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

Summer 2019 Interns – begin Monday, June 3rd; Applications will be accepted beginning November 5, 2018.

Fall 2019 Interns – begin Monday, September 10th; Applications will be accepted beginning April 20, 2019​


Full-time Positions

Auditor, Asia & Global – (Job #1907)

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 & Global 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 & Global 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 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:

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 Job #1907 Auditor – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Project Officer, World Movement for Democracy – (Job #1906)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization in Washington, D.C. We are dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. 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, early career professional for the role of 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 activists, scholars, parliamentarians, 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:  

  • Liaise with highly accomplished human rights and democracy activists around the world to assess current trends and needs related to democracy and human rights;
  • Liaise with NED regional staff and grantees, external partners, and civil society networks to track current events and analyze international trends;
  • Contribute to the development of World Movement networks by conceptualizing new activities and outreach efforts on issues related to governance and civic participation;
  • 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.

Potential areas of thematic focus: 

Depending on the successful candidate’s experience, skills set and interests, in addition to the World Movement’s evolving needs, the candidate may focus on the following ongoing programs, in addition to new programs as they are developed: 

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • BA or BS degree preferably in political science, international affairs, or management sciences;
    • 2 + 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:

Please click here to apply.  Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history 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 call inquiries. You may direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with Job #1906 –PO, WMD – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Program Officer, North Korea – (Job #1904)
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 for the Asia team’s regional portfolio, specializing in North Korea. 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 North Korea grants program, including monitoring and assessment of projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Assessing proposals to present at quarterly Board meetings;
  • Traveling to the region on a regular basis;
  • Monitoring and providing compliance assistance to grantees;
  • Tracking political developments;
  • Maintaining contacts with organizations and individuals in Washington and Asia working on North Korea.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline required; Master’s degree preferred.
    • 5 or more years of applicable program experience;
    • Significant experience in democracy and nonprofit work.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • In-depth knowledge of political and economic issues and trends in North Korea;
    • Solid understanding of civil society issues and familiarity with civil society networks, media outlets, political actors, and individual activists working on North Korean human rights and democracy issues;
    • Full professional fluency in English with strong writing skills is required; fluency in Korean is preferred;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent, interpersonal, communication and writing skills.
    • Sound political judgment;
    • Attention to detail;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player.

Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, contact information for three professional references, and a completed NED Employment ApplicationPlease send an email to careers@ned.org with 1904 – PO, North Korea – YOUR NAME in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at   http://www.ned.org.  Please, no phone call inquiries.


Program Officer, Eurasia – (Job #1862)

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

Position Summary:

The Program Officer will work with the Regional Director, Associate Director, Senior Program Officer and program staff to develop and manage the NED’s Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) grants portfolio, develop the Endowment’s strategy for Caucasus, set priorities, and monitor and evaluate projects in the region.

Responsibilities:

  • Work as part of a team including supervising junior staff and liaising with Senior Program Officer and Associate Director
  • Assess grant proposals to present at quarterly NED Board meetings;
  • Travel to the region on a regular basis to identify and work with potential new grantees;
  • Monitor and provide programmatic advice and compliance assistance to existing grantees;
  • Track political and third sector developments in the region;
  • Support and mentor junior staff;
  • Maintain contacts with organizations and individuals working on the region.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Master’s level education in political science, regional studies, international relations, history or other relevant discipline;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications;
    • Fluency in Russian (reading, writing and speaking)
    • 5+ years of prior experience in democracy related and nonprofit work.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the political and civil society issues in Eurasia;
    • In-country experience in the Caucasus.
    • Fluency in English with strong writing skills is required;
    • Experience in financial monitoring and reporting;
    • Knowledge of program evaluation techniques;
    • Proficiency in languages of the Caucasus would be an advantage;
    • 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:

    Applications 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 #1862 – P0, 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.  www.ned.org/NED-Full-Employment-Application.pdf