1859 Grants Assistant, Middle East North Africa (MENA)

Job Type

Full Time




1025 "F" Street, NW
Suite 800
United States


Grants Assistant, MENA - (Job #1859)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Grants Assistant based in Washington, D.C.  

The mission of the Grants Administration department is to provide effective and efficient grants management, guiding grantees through the grant lifecycle to support their successful implementation of projects, in support of NED’s mission. The department strives to promote consistent implementation of policy and procedure, flexibility, responsiveness, innovation, and collaboration in the administration of NED’s grantmaking program.

Position Summary:

The Grants Assistant, assists grants staff with reviewing, processing, and tracking grant agreements, amendments, payments, and other financial documentation, and preparing routine correspondence and reportsThe Grants Assistant provides an essential role in ensuring smooth grant operations, timely processing, quality control, and accurate recordkeeping.


­  Review and process final grant agreements, amendments, and routine correspondence, including receipt, database log-in, copying, distribution, tracking and filing. As required, ensure that appropriate grants staff members are kept abreast of progress of agreements/amendments/correspondence. 

­  Appropriately scan and save grantee narrative and financial reports, reviewing the financial reports for accuracy, timeliness, compliance with format requirements and consistency with prior reports and include observations in risk assessment worksheets for new grants.

­  Promptly identify, log into database, and appropriately route grantee payment requests upon receipt of proper documentation.

­  Update the grants database as required and produce assigned reports in an accurate, complete and timely manner.

­  Assist with meeting and special event planning.

­  Perform other duties as assigned.


·        Knowledge/Experience:

­  Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience;

­  Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook;

­  Knowledge of MicroEdge Gifts or other relational database helpful.

·        Other Qualifications:

­  Interest in international affairs and the support and strengthening of democratic institutions worldwide;

­  Foreign language skills preferred. Proficiency in Spanish, French, Arabic, and/or Chinese are of particular interest.

­  Authorized to work in the United States.

·        Competencies:

­  Attention to detail and ability to multi-task;

­  Strong oral, written communication, and analytical skills;

­  Strong team player, preferably in a multicultural environment;

­  Must be able to work both independently and with minimal supervision;

­  Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, contact information for three professional references, and a completed NED Employment Application form. Please send to jobs@ned.orgJob #1859 Grants Assistant, MENA – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information please visit our website at www.ned.org.  Please, no phone calls.

NED Careers page: http://www.ned.org/about/jobs

NED Employment Application form: www.ned.org/NED-Full-Employment-Application.pdf