The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Officer for the Africa regional program team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Program Officer will work with the Africa region senior program staff and directors to manage and direct the Endowment’s grants program, including monitoring and assessment of projects.


  • Design country strategies based on political developments and NED funding ability.
  • Assess proposals in preparation for quarterly Board meetings.
  • Travel internationally on a regular basis.
  • Provide support for Africa-related initiatives and events.
  • Monitor and provide compliance assistance to existing grantees.
  • Track political developments around the world.
  • Maintain contacts with organizations and individuals in Washington and abroad working to advance democracy and human rights.

Qualifications (position is commensurate with experience):

  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
    • Significant experience in nonprofit work.
    • Experience in democracy-related projects and programs required for:
      • Level 5 (PO) 4+ years
    • 2+ years of living and working in the region.
    • Experience in financial monitoring and reporting.
    • Knowledge of program evaluation techniques.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Proficiency in Portuguese is required.
    • Regional knowledge of one or more countries in the Africa region.
    • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Angola or Mozambique.
    • Ability to travel to countries within the region.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure.
    • High degree of organization and initiative.
    • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player, including coordination and facilitation skills.

This position is part of the NED Bargaining Unit.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, one of which should be a supervisor. Please, no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at or

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.