Program Assistant Eurasia

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a 501(c)3 grantmaking foundation that receives an annual Congressional appropriation in excess of $310 million and is governed by a private, bipartisan Board of Directors. This unusual arrangement positions NED to play a unique role as America’s leading foundation for freedom, empowering the institution to be nimble, innovative, and risk-taking in support of democratic activists, civil society organizations, independent media, and the NED family core institutes (the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Solidarity Center).

We seek a motivated, energetic, organized, and resourceful Program Assistant who is a mission-oriented team player, and who would be excited to join a fast-paced Eurasia Programs team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The Program Assistant will provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic support to the Eurasia regional program staff. This position reports to the Senior Director for Eurasia.


Provide general administrative support to the staff of the Eurasia team.
Provide administrative support to the Senior Director for Eurasia, to include calendar management, remote meeting setup, and other ad-hoc assistance.
Receive, process, and distribute incoming proposals and grantee materials.
Respond to general inquiries regarding the proposal process.
Track grant proposals in a database from the application stage onward, through their approval by the NED Board and the active grant period.
Help organize meetings, roundtables, and other events on Eurasia-related topics.
Provide logistical support for staff and grantee travel.
Provide programmatic support, as appropriate, to the team’s Program Officers, Associate Director, and Senior Director.
Assist, as appropriate, in preparing proposal summaries, budgets, and related materials for considering and awarding grants to nongovernmental organizations working on democracy assistance programs in the Eurasia region.


Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, political science, international development, history, or a related discipline is required.
0-2 years of administrative and/or programmatic experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
Experience in grant making and democratic development is desirable.
Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite.
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of political and civil society issues in Russia, Central Asia, and/or the South Caucasus.
Fluency (oral and written) in Russian is required; knowledge of a relevant regional language is desirable.
Related field experience in one or more countries in the region is desirable.
Experience working with databases and analyzing statistics is desirable.
Excellent writing, editorial, and oral communication ability.
Attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
High degree of organization and initiative.
Works well in a team environment.
Authorized to work in the United States.
This position is part of the NED Bargaining Unit.

To Apply:

Apply Online. 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. 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 amongst 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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