Careers

Unless otherwise noted, all positions listed below are with the National Endowment for Democracy. Please read the descriptions and follow the instructions when applying.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world. Read more about the NED.

Applicants must include a cover letter, resume and completed application. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Full-time positions


Internships

Spring 2020 Interns – begin Monday, January 6th; Applications will be accepted beginning October 30, 2019.
Summer 2020 Interns – begin Monday, June 1st; Applications will be accepted beginning November 15, 2019.
Fall 2020 Interns – begin Monday, September 14th; Applications currently being accepted.


Full-time Positions

Office Services Assistant, Office Services – (Job #1948)
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, and 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.

To Apply:
Please click here to apply.  Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1948 – Office Services Assistant – YOUR NAMEin the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please, no phone call inquiries.  www.ned.org/NED-Full-Employment-Application.pdf


Temporary Event Manager, World Movement for Democracy – (Job #1969)

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 Temporary Event Manager for the World Movement for Democracy. This position is based in Washington, D.C. with possible travel to Tunisia. This position is a temporary position, and is for January 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020.

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. NED serves as the World Movement Secretariat, and the Temporary Event Manager will work with the Secretariat staff.

Position Summary:

 Every two years the World Movement hosts a global assembly, which brings together more than 450 civil society activists, scholars, journalists, political figures, and business leaders from around the world to discuss challenges to democracy. The World Movement’s 10th assembly will be held in Tunis, Tunisia in November 2020. An Event Manager will oversee all logistical arrangements for the assembly and assist in developing elements of the assembly program. This position is a temporary position, and is for January 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020.

Responsibilities: 

  • Project Management
    • Manage all aspects of logistics and onsite administration of the global assembly by working closely with a local event management company and other vendors;
    • Work with NED’s Finance Department to ensure procurement compliance and vender contract fulfilment;
    • Oversee travel and lodging arrangements for assembly participants;
    • Assist the Director, Senior Manager, and NED Finance Department in managing the assembly budget;
    • Assist the Director and Senior Manager in formulating elements of the global assembly agenda and design activities accordingly; and
    • Manage the production of the assembly report. 

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • BA in a relevant discipline;
    • 5+ years’ of experience managing large international events for high-profile participants abroad;
    • Experience coordinating diverse teams to achieve expected outcomes;
    • Experience negotiating and managing contracts with vendors and ensuring adequate vendor performance;
    • Experience managing budgets, including tracking spending rates;
    • Proficiency with Microsoft programs, and online event management assistance platforms;
    • Networking experience preferred; and
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Understanding of democracy, human rights, advocacy, and/or international relations issues preferred.
    • Proficiency in French and/or Arabic preferred.
    • 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, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1969 TEMP Events MGR – 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, 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.


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.


IT Helpdesk Analyst – Tier 1 (Job #1966)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary:

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

Responsibilities: 

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

Qualifications:

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

To Apply:

Please click here to apply.  Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with 1966 – Helpdesk – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


Audit Associate – (Job #1965)

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 Audit Associate to join the Compliance team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Audit Associate assists the Compliance department in their day-to-day tasks, including but not limited to routine administrative and related clerical tasks as well as assisting Regional Auditors in the financial monitoring of NED Grantees.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the financial monitoring of grantees shall include conducting risk assessments, preparation of audit/compliance reports, and timely closeout of grants in compliance with Federal rules and regulations and NED’s grant making policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the updating and sending of required periodical standard correspondences or as needed.
  • Make copies, create files and labels, file and pull documents, maintain the audit files and send files to storage.
  • Assist in the maintenance of the Compliance Department data integrity in the grants management software to ensure high-quality data that is easily accessible in a consistent manner.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of an electronic filing process for the Compliance department database on the NED server.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of policies and procedures to ensure the integrity of the Compliance department’s data and accuracy and consistency of both manually and electronically filed data.
  • Perform administrative and related clerical duties or ad hoc special engagements for the Compliance department as required.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • BS in Accounting or Finance or equivalent relevant experience;
    • 2+ years of related experience;
    • Experience with Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint;
    • Experience with grant management database and/or audit management software;
    • Working knowledge of OMB’s Uniform Guidance: 2 CFR Part 200 Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards;
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Advanced fluency (reading, writing, and speaking) in a foreign language(s) preferred.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Attentive to detail;
    • Strong data analysis and IT-related skills;
    • Ability to multi-task;
    • Work with minimal supervision;
    • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work in a multicultural team environment;
    • Strong verbal, written and analytical skills;
    • Ability to present audit findings with tact and sensitivity;
    • Commitment to accuracy and timeliness.

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 calls inquiries. Direct questions to careers@ned.org  with 1965 Audit Associate – YOUR NAME in the subject line.

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


Grants Officer, Asia (Job #1964)

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 and/or contract administration experience in a nonprofit organization or foundation.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel; knowledge of MicroEdge Gifts or other relational database helpful.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • 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:

Please click here to apply.  Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1964 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


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.


Program Officer, Middle East North Africa (MENA) Regional – (Job #1946)

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 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional portfolio.  The position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Program Officer will work with the regional director and program staff to manage the Endowment’s grants program for the cross-cutting MENA Regional portfolio, including monitoring and assessment of projects.

Responsibilities:  

  • Provide strategic and programmatic guidance to NED grantees in the MENA regional portfolio, including assisting them with program development and design, offering creative solutions to political and technical challenges, providing administrative advice, and facilitating contact with like-minded organizations throughout the region.
  • Work closely and flexibly with a diverse range of activists in media, human rights, rule of law, conflict resolution, civic education, and other areas.
  • Monitor political developments in the MENA 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 MENA regional 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 onthe-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 the MENA region generally;
    • Full professional fluency in English and Arabic languages are essential; other regional languages are preferred. 
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Solid analytical skills;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player, including coordination and facilitation skills.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. In addition, please also attach a document containing 2-3 paragraphs in Arabic, which introduce you and summarize your interest in the position. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with Job #1946 – PO, MENA regional – 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 (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, salary history with requirements, 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.


Assistant Program Officer, Africa (Job #1944)

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, with an emphasis on the East and Horn of Africa. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Program Officer will work colleagues on the management, administration, and development of grant programs in Africa.

Responsibilities:  

  • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals;
  • Draft summaries of proposals for review at quarterly board meetings;
  • Travel to the region on a regular basis to monitor projects and identify new projects;
  • Provide support to Africa-related initiatives and events;
  • Provide compliance guidance to existing grantees;
  • Maintain contacts with organizations and individuals in the U.S. and abroad working to advance democracy and human rights.

Qualifications:

Knowledge/Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, Anthropology or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred;
    • 3+ years of applicable experience is required;
    • 2+ years of experience in democracy work is required.

Other Qualifications: 

    • In-depth knowledge of political development and trends in Africa;
    • Solid understanding of civil society issues and familiarity with civil society networks and organizations;
    • Fluency in English is required; proficiency in other languages of the designated region is a benefit;
    • Knowledge of program assessment techniques;
    • Experience in grant-making and democratic development is desirable;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.

Competencies:

        • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
        • High degree of organization and initiative;
        • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:

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

Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with Job #1944– APO, AFRI 2 – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.


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

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary:

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

Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications:

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

To Apply:

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

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

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


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

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary:

The Assistant Program Officer (APO) will assist with the management, administration, development, and expansion of grant programs in the MENA region.  In addition, the APO will support existing grantees and develop prospective grantees.

Responsibilities:  

  • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals.
  • Draft summaries of proposals to present at quarterly board meetings.
  • Communicate regularly with existing grantees, often in Arabic.
  • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees, including review and analysis of any publications or other products.
  • Track political developments in the MENA region.
  • Help organize events to highlight specific democracy-related issues in coordination with the other MENA program members.
  • Travel to the region as needed, and occasionally under difficult conditions, to identify and work with potential new grantees and existing grantees.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
    • 3+ years of experience in democracy-related work is required.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Arabic are required.
    • Proficiency in French or other relevant languages of the region is preferred, but not required.
    • Proficiency with MS Office is required.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • Field experience with NGOs in one or more MENA countries is preferred.
    • Knowledge of political issues and trends in the MENA region.
    • Regional knowledge of one or more countries in the Levant is essential.
    • Ability to travel to Levantine countries as needed.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • High degree of organization and initiative.
    • Experience in grant-making and democratic development is desirable.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:

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


Grants Assistant, Europe/Eurasia (Job #1932)

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, a Grants Assistant for Europe/Eurasia.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Grants Assistant assists grants staff with reviewing, processing, and tracking grant agreements, amendments, payments, and other financial documentation, and preparing routine correspondence and reports.  The Grants Assistant provides an essential role in ensuring smooth grant operations, timely processing, quality control, and accurate recordkeeping.  This is an administrative position.

Responsibilities:  

  • Process and send final grant agreements, amendments, and routine correspondence. Tasks include database log-in, copying, distribution, tracking and filing.  Keep grants staff members abreast of progress of agreements/amendments/correspondence.
  • Provide initial review of financial reports for accuracy, timeliness, compliance with format requirements and consistency with prior reports.
  • Provide initial review of grantee payment requests and route to appropriate grants staff.
  • Update the grants database as required and produce assigned reports in an accurate, complete and timely manner.
  • Assist with meeting set-up.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook;
    • Knowledge of MicroEdge Gifts or other relational database helpful.
  • Other Qualifications:  
  • Russian language skills and interest in the Europe/Eurasia region are preferred;
  • Working knowledge of politics, economics, and history, and an interest in international affairs;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task; 
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Strong oral, written communication, and analytical skills;
  • Strong team player, preferably in a multicultural 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.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1932 GA, EE – 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, 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 1931 – APO, RFDF – YOUR NAME in the subject line.