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 federally 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 and resume. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Full-time positions


Internships

SUMMER 2020 INTERNS – BEGIN MONDAY, JUNE 1ST; APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING FEBUARY 15, 2019.

FALL 2020 INTERNS – BEGIN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH; APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING APRIL 20, 2019.


Full-time Positions

2017 Auditor, Europe and Eurasia

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Auditor, Europe and Eurasia 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 Europe and Eurasia 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 is 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 GovGrants or 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 Europe and Eurasia Region; Russian 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:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 2017 Auditor, Europe and 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.

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2016 Assistant Program Officer, Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary: 

The Grants Officer works under the supervision of the Principal, Grants Administration.  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:
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (international studies, relevant area studies, nonprofit administration, etc.).
    • 2+ years of grants 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:
    • Asian language desired, but not required.
    • Familiarity with Federal grant regulations and international activities/issues relevant to NED’s operational environment.
    • Familiarity with or an interest in the Asia region.
    • Ability to travel internationally on an occasional basis.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • 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.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 2016 GO, 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.

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2015 Assistant Program Officer, Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Assistant Program Officer for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This 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, with an emphasis on North Africa.  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 and/or French.
  • 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, Arabic and French are required.
    • Proficiency in 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 North Africa is essential.
    • Ability to travel to North African 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:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 2015 Assistant Program Officer, 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.

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Grants Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) (Job #2004)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Grants Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Grants Officer works under the supervision of the Managing Grants Officer.  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:
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (international studies, relevant area studies, nonprofit administration, etc.).
    • 2+ years of grants 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:
    • Advanced fluency in Spanish and English languages required. French language proficiency desired.
    • Familiarity with Federal grant regulations and international activities/issues relevant to NED’s operational environment.
    • Familiarity with or an interest in the LAC region.
    • Ability to travel internationally on an occasional basis.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
    • 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.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with 2004 – Grants Officer, 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.

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Office Services Assistant, Office Services – (Job #2003)

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 Office Services Assistant for the Office Services team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Office Services Assistant (OSA) will join the Office Services Team in providing excellent internal customer service to support all areas of the Endowment, to include photocopy support, office supplies, equipment maintenance, mailroom, room set-up and breakdown, and off-site storage coordination services.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensures a welcoming experience for all colleagues and guests while maintaining the necessary level of building security.
  • Provides timely support and resolution to Endowment employee’s service and supply requests.
  • Performs daily inspection and maintenance of office space and furnishings to maintain upkeep of facilities.
  • Acts as liaison between Endowment and building maintenance staff, communicate and coordinate with cleaning staff when necessary.
  • Maintains mechanic’s list of tasks, follow up to ensure completion of tasks.
  • Meets the photocopying needs of all Endowment employees and ensures proper operation of the Xerox machine by performing preventative maintenance and bringing in service technicians.
  • Ensures that kitchen and office supplies are available by taking inventory and stocking or ordering supplies when needed.
  • Handles orientations for new employees to office services and processes new identification pictures and badges.
  • Partners with vendors to replace supplies, at a low cost to the Endowment, and schedules maintenance on equipment as needed.
  • Ensures that staff receive quality mail services by processing and distributing daily incoming and outgoing mail quickly, tracking, maintaining and reporting postage levels in the meter.
  • Researches the best cost effective method of shipping packages.
  • Monitors the monthly kitchen calendar, the monthly facilities calendar, and the monthly floor plan.
  • Coordinates off-site file storage, maintains an up-to-date log of stored materials, prepares boxed files to be stored, and schedules storage deliveries and retrievals.
  • Serves as a resource to reduce work overload in other departments by assisting with special projects and miscellaneous errands.
  • Assists with internal office moves and relocating of furniture and office supplies.
  • Assists with the set-up and breakdown of conference rooms for events.
  • Assists with Audio Visual equipment, when needed.
  • Serves as backup for the front-desk office administrator during breaks and vacations.
  • Contributes to the Endowment’s Service Excellence initiative to consistently improve its image internally and externally. Displays professionalism, quality service and a “can do” attitude to internal staff/departments of the Endowment as well as visitors, guests and vendors via electronic and print correspondence, over the telephone and in-person.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • High School Diploma or GED.
    • 2+ years’ of office experience required.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Physically able to lift boxes of office supplies, including paper, up to 50 lbs.
    • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
    • 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.
    • Excellent customer service skills and a strong ability to work effectively with all levels of staff to build good working relationships.

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone call inquiries.  Direct questions to careers@ned.org  with 2003 OSA – 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, Ukraine – (Job # 2002)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, DC

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 Ukraine 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 grant programs for the Ukraine portfolio, including monitoring and assessment of projects.

Responsibilities: 

Provide strategic and programmatic guidance to NED grantees in the Ukraine 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.

  • Oversee the implementation of NED-approved projects, including analyzing grantee reports, providing feedback on implemented activities, maintaining continuous communication over the grant cycle, and conducting regular field visits.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of programs and the institutional growth of NED grantees, and recommend renewed and new funding.
  • Build and maintain relationships with like-minded organizations, including other donors.
  • Work closely and flexibly with a diverse range of Ukrainian activists working in accountability, media, human rights, rule of law, conflict resolution, civic education, and other areas.
  • Monitor political developments in Ukraine to inform NED strategies and programming.
  • Travel to monitor existing grantees, identify new funding opportunities for NED, and acquire an on the-ground perspective on the political situation. The visits will 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.
  • Liaise with other NED teams and participate in 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 is required; relevant Master’s degree is preferred.
    • 5+ years of experience in democracy-related programs, ideally from the civil society perspective, is required; significant experience in grantmaking or nonprofit work is an asset.
    • 2+ years of relevant field experience in Ukraine is required.
  • Other Qualifications: 
    • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Ukraine specifically and Europe more broadly;
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English;
    • Full professional fluency in Russian and/or Ukrainian;
    • 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:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references. In addition, please also attach a document containing 2-3 paragraphs in Russian or Ukrainian, which introduce you and summarize your interest in the position. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with 2002 – PO, Ukraine – YOUR NAME in the subject line.

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

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Program Officer, Yemen and Gulf Region (Job #2001)

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

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Officer for the Yemen and Gulf Region 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 the Yemen and Gulf Region portfolio, including monitoring and assessment of projects.

Responsibilities:
Provide strategic and programmatic guidance to NED grantees in the Yemen and Gulf Region 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 Yemen and Gulf Region, 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 Yemen and Gulf Region 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 the MENA region.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Yemen and Gulf 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, desired salary, 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 2001 – PO, YGR (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.

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Program Coordinator, Government Relations and Public Affairs (Job #1974)

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 motivated individual for the full time position of Program Coordinator for the Government Relations and Public Affairs (GRPA) team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The incumbent will work under the direction of the VP for GRPA and the Sr. Manager for Government Relations to educate and inform the Congress about the work of the NED; provide support for NED board meetings; and assist with internal communications, special projects and some administrative tasks.

Responsibilities:  

  • Assist with outreach to Capitol Hill, including coordinating and staffing meetings with Hill staff and Members of Congress and preparing for special events and briefings on the Hill;
  • Support NED quarterly board meetings and assist with the management of NED Board relations;
  • Recruit and manage interns;
  • Provide administrative support for the VP for GRPA.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Undergraduate degree in international affairs, political science, international development or a related discipline required;
    • Previous work experience in government relations or on Capitol Hill is strongly preferred.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • Strong interest in democracy assistance and a desire to gain experience in the international non-profit sector.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Solid organizational skills.
    • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task, set priorities, and organize time efficiently.
    • Strong ability to be a team player and self-starter, working independently in a multicultural environment.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with1974 PC, 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.


Assistant Program Officer, Africa (Job #1973)

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, desired salary, 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 1973 APO, Africa – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Associate Director & Editor, Center for International Media Assistance – (Job #1972)

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 Associate Director & Editor for the Center for International Media Assistance with the NED.   This position is based in Washington, D.C.

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) is a specialized think tank with links to international cooperation on democracy and governance. CIMA is dedicated to improving global efforts to promote independent media in developing countries. CIMA strives to build a foundation of knowledge for media development donors, implementers, and civil society actors on best practices and solutions for improving media systems. We do this because we believe media plays an indispensable role in the creation and development of sustainable democracies.

Position Summary:

The Associate Director & Editor of CIMA will join a small, collaborative team and reports to CIMA’s Senior Director. The position is responsible for managing all aspects of CIMA’s publications program, from conception of report ideas to supervising writers, editing publications, and overseeing the publications process. The candidate will have influence over a critical set of important publications that have helped to define the global media development field. The candidate will manage and evaluate the work of a small staff and a network of consultants, and will play a central role in helping to define CIMA’s strategy, events, and substantive outputs.

The Associate Director & Editor takes high-level responsibility for the development of staff as well as overall teambuilding. The incumbent will also be encouraged to develop areas of personal interest and scholarship within the media development field and produce reports, blogposts, and other publications that help advance our understanding of global media systems, media governance, and media development support by donors. The job involves regular engagement with the National Endowment for Democracy on its efforts to support democratic transitions around the world, acting as an expert on panels and committees in Washington and other world capitals, and deepening CIMA’s institutional partnerships for impact and effectiveness.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary and strategic leader, with a demonstrated ability to engage creatively and substantively with other research-oriented organizations, including universities, think tanks, policy institutes, government, and media. The candidate will lead CIMA’s efforts to rethink its publications program in light of the constantly shifting world of media and technology, helping to develop a strategy for higher levels of impact, and expanding CIMA’s reach beyond traditional publication platforms to digital media and video.

Responsibilities: 

  • Manage the conceptualization, fine-tuning, and production of CIMA’s research reports, including the generation of appropriate illustrations and informational graphics
  • Manage staff and expand CIMA’s network of talented writers, analysts, and researchers
  • Work with writers on concepts and deliverables
  • Draw up and manage contracts
  • Respond to authors’ queries and requests for guidance
  • Review and oversee fact-checking and copy editing
  • Proofread final layout and oversee design process with external design firm
  • Research and write original pieces for CIMA (profiles, briefing papers, blog posts)
  • Build knowledge and expertise on media development, governance, aid effectiveness and democracy support programs
  • Serve as expert and moderator for public events both at CIMA and with media development partners around the globe
  • Develop areas of regional expertise to better understand the needs and gaps in media development. For example, focusing on an area of the world, building a network of partners and experts who can contribute to CIMA publications
  • Assist the Senior Director in day-to-day team management, such as monitoring and managing efficient and appropriate use of staff time and other NED resources, helping the Senior Director set management and workflow priorities, and seeking process improvements
  • Assist the Senior Director in resolving management issues relating to staff performance, team dynamics, and other personnel matters
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff and act on behalf of the senior director when needed
  • Other duties as assigned, including occasional travel

Qualifications:

    • Knowledge/Experience:
      • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline is required; graduate degree or equivalent knowledge and experience is preferred
      • 11+ years’ of progressively responsible work experience in editing, research, or journalism; 4 years’ management experience preferred
      • Demonstrated record of publications management is required
      • Demonstrated experience producing original, substantive written material and/or published investigative work is highly desired
      • Background in international development, governance, public policy reform, or democracy assistance programs desired
      • Other Qualifications:
        • Knowledge of international media issues and/or democracy promotion programs
        • Regional expertise and interest, such as Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Central Asia or Africa
        • Native-level proficiency in English is required; proficiency in a foreign language desirable
        • Willingness and ability to travel
        • Authorized to work in United States
      • Competencies:
        • Demonstrated leadership and management skills
        • Ability to learn and grasp new technologies
        • High degree of organization and initiative
        • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
        • Excellent oral and written communication skills

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1972 Associate Director & Editor, CIMA – 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 Assistant, Grantmaking Resource Center – (Job #1968)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Assistant for the 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:

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:

      • Proficiency in one of the following languages preferred: Arabic, Farsi, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, or Russian;
      • 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:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1968 PA, GRC – YOUR NAME in the subject line.

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


Project Assistant, World Movement for Democracy – (Job #1967)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Project Assistant, World Movement for Democracy.  The position is based in Washington, D.C.

The World Movement for Democracy is a global network that brings together democrats, including activists, practitioners, scholars, policy makers, and funders, to advance democracy around the world. The goal of the World Movement is to strengthen efforts to build democracy through sharing knowledge, information, and strategies.

Position Summary:

The Project Assistant will provide communications and administrative support to the World Movement for Democracy team.

Responsibilities: 

        • Assist with development and implementation of the World Movement communications strategy;
        • Assist with the creation of communication products such as:
          • Drafting and issuing of bi-weekly e-newsletters and advocacy alerts;
          • Assist with regular updates and development of the World Movement websites;
          • Contribute administrative assistance for developing videos and podcasts.
        • Maintain World Movement’s social media properties and track metrics for all communication platforms;
        • Provide assistance on logistical preparations for the World Movement’s meetings held in different global regions;
        • Perform general administrative duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

      • Knowledge/Experience:
        • Undergraduate degree in relevant field required, international relations preferred;
        • Some communications and/or administrative support experience required;
        • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and social media required;
        • Experience with using social media tools in a professional setting preferred.
        • Other Qualifications:
          • Basic knowledge of global political developments, particularly concerning democratization and human rights required;
          • Proficiency in languages in addition to English preferred, but not required;
          • Authorized to work in the United States.
      • Competencies:
        • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills required;
        • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task, set priorities, and organize time efficiently required;
        • Strong ability to be a team player and self-starter, working independently in a multicultural environment.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1967 PA, 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 or movedemocracy.org.


Project Manager, World Movement for Democracy (Job #1963)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Project Manager to support the World Movement for Democracy.  This position is based in Washington, D.C. and is contingent on additional funding.

Position Summary:

The Project Manager contributes to the development and implementation of the World Movement, which is a global network of activists, scholars, parliamentarians, journalists, and funders who are committed to advancing democracy and human rights. The Project Manager takes lead responsibility for major projects, including global assemblies and other initiatives, and assists the Director and Senior Manager in managing overall operations of the World Movement Secretariat at NED.

Responsibilities: 

      • Assist the Director and Senior Manager in formulating global assembly agendas and design activities accordingly;
      • Manage all aspects of logistics and onsite administration of the global assemblies by working closely with a local event management company and other vendors;
      • Manage the production of the assembly report;
      • Work with the Director and other staff members to conceptualize and develop “networking” projects in line with the World Movement’s overall mission;
      • Design and manage the implementation of other World Movement programs;
      • Develop and maintain relations with project partners;
      • Work with NED’s Finance Department to ensure procurement compliance; and
      • Assist the Director, Senior Manager, and NED Finance Department in managing budgets for projects.

Qualifications:

      • Knowledge/Experience:
        • Minimum of 5+ years of project design and management experience in democracy, human rights, advocacy, and/or international relations work;
        • Experience in international events management, including financials;
        • Bachelor’s degree in international affairs or related area of study required (Master’s strongly preferred);
        • Substantial knowledge of global political developments particularly regarding democratization required;
        • In-depth knowledge of one or more civil society sectors (independent media, education, human rights, youth engagement, women’s political participation, elections, political party building, etc.) highly desirable;
        • Networking experience, including building and/or facilitating online communities preferred; and
        • Contract negotiation skills and ability to manage multiple vendors.
      • Other Qualifications: 
        • Budget and accounting skills;
        • Proficiency in one or more languages, other than English preferred; and
        • Professional experience in communications and/or entrepreneurship welcome;
        • Authorized to work in the United States.
      • Competencies:
        • Ability to work in a team with a strong sense of mission;
        • High degree of organization and initiative with strong attention to detail;
        • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone call inquiries.  Direct questions to careers@ned.org  with 1963, PM, 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.


Assistant Resource Officer, Grantmaking Resource Center (Job #1945)

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

Position Summary: 

The Assistant Resource Officer will work with the Director, Grantmaking Resource Center and the Senior Resource Officer to engineer learning opportunities for the Grantmaking Program. The Assistant Resource Officer will contribute to training engagement strategies and performance assistance needs including documentation, intranet communications, visualizations, and feedback collection. The Assistant Resource Officer will also support efforts to integrate systems training into the greater training program, and institutionalizing the learning function in the Grantmaking Program at NED.

Responsibilities:  

      • Coordinates informal and social learning opportunities—i.e. brownbags and webinars.
      • Supports the Senior Resource Officer in implementing a new staff onboarding program.
      • Implements existing basic trainings, including coordinating all logistics, updating documentation with trainers, and managing follow up through engagement strategies.
      • Collaborates with the Senior Resource Officer and GRC Systems team to integrate grants management system training into the learning ecosystem.
      • Assists the Senior Resource Officer with Training of Trainers and modelling standards for training delivery and facilitation.
      • Participates in process analysis with the team; makes suggestions and assists with implementing relevant adjustments to the learning ecosystem.
      • Edits, identifies instructional writing gaps, and updates process documentation as needed.
      • Ensures the intranet site reflects recent updates to process documentation as a resource for documentation, training, and communications.
      • Participates in groups representing best practices in training and grantmaking.
      • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Resource Officer.

Qualifications:

      • Knowledge/Experience:
        • Bachelors’ degree or equivalent in international relations, political science, or organizational development.
        • 3+ years related experience with international grantmaking, event management, or non-profit experience.
        • Basic familiarity with and aptitude for learning best practices in training, facilitation, knowledge management, and writing for instructional design.   
      • Other Qualifications:  
        • Project and/or event management experience including organization, planning, and people management skills.
        • Intermediate presentation skills and ability to communicate technical information to a non-technical audience.
        • Authorized to work in the United States.
      • Competencies:
        • Solid ability to interact effectively with diverse individuals across various departments, including verbal and written interpersonal communication skills.
        • Strong initiative, attention to detail, and efficiency in prioritizing tasks.
        • The ability to establish positive relationships, build trust and rapport, actively listen, and exercise sound judgement navigating complex situations.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1945 ARO, GRC – 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, desired salary, 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.


Assistant Program Officer, Fellowship Programs (Job #1931)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary:

The Assistant Program Officer is responsible for the day-to-day administration of Reagan-Fascell and Visiting Fellow programs at the International Forum for Democratic Studies. This position reports to the Director, Fellowship Programs.

Responsibilities:

      • Contributes to the cultural, intellectual, and collegial life of the international exchange program;
      • Prepares official correspondence and documentation, including preparation of all fellowship documents;
      • Conducts orientations, including incoming and exit procedures; organizes welcome/farewell receptions;
      • Provides support for emergency and out-of-cycle fellows, alumni, grantees and  other individuals facing political pressures or persecution abroad on account of their democracy and human rights work:
        • Out of cycle fellowship inquiries and intake procedures
        • Orientation, cultural adjustment, and other administrative issues
        • Professional development and next steps in the post-fellowship period
      • Contributes to the development of projects in support of NED’s strategic initiatives;
      • Serves as Alternate Responsible Officer for the Forum’s J-1 Exchange Visitor Program;
      • Coordinates administrative and financial procedures:
        • Travel arrangements and reimbursements
        • Stipend and taxes
        • Health Insurance
        • Housing
        • Visa support
        • Office set-up and office & IT support services
      • Provides editorial input on program’s annual Newsletter and other publications;
      • Liaises with the World Movement for Democracy in support of Hurford Youth Fellows;
      • Assists with monitoring and evaluation;
      • Assists with alumni relations.

Qualifications:

    • Knowledge/Experience:
      • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, (Master’s degree preferred);
      • 2+ years of program administration experience;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
    • Other Qualifications:
      • Experience with international exchange programs and international visitors;
      • Experience with non-native English speakers;
      • Experience in financial management and budgeting is a plus;
      • Authorized to work in the United States.
    • Competencies:
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
      • High degree of organization and initiative;
      • Experience in financial management and reporting;
      • Excellent interpersonal skills.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, 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 1931 – APO, RFDF – YOUR NAME in the subject line.