards;
        • Working knowledge of Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, also known as the Yellow Book.
      • Other Qualifications:
        • Advanced fluency (reading, writing and speaking) in Foreign language(s) relevant to the Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) Region; Proficiency in Spanish is required.
        • Ability to travel, both domestically and internationally;
        • Authorized to work in the United States.
      • Competencies:
        • Ability to work independently;
        • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work in a team environment;
        • Auditing and report writing skills;
        • Ability to develop rapport quickly and easily;
        • Ability to present audit findings with tact and sensitivity;
        • Ability to work in a multicultural environment;
        • Commitment to accuracy and timeliness.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply.Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with 1914 Auditor, LAC – YOUR NAME in the subject line.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


Communications and Online Engagement Manager (Job #1913)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization. Each year, we make more than 1,600 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. We seek a creative and energetic Communications and Online Engagement Manager to help lead outreach efforts for the World Movement for Democracy, a global network of activists, scholars, policy makers and funders dedicated to advancing democracy.This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Communications and Online Engagement Manager will build an active, online community among the World Movement’s participants; tell the stories of and engender solidarity with democracy and human rights activists; draw attention to emerging challenges to democracy around the world; disseminate information and resources on issues of thematic focus; and raise the profile of the network.

Responsibilities:

      • Digital Communications
        • Develop and oversee the World Movement’s communications strategy including but not limited to facilitating online discussions, delivering information resources, building solidarity among network participants, and enabling participants to share experiences and strategies for advancing democracy;
        • Ensure timely and consistent dissemination of information, outcomes, and resources related to ongoing initiatives;
        • Manage World Movement’s online platforms including websites, social media channels, and others as needed;
        • Develop and lead production of print and digital materials, videos, infographics, microsites, and others as needed;
        • Work with the World Movement team to conceptualize, develop, and manage projects in line with the World Movement’s overall mission;
        • Manage strategy and outreach efforts for the Set Them Free initiative, a solidarity building campaign for political prisoners;
        • Oversee the tracking and production of digital metrics reports on a quarterly basis; and,
        • Lead communications-related procurement projects and coordinate with NED Finance staff to ensure procurement compliance.
      • Events and Biennial Assemblies
        • Lead the development and implementation of communication strategies for World Movement events including its biennial Global Assemblies;
        • Work closely with team members to develop and maintain the Assembly microsite and to communicate with invitees before, during and following Assemblies; and
        • Provide onsite event management support.
      • Management
        • Supervise a Project Assistant and interns.

Qualifications:

      • Knowledge/Experience:
        • 5+ years of work experience with progressively increasing responsibility in the field of communications, public relations, and/or advocacy; and,
        • BA degree in communication, international affairs or related area of study required (MA strongly preferred).
        • Proficiency in computer programs, including word processing, spreadsheet, email, presentation software, etc.;
        • Budget and accounting skills;
      • Other Qualifications:
        • Substantial knowledge of global political developments, particularly regarding democratization, advocacy, and civil society, with sound judgment regarding politically sensitive issues and contexts;
        • Experience in project development, management, and implementation, including financial management;
        • Experience in building relationships with project partners and funders; and,
        • Contract negotiation skills and ability to manage multiple vendors;
        • Proficiency in one or more languages, other than English, preferred; and,
        • Experience in digital media marketing and social entrepreneurship is a plus;
        • Authorized to work in the United States.
      • Competencies:
        • Proven leadership ability with a profound commitment to teamwork capable of managing multiple tasks under pressure and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment;
        • High degree of organization and initiative, with attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.
        • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
        • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.orgwith 1913COEM, WMD – YOUR NAME in the subject line.