Program Officer, Europe - Belarus (Job #1778)

Job Type

Full Time




1025 "F" Street, NW
Suite 800
United States


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Congressionally-funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support democracy around the world, seeks a Program Officer for Eastern Europe. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Program Officer will work with the regional program and grants staff to develop and manage the NED’s grants program in the region; contribute to developing the Endowment’s strategy for Eastern Europe, with a particular emphasis on Belarus; set priorities; and monitor and evaluate discretionary and core institute projects in the region.


  • Evaluating project proposals and progress reports;
  • Drafting summaries of proposals to present at quarterly Board of Directors’ meetings;
  • Maintaining regular communication with potential and existing grantees;
  • Monitoring the work of grantees, including regular field visits;
  • Tracking political developments and main players, and informing NED’s strategy for the region;
  • Representing NED’s Europe program at relevant internal and external meetings;
  • Representing the program portfolio before the Board of Directors, the President, congressional committees, government agencies and other entities as needed;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with like-minded organizations, including NED partners, other donors, and regional organizations;
  • Organizing and participating in events to highlight specific democracy-related issues with respect to Eastern Europe.


  • Knowledge/Experience:

­   Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, International Development, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is required;

­   At least 5 years of prior experience in democracy related and nonprofit work;

­   In-country experience in Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union preferred; experience working in or on Belarus a strong asset;

­   Proficient in the use of MS Office.

  • Other Qualifications:

­   In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union;

­   General understanding of closed societies, civil society issues, and familiarity with civil society networks and individual activists in the region;

­   Fluency in Russian is required; knowledge of other regional languages an asset;

­   Strong technical writing skills in English;

­   Experience in program and financial management and reporting;

­   Knowledge of program evaluation techniques;

­   Authorized to work in the United States.

  • Competencies:

­   Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills in English and Russian;

­   Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;

­   High degree of organization and initiative;

­   Demonstrated ability to work in a team.

Level of Language Proficiency

­   Fluency in Russian is required; knowledge of other regional languages an asset;

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to, with Job #1778 – PO, BELARUS - YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at Please, no phone call inquiries.