The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Officer for the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

A key member of the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team, the Program Officer is an experienced professional who has a background both in program evaluation and democracy and human rights. Reporting to the Director, the PO will apply technical experience to support and strengthen NED’s monitoring and evaluation systems.


  • Provides evaluation training and technical assistance to NED staff and grantees;
  • Develops and maintains M&E resources for NED staff and grantees;
  • Collaborates with MEL Director on NED-wide evaluation initiatives;
  • Work with the Director on the development, design and management of independent evaluations;
  • Acts as liaison with other NED teams and NED’s four core institutes.



  • Master’s level education in political science, public administration, international relations, international development or other relevant discipline;
  • 5+ years of work experience in program evaluation, preferably in the area of democracy and human rights;
  • Experience in democracy and human rights is required;
  • Experience using grants management/database systems;
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis software;
  • Experience in communications using creativity in graphic representations of data and visual designs; experience with Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher, and/or Tableau is a plus;
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required;

Other Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with a range of evaluation methods and approaches that lend themselves to democracy and human rights work;
  • Experience in training and facilitation;
  • Fluency in English is required; proficiency in a second language is a benefit; Arabic, Russian, or Spanish preferred;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to forge effective working relationships with peers;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently, juggling competing priorities;
  • Excellent project management skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team;

To apply:

Please click here to apply.  Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.

Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1920 – PO, MEL – YOUR NAME in the subject line.

About The National Endowment for Democracy (NED)


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,600 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.

Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has remained on the leading edge of democratic struggles everywhere, while evolving into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over.