1887 Program Assistant, East and Southern Africa

Washington, DC 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 a Program Assistant, East and Southern Africa.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Program Assistant will provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic support to the East and Southern 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 non-governmental organizations working on democracy support programs in East and Southern 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;
    • Minimum of 1 year of work experience in an office environment;
    • Administrative support experience;
    • Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite, including Microsoft Excel.
  •  Other Qualifications:
    • Knowledge of political and social issues in Africa; preferably in East and Southern Africa;
    • 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, salary history and requirements, contact information for three professional references.   Please, no phone calls; direct questions to careers@ned.org with Job #1887 PA, 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