2030 Assistant Program Officer, International Forum for Democratic Studies

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


Assistant Program Officer, International Forum for Democratic Studies – (Job #2030)

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 an Assistant Program Officer to join the International Forum for Democratic Studies team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Assistant Program Officer will help plan and administer an active research and conferences program, perform routine financial tasks, assist with budgeting procedures, and conduct research on democracy and related issues. This position provides an excellent opportunity to advance research, writing, and administrative skills, and improve knowledge of democratization and international affairs.



  • Assist with budget monitoring, conduct routine Forum financial transactions, and assist with vendor procurement and consultant contracts
  • Collaborate with relevant NED departments on matters related to budgetary tracking, financial planning, and process streamlining
  • Conduct background research in preparation for Forum briefings, panels, conferences and communications, as needed; draft meeting notes and roundtable discussion summaries
  • Maintain and update selected databases, as needed
  • Arrange travel and hotel for Forum conference speakers and participants
  • Assist with planning and execution of Forum meetings and conferences, including event-day logistics and catering orders
  • Assist Forum leadership with special research projects, as needed
  • Other related tasks, as needed



  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international affairs, or other related field of study required; Master’s preferred.
    • 2+ years of administrative support experience; experience with routine financial transactions a plus.


  • Other Qualifications:
    • Mission-driven. Strong interest in democracy research, international affairs/politics, U.S. foreign policy, regional area studies, or related field.
    • Authorized to work in the United States. 


  • Competencies:
    • Familiarity with expense and budget tracking, basic accounting procedures
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and ability to work well in a team environment.
    • Strong administrative and organizational skills
    • High degree of initiative, ability to multi-task
    • Experience with event planning and execution.


To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, of which one should be a supervisor. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with 2030 Assistant Program Officer, IFDS – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


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