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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.

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Full-time Positions

Solutions Officer, Grant Systems (Job #1935)

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

Position Summary: 

The Solutions Officer, Grant Systems ensures the smooth operation of NED’s grants management database and other systems related to planning, proposal intake, review, and board meeting preparations. The Solutions Officer also identifies how technology systems can support emerging needs or process changes in the grantmaking program. The Solutions Officer networks both internally and externally to stay abreast of best practices and changes in the field of grantmaking that require systems solutions. The Solutions Officer leads a team of grants management system (GMS) power users, manages the GRC HelpDesk, and coordinates the Tableau/Data Visualization User Group at NED.

Responsibilities:  

  • Design and execute rollouts of new systems in collaboration with the GRC Senior Resource Officer and as directed by the Senior Manager and Director, GRC
  • Identify emerging needs in the grantmaking program that can be met through expanded configuration of the grants management database, creation of workflows and taskboards, and training, tailored to different staff levels and occupations
  • Flag data security issues in NED’s grant systems for the Sr. Manager of Systems and the Director, GRC
  • Serve as expert grant systems resource and manage the GRC help desk, collaborating with IT when needed to find solutions to systems problems that are not user training issues
  • Work with the Senior Resource Officer to ensure that a new GMS or other systems solutions are rolled out with appropriate documentation and training to users
  • Liaise with all teams in the grantmaking program directly, through the Staff Advisory Committee, and the GMS Power User Team to understand NED’s grantmaking process and how systems can help make it more effective and efficient
  • Liaise with vendors on issues related to the user experience with NED grant systems, and suggest improvements that would make NED’s work more efficient and secure
  • Liaise with grant systems staff at other grantmaking organizations to share best practices in GMS administration and in aligning technology with grants management procedures 
  • Act as GMS Administrator, including, but not limited to: setting up users, groups, permissions, codes, templates, batch utilities, and reports
  • Serve as in-house systems expert on Tableau, coordinating the Tableau/Data Visualization User Group and guiding the group towards a recommendation of whether NED should adopt the system organization-wide
  • Maintain change and solutions log for all grantmaking systems
  • Provide orientation and training to staff on NED’s grant systems
  • Develop and maintain instructional manuals on the use of grant systems; Modify written procedures of data management practices as needed
  • Maintain knowledge of grants management systems to inform leadership decisions about next steps in grant systems acquisition and management

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field;
    • 4+ years of experience in grant systems management, grants process management, or related field.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • Training, tutoring, or teaching experience preferred;
    • Proficiency in second language is a plus;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Ability to multi-task and manage diverse activities.

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 1935 – SOGS GRC – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Program Assistant, Forum (Job #1934)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary: 

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

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

Responsibilities:  

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

Qualifications:

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

To Apply:

Deadline for applications is June 15, 2019.  

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


Editor, Journal of Democracy (Job #1921)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary: 

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

Responsibilities:

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

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

Qualifications:

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

More about Journal of Democracy

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

To Apply:

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


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

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary: 

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

Responsibilities:  

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

Qualifications:

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

To Apply:

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


Grants Disbursement Specialist (Job #1918)

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 Grants Disbursement Specialist to join the Finance team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Grants Disbursement Specialist is an integral part of the Finance team’s daily disbursement activities, supporting NED’s international grantmaking program and working closely with the Grants team.  Responsibilities include: initiating payments for approved disbursement requests via domestic and international wire transfers, ACH and check; acting as a liaison with NED’s banking partners to quickly resolve any issues with international payment delivery; maintaining electronic records and performing invoice transaction entry in the accounting and grantmaking systems; maintaining banking instructions in several online financial institution platforms; and general financial recordkeeping duties.

Responsibilities:  

  • Daily processing for grantee payments includes verification of supporting documents, updating the banking/vendor electronic records, and initiation of daily wire and ACH transfers using the several online banking systems. 
  • Ensures payments are processed timely by actively problem-solving any payment issues encountered.
  • Interacts and communicates with financial institutions, NED grants officers and  other team members as needed to research and resolve all banking issues related to delayed, rejected or returned wires and ACH transfers (i.e. either outgoing or incoming) in a timely manner.
  • Alerts the Finance and Grants team to any internal or external issues that may arise, and proactively addresses the root cause to avoid similar situations with other grantees receiving similar payments in the same country or currency, local banking institution, etc.
  • Enters transactions into the Serenic Navigator accounting system’s purchasing module, either by direct invoice entry and/or preparing a purchase invoice summary import template for upload.  
  • Updates the GIFTS Alta grant management platform with applicable payment data to inform grantmaking staff of grant payment status.
  • Reconciles daily grantee payments between Serenic Navigator and GIFTS Alta grants management systems, as well as with the cash requirements for funds drawn from the federal government to cover disbursements.
  • Maintains the organization and completeness of grantee file documents, including performing scanning and record retention duties, as well as providing general assistance with records filing and archiving as may be required.
  • Cross-trained in the general accounts payable area for providing backstopping responsibilities as may be needed for non-grant payments (e.g. trade vendors, consultants, employees, etc.).
  • Assists with retrieving disbursement documentation necessary for audit preparation and response.
  • Acts as the backup to 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.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree with major in Accounting preferred, with 3+ years of relevant experience.  Non-degreed applicants with 5+ years of relevant experience will also be considered.
    • Strong working knowledge of electronic funds transfer management, to include international transfers and domestic ACH and wires.
    • Demonstrated experience with use of various online banking systems. Experience with WUBS Global Pay and/or Edge platforms a plus.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of robust double-entry accounting systems, specifically related to purchasing and payables, with Serenic Navigator experience a plus.
    • Experience with GIFTS Alta grants management system a plus.
    • Efficient in use of Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Excel, and Word.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • Strong communication skills with ability to effectively convey financial and banking matters both verbally and in writing to non-financial staff.
    • Proven analysis skills for effective problem solving.
    • Solid documentation skills, ensuring proper audit trail. 
    • Fluency in spoken and written English.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Keen attention to details and accuracy in all work products;
    • Paramount professional integrity, honesty, initiative, confidentiality and dependability;
    • Commitment and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment; works effectively under time pressure and meets deadlines.
    • Highly professional demeanor, with strong interpersonal and customer service skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff;
    • Ability to translate financial terms to effectively train finance and non-finance personnel;
    • Employs team-building, mentoring approach to supervision and working style;
    • Confidence in addressing policy and procedure compliance questions;
    • Solid analytical, problem-solving and financial troubleshooting skills;
    • Ability to quickly learn new systems, processes and procedures;
    • Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. 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 1918 GDS – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Accounting Manager (Job #1917)

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 Accounting Manager to join the Finance team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Accounting Manager is responsible for maintaining effective and efficient financial internal controls in order to ensure accurate, complete and timely recording and reporting of financial transactions.  This position develops process improvements to streamline and improve accounting and administrative operations; manages daily financial inquiries; approves vendor and employee disbursements; oversees perpetual reconciliation of subsidiary ledgers and balance sheet accounts and analyzes budget variances; directly supervises several accounting team members; and closely collaborates with the Financial Grants Accounting Officer, Procurement team, and the Travel & Logistics Officer.

Responsibilities:  

  • Supervises and provides support to the Sr. Staff Accountant and Sr. Cash Management & Disbursements Administrator on daily operations matters.
  • Collaborates with the Controller in the month-end closing process and supports preparation and analysis of monthly financial statements. Ensures general ledger accounts are timely and accurately stated and corresponding reconciliations are maintained, with all balance sheet accounts reconciled on a monthly basis. 
  • Reviews, prepares and organizes required schedules and supporting documents for the annual financial statement and Single Audit under the federal OMB Uniform Guidance.
  • Performs daily review and approval of disbursement activities for vendors and employee requests for payment, ensuring compliance with GAAP, federal regulatory and other donor requirements, as well as NED’s policies and procedures.
  • Trains NED employees on accounting policies, procedures and forms utilization.
  • Identifies and implements new procedures to drive efficiency, effectiveness, and quality control.
  • Automates and streamlines processes to enhance accuracy of data while minimizing manual efforts. 
  • Confers with the procurement team members on requisite compliance.
  • Reviews and/or coordinates various tax filings such as Form 990/990-T, annual Forms 1099 and 1042, and other statutory business filings (e.g., registrations, exemption applications, and census responses).
  • Monitors the corporate credit cards, including sponsored employee accounts for compliance.
  • Collaborates and backstops the Financial Grants Accounting Officer, as well as other various team members as may be required.
  • Provides general support to the Controller and Sr. Director as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA is a plus.
    • 7+ years progressive experience in accounting and/or auditing;
    • 5+ years’ experience in mission-driven, nonprofit organizations subject to federal grants rules and regulations compliance, including working knowledge and practical application of the OMB Uniform Guidance;
    • Experience in Microsoft NAV / Serenic Navigator preferred, and GIFTS experience is a plus;
    • Intermediate to advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other Office products.  
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit accounting principles and practices, accounting report generation and utilization, and financial analysis;
    • Strong working knowledge of the federal compliance requirements under the Federal Travel Regulations and the OMB Uniform Guidance, with emphasis on cost principles and procurement regulations;
    • Solid documentation skills, ensuring proper audit trail;
    • Fluency in spoken and written English;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Paramount professional integrity, honesty, initiative, confidentiality and dependability;
    • Commitment and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment; works effectively under time pressure and meets deadlines.
    • Highly professional demeanor, with strong interpersonal and customer service skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff;
    • Strong attention to details and accuracy in all work products;
    • Ability to translate financial terms to effectively train finance and non-finance personnel;
    • Employs team-building, mentoring approach to supervision and working style;
    • Confidence in addressing policy and procedure compliance questions;
    • Solid analytical, problem-solving and financial troubleshooting skills;
    • Ability to quickly learn new systems, processes, and procedures;
    • Flexibility in approach to work processes and tasks;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  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 1917  ACCT MGR – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Program Assistant, Fellowships Program – (Job #1916)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Assistant to provide programmatic and administrative support to the Fellowships Program, based at NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, in Washington, D.C.  This is a non-exempt level position.

Position Summary: 

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

Responsibilities:  

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

Qualifications:

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

To Apply:

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


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

(Job #1915) 

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

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

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

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

Qualifications: 

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

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

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

To Apply: 

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


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

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary: 

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

Responsibilities: 

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

Qualifications:

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

To Apply:

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

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


Communications and Online Engagement Manager (Job #1913)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary: 

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

Responsibilities:  

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

Qualifications:

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

To Apply:

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


Senior Manager, Media Relations – (Job #1911)

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 Sr. Manager for Media Relations to join the office of Government Relations and Public Affairs. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

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

Responsibilities:  

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

Qualifications:

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

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, op-ed writing sample (600-800 words), salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with 1911 SR. Mgr. GRPA – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


Consultant, Forum Editorial Coordinator – (Job #1910)

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 Consultant to serve as Editorial Coordinator for the International Forum for Democratic Studies (Forum), the research and analytical branch of the Endowment. The position will be located remotely, but proximity to Washington D.C. is strongly preferred.

Position Summary: 

The Forum consultant will serve as editorial coordinator in managing the production of a series of eight working papers as part of a year-and-a-half long analytical initiative related to civil society responses to authoritarian “sharp power.” 

Period of hire: June 1, 2019 —September 30, 2020 (16 months)

Estimated hours: 40-60 hours/month

Responsibilities: 

 

Working closely with the Forum senior director and in coordination with Forum Research and Conferences program staff, the editorial coordinator will:

  • Develop, monitor, and maintain a project management calendar to manage, sequence and track the drafting, editorial, and peer review process for a series of eight working papers;
  • Substantively review, edit, and offer recommendations to revise and shape the draft text of eight working papers, according to predetermined project scope and methodologies;
  • Coordinate with copyediting consultants to review draft working papers for stylistic consistency, language flow, structure, fact-checking, and formatting bibliographic source citations;
  • Correspond with peer reviewers and other key stakeholders to solicit and incorporate substantive feedback into eight working paper draft texts;
  • Prepare draft executive summaries and collect other front/back matter relevant for each working paper, and if necessary, the final compilation of papers;
  • Coordinate with a graphic design firm to provide final copy of each working paper for layout and design; review proofs, including graphic elements, photos, and other visual materials;
  • Attend (or if necessary participate remotely) in a series of related research generation and topical workshops, to be held in Washington, D.C. [local transportation reimbursable but travel stipend not provided].

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or higher in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline preferred;
    • Editorial and project management experience; familiarity with academic or policy-related writing a plus.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • Subject matter expertise in comparative democratization, the study of authoritarianism, public diplomacy, civil society, human rights and digital technologies, or a related field is a plus;
    • Fluency in English;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • High degree of organizational ability and initiative;
    • Attention to detail; the ability to multi-task;
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Works well in a team environment on a quick-moving project. 

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, contact information for three professional references, and a completed NED Employment Application.  Please send an email to careers@ned.org with 1910 Forum Consultant – YOUR NAME in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit  www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries. 


Program Assistant, Middle East & North Africa (MENA) – (Job #1909)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Assistant.  This is an entry-level position on our Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 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 Middle East and North Africa program staff.

Responsibilities:  

  • Ensure logging in of grant proposals.
  • Draft budgets and assist with writing project summaries.
  • Provide support for considering and awarding grants to nongovernmental organizations working on democracy building programs in the assigned region/country.
  • Assist senior director and associate director with general administrative duties.  
  • Organize events for visiting grantees.
  • Attend and report on relevant conferences, meetings, and other events.
  • Research information on current political developments in the assigned region/country.  

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline;
    • 1+ years of work experience in an office environment;
    • Administrative support experience.
  • Other Qualifications:  
  • Knowledge of major political and social issues and trends in the MENA region;
  • Fluency in Arabic and French (reading, writing and speaking) is required; 
  • Proficiency in other languages used in the region, including Turkish or Farsi is preferred;
  • 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:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter (in ARABIC), resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with Job #1909 – PA, 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.


Program Assistant, Middle East & North Africa (MENA) – (Job #1908)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Assistant.  This is an entry-level position on our Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 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 Middle East and North Africa program staff.

Responsibilities:  

  • Ensure logging in of grant proposals.
  • Draft budgets and assist with writing project summaries.
  • Provide support for considering and awarding grants to nongovernmental organizations working on democracy building programs in the assigned region/country.
  • Assist senior director and associate director with general administrative duties.  
  • Organize events for visiting grantees.
  • Attend and report on relevant conferences, meetings, and other events.
  • Research information on current political developments in the assigned region/country.  

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline;
    • 1+ years of work experience in an office environment;
    • Administrative support experience.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • Knowledge of major political and social issues and trends in the MENA region;
    • Fluency in Arabic (reading, writing, and speaking) is required; 
    • Proficiency in other languages used in the region, including French, Turkish or Farsi is preferred;
    • 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:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter (in ARABIC), resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with Job #1908 – PA, 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.


Program Assistant, Asia – (Job #1905)

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 for the Asia team’s regional portfolio. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Program Assistant will provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic support to the Asia program staff.

Responsibilities:  

  • Assist the Asia Program’s Senior and Associate Director and staff with general administrative duties.  
  • Assist with intake, processing, and review of grant proposals from nongovernmental organizations working on democracy support programs in Asia.
  • Maintain the team calendar, schedule internal meetings and monitor deadlines.
  • Maintain and track internal budgets and generate data and identify trends for team planning purposes.
  • Organize events and meetings. 
  • Communicate with grantees and applicants about the NED Asia program and the proposal application process.
  • Attend and report on relevant meetings and other events. 
  • Conduct research on current political developments in the region and create a daily news summary of important political events in Asia.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline required;
    • 1+ years of work experience in an office environment;
    • Administrative support experience; 
    • Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite, including Microsoft Excel.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • Knowledge of political and social issues in Asia;
    • Proficiency in other relevant languages of the region is a benefit;
    • Experience working with databases and analyzing statistics;
    • Experience in grant making and democratic development is desirable;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Attention to detail, and ability to multi-task;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Works well in a team environment.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, contact information for three professional references, salary history and requirements.   The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org 

Please, no phone calls. Direct questions to careers@ned.org with 1905 PA, ASIA  – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


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


Intern, Research & Conferences, International Forum for Democratic Studies /Summer 2019 (Job #1936)

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 is seeking a Research and Conferences Intern.  The position is based in Washington, D.C. 

Position Summary: The International Forum for Democratic Studies (Forum) at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is seeking a motivated individual to serve as a Research and Conferences Intern for Summer 2019. This unpaid internship provides an advanced undergraduate/graduate student with the opportunity to observe the day-to-day operations of a Washington, D.C.-based research center focused on democracy and human rights.

The Forum complements NED’s core mission—assisting civil society groups abroad in their efforts to foster and strengthen democracy—by linking the academic community with activists from across the globe. In addition to its Research and Conferences initiative, the Forum also produces the Journal of Democracy, the world’s leading publication on the theory and practice of democracy, and hosts fellowship programs for international democracy activists, journalists, and scholars.

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide dedicated research support to the Vice President for Studies and Analysis and other Forum staff on relevant democracy-related topics.
  • Attend meetings and take notes on topics related to Forum research initiatives.
  • Help facilitate for Forum events, including panel presentations and roundtable discussions.
  • Assist with updating and maintaining Forum contact lists in an organization-wide contact management database.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:

We are seeking an enrolled undergraduate or graduate school student with:

  • A strong interest in international affairs, and the study and support of democracy around the world.
  • Strong research ability.
  • Experience writing, editing, and proofreading materials.
  • Computer software skills including MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; Photoshop, HTML, or database experience a plus.
  • The ability to stay organized while handling multiple tasks.

Requirements:

  • Candidate must be a registered student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program; able to receive college credit or transcript notation of participation in our program for each semester of the internship.
  • Qualified candidates should have excellent writing skills and analytical skills, maintain a strong work ethic, be capable of showing initiative, and be well-organized. Students must also have strong computer skills. 

Time Commitment: 16-40 hrs./week (not to exceed 40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship

Travel Reimbursement: up to $12/day for commuter expenses

NED Application Deadline: n/a; All internships are posted until filled

Anticipated Start Date: o/a June 3, 2019
Orientation Dates: o/a June 3-7, 2019
Anticipated End Date: o/a August 23, 2019

Authorization: Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Please click here to apply. Applications must include confirmation of your school’s academic credit for internship program, in addition to a cover letter, resume, writing sample from a college term paper or equivalent, transcripts and contact information for three professional/academic references.   The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org or contact careers@ned.org with Job #1936 – IFDS Intern (SU19) –YOUR NAME in the subject line.