Program Officer, Transnational Kleptocracy

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).


· Work with Forum leadership and other NED colleagues to lead the conception and organization of innovative workshops, public events, and other meetings related to NED’s work on transnational kleptocracy and how this global challenge is challenging democracy by fueling autocracy around the world, exploiting the international financial system, evading democratic government and non-government responses, and cooperating with other autocracies across borders.

· Collaborate with external experts to produce creative and thought-provoking material that deepens understanding of issues and accelerates learning across regions, including event-related summaries and materials, short, and long-form multimedia publications.

· Develop and build cross-sectoral networks of relevant experts, civil society activists, and external partners working at the intersection of authoritarian influence, transnational kleptocracy, and democratic development.

· Develop communications strategies for the dissemination of Forum materials to reach and grow new and influential target audiences.

· Contribute and participate actively in NED-wide strategy and grantmaking relevant to transnational kleptocracy.

· Work effectively across the Forum team and all internal NED departments.

· Other duties as assigned.

· The level of responsibility and independence in assigned tasks will increase with experience.


- Bachelor’s degree in international affairs or related subject required;

· 4+ years of relevant work.

· Strong understanding of the global challenge of transnational kleptocracy and the role of civil society.

· Professional experience with democracy assistance is a plus.

· Sound understanding of the NED’s mission and the importance of developing and maintaining positive relations within the Endowment and with external stakeholders.

· Excellent analytic, research, writing, and editing skills.

· Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with complex projects.

· Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate in a team environment.

· Ability to work efficiently in a dynamic environment, take initiative, and juggle competing priorities.

· Ability to travel internationally.

· Authorized to work in the United States.

This position is part of the NED Bargaining Unit.

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