2058 Assistant Program Officer and Program Officer, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

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


Assistant Program Officer/Program Officer, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (Job #2058)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks an Assistant Program Officer (APO) and a Program Officer (PO) for the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary: 

A key member of the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team, the APO and/or PO is an experienced professional who has a background both in program evaluation and democracy and human rights. Reporting to the Director, the APO/PO will apply technical experience to support and strengthen NED’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems.



  • Provides evaluation training and technical assistance to NED staff and grantees;
  • Develops and maintains M&E resources for NED staff and grantees;
  • Collaborates with the Director on NED-wide evaluation and learning initiatives;
  • Works with the Director on the development, design and management of independent evaluations;
  • Facilitates effective collaboration and promotes evaluative learning and sharing among regional program teams;
  • Plays a key role in MEL communications efforts particularly in the area of visual communications;
  • Acts as liaison with other NED regional program teams and NED’s four core institutes.


Qualifications (position commensurate with experience):


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, international relations, international development or other relevant discipline; Master’s preferred;
    • Experience in program evaluation, preferably in the area of democracy and human rights:
      • Level 5 (PO) 4-7 years
      • Level 4 (APO) 2-4 years
    • Experience in democracy and human rights is required;
    • Experience using grants management/database systems;
    • Experience in communications using creativity in graphic representations of data and visual designs;
    • Experience with qualitative data analysis software;
    • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.


  • Other Qualifications:
    • Familiarity with a range of evaluation methods and approaches that lend themselves to democracy and human rights work;
    • Experience in facilitation, training, and instructional design;
    • Proficiency in a second language is an asset, Arabic or Russian preferred;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to forge effective working relationships with peers;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    • Strong visual communications skills;
    • Ability to work independently, juggling competing priorities;
    • Excellent project management skills;
    • Attention to detail.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.


To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org or careers@ned.org

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer