1908 Program Assistant, Middle East North Africa (MENA)

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Assistant.  This is an entry-level position on our Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional program team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Program Assistant provides day-to-day administrative and programmatic support to the Middle East and North Africa program staff.





  • Ensure logging in of grant proposals.
  • Draft budgets and assist with writing project summaries.
  • Provide support for considering and awarding grants to nongovernmental organizations working on democracy building programs in the assigned region/country.
  • Assist senior director and associate director with general administrative duties.
  • Organize events for visiting grantees.
  • Attend and report on relevant conferences, meetings, and other events.
  • Research information on current political developments in the assigned region/country.




  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline;
    • 1+ years of work experience in an office environment;
    • Administrative support experience.


  • Other Qualifications:
    • Knowledge of major political and social issues and trends in the MENA region;
    • Fluency in Arabic (reading, writing, and speaking) is required;
    • Proficiency in other languages used in the region, including French, Turkish or Farsi is preferred;
    • Fluency in English with strong writing skills is required;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task;
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • High degree of organization and initiative.


Applications must include a cover letter (in ARABIC), resume, salary history and requirements, contact information for three professional references.  

Please, no phone calls.  Direct questions to careers@ned.org with Job #1908 PA, MENA – YOUR NAME in the subject line.

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