1857 Assistant Program Officer - Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and seeks an Assistant Program Officer (APO) for the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

Working closely with the Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, the APO is responsible for contributing to and supporting the expanding learning and evaluation functions at NED.


Responsibilities include: 

  • Analyzes and articulates evaluative trends in NED grantmaking with an aim of effectively communicating the impact of NED’s grantmaking approach to external audiences.
  • Supports NED knowledge management efforts by helping to track and share evaluation insights and research internally to support learning, systems coordination, and documentation.
  • Collaborates with the Director on strategic learning initiatives across NED.
  • Works with the Program Officer for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning to provide evaluation technical assistance to NED staff.
  • Provides occasional general support for MEL team and other duties, as assigned.



  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; Master’s or equivalent experience preferred
    • 3+ years relevant work experience in strategic learning, program evaluation or democracy assistance.
    • Demonstrated experience with program learning and evaluation concepts.
    • An understanding of democracy assistance work and grantmaking; working knowledge of politics and history and interest in international affairs.


  • Other Qualifications:
  • Experience with evaluation and learning in a donor/foundation environment
  • Ability to design and conduct qualitative research, including carrying out interviews and analyzing data.
  • Ability to craft a compelling narrative based on various types of data for a variety of audiences.
  • Experience in communications using creativity in graphic representations of data and visual designs.
  • Experience using grants management/database systems.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis software required; NVivo preferred.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher, and/or Tableau a plus.
  • Fluency in English is required; proficiency in a second language is a benefit; Arabic, Russian, or Spanish preferred.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure.
    • High degree of organization and initiative.
    • Ability to multi-task, manage diverse activities, and work independently.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.