Tuesday, May 17, 2016

MENA Program Assistant Position with the National Endowment for Democracy for May or Recent Grad with Arabic & French Skills

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 Assistant.  This is an entry-level position on our Middle East and North Africa regional program team.  The position is based in Washington, D.C.
Position Summary:
Provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic support to the Middle East and North Africa program staff.
  • Ensure logging in of grant proposals.
  • Draft budgets and assist with writing project summaries.
  • Provide support for considering and awarding grants to nongovernmental organizations working on democracy building programs in the assigned region/country.
  • Assist senior director and staff with general administrative duties. 
  • Organize events for visiting grantees.
  • Attend and report on relevant conferences, meetings, and other events.
  • Research information on current political developments in the assigned region/country. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Fluency in Arabic and French (reading, writing and speaking) is required. Preferred candidates will also have language proficiencies in other languages used in the region, including Turkish and Farsi.
  • Minimum of 1 year of work experience in an office environment.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Knowledge of major political and social issues in the MENA region.
  • Administrative support experience.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Authorization to work in the United States.
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, completed NED Employment Application and contact information for three references.  Please send a brief email in Arabic to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Program Assistant, MENA – Job #1624 in the subject line.