1856 Project Officer, World Movement for Democracy

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization in Washington, D.C., seeks a Project Officer for the World Movement for Democracy. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Project Officer contributes to the development and implementation of the World Movement for Democracy, which is a global network of civil society activists, scholars, parliamentarians, thought leaders, journalists, and funders who are committed to advancing democracy and human rights. The World Movement does so by connecting, informing and empowering democracy advocates around the world.



  • Inter-act with highly motivated and accomplished human rights and democracy activists around the world to assess current trends and needs;
  • Liaise with NED regional staff and grantees, external partners, and civil society networks to track current events and analyze international trends;
  • Contribute to the development of World Movement networks by conceptualizing new activities and outreach efforts;
  • Coordinate activities that enable cross-regional solidarity and knowledge sharing;
  • Coordinate small and large international and domestic events, including developing budgets, tracking expenditures, and drafting financial reports; leading logistical arrangements; and contributing to the development of thematic discussions;
  • Lead online discussions on issues of focus through the creation and dissemination of content
  • Coordinate closely with NED’s Finance Department;
  • Develop, maintain, and improve the World Movement’s project management tools;
  • In coordination with NED’s Finance Department, facilitate procurement processes in accordance with NED policies and liaise with vendors and consultants;
  • Contribute to a positive and productive team culture;
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • BA or BS degree preferably in political science, international affairs, or management sciences;
    • 5 + years of related experience;
    • Experience working with of one or more sectors engaged in advancing democracy (civil society, independent media, civic education, human rights, youth engagement, elections, and political party building, etc.);
    • Experience leading advocacy campaigns including the strategic use of social media;
    • High proficiency with Microsoft Office.


  • Other Qualifications:
    • Substantial knowledge of global political developments, particularly regarding democratization;
    • Proficiency in a foreign language (French, Spanish, Russian, or Arabic);
    • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must;
    • High degree of organization with strong attention to detail;
    • Energetic and creative.

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.

 Please, direct questions to jobs@ned.org with Job #1835 PO, WMD – YOUR NAME in the subject line.