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 

NED’s intern program runs during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.  Students with a strong interest in the study and support of democracy around the world are encouraged to apply.  All internships are unpaid and candidates must be registered students, enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program; and able to receive college credit or transcript notation of participation in our program for each semester of the internship.  An independent study option, if approved by your university, is also possible.  Available internships are listed below.  All internships are posted until filled.


Fellowships 

Penn Kemble 2018-19

The Penn Kemble Forum on Democracy promotes bipartisan conversation among young foreign policy leaders in Washington, DC. The Forum is an opportunity for them to share ideas across sectors and explore the role of democracy and human rights within the context of a broad range of policy questions. The Forum convenes monthly for off-the-record dinner conversations led by foreign policy experts, government officials (past and present), and democracy practitioners. Penn Kemble Fellows have met with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran), and many others.

We are now accepting applications for our 2018-19 fellowship class. Applications are due on August 10, 2018.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Penn Kemble Forum homepage.


Full-time Positions


Grants Assistant – (Job #1860)

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 Grants Assistant based in Washington, D.C.

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.

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:
    • Interest in international affairs and the support and strengthening of democratic institutions worldwide;
    • Foreign language skills preferred.  Proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and/or Asian languages are of particular interest.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task; 
    • Strong oral, written communication, and analytical skills;
    • Strong team player, preferably in a multicultural environment;
    • Ability to maintain focus on tasks with minimal supervision; 
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure.

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 form.  Please send to jobs@ned.org,  Job #1860 Grants Assistant – 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 calls.


Grants Assistant, MENA – (Job #1859)

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 Grants Assistant based in Washington, D.C.   

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. 

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.

Responsibilities:

  • Review and process final grant agreements, amendments, and routine correspondence, including receipt, database log-in, copying, distribution, tracking and filing.  As required, ensure that appropriate grants staff members are kept abreast of progress of agreements/amendments/correspondence.  
  • Appropriately scan and save grantee narrative and financial reports, reviewing the financial reports for accuracy, timeliness, compliance with format requirements and consistency with prior reports and include observations in risk assessment worksheets for new grants. 
  • Promptly identify, log into database, and appropriately route grantee payment requests upon receipt of proper documentation.
  • Update the grants database as required and produce assigned reports in an accurate, complete and timely manner.
  • Assist with meeting and special event planning.
  • 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:
    • Interest in international affairs and the support and strengthening of democratic institutions worldwide;
    • Foreign language skills preferred. Proficiency in Spanish, French, Arabic, and/or Chinese are of particular interest.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task; 
    • Strong oral, written communication, and analytical skills;
    • Strong team player, preferably in a multicultural environment;
    • Must be able to work both independently and with minimal supervision; 
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure.

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 form. Please send to jobs@ned.org,  Job #1859 Grants Assistant, 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.   Please, no phone calls.


Director, Fellowship Programs – (Job #1858)

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 Director, Fellowship Programs.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Director, Fellowship Programs, directs and supervises all aspects of the work of the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program and the Visiting Fellows Program. The Director is primarily responsible for strategic direction and vision for the program; setting administrative and programmatic procedures, policies, and goals. The Director sets standards and guides implementation of administrative, programmatic, and research support for two fellowship cohorts per fiscal year, including emergency and “at risk” fellows. The Director guides the development of cooperative relations with other NED programs, departments and initiatives; promotes the program and develops visibility with counterpart organizations; and supports alumni relations.

Responsibilities include:  

  • Reports to Vice President, Studies and Analysis
  • Directs the work of the staff of the Fellowship Programs
  • Manages the Research Associates Program; supervises the work of three Research Associates per year
  • Sets administrative and programmatic goals, policies and procedures
  • Guides administrative, outreach, and research support for two fellowship cohorts (17-20 fellows) per year, including support services for emergency and “at risk” fellows
  • Advises individual fellows on their project focus, outreach, presentation planning, and professional development
  • Chairs events; moderates two orientation sessions per year; hosts welcome and farewell (“graduation”) receptions; leads roundtables, seminars, and other meetings
  • Prepares annual program budget, in close cooperation with Forum staff
  • Reviews fellowship applications for annual competition and for emergency and out-of-cycle fellowships
  • Directs promotional activities and seeks to raise visibility of the program within the NED family, WMD, and with other counterparts; supports alumni relations
  • Consults and cooperates with senior staff of Operations (Finance and Human Resources) and President’s Office, GRPA, Program, CIMA, and WMD to coordinate policies and services concerning the fellows 
  • Works with the staff of the Democracy Resource Center
  • Communicates with the Fellowships Committee of NED’s Board of Directors

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
  • Master’s or Ph.D.
  • 10 to 15 years of senior-level fellowships/exchange-related experience.
  • 5-10 years of management experience.
  • Other Qualifications: 
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
      • Excellent leadership, management, and interpersonal skills.
      • Strong written and oral communication ability, including public speaking.
      • Adept at managing relationships among diverse groups and individuals.
      • Able to articulate clear and compelling reasons for courses of action.

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 to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1858 Director, Fellowships – 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 calls. www.ned.org/NED-Full-Employment-Application.pdf 


Assistant Program Officer – Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning – (Job #1857)

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 an Assistant Program Officer (APO) for the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

Working closely with the Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, the APO is responsible for contributing to and supporting the expanding learning and evaluation functions at NED.

Responsibilities include:  

  • Analyzes and articulates evaluative trends in NED grantmaking with an aim of effectively communicating the impact of NED’s grantmaking approach to external audiences.
  • Supports NED knowledge management efforts by helping to track and share evaluation insights and research internally to support learning, systems coordination, and documentation.
  • Collaborates with the Director on strategic learning initiatives across NED.
  • Works with the Program Officer for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning to provide evaluation technical assistance to NED staff.
  • Provides occasional general support for MEL team and other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; Master’s or equivalent experience preferred 
    • 3+ years relevant work experience in strategic learning, program evaluation or democracy assistance.
    • Demonstrated experience with program learning and evaluation concepts.
    • An understanding of democracy assistance work and grantmaking; working knowledge of politics and history and interest in international affairs. 
  • Other Qualifications:  
  • Experience with evaluation and learning in a donor/foundation environment
  • Ability to design and conduct qualitative research, including carrying out interviews and analyzing data. 
  • Ability to craft a compelling narrative based on various types of data for a variety of audiences. 
  • Experience in communications using creativity in graphic representations of data and visual designs. 
  • Experience using grants management/database systems.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required. 
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis software required; NVivo preferred.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher, and/or Tableau a plus.
  • 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 verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure.
    • High degree of organization and initiative.
    • Ability to multi-task, manage diverse activities, and work independently.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

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 form. Please send to jobs@ned.org,  your name and Assistant Program Officer, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning – Job #1857 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 calls.


Project Officer, World Movement for Democracy– (Job #1856)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization in Washington, D.C., seeks a Project Officer for the World Movement for Democracy. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Project Officer contributes to the development and implementation of the World Movement for Democracy, which is a global network of civil society activists, scholars, parliamentarians, thought leaders, journalists, and funders who are committed to advancing democracy and human rights. The World Movement does so by connecting, informing and empowering democracy advocates around the world.

Responsibilities:  

  • Inter-act with highly motivated and accomplished human rights and democracy activists around the world to assess current trends and needs;
  • Liaise with NED regional staff and grantees, external partners, and civil society networks to track current events and analyze international trends;
  • Contribute to the development of World Movement networks by conceptualizing new activities and outreach efforts;
  • Coordinate activities that enable cross-regional solidarity and knowledge sharing;
  • Coordinate small and large international and domestic events, including developing budgets, tracking expenditures, and drafting financial reports; leading logistical arrangements; and contributing to the development of thematic discussions;
  • Lead online discussions on issues of focus through the creation and dissemination of content
  • Coordinate closely with NED’s Finance Department;
  • Develop, maintain, and improve the World Movement’s project management tools;
  • In coordination with NED’s Finance Department, facilitate procurement processes in accordance with NED policies and liaise with vendors and consultants;
  • Contribute to a positive and productive team culture;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • BA or BS degree preferably in political science, international affairs, or management sciences;
    • 5 + years of related experience;
    • Experience working with of one or more sectors engaged in advancing democracy (civil society, independent media, civic education, human rights, youth engagement, elections, and political party building, etc.);
    • Experience leading advocacy campaigns including the strategic use of social media;
    • High proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Other Qualifications:  
    • Substantial knowledge of global political developments, particularly regarding democratization;
    • Proficiency in a foreign language (French, Spanish, Russian, or Arabic);
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must;
    • High degree of organization with strong attention to detail;
    • Energetic and creative.

To Apply:

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 to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1856 PO, 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.  Please, no phone calls.


Auditor, Russia – (Job #1855)

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

Responsibilities: 

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

Qualifications:

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

To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references and a completed NED employment application. Please click here to apply. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please, no phone call inquiries.  


Senior Director, Asia (Job #1840)

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 democracy around the world, seeks a Senior Director, Asia. This position is based in Washington, D.C. 

Position Summary: 

As the Endowment’s senior program staff, the Senior Director, Asia is responsible for the implementation of a strategy that integrates organizational and program goals, priorities, and values to promote democracy in the Asia region and functions as the principal advisor on the region to the Endowment’s leadership. The Senior Director demonstrates deep commitment to the Endowment’s mission, exceptional political acumen and programmatic judgment, as well as strong leadership and management skills.

Responsibilities:  

  • Strategic
    • Develops and directs implementation of grant-making strategy for the region:
      • Defines funding priorities;
      • Ensures high-level of financial and programmatic oversight of grants;
      • Ensures rigorous review and evaluation of grants;
      • Manages production and review of material for the Board of Directors and other audiences;
      • Directs program collaboration with other initiatives housed at the NED, including public affairs, networking, fellowships, research.
  • Management
    • Manages a 10 to 15-member professional staff:
      • Hires and trains staff;
      • Assigns staff responsibilities;
      • Monitors staff performance and development;
      • Ensures adherence to policies.
  • Manages program budget, including annual appropriation and other sources of revenue;
  • Manages program administrative budget to ensure alignment with funding priorities and stewardship of resources;
  • Manages implementation of policies; presents policy adjustments and revisions proactively.
  • Representation
    • Represents the Asia program with Endowment leadership, the Board of Directors, the core institutes, government officials, elected representatives, and the media
    • Manages and develops high-level relationships with regional experts, policy analysts, government officials, foundation representatives, and civil society leaders in the United States and abroad
    • Participates regularly in public events and other outreach efforts, including giving talks, speaking on panels, briefing stakeholders, and writing articles and op-eds
    • Maintains high-level of knowledge of democracy issues, politics in the region, grantee activities and impact, and funding environment
    • Travels regularly to the region

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required; Master’s or Ph.D. preferred;
    • 15 to 20 years of democracy promotion-related program experience;
    • Extensive field-based travel and experience;
    • 5-10 years of management experience.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Recognized expertise on multiple countries within the region; demonstrated interest in and familiarity with the three sub-regions – South, Southeast and East Asia;
    • Fluency in at least one Asian language, preferred;
    • In depth understanding of civil society organizations, networks, and issues in the region;
    • Proven record of accomplishment with respect to strengthening democratic institutions and practices.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent leadership, management, and interpersonal skills;
    • Strong written and oral communication ability, including public speaking;
    • Proven political assessment aptitude;
    • Sound understanding of and relationships with government officials, Congressional staff, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations in Washington, D.C.;
    • Adept at managing relationships among diverse groups and individuals;
    • Able to articulate clear and compelling reasons for courses of action;
    • Possesses a firm grasp of domestic and regional policies and trends that affect the Endowment and its mission in the region;
    • Able to create a positive, productive and collaborative work environment that fosters staff development.

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 #1840 – SD 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.  Please, no phone call inquiries.  www.ned.org/NED-Full-Employment-Application.pdf


Assistant Program Officer, Europe (Northern Tier) (Job # 1836)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Congressionally-funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support democracy around the world, seeks an Assistant Program Officer for Europe. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:
The Assistant Program Officer will assist senior staff with management, administration, and development of regional grant programs in Eastern Europe, with a special focus on Ukraine. The Assistant Program Officer will also support existing grantees and assist in developing prospective grantees.

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals;
  • Draft summaries of proposals to present at quarterly Board meetings;
  • Communicate regularly with current grantees and applicants;
  • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees;
  • Track political developments in Eastern Europe;
  • Provide administrative support to the Europe Team, as needed;
  • Help to organize events highlighting specific democracy-related issues;
  • Assist in travel to identify and work with potential new and existing grantees.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Political Science, History, Regional Studies or a related discipline is preferred;
    • 3 + years of experience in democracy related work is required;
    • Related field experience in one or more countries in the region is preferred;
    • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of political issues and trends in Eastern Europe;
    • MS Office skills required.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English;
    • Strong technical writing skills;
    • Fluency in Russian is required;
    • Additional knowledge of relevant languages is considered an asset;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

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 #1836 – APO, Europe NT – 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.


Program Officer, Africa (Job # 1831)

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 Officer for the Africa regional program team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:
The Program Officer will work with the regional director and senior program staff to manage and direct the Endowment’s grants program, including monitoring and assessment of projects.

Responsibilities: 

  • Design country strategies based on political developments and NED funding ability;
  • Assess proposals to present at quarterly Board meetings;
  • Travel domestically and internationally on a regular basis;
  • Provide strategic support to the Associate Director, including Africa-related initiatives and events;
  • Monitor and provide compliance assistance to existing grantees;
  • Track political developments around the world;
  • Maintain contacts with organizations and individuals in Washington and abroad working to advance democracy and human rights.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is preferred, but not required;
    • 5+ years of applicable program experience is required;
    • Experience in democracy and nonprofit work is required.
  • Other Qualifications: 
  • In-depth knowledge of political issues and trends in West and Central Africa;
  • Solid understanding of civil society issues and familiarity with civil society networks and organizations;
  • Fluency in English and French is required; proficiency in other relevant languages of the region is a benefit;
  • Knowledge of program assessment techniques;
  • Experience in grant-making and democratic development is desirable;
  • Experience in financial management and reporting;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:
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 #1831 – PO, Africa  – 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


Assistant Program Officer, Africa (Job # 1828)

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 an Assistant Program Officer for the Africa regional program team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:
The Assistant Program Officer will work with the regional director and senior program staff to manage and direct the Endowment’s grants program, including monitoring and assessment of projects.

Responsibilities: 

  • Design country strategies based on political developments and NED funding ability;
  • Assess proposals to present at quarterly Board meetings;
  • Travel domestically and internationally on a regular basis;
  • Provide strategic support to the Associate Director, including Africa-related initiatives and events;
  • Monitor and provide compliance assistance to existing grantees;
  • Track political developments around the world;
  • Maintain contacts with organizations and individuals in Washington and abroad working to advance democracy and human rights.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is preferred, but not required;
    • 3+ years of applicable program experience is required;
    • Experience in democracy and nonprofit work is required.
  • Other Qualifications: 
  • In-depth knowledge of political issues and trends in Africa;
  • Solid understanding of civil society issues and familiarity with civil society networks and organizations;
  • Fluency in English and French is required; proficiency in other relevant languages of the region is a benefit;
  • Knowledge of program assessment techniques;
  • Experience in grant-making and democratic development is desirable;
  • Experience in financial management and reporting;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

To Apply:
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 #1828 – APO, Africa  – 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.