Program Assistant for Latin America and the Caribbean – (Job #2025)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Assistant. This is an entry-level position on our Latin America and Caribbean regional program team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Program Assistant will provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic support to the regional program staff.  This position reports to the regional Senior Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.



  • Ensure logging in of grant proposals.
  • Draft budgets and assist with writing project summaries for NED’s Board of Directors.
  • Provide support for considering and awarding grants to nongovernmental organizations working on democracy assistance programs in the assigned region/country.
  • Support the oversight of grants in the assigned region/country.
  • Assist the Senior Director and staff with general administrative duties, including deadlines and the team schedule.
  • Organize events for visiting grantees and public meetings.
  • Facilitate logistical preparations for team retreats and staff travel.
  • Attend and report on relevant conferences, meetings, and other events.
  • Research information on current political developments in the assigned region/country.



  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is required;
    • Minimum of 1 year of administrative and/or programmatic experience;
    • Administrative support experience;
    • Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite.


 Other Qualifications:

    • Time living, working or traveling in Latin America and the Caribbean;
    • Fluency (oral and written) in English and Spanish are required;
    • Experience in grant making and democratic development is desirable;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills in English and Spanish;
    • Attention to detail, and ability to multi-task;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Works well in a team environment.