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 2019 Interns – begin Monday, January 7th; Applications accepted beginning October 31, 2018.

Summer 2019 Interns – begin Monday, June 4th; 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


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.


1886 Project Officer, World Movement for Democracy

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization in Washington, D.C. We are dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, we make more than 1,600 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. We seek a creative and energetic 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 activists, scholars, parliamentarians, 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: 

  • Liaise with highly accomplished human rights and democracy activists around the world to assess current trends and needs related to democracy and human rights;
  • 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 on issues related to governance and civic participation;
  • 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.

Potential areas of thematic focus:

Depending on the successful candidate’s experience, skills set and interests, in addition to the World Movement’s evolving needs, the candidate may focus on the following ongoing programs, in addition to new programs as they are developed:

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • BA or BS degree preferably in political science, international affairs, or management sciences;
    • 5 + years of related experience;
    • Experience working with 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.

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 #1886 PO, WMD – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Assistant Program Officer, Eurasia – (Job #1870)

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 Assistant Program Officer on our Eurasia team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Assistant Program Officer (APO) will assist with management, administration, development and expansion of grant programs in Eurasia.  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;
  • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees;
  • Tracking political developments in Eurasia;
  • Provide administrative support to the Eurasia Team;
  • Travel to the region on a regular basis to identify and work with potential new grantees and existing grantees.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree education in political science, regional studies, international relations, history or other relevant discipline (Master’s degree is preferred);
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications;
    • 2+ years of prior experience in democracy related work is required; in-country experience is an advantage.
  • Other Qualifications:  
  • In-depth knowledge of political issues and trends in Eurasia; 
  • Advanced fluency (oral and written) in Russian and English is required;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task;
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills; 
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • 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 a brief email to jobs@ned.org, with Job #1870 – APO, 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


Assistant Program Officer, Asia – (Job #1888)

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 Assistant Program Officer for Asia with a focus on Southeast Asia.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary: 

The Assistant Program Officer will assist with management, administration, monitoring, assessment, and development of grant programs in Southeast Asia, primarily in Malaysia, Burma, Indonesia, and Cambodia, as well as initiatives to promote democratic unity and cooperation in the Asia region. 

Responsibilities:  

  • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals;
  • Draft proposals to present at quarterly Board meetings;
  • Monitor and provide compliance assistance to grantees;
  • Track political developments in Asia;
  • Provide administrative support for Asia regional initiatives;
  • Travel to the region as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/Experience: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development, History or a related discipline is required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • 2+ years of experience in democracy-related projects; in-country experience is an advantage.
  • Other Qualifications: 
  • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Southeast Asia;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; fluency in a Southeast Asian language is preferred;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies: 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in multi-ethnic, multi-national environment;
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
  • High degree of organization and initiative;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as 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 careers@ned.org, with Job #1888 – APO, Asia and 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. 


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.


1864 – Auditor, Latin America & the Caribbean, Eurasia & Global

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Auditor, Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC), Eurasia & Global 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, Eurasia & Global 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 Foreign language(s) relevant to the Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC), Eurasia & Global Region; 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.  Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, salary history 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 call inquiries. You may direct inquiries to careers@ned.orgwith Job #1864 –Auditor, LAC, Eurasia & Global  – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Auditor, Europe/Eurasia – (Job #1863)

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 Foreign language(s) relevant to the 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.  


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


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 careers@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.