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Program Assistant, Authoritarian Influence & Kleptocracy, (IFDS)

About The National Endowment for Democracy

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a 501(c)3 grantmaking foundation that is governed by a private, bipartisan Board of Directors. This unusual arrangement positions NED to play a unique role as America’s leading foundation for freedom, empowering the institution to be nimble, innovative, and risk-taking in support of democratic activists, civil society organizations, independent media, and the NED family core institutes (the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Solidarity Center).

We seek a Program Assistant, (Authoritarian Influence & Kleptocracy) to take on a dynamic position at the International Forum for Democratic Studies.

This position is based in Washington, D.C.


  1. Assist with the conception of and help lead the organization of innovative workshops, public events, and other meetings on developments related to the global challenges of authoritarian influence and kleptocracy, their impact on democracy around the world, and responses by civil society.
  2. Provide operational support for various Forum workshops and activities.
  3. Assist with scheduling, planning, and running of briefings and smaller convenings, as well as follow-up activities.
  4. Support outreach for the dissemination of Forum materials to reach and grow new and influential target audiences within global civil society and adjacent communities.
  5. Assist, as needed, in the production by Forum Program Officers and outside authors of creative and thought-provoking material that deepens understanding of priority issues.
  6. Conduct research and prepare analytic content for portfolio-relevant presentations and publications, such as the Forum’s Countering Kleptocracy newsletter and Power 3.0 blog.
  7. Assist and be skilled in supporting broader Forum staff activities with other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  8. Work effectively across the Forum team, across internal NED departments, and with external contacts.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science; Human Rights; Democracy studies or related discipline required.
  2. Graduate-level training is welcome.
  3. Experience in democracy, human rights, international affairs, or a related field.
  4. Interest in the relationship between democracy development and authoritarian influence, kleptocracy, or corruption.
  5. Sound understanding of the NED’s mission.
  6. Ability to travel 1-2x a year
  7. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with complex projects.
  8. Excellent analytic, writing, and editing skills with high attention to detail.
  9. Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate in a team environment.
  10. Ability to work efficiently in a dynamic environment, take initiative, and juggle competing priorities.
  11. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; familiarity with Mailchimp or other communications platforms a plus.
  12. Authorized to work in the United States.

Application instructions

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, of which one should be a supervisor. Please, no phone call inquiries.

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