1963 Project Manager, World Movement for Democracy

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time


Project Manager, World Movement for Democracy (Job #1963)

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 Project Manager to support the World Movement for Democracy.  This position is based in Washington, D.C. and is contingent on additional funding.

Position Summary:

The Project Manager contributes to the development and implementation of the World Movement, which is a global network of activists, scholars, parliamentarians, journalists, and funders who are committed to advancing democracy and human rights. The Project Manager takes lead responsibility for major projects, including global assemblies and other initiatives, and assists the Director and Senior Manager in managing overall operations of the World Movement Secretariat at NED.  


  • Assist the Director and Senior Manager in formulating global assembly agendas and design activities accordingly;
  • Manage all aspects of logistics and onsite administration of the global assemblies by working closely with a local event management company and other vendors;
  • Manage the production of the assembly report;
  • Work with the Director and other staff members to conceptualize and develop “networking” projects in line with the World Movement’s overall mission;
  • Design and manage the implementation of other World Movement programs;
  • Develop and maintain relations with project partners;
  • Work with NED’s Finance Department to ensure procurement compliance; and
  • Assist the Director, Senior Manager, and NED Finance Department in managing budgets for projects.


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Minimum of 5+ years of project design and management experience in democracy, human rights, advocacy, and/or international relations work;
    • Experience in international events management, including financials;
    • Bachelor’s degree in international affairs or related area of study required (Master’s strongly preferred);
    • Substantial knowledge of global political developments particularly regarding democratization required;
    • In-depth knowledge of one or more civil society sectors (independent media, education, human rights, youth engagement, women’s political participation, elections, political party building, etc.) highly desirable;
    • Networking experience, including building and/or facilitating online communities preferred; and
    • Contract negotiation skills and ability to manage multiple vendors.

 Other Qualifications:

    • Budget and accounting skills;
    • Proficiency in one or more languages, other than English preferred; and
    • Professional experience in communications and/or entrepreneurship welcome;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Ability to work in a team with a strong sense of mission;
    • High degree of organization and initiative with strong attention to detail;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

To Apply:        

 Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone call inquiries.  Direct questions to careers@ned.org  with 1963, PM, WMD – YOUR NAME in the subject line.

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