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

Internships 

NED’s intern program runs during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.  Students with a strong interest in the study and support of democracy around the world are encouraged to apply.  All internships are unpaid and candidates must be registered students, enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program; and able to receive college credit or transcript notation of participation in our program for each semester of the internship.  An independent study option, if approved by your university, is also possible.  Available internships are listed below.  All internships are posted until filled.

Summer 2018 Interns

2018 Intern Schedule:

  • Fall 2018 Interns – begin Monday, September 10th; Applications will be accepted beginning June 21st
  • Spring 2018 Interns – begin Monday, January 8th; Applications accepted beginning October 30th
  • Summer 2018 Interns – begin Monday, June 4th; Applications will be accepted beginning February 15th

Fellowships 

Penn Kemble 2018-19

The Penn Kemble Forum on Democracy promotes bipartisan conversation among young foreign policy leaders in Washington, DC. The Forum is an opportunity for them to share ideas across sectors and explore the role of democracy and human rights within the context of a broad range of policy questions. The Forum convenes monthly for off-the-record dinner conversations led by foreign policy experts, government officials (past and present), and democracy practitioners. Penn Kemble Fellows have met with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran), and many others.

We are now accepting applications for our 2018-19 fellowship class. Applications are due on August 10, 2018.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Penn Kemble Forum homepage.


Full-time Positions

Senior Director, Asia (Job #1840)

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 democracy around the world, seeks a Senior Director, Asia. This position is based in Washington, D.C. 

Position Summary: 

As the Endowment’s senior program staff, the Senior Director, Asia is responsible for the implementation of a strategy that integrates organizational and program goals, priorities, and values to promote democracy in the Asia region and functions as the principal advisor on the region to the Endowment’s leadership. The Senior Director demonstrates deep commitment to the Endowment’s mission, exceptional political acumen and programmatic judgment, as well as strong leadership and management skills.

Responsibilities:  

  • Strategic
    • Develops and directs implementation of grant-making strategy for the region:
      • Defines funding priorities;
      • Ensures high-level of financial and programmatic oversight of grants;
      • Ensures rigorous review and evaluation of grants;
      • Manages production and review of material for the Board of Directors and other audiences;
      • Directs program collaboration with other initiatives housed at the NED, including public affairs, networking, fellowships, research.
  • Management
    • Manages a 10 to 15-member professional staff:
      • Hires and trains staff;
      • Assigns staff responsibilities;
      • Monitors staff performance and development;
      • Ensures adherence to policies.
  • Manages program budget, including annual appropriation and other sources of revenue;
  • Manages program administrative budget to ensure alignment with funding priorities and stewardship of resources;
  • Manages implementation of policies; presents policy adjustments and revisions proactively.
  • Representation
    • Represents the Asia program with Endowment leadership, the Board of Directors, the core institutes, government officials, elected representatives, and the media
    • Manages and develops high-level relationships with regional experts, policy analysts, government officials, foundation representatives, and civil society leaders in the United States and abroad
    • Participates regularly in public events and other outreach efforts, including giving talks, speaking on panels, briefing stakeholders, and writing articles and op-eds
    • Maintains high-level of knowledge of democracy issues, politics in the region, grantee activities and impact, and funding environment
    • Travels regularly to the region

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required; Master’s or Ph.D. preferred;
    • 15 to 20 years of democracy promotion-related program experience;
    • Extensive field-based travel and experience;
    • 5-10 years of management experience.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Recognized expertise on multiple countries within the region; demonstrated interest in and familiarity with the three sub-regions – South, Southeast and East Asia;
    • Fluency in at least one Asian language, preferred;
    • In depth understanding of civil society organizations, networks, and issues in the region;
    • Proven record of accomplishment with respect to strengthening democratic institutions and practices.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent leadership, management, and interpersonal skills;
    • Strong written and oral communication ability, including public speaking;
    • Proven political assessment aptitude;
    • Sound understanding of and relationships with government officials, Congressional staff, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations in Washington, D.C.;
    • Adept at managing relationships among diverse groups and individuals;
    • Able to articulate clear and compelling reasons for courses of action;
    • Possesses a firm grasp of domestic and regional policies and trends that affect the Endowment and its mission in the region;
    • Able to create a positive, productive and collaborative work environment that fosters staff development.

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 to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1840 – SD ASIA – YOUR NAME 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.  www.ned.org/NED-Full-Employment-Application.pdf


Auditor, Asia – (Job #1839)

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, Asia 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 Asia Region. This shall include conducting risk assessments and monitoring of grantee’s 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 a Foreign language(s) relevant to the Asia Region;
  • 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:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references and a completed NED employment application. Please click here to apply. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries.


Grants Disbursement Specialist – (Job #1838)

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 Grants Disbursement Specialist.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Grants Disbursement Specialist supports the daily disbursement activities of NED’s Finance department including: Accounts Payable – vendor & grantee record maintenance and invoice transaction entry in the accounting system; maintenance of banking instructions in various online financial institution platforms; initiating disbursements via domestic and international wire transfer, ACH and check; and scanning and retention of supporting documents along with general financial recordkeeping duties.

Responsibilities:  

  • Grantee Wire Transfers & ACH Disbursement Processing: Initiates direct invoice entry and/or prepares a purchase invoice summary import template for upload into Serenic Navigator’s purchasing module. Verifies supporting documents and initiates daily wire and ACH transfers using the various online banking systems.  Updates the GIFTS Alta grant management database with applicable payment information to inform grantmaking staff of payment status.  Interacts with financial institutions and vendors as needed to research and resolves all banking issues related to rejected/returned wire or ACH transfers either outgoing or incoming in a timely manner.  
  • Accounts Payable ACH Transactions & Check Processing: Verifies necessary supporting documents, establishes vendor records, and enters invoices in the Serenic Navigator accounting system.  Initiates the ACH process through the online banking system as appropriate, or processes check payments for signature utilizing Serenic Navigator payment function.
  • Ensures payments are processed timely by problem solving any payment issues and promptly following up with the requestors and/or Finance team management concerning any transactional questions.  
  • Acts as the petty cash custodian for the Finance department, ensuring availability of funds for employees and the physical security of the funds while maintaining perpetual reconciliation.
  • Maintains the organization and completeness of vendor and grantee file documents, performing scanning and record retention duties, as well as providing general assistance with records filing and archiving as appropriate.
  • Assists with retrieving disbursement documentation necessary for audit preparation and response.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree with major in Accounting preferred, with 2+ years relevant experience.  Non-degreed applicants with 5+ years relevant experience will also be considered.
    • Demonstrated experience with use of various online banking systems.
    • Strong working knowledge of electronic funds transfer management, to include international transfers and domestic ACH and wires.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of various double-entry accounting systems, specifically with regards to purchasing and payables, with Serenic Navigator experience a plus.
    • Experience with WUBS Global Pay and/or Edge platforms a plus.
    • Experience with GIFTS Alta Grants management system a plus.

Other Qualifications:  

  • Strong attention to details and accuracy in all work products.
  • Solid documentation skills, ensuring proper audit trail. 
  • Efficient in use of Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Excel, and Word.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies: 
    • Professional demeanor with strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff;
    • Confident in addressing policy and procedure compliance questions;
    • Ability to manage high workload cycle times successfully;
    • Capability and willingness to work both independently and as a member of a team;
    • Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks with the ability to adapt to process change quickly.

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 to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1838 – Grants Disbursements Specialist – YOUR NAME 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.  www.ned.org/NED-Full-Employment-Application.pdf


Program Officer, Middle East North Africa (MENA) Regional(Job # 1837)
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 aProgram Officer for Middle East and North Africa Regional portfolio. This 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 the cross-cutting MENA Regional portfolio, including monitoring and assessment of projects.

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide strategic and programmatic guidance to NED grantees in the MENA regional 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 trends in the 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 MENA Regional grants 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 the region to monitor existing grantees, identify new funding opportunities for NED, and gain an on‑the-ground perspective on the political situation. The visits include on-site meetings with all or most 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.
    • At least 5 years of experience in democracy-related projects and programs from the civil society perspective; significant experience in nonprofit work.
    • Minimum of 2 years living or working in the MENA countries.
  • Other Qualifications: 
  • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in the MENA region generally;
  • Full professional fluency in English and Arabic languages are essential. Other languages, such as French, are preferred.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent interpersonal skills in multi-ethnic, multi-national environment;
    • 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:
Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1837 – Program Officer for MENA Regional – 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

 


Assistant Program Officer, Europe (Northern Tier) (Job # 1836)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Congressionally-funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support democracy around the world, seeks an Assistant Program Officer for Europe. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:
The Assistant Program Officer will assist senior staff with management, administration, and development of regional grant programs in Eastern Europe, with a special focus on Ukraine. The Assistant Program Officer will also support existing grantees and assist in developing prospective grantees.

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals;
  • Draft summaries of proposals to present at quarterly Board meetings;
  • Communicate regularly with current grantees and applicants;
  • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees;
  • Track political developments in Eastern Europe;
  • Provide administrative support to the Europe Team, as needed;
  • Help to organize events highlighting specific democracy-related issues;
  • Assist in travel to identify and work with potential new and existing grantees.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Political Science, History, Regional Studies or a related discipline is preferred;
    • 3 + years of experience in democracy related work is required;
    • Related field experience in one or more countries in the region is preferred;
    • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of political issues and trends in Eastern Europe;
    • MS Office skills required.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English;
    • Strong technical writing skills;
    • Fluency in Russian is required;
    • Additional knowledge of relevant languages is considered an asset;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of 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 to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1836 – APO, Europe NT – 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.


Project Officer, World Movement for Democracy (Job # 1835)

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

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization in Washington, D.C., seeks a Project Officer for the World Movement for Democracy. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:
The Project Officer contributes to the development and implementation of the World Movement for Democracy, which is a global network of civil society activists, scholars, parliamentarians, thought leaders, journalists, and funders who are committed to advancing democracy and human rights. The World Movement does so by connecting, informing and empowering democracy advocates around the world.

Responsibilities: 

  • Contribute to the development of World Movement networks by conceptualizing new activities and outreach efforts;
  • Liaise with NED regional staff and grantees, external partners, and civil society networks to track current events and analyze international trends;
  • Coordinate activities that enable cross-regional solidarity and knowledge sharing;
  • Coordinate small and large international and domestic events, including developing budgets, tracking expenditures, and drafting financial reports; leading logistical arrangements; and contributing to the development of thematic discussions;
  • Lead online discussions on issues of focus through the creation and dissemination of content
  • Coordinate closely with NED’s Finance Department;
  • Develop, maintain, and improve the World Movement’s project management tools;
  • In coordination with NED’s Finance Department, facilitate procurement processes in accordance with NED policies and liaise with vendors and consultants;
  • Contribute to a positive and productive team culture;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • BA or BS degree preferably in political science, international affairs, or management sciences;
    • 5 + years of related experience;
    • Experience working with one or more sectors engaged in advancing democracy (civil society, independent media, civic education, human rights, youth engagement, elections, and political party building, etc.);
    • Experience leading advocacy campaigns including the strategic use of social media;
    • High proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Other Qualifications: 
    • Substantial knowledge of global political developments, particularly regarding democratization;
    • Proficiency in a foreign language (French, Spanish, Russian, or Arabic);
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must;
    • High degree of organization with strong attention to detail;
    • Energetic and creative.

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 to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1835 PO, WMD – YOUR NAME 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 North Africa (Job # 1833)

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 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:
    • 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.
    • 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 Iraq is a plus.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
    • Ability to travel to Iraq as needed.
  • 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:
Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1833 – APO, MENA – 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.


HelpDesk Analyst (Job # 1832)

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 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 stream-line 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:
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1832 – 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.  Please, no phone call inquiries.


Program Officer, Africa (Job # 1831)

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

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

Position Summary:
The 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;
    • 5+ 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 West and Central 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:
Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1831 – PO, Africa  – 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


Position Assistant, Grantmaking Resource Center (Job # 1830)

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, Grantmaking Resource Center (GRC).  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:
The Program Assistant will coordinate the quarterly proposal process and liaise with the Grantmaking Program staff to assess their needs, implement process changes, develop written guidelines and resources for the Grantmaking Program, maintain the GIFTS Alta grantmaking database, and support learning and best practices in Grantmaking at the NED.

Responsibilities: 

  • Working with GRC teammates to support the quarterly board cycle (proposal intake, data entry for all proposals, scheduling review meetings for regional Program staff, Grants, and Compliance, review and tracking of board materials, and preparing for the quarterly board meetings);
  • Act as the front line HelpDesk for GIFTS Alta database, IGAM online application, and process issues;
  • Core member of GIFTS Alta Power Support team;
  • Updating grantee information in tracking sheets and databases and generating periodic reports using the database for various audiences at the NED;
  • Helping to write and edit materials about procedures and technology systems for manuals, guidebooks, and other technical documents;
  • Liaising with the staff of two or more regional sections, Grants, and Compliance to keep the GRC team updated on team news and updating the regional teams on new grant making procedures;
  • Assisting with the orientation of new Regional Program, Grants, and Compliance staff to the Grantmaking Program; databases; IGAM, and any other relevant grantmaking systems;
  • Supporting GRC teammates with their responsibilities outside of preparations for each quarter’s board meetings (routing proposals and reports; recording and posting trainings; updating the intranet; coordinating planning meetings)
  • Maintaining GRC files;
  • Supporting the Director of the Grantmaking Resource Center as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of the Grantmaking Resource Center.

Qualifications:

  • Education
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field;
  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • 1+ years of administrative support experience, preferably at a grantmaking organization or an educational institution;
    • 1+ years of experience with customer service, student services, counseling, tutoring, teaching, or training;
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Excel experience a plus;
    • Proficient in Microsoft SharePoint and/or grantmaking database a plus.
  • Other Qualifications: 
  • Working knowledge of politics, economics, and history, and an interest in international affairs;
  • Fluency in Mandarin is desired;
  • Proficiency in a foreign language is preferred;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English;
  • Attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to multi-task and manage diverse activities;
  • Works well in a team environment.

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 to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1830 – PA, GRC and 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.


Position Assistant, Grantmaking Resource Center (Job # 1829)

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, Grantmaking Resource Center (GRC).  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:
The Program Assistant will coordinate the quarterly proposal process and liaise with the Grantmaking Program staff to assess their needs, implement process changes, develop written guidelines and resources for the Grantmaking Program, maintain the GIFTS Alta grantmaking database, and support learning and best practices in Grantmaking at the NED.

Responsibilities: 

  • Working with GRC teammates to support the quarterly board cycle (proposal intake, data entry for all proposals, scheduling review meetings for regional Program staff, Grants, and Compliance, review and tracking of board materials, and preparing for the quarterly board meetings);
  • Act as the front line HelpDesk for GIFTS Alta database, IGAM online application, and process issues;
  • Core member of GIFTS Alta Power Support team;
  • Updating grantee information in tracking sheets and databases and generating periodic reports using the database for various audiences at the NED;
  • Helping to write and edit materials about procedures and technology systems for manuals, guidebooks, and other technical documents;
  • Liaising with the staff of two or more regional sections, Grants, and Compliance to keep the GRC team updated on team news and updating the regional teams on new grant making procedures;
  • Assisting with the orientation of new Regional Program, Grants, and Compliance staff to the Grantmaking Program; databases; IGAM, and any other relevant grantmaking systems;
  • Supporting GRC teammates with their responsibilities outside of preparations for each quarter’s board meetings (routing proposals and reports; recording and posting trainings; updating the intranet; coordinating planning meetings)
  • Maintaining GRC files;
  • Supporting the Director of the Grantmaking Resource Center as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of the Grantmaking Resource Center.

Qualifications:

  • Education
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field;
  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • 1+ years of administrative support experience, preferably at a grantmaking organization or an educational institution;
    • 1+ years of experience with customer service, student services, counseling, tutoring, teaching, or training;
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Excel experience a plus;
    • Proficient in Microsoft SharePoint and/or grantmaking database a plus.
  • Other Qualifications: 
  • Working knowledge of politics, economics, and history, and an interest in international affairs;
  • Fluency in Arabic or French is desired;
  • Proficiency in a foreign language is preferred;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English;
  • Attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to multi-task and manage diverse activities;
  • Works well in a team environment.

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 to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1829 – PA, GRC and 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.


Assistant Program Officer, Africa (Job # 1828)

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

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and 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:
Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1828 – APO, Africa  – 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.


Grants Officer for Africa (AFR) (Job # 1827)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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 Officer.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Grants Officer works under the supervision of the Managing Grants Officer, Africa. 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:

• Knowledge/Experience:

Fluency in French preferred;

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

At least 2 years of grants and/or contract administration experience in a nonprofit organization or foundation.

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

• Other Qualifications:

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

Familiarity with or an interest in the Africa region.

Ability to travel internationally on an occasional basis.

Authorization to work in the United States. 

• Competencies:

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.

Ability to work with discretion.

Strong oral and written communication 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 tojobs@ned.org, with your name and Grants Officer – AFR – Job #1827 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.


2018-2019 Research Associate Positions at the National Endowment for Democracy – (Job #1825) 

Summary: The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) seeks to hire up to three Research Associates for the 2018-2019 fellowship year (dates of employment September 17, 2018–August 31, 2019).

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 staff with administrative responsibilities and projects, 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 a full-time Research Associate at 40 hours per week starting September 17, 2018 through August 31, 2019. RAs are expected to commit to work for the entire duration of the fellowship year. RAs serve as temporary full-time employees, with benefits.

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 to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1825 – Research Associate – YOUR NAME in the subject line.  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. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please, no phone call inquiries.  


Program Assistant, Northern Tier Europe – (Job #1824)

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 with emphasis on Northern Tier Europe.  This is an entry-level position on our Europe regional program team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Program Assistant provides day-to-day administrative and programmatic support to the Europe program staff.

Responsibilities:  

  • Provide general administrative support to the Europe Section staff;
  • Receive, process and distribute incoming proposals and grantee materials;
  • Respond to general inquiries regarding the proposal process;
  • Assist in preparing proposal summaries, budgets and related materials;
  • Provide programmatic support to Program Officers and the Senior Director;
  • Maintain a database of contacts in the region;
  • Help to organize meetings, roundtables and other events on Europe-related topics; 
  • Provide logistical support for staff and grantee travel.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in political science, regional studies, international relations, history or other relevant discipline;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications;
    • Administrative and/or programmatic experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Other Qualifications:  
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the political and civil society issues in Europe;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills in English required;  
  • Fluency in Russian (reading, writing and speaking) is required; 
  • Proficiency in relevant regional languages is an advantage;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task;
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills; 
    • High degree of organization and initiative.

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 jobs@ned.org, with Job #1824 – PA, NT Europe – YOUR NAME 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. 


 

Program Assistant, Eurasia – (Job #1821)

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.  This is an entry-level position on our Eurasia regional program team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Program Assistant provides day-to-day administrative and programmatic support to the Eurasia program staff.

Responsibilities:  

  • Provide general administrative support to the Eurasia Section staff;
  • Receive, process and distribute incoming proposals and grantee materials;
  • Respond to general inquiries regarding the proposal process;
  • Assist in preparing proposal summaries, budgets and related materials;
  • Provide programmatic support to Program Officers and the Senior Director;
  • Maintain a database of contacts in the region;
  • Help to organize meetings, roundtables and other events on Eurasia-related topics; 
  • Provide logistical support for staff and grantee travel.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in political science, regional studies, international relations, history or other relevant discipline;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications;
    • Administrative and/or programmatic experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Other Qualifications:  
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the political and civil society issues in Eurasia;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills in English required; 
  • Fluency in Russian (reading, writing and speaking) is required; 
  • Proficiency in other languages used in the region is an advantage;
  • Fluency in English with strong writing skills 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.

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 jobs@ned.org, with Job #1821 – PA, Eurasia – YOUR NAME 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. 


Program Officer, Tibet and South Asia – (Job #1820)

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 Officer, Tibet and South Asia.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

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

Responsibilities:  

  • Provide strategic and programmatic guidance to NED Tibet and South Asia grantees, 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 Tibet and select countries in South Asia 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 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 recommend renewed and new funding.
  • Build and maintain relationships with like-minded organizations, including other donors, NED partners and regional organizations.
  • Travel to the region to monitor existing grantees, identify new funding opportunities for NED, and gain an on the-ground perspective on the political situation. The visits include on-site meetings with all or most 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.
  • At least 5 years of experience in democracy-related projects and programs from the civil society perspective; significant experience in nonprofit work.
  • Significant experience living, working or studying in South Asia.
  • Other Qualifications: 
  • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Tibet and South Asia;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and at least one of the following languages: Tibetan, Nepali, or Hindi – Tibetan is preferred;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in multi-ethnic, multi-national environment;
  • 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:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1820 – Program Officer, Tibet and South Asia and YOUR NAME 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.