Digital Policy Research Officer, CIMA

The National Endowment for Democracy

About the organization

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a 501(c)3 grantmaking foundation that receives an annual Congressional appropriation in excess of $310 million and 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).


Manage CIMA’s research and knowledge portfolio related to internet governance, digital media policy, and media development, including supporting the production of research reports and convening events and workshops.
Collaborate with CIMA’s deputy director in the development, editorial oversight, and production of reports and blogs focused on the intersection of digital rights and independent media, including by liaising with authors and research institutions, data analysts, designers, and other contributors to CIMA publications.
Collaborate with CIMA staff in the planning and execution of panels, workshops, roundtable discussions and other events.
Stimulate learning among NED programs staff and NED Core Institutes on best practices and emerging trends in digital media and digital rights and contribute to an organization-wide approach to digital policy and democratic governance as it relates to media development.
Support NED, as requested, on special and strategic initiatives related to internet governance, digital rights and independent media.
Represent CIMA and present research findings at international gatherings focused on media development and internet governance.
Develop and foster partnerships and communities of learning with research institutes and organizations working on internet governance and digital media policy issues.
Other tasks as assigned by the deputy director and senior director.


Graduate degree preferred; bachelor’s degree required
4+years of applicable work and research experience in international development and digital governance, with experience in international media development preferred
Knowledge of international media development issues and/or democracy promotion programs.
Experience and knowledge in the field of internet governance and/or digital rights.
Experience in conducting policy-relevant research and analysis
Experience in project management, including financial management, is desirable.
Excellent presentation and public speaking skills.
Strong writing and editorial skills.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Self-directed with high degree of organization, creativity and initiative, with attention to detail and the ability to multitask.
Data analysis experience is desirable
Proficiency in one or more languages other than English, preferred.
Ability to work in a team with a strong sense of mission.
Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure.
Authorized to work in the United States.

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