2111 Senior Manager, World Movement for Democracy

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


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Senior Manager for the World Movement for Democracy. The position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Senior Manager will work to manage the overall operations of the World Movement for Democracy Secretariat at NED.  Take lead responsibility for major projects; provide oversight of select activities; provide advice and technical assistance in the development of regional and functional democracy networks; play a leadership role in organizing World Movement global assemblies. 



  • Overall Operations of Secretariat
    • Work with Director to conceptualize and implement World Movement Secretariat general strategies;
    • Work with Director to develop and manage Secretariat activities and related budgets;
    • Supervise multiple staff members.
  • Regional and Functional Networking
    • Develop and facilitate, and supervise staff members to develop and facilitate, regional and global functional networks and networking. Includes:
    • Helping coordinate network activities in accord with the World Movement’s mission and general strategies;
    • Providing assistance to networks in developing proposals for support; and,
    • Assisting networks in building partnerships with local and international NGOs and inter-governmental organizations.
  • World Movement Assemblies
    • Work with the Director and other Secretariat staff to formulate agenda, develop invitation lists, recommend speakers, and develop activities of each Assembly;
    • Oversee staff on logistical and administrative arrangements of each Assembly; and,
    • Liaise with and assist workshop organizers in developing workshop agendas.
  • Special Projects/Other Activities
    • Take lead responsibility for the development and implementation of projects, addressing issues related to restrictive environments for civil society. Includes:
      • Monitoring developments regarding restrictive NGO laws around the world;
      • Facilitating international advocacy by working with other networks and diplomatic community;
      • Helping build local NGO capacity for legal reform initiatives;
      • Building a knowledge base on issues related to threats to civil society; and,
      • Assisting other staff to coordinate necessary support (statements, outreach, other solidarity actions) for World Movement participants in danger.
  • Draft/review World Movement publications and other materials.


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or a related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.
    • Work experience in international relations, human rights, civic education, and/or democratic governance.
    • 8+ years of experience.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Sound knowledge of political and social issues in at least two global regions;
    • Experience in building and facilitating international nongovernmental networks;
    • Experience in project development, management, and implementation, including financial management;
    • Experience in building relationships with project partners and funders;
    • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages, relevant to regional expertise.
    • Overseas work experience preferred;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Ability to work in a team with a strong sense of mission;
    • Ability to conduct and apply sophisticated political analysis to programmatic activities;
    • Interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to interact effectively with political and civic leaders, as well as with representatives of donor organizations;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    • Budget and accounting skills;
    • Ability and willingness to travel to foreign locations, which are sometimes remote and difficult to reach.

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 or careers@ned.org.