Program Assistant, Asia

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a 501(c)3, bipartisan organization that serves as America’s leading foundation for freedom, providing support for democratic activists, civil society organizations, and independent media throughout the world, as well as the NED core institutes: the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Solidarity Center, and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). Through nearly $300 million in grants annually to 1,800 partners in over 100 countries, NED is at the heart of supporting a global infrastructure for democracy.

We’re seeking a Program Assistant, Asia to support NED’s institutional strategy and integrated approach to grantmaking initiatives in this fast-evolving field, and help NED innovate in this complex sphere.

Position Summary:

The Program Assistant will provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic support to the Asia program staff.


· Assist the Asia Program’s Senior and Associate Director and staff with general administrative duties.

· Assist with intake, processing, and review of grant proposals from nongovernmental organizations working on democracy support programs in Asia.

· Maintain the team calendar, schedule internal meetings and monitor deadlines.

· Maintain and track internal budgets and generate data and identify trends for team planning purposes.

· Organize events and meetings.

· Communicate with grantees and applicants about the NED Asia program and the proposal application process.

· Attend and report on relevant meetings and other events.

· Conduct research on current political developments in the region and create a daily news summary of important political events in Asia.


– Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is required;

– 0-2 years of work experience required;

– Administrative support experience;

– Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite, including Microsoft Excel

– Knowledge of political and social issues in Asia

– Proficiency in other relevant languages of the region is a benefit;

– Experience working with databases and analyzing statistics;

– Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;

– Attention to detail, and ability to multi-task;

– High degree of organization and initiative;

– Works well in a team environment.

– Experience in grant making and democratic development is desirable;

– Authorized to work in the United States.

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.

Located in Washington, D.C., the salary range for this role is $ 45,500 – $ 60,625 USD, plus benefits. The final offer for a successful candidate will be determined by a combination of factors, including, but not limited to, skill set, level of experience, education, and market considerations.

At NED, we recognize that our most important asset is our people. We value the diversity of skills and perspectives our team brings to our work. We believe an inclusive and supportive work environment fosters a culture of respect and appreciation for all individuals. NED is committed to creating a workplace that allows everyone to be their authentic selves and make meaningful contributions to our organization, our grantees, and our world.

NED strives to create a work experience that supports the well-being and healthy work-life balance of our employees. Our comprehensive benefits package offers health insurance (includes no copay for mental health services), a generous retirement savings plan, paid parental, vacation, and sick leave, a hybrid workplace model, flexible work schedules, and wellness initiatives to ensure a positive work-life balance.

NED is dedicated to creating an environment of respect and collaboration where everyone is encouraged to participate and take ownership of their work. We offer flexible work schedules and, for most positions, the opportunity for weekly telework days. This hybrid approach allows our employees to balance their work and personal lives while still participating in the collaborative process at the heart of our mission.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The NED is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The NED believes that diversity and inclusion among our team members are critical to our success as an organization operating globally and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

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