20109 Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa (Turkey)

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



Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa (Turkey) (Job #20109)

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 Officer for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) portfolio.  The position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Program Officer (PO) will work with the regional director and senior program staff to manage   grants in the MENA region. The Program Officer (PO) is a mid-career professional responsible for helping set strategy and define priorities; review of proposals; monitoring and evaluation of grants in the MENA region; drafting analytical and descriptive material for internal and external offices; tracking political developments in the MENA region with emphasis on Turkey; representing team internally with senior leadership and Board and external audiences and providing programmatic support to senior staff.




  • Manage a portfolio of grants assigned by supervisor.
  • Assess and present proposals for consideration.
  • Provide input in the development of strategy for Turkey.
  • Monitor grants through desk research and field visits.
  • Track and analyze political developments in the region.
  • Nurture and develop network of contacts in Washington and region.
  • Travel regularly and independently to the region, including in difficult environments.
  • Represent Endowment’s work in assigned portfolio internally and with external audiences.
  • Mentor junior staff, where applicable.
  • Provide advice, input and support for senior staff in the fulfillment of the Endowment’s objectives, including through participation in working groups and other efforts to improve NED’s overall functioning and effectiveness.



  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; advanced degree preferred.
    • 4 + years of applicable programmatic experience.
    • Significant in-country work experience or study.
    • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite, databases and other applications.


  • Other Qualifications:
    • Demonstrated in-depth country or regional expertise, in particular political knowledge.
    • High level of familiarity with civil society issues and deep knowledge of civil society organizations and individual activists in the MENA region, particularly Turkey.
    • Grant-making, grant- management or fundraising experience.
    • Proficiency in languages relevant to the portfolio is preferred.
    • Fluency in Turkish is required.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • Strong written and oral communication skills;
    • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task and work independently;
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, international office environment.



To Apply:



Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org or careers@ned.org.


The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.