2115 Program Officer/Senior Program Officer, Southeast Asia

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | ASIA | 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 Program Officer/Senior Program Officer for Southeast Asia for the Asia Regional Programs department. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Program Officer (PO) or Senior Program Officer (SPO) will work with the Senior Director for Asia to manage the Endowment’s Southeast Asia grant program, particularly the programs in the Philippines and Thailand, including monitoring and assessment of projects. Title, responsibility, and salary are commensurate with experience.



    • Work closely and flexibly with a diverse range of activists in 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 presentations to provide funding recommendations to NED leadership.
    • Monitor political developments in Southeast Asia relevant to the portfolio to inform NED strategies and programming, including reading various US- and regional-based publications, meeting with analysts and other partners, 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, improving grantee-reporting guidelines, communicating 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 required; Master’s degree preferred.
    • Significant experience in nonprofit work.
    • Experience in democracy-related projects and programs required for:
      • Level 6 (SPO) 8+ years
      • Level 5 (PO) 4+ years
    • 5+ years at the NED senior-level or external supervisory equivalent required for consideration as SPO
    • 2+ years of living and working in the region for PO and above.
    • Experience in financial monitoring and reporting.
    • Knowledge of program evaluation techniques.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Southeast Asia;
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English;
    • Full professional proficiency in a regional language is preferred;
    • Ability to travel to countries within the region, as needed;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Exceptional analytical skills;
    • Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • 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 or careers@ned.org.