Vacancy for Program Officer in Washington, D.C.

Program Officer, Eurasia – (Job #1862)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, D.C.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Officer on our Eurasia regional program team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Program Officer will work with the Regional Director, Associate Director, Senior Program Officer and program staff to develop and manage the NED’s Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) grants portfolio, develop the Endowment’s strategy for Caucasus, set priorities, and monitor and evaluate projects in the region.


  • Work as part of a team including supervising junior staff and liaising with Senior Program Officer and Associate Director
  • Assess grant proposals to present at quarterly NED Board meetings;
  • Travel to the region on a regular basis to identify and work with potential new grantees;
  • Monitor and provide programmatic advice and compliance assistance to existing grantees;
  • Track political and third sector developments in the region;
  • Support and mentor junior staff;
  • Maintain contacts with organizations and individuals working on the region.


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Master’s level education in political science, regional studies, international relations, history or other relevant discipline;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications;
    • Fluency in Russian (reading, writing and speaking)
    • 5+ years of prior experience in democracy related and nonprofit work.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the political and civil society issues in Eurasia;
    • In-country experience in the Caucasus.
    • Fluency in English with strong writing skills is required;
    • Experience in financial monitoring and reporting;
    • Knowledge of program evaluation techniques;
    • Proficiency in languages of the Caucasus would be an advantage;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
      • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task;
      • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
      • High degree of organization and initiative.

To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send a brief email to, with Job #1862 – P0, Eurasia – YOUR NAME in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at  Please, no phone call inquiries.