Careers

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

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

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

Full-time positions

Internships

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

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


Full-time Positions


Senior Program Officer, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey – MENA – (Job #1901)

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 Senior Program Officer for Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey for the Middle East North Africa (MENA) team’s regional portfolio. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Senior Program Officer is responsible for overseeing a substantial portfolio and has considerable supervisory responsibilities within the regional team.  Reporting to the Senior Director for MENA and supervising the relevant staff, the Senior Program Officer contributes to developing strategy for the region; identifies, develops and manages programs and contributes to evaluation of the programs; and takes the lead on presenting proposals and articulating the Endowment’s strategy for a substantial portion of the regional portfolio.

Responsibilities: 

  • Strategic planning for a substantial portion of the regional grants program; represent their regional portfolio before the Board of Directors, the President, congressional committees, government agencies and other entities as needed; provide support for Directors.
  • Provide strategic and programmatic guidance to NED grantees in the 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 Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey; 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 overall portfolio, and recommend renewed and new funding. 
    • Oversee the management, development, assessment, and presentation of a substantial set of proposals at quarterly Board meetings;
    • Review core institute proposals as they relate to the SPO’s specific portfolio;
    • Present the proposals at the Board expert reviews;
  • Build and maintain relationships with like-minded organizations, including other donors, NED partners and regional organizations.
  • Travel to the region to monitor existing grantees, identify new funding opportunities for NED, and gain an onthe-ground perspective on the political situation. The visits include on-site meetings with all or most NED grantees, meetings with core institutes, potential civil society partners, other donors active in the country, and political analysts and opinion-makers.
    • Conduct and oversee monitoring visit for groups in the field and maintain relationships with grantees, other organizations and individuals in the region;
  • 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.
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff by providing guidance and advice on programmatic and administrative issues; management of one staff person.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
    • 10 or more years of experience in democracy-related projects and programs from the civil society perspective; significant experience in nonprofit work.
    • 5 years at the NED senior level or external supervisory equivalent.   
    • 2 or more years living or working in Afghanistan, Iran and/or Turkey.

Other Qualifications: 

  • Recognized country or regional expertise, for a broad range of program focus areas within the region, including facility with local languages where appropriate;
  • Good understanding of civil society issues and familiarity with civil society networks and individual activists in the region.
  • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Afghanistan/Iran/Turkey and the MENA region generally;
  • Full professional fluency in English and Farsi/Dari languages are essential; other regional languages are preferred.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.

Competencies:

  • Political assessment skills;
  • Good leadership skills and excellent, interpersonal, communication, and writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in multi-ethnic, multi-national environment;
  • Solid analytical skills;
  • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
  • High degree of organization and initiative;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player, including coordination and facilitation skills.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, 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.

Please, direct questions to careers@ned.org with Job #1901 PO, NAS, MENA – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Program Assistant, East and Southern Africa – (Job #1887)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary: 

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

Responsibilities:  

      • Assist the Africa 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 East and Southern Africa.
      • Assist with drafting and editing project summaries and budgets for approval by the NED board.
      • 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 Africa program and the proposal application process.
      • Attend and report on relevant meetings and other events. 
      • Conduct research on current political developments in the region.

Qualifications:

      • Knowledge/Experience:
        • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is required;
        • Minimum of 1 year 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 Africa; preferably in East and Southern Africa; 
      • 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, salary history and requirements, and contact information for three professional references.   Please, no phone calls.

Please, direct questions to careers@ned.org  Job #1887 – Program Assistant, E/S Africa – 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, Iraq – (Job #1885)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

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

Position Summary:
The Program Officer will work with the regional director and program staff to manage collaboratively the Endowment’s grants program for Iraq plus an additional geographic portfolio in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, including monitoring and assessment of projects.

Responsibilities:

      • Provide strategic and programmatic guidance to NED grantees in the portfolio, including assisting them with program development and design, offering creative solutions to political and technical challenges, providing administrative advice, and facilitating contact with like-minded organizations throughout the region.
      • Work closely and flexibly with a diverse range of activists in media, human rights, rule of law, conflict resolution, civic education and other areas.
      • Monitor political trends in the region to inform NED strategies and programming, including reading various US- and regional-based publications, meeting with regional political analysts and other partners, keeping abreast of the changing political environment, and actively coordinating with other MENA team members on their country portfolios.
      • Oversee the implementation of NED-approved projects, including analysis of narrative 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 grants portfolio, and recommend renewed and new funding.
      • Build and maintain relationships with like-minded organizations, including other donors, NED partners and regional organizations.
      • Travel to Iraq and possibly other countries in region to monitor existing grantees, identify new funding opportunities for NED, and gain an on-the-ground perspective on the political situation. The visits include on-site meetings with all or most NED grantees, meetings with core institutes, potential civil society partners, other donors active in the country, and political analysts and opinion-makers.
      • Think creatively about how to improve team effectiveness, including suggestions for new team processes, improving grantee-reporting guidelines, communicating with other teams at NED, etc.
      • Liaise with other NED teams; participate in various working groups, and other efforts to improve NED’s overall functioning and effectiveness.

Qualifications:

Knowledge/Experience:

        • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; master’s degree preferred.

At least 5 years of experience in democracy-related projects and programs from the civil society perspective; significant experience in nonprofit work.

Minimum of 2 years living or working in Iraq.

Other Qualifications:

      • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Iraq and the region generally;
      • Full professional fluency in English and Arabic languages are essential. Other languages, such as Kurdish, are preferred.
      • Authorized to work in the United States.

Competencies:

      • Excellent interpersonal skills in multi-ethnic, multi-national environment;
      • Solid analytical skills;
      • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
      • High degree of organization and initiative;
      • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player, including coordination and facilitation skills.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, salary history, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls; direct questions to careers@ned.org with 1885 – Program Officer, Iraq – 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, 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:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send a brief email to 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