2099 Managing Grants Officers (Multiple positions for Asia, Eurasia, MENA regions)

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



Managing Grants Officers (Multiple positions for Asia, Eurasia, MENA regions) -  (Job #2099)

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 multiple Managing Grants Officers for each (Asia, Eurasia, MENA) region.  The positions are based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Managing Grants Officers are the first-level supervisors of the department.  They supervise and mentor Grants Officers and Senior Grants Officers in addition to providing hands-on cradle-to-grave management of discretionary grant portfolios, including those in high risk and/or complex environments.  They are distinguished from Senior Grants Officers by the extent of their demonstrated professional judgment and high knowledge level, proficiency with grants management concepts, supervisory responsibilities, and emerging leadership skills.  Managing Grants Officers work closely with their peer colleagues in Regional Program and Compliance to provide effective and collaborative due diligence and oversight of grant programs, as well as taking on additional responsibilities and special tasks as assigned to provide a supporting role to their Principals.


The mission of the Grants Administration department is to provide effective and efficient grants management, guiding grantees through the grant lifecycle to support their successful implementation of projects, in support of NED’s mission.  The department strives to promote consistent implementation of policy and procedure, flexibility, responsiveness, innovation, and collaboration in the administration of NED’s grantmaking program.




  • Work closely and flexibly with a diverse range of activists in media, human rights, rule of law, conflict resolution, civic education, and other areas.
  • Supervise the daily activities of assigned staff, including on-the-job training, setting priorities, quality control, and assuring that all work is completed in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that all grant agreements, amendments, and other actions of the lower level staff are done effectively, efficiently, and consistent with department policies and procedures.
  • Monitor all phases of the grant life cycle and workloads of assigned grant staff.
  • Mentor and supervise staff in ensuring grantee compliance with legal requirements, federal grants, and providing appropriate guidance on interpreting US Government rules and regulations and Endowment policies and procedures.
  • Resolve findings of grantee financial or Single Program audits.
  • Assist in developing, policies and procedures related to grant administration.
  • Develop greater regional collaboration on specific grants management topics or country-specific issues, including through conferences and other meetings.
  • Responsible for a portion of a country/regional grant portfolio (as needed to equalize workload of lower level staff).
  • Approve grantee financial reports, payment requests, and supervise resolution of invoice review findings.
  • Occasional travel to deepen understanding of grantee experience; monitor grantee compliance; educate grantees on NED procedures and grants administration; and orient junior staff to field work.
  • Coordinate with peer colleagues to share experiences and ensure consistency of approach.
  • Represent NED at conferences and other related events.
  • Review job applications, interview, and recommend selection of new grants staff in a timely manner
  • Conduct performance reviews of direct reports.
  • Serve as problem-solving resource for grantmaking staff for country/region.  Strengthen problem-solving skills and troubleshoot issues with Regional Program, Compliance, and Grantmaking Resource Center (GRC).
  • Develop and deliver training for grantmaking staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
    • 8+ years of experience with grant management, with emphasis on international programs.
    • 5 years of working with federally funded grant awards.
    • Demonstrated experience managing a team.
    • Experience with Microsoft Office.
    • Knowledge of grant management software (Gifts for Windows preferred).


  • Other Qualifications:
    • Thorough knowledge of relevant OMB Circulars, NED governance documents, and the special conditions surrounding NED’s grantmaking with federal funds as a private entity.
    • Thorough knowledge and experience in the rules, regulations and procedures of US Government grants including 2 CFR 200. US Department of State experience desirable.
    • Foreign language proficiency preferred.
    • Familiarity with international activities/issues relevant to NED’s operating environment.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • Strong management and leadership skills including organization, planning, time and project management skills, as well as the ability to oversee effective workflow process and procedures.
    • Ability to effectively supervise and motivate staff, including monitoring workloads, quality assurance, setting goals, performance evaluations, and personnel issues.
    • Solid judgment in recommendations for hiring decisions.
    • Ability to analyze abstract ideas, assess alternative approaches and then to develop and implement an appropriate course of action.
    • Ability to interact effectively with many diverse individuals across various departments.
    • Ability to travel internationally on an occasional basis.
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure.
    • Must be able to work both independently and as a team member.

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.