1853 Assistant Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

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 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 Iraq is a plus.

    Authorized to work in the United States.

    Ability to travel to Iraq as needed.

·         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.


Level of Language Proficiency

  Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Arabic are required.

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.  

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org

Please, no phone calls; direct questions to careers@ned.org with Job #1853 – APO, MENA - YOUR NAME in the subject line.