Program Officer Global

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).


Graduate degree preferred; bachelor’s degree required.
4+years of applicable work in democracy-related programming and international affairs
Significant experience in nonprofit work.
Knowledge of crosscutting political developments and systemic global challenges to democracy.
Solid understanding of civil society issues and familiarity with civil society networks and organizations.
Fluency in at least one foreign language is desirable.
Knowledge of program assessment techniques.
Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
Exceptional analytical skills.
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
High degree of organization and initiative.
Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team.
Authorized to work in the United States.


Work closely and flexibly with a diverse range of democracy actors across the world;
Monitor the implementation of NED-approved projects and evaluate the effectiveness and the institutional growth of NED grantees;
Produce written materials and presentations to provide funding recommendations to NED leadership;
Travel domestically and internationally on a regular basis;
Track political developments around the world;
Coordinate with other NED teams;
Maintain contacts with organizations and individuals in Washington and abroad working to advance democracy and human rights.
Performs other duties as assigned.
The level of responsibility and independence in assigned tasks will increase with experience

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