2022 Program Assistant, Central and West Africa

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | AFRI | Full-time


Program Assistant, Central and West Africa – (Job #2022)
National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
Washington, D.C.


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Assistant. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Program Assistant will provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic support primarily to the Central and West Africa program staff.



  • Assist the Africa Program’s Senior and Associate Director and staff with general administrative duties.
  • Assist with intake, processing, and review of grant proposals from nongovernmental organizations working on democracy support programs in Central and West Africa.
  • Assist with drafting and editing project summaries and budgets for approval by the NED board.
  • Maintain the team calendar, schedule internal meetings and monitor deadlines.
  • Maintain and track internal budgets and generate data and identify trends for team planning purposes.
  • Organize events and meetings.
  • Communicate with grantees and applicants about the NED Africa program and the proposal application process.
  • Attend and report on relevant meetings and other events.
  • Conduct research on current political developments in the region.



  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is required;
    • Knowledge of political and social issues in Africa;
    • Minimum of 1 year of work experience in an office environment;
    • Administrative support experience;
    • Proficient in French;
    • Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite, including Microsoft Excel.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Proficiency in other relevant languages of the region is a benefit;
    • Experience working with databases and analyzing statistics;
    • Experience in grant making and democratic development is desirable;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Attention to detail, and ability to multi-task;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Works well in a team environment.



To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 2022 Program Assistant, C/W Africa - YOUR NAME in the subject line.

 The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org