The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Assistant Program Officer for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  The position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Program Officer (APO) will assist with the management, administration, development and expansion of grant programs in the MENA region.  In addition, the APO will support existing grantees and develop prospective grantees. 


  • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals.
  • Draft summaries of proposals to present at quarterly board meetings.
  • Communicate regularly with existing grantees, often in Arabic.
  • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees, including review and analysis of any publications or other products.
  • Track political developments in the MENA region.
  • Help organize events to highlight specific democracy-related issues in coordination with the other MENA program members.
  • Travel to the region as needed, and occasionally under difficult conditions, to identify and work with potential new grantees and existing grantees.


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in international affairs, politics, or a related discipline is required.
    • At least 3 years of experience in democracy-related work is required.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Arabic are required.
    • Proficiency in French or other relevant languages of the region is preferred, but not required.
    • Proficiency with MS Office is required.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Field experience with NGOs in one or more MENA countries is preferred.
    • Knowledge of political issues and trends in the MENA region.
    • Regional knowledge of one or more countries in the MENA is essential, preferably the Levant.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
    • Ability to travel to MENA countries as needed, preferably the Levant.
  • Competencies:
    • High degree of organization and initiative.
    • Experience in grant-making and democratic development is desirable.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

This Position is Part of NED Bargaining Unit.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, one of which must be a supervisor.  Please, no phone calls.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The NED is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The NED believes that diversity and inclusion amongst our team members are critical to our success as an organization operating globally and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

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