2102 Assistant Program Officer/Program Officer, China

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | ASIA | 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 or Program Officer for China. The position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Program Officer (APO) or Program Officer (PO) will work with the Asia team to manage the Endowment’s China program, including monitoring and assessment of projects in the region.


The Assistant Program Officer (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 assigned countries; and provide programmatic support to senior staff.


The Program Officer (PO) is responsible for helping set strategy and define priorities; review of proposals; monitoring and evaluations of grants; drafting analytical and descriptive material for internal and external offices; tracking political development in assigned countries; and provide programmatic support to senior staff.



    • Work closely and flexibly with a diverse range of regional actors focused on the media, human rights, rule of law, conflict resolution, civic education, and other areas.
    • Monitor the implementation of NED-approved projects and evaluate the effectiveness and the institutional growth of NED grantees by analyzing grantee reports, providing feedback on implemented activities, maintaining continuous communication over the grant cycle, and conducting regular field visits.
    • Produce written materials and present funding recommendations to NED leadership.
    • Monitor political developments in the region relevant to the portfolio to inform NED strategies and programming, including reading various US- and regional-based publications, meeting with political analysts and other contacts, keeping abreast of the changing political environment, and actively coordinating with other Asia team members on their country portfolios.
    • Build and maintain relationships with like-minded organizations, including other donors, NED partners, and regional organizations.
    • Travel to monitor existing grantees, identify new funding opportunities, and gain an on‑the-ground perspective on the political situation. The visits will include meetings with NED grantees, meetings with core institutes, potential civil society partners, other donors, and political analysts and opinion-makers.
    • Think creatively about how to improve team effectiveness, grantee-reporting guidelines, communications with other teams at NED, etc.
    • Liaise with other NED teams; participate in various working groups, and other efforts to improve NED’s overall functioning and effectiveness.
    • The level of responsibility and independence in assigned tasks will increase with experience.



  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
    • Experience in democracy-related projects and programs from the civil society perspective; significant experience in nonprofit work.
      • APO 2+ years
      • PO 4+ years
    • 1+ years’ living or working in the Asia region for APO
    • 2+ years’ living or working in the Asia region for PO
    • Experience in financial monitoring and reporting.
    • Experience in grantmaking, grants management, or fundraising.
    • Knowledge of program evaluation techniques.
    • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite, databases and other applications.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Broad understanding of political issues and trends in the Asia region, with a particular focus on China.
    • Familiarity with civil society issues and knowledge of civil society organizations and individual activists in the region;
    • Excellent communication skills in Mandarin Chinese required;
    • Ability to travel to countries within the region, as needed;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Solid written and oral communication skills;
    • Solid analytical and interpersonal skills;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, international office environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player, including coordination and facilitation skills.

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, of which one should be a supervisor.  Please, no phone call inquiries. 

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