2161 Program Officer, (Information Space) International Forum for Democratic Studies

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | IFDS | 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 (PO), dedicated to issues relating to safeguarding the integrity of the information space, to join the International Forum for Democratic Studies team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The International Forum for Democratic Studies seeks a Program Officer to focus on Safeguarding Information Space Integrity.  The PO will help develop the International Forum’s substantive work on issues relating to the intersection of the information space and democracy. The ideal candidate will bring a solid analytical grounding and professional network on issues relating to disinformation trends, information-based influence activities, and civil society responses to these challenges, with relevant research and/or programmatic experience.


  • Research, develop and promote substantive elements of the International Forum’s work, particularly those related to how disinformation and authoritarian-influenced media is eroding the integrity of the information space and democratic norms.
  • Lead the conception and organization of innovative workshops and other meetings, and the preparation of conference reports and other event-related materials.
  • Produce creative and thought-provoking published material on NED and external platforms that deepens understanding of issues relevant to the information space and democracy.
  • Work effectively across all internal NED departments and cultivate relationships with external partners working at the intersection of disinformation, media, and democratic development.


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in international affairs or related subject required, Master’s degree or higher preferred.
    • 4+ years of relevant work experience. Professional experience with democracy, information, disinformation, and media issues, and international affairs is a plus.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Sound understanding of the NED’s mission and the importance of developing and maintaining positive relations within the Endowment and with external stakeholders.
    • Solid writing, editing, research, and analytical skills.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to work and collaborate in a team environment.
    • Strong understanding of the relationship between the information space and democratic development.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, take initiative, multi-task, and juggle priorities in an efficient manner.

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.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.