The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Assistant Program Officer (APO) or Program Officer (PO) for the Africa regional program team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.
The APO/PO will work with the Africa region senior program staff, directors, and colleagues to manage the Endowment’s grants program. The position will focus on West and/or Central Africa.
- Develop country strategies based on political developments and NED funding ability.
- Identify partners, assess proposals, and draft grant materials in preparation for quarterly board meetings.
- Manage a portfolio of active grants, including monitoring and evaluation.
- Travel internationally to identify and assess partners on a regular basis.
- Provide support for Africa-related initiatives and events.
- Stay informed of regional and global democratic trends.
- Maintain contacts with organizations and individuals in Washington and abroad working to advance democracy and human rights.
Qualifications (position is commensurate with experience):
- Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
- Level 4 (APO) 2+ years
- Level 5 (PO) 4+ years
- 1+ years of living and working in the region.
- Proficiency in French is strongly preferred.
- Experience in nonprofit work.
- Knowledge of program evaluation techniques.
- Other Qualifications:
- In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in West and Central Africa.
- Familiarity with civil society issues and organizations in the region.
- Experience in democracy-related projects/programs.
- Ability to travel to countries within the region.
- Authorized to work in the United States.
- Grant making or grant monitoring experience.
- 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.
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 www.ned.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.