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2280 - Temporary Program Officer, MENA


Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Full-timeCOVID-19 remote
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Temporary Program Officer. The positions are based in Washington, D.C.
Position Summary:
The Temporary Program Officer (TPO) will assist with the management, administration and development of MENA Program grants, particularly for the North Africa and/or Iraq portfolios. In addition, the TPO will support existing grantees. 
  • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals.
  • Draft summaries of proposals to present at quarterly board meetings.
  • Communicate regularly with existing grantees, mostly in Arabic and English.
  • Assist in monitoring the work of existing grantees, including review and analysis of any publications or other products.
  • Track political developments in the MENA region.
  • Help organize events to highlight specific democracy-related issues in coordination with the other MENA program members.
  • Knowledge/Experience: 
  • Bachelor's degree in international affairs, politics, or a related discipline required; Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge is desired.
  • 4+ years of related experience.
  • 2+ years of living or working in the MENA region.
  • 2+ years of experience in democracy-related work is required.
  • Fluent Arabic (reading, writing and speaking) is required. Proficiency in other relevant languages of the region is preferred, but not required.
  • Proficiency with MS Office is required.
  • Other Qualifications:
  • Field experience with NGOs in one or more MENA countries is preferred.
  • Knowledge of political issues and trends in the MENA region.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • High degree of organization and initiative.
  • Experience in grant-making and democratic development is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team. 
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. 
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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