2112 Project Manager/Project Officer, 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 Project Officer or Project Manager for the World Movement for Democracy. The position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Project Officer or Project Manager will assist in overall operations of the World Movement for Democracy Secretariat at NED. Take lead responsibility for selected 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 assembly activities. Title, responsibility, and salary are commensurate with experience.



  • Overall Operations of Secretariat
    • Contribute to conceptualizing and implementing World Movement activities;
    • Work with Senior Manager to develop and manage budgets for Secretariat activities;
    • Assist in developing a strategy for World Movement’s youth engagement;
    • Lead the implementation of the youth engagement strategy;
    • Supervise interns.
  • Regional and Functional Networking
    • Develop and facilitate regional and global functional networks and networking; 
    • Provide technical assistance to networks in organizing their activities;
    • Help coordinate network activities in accord with the World Movement’s strategies;
    • Facilitate mutual support and collaboration among and between regional and functional networks.
  • World Movement Assemblies
    • Take lead responsibility for the development and implementation of projects related to youth activism and leadership. Includes:
      • Managing the Hurford Youth Fellowship Program;
      • Conceptualizing and developing youth-related initiatives; and,
      • Facilitating international advocacy.
    • Develop and maintain relations with project partners and funders;
    • Work with other Secretariat staff on solidarity mobilization for democracy activists in danger;
    • Contribute to the production of World Movement’s public relations materials;
    • Conduct periodic evaluations of the projects/activities.
  • Special Projects/Other Activities
    • Work with others to formulate agenda, develop invitation lists, recommend speakers, and develop activities of each Assembly;
    • Liaise with and assist workshop organizers in developing workshop agendas and identifying presenters and moderators;
    • Facilitate and manage networking activities during each Assembly;
    • Assist other World Movement staff on logistical and administrative arrangements of each Assembly.
  •  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, but not required;
    • Experience in international relations, human rights, civic education, and/or democratic governance.
      • Project Manager 4+ years of work experience.
      • Project Officer 2+ years of work experience.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Knowledge of political and social issues;
    • Experience in building and facilitating international civil society 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;
    • 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;
    • Strong 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.


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.