2147 Program Officer/Assistant Program Officer (PO/APO), Southeast Europe

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


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 / Assistant Program Officer (PO/APO) for the Europe portfolio. The position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Program Officer / Assistant Program Officer (PO/APO) will work with the regional director and program staff to manage the Endowment’s grants program for the Southeast European portfolio. The PO/APO will assist in the vetting of proposals and the monitoring and assessment of grants; draft analytical and descriptive material for internal and external offices; track political developments in Southeast Europe, and provide programmatic support to senior staff.   


  • Management of a portfolio of grants, including preparation of materials for review at quarterly board meetings.
  • Monitoring of grantees in the field through desk research and periodic travel.
  • Maintain regular communication with grantees, other civil society organizations, and contacts in the region.
  • Coordination and engagement with other NED departments to further team priorities.
  • Provide general programmatic support for senior staff in fulfillment of the Endowment’s mission.


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
      • Level 4 (APO) 2+ years
      • Level 5 (PO) 4+ years
    • 1+ years of living or working in the Southeast Europe region for APO; 2+ years of living and working in the region for PO.
    • Significant fieldwork experience, study or travel in the region.
    • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other applications.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • In-depth regional expertise in Southeast Europe, with emphasis on the Western Balkans.
    • Familiarity with civil society issues and knowledge of civil society organizations and individual activists in Southeast Europe
    • Grant-making, grant - management or fundraising experience;
    • Knowledge of at least one regional language 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;
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, international office environment.


The level of responsibility and independence in assigned tasks will increase with experience.

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.