2163 Assistant Program Officer, Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

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



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

Position Summary:

The Assistant Program Officer (APO) will assist with the management, administration, development, and expansion of grant programs in the MENA region, with an emphasis on North Africa.  In addition, the APO will support existing grantees and develop prospective grantees.


  • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals.
  • Draft summaries of proposals to present at quarterly board meetings.
  • Communicate regularly with existing grantees, often in Arabic and/or French.
  • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees, including review and analysis of any publications or other products.
  • Track political developments in the MENA region.
  • Help organize events to highlight specific democracy-related issues in coordination with the other MENA program members.
  • Travel to the region as needed, and occasionally under difficult conditions, to identify and work with potential new grantees and existing grantees.


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
    • 2+ years of experience in democracy-related work is required.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English, Arabic and French are required.
    • Proficiency in other relevant languages of the region is preferred, but not required.
    • Proficiency with MS Office is required.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Field experience with NGOs in one or more MENA countries is preferred.
    • Knowledge of political issues and trends in the MENA region.
    • Regional knowledge of one or more countries in North Africa is essential.
    • Ability to travel to North African countries as needed.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • High degree of organization and initiative.
    • Experience in grant-making and democratic development is desirable.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team.


This position is part of the NED Bargaining Unit.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, one of which should be a supervisor. 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.