Program Assistant/Assistant Program Officer, Infospace and Emerging Technology

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. We seek an experienced, dynamic, and savvy Program Assistant/Assistant Program Officer to help strengthen the impact of our work and mission.

Position Summary:

The International Forum for Democratic Studies seeks a Program Assistant/Assistant Program Officer (Level 3 or Level 4) to support the International Forum for Democratic Studies with work on two priority areas: safeguarding information space integrity and leveraging emerging technology for democracy. The ideal candidate will have strong research and writing skills, experience with organizing and running events, be able to handle multiple tasks while maintaining focus on longer-term priorities, and an interest in democracy studies and/or related fields such as technology, media, or international relations.

This is an opportunity to join an ambitious institution and team committed to the cause of our time. The ideal candidate will be energized by the idea of being part of an expanding team supporting our brave partners on the frontlines of the fight for freedom and democracy around the world.


Assist with the conception and organization of innovative workshops, public events, and other meetings on research related to the global challenges in the information space and emerging technologies, and their impact on democracy around the world.
Assist, as needed, in the production by Forum Program Officers and outside authors of creative and thought-provoking material that deepens understanding of priority issues.
Conduct research and prepare analytic content for presentations and publications, such as the Forum’s Digital Directions newsletter and power 3.0 blog, in the areas of disinformation and emerging technology.
Provide operational support for various Forum convenings and activities.
Assist with scheduling, planning, and running of briefings and convenings, as well as follow-up activities.
Support outreach for the dissemination of Forum materials to reach and grow new and influential target audiences within global civil society.
Assist and be skilled in supporting broader Forum staff efforts with other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Work effectively across the Forum team, across internal NED departments, and with external contacts.
Other duties as assigned.
The level of responsibility and independence in assigned tasks will increase with experience.

Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science; Human Rights; Computer Science or related discipline required, graduate-level training is desirable;
Strong interest in the relationship between the information space, emerging technology, and democratic development.
0 – 2 years of experience for Program Assistant, and 2-4 years of experience for Assistant Program Officer in democracy, human rights, emerging technology, disinformation analysis, media affairs, international affairs, or a related field.
Sound understanding of the NED’s mission.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with complex projects.
Excellent analytic, writing, and editing skills with high attention to detail.
Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate in a team environment.
Ability to work efficiently in a dynamic environment, take initiative, and juggle competing priorities.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; familiarity with SharePoint is a plus.
Authorized to work in the United States.
This position is part of the NED Bargaining Unit.

To Apply:

Apply Online. 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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