Program Assistant, Middle East & North Africa (MENA) – (Job #1780)

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Program Assistant, Middle East & North Africa (MENA) – (Job #1780)

November 17, 2017

Job Category: Program/Project

National Endowment for Democracy

Washington, DC

Position Summary

The Program Assistant provides day-to-day administrative and programmatic support to the Middle East and North Africa program staff.


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 (MENA) regional program team.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.




  • 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.  


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline;
    • 1+ years of work experience in an office environment;
    • Administrative support experience.


  • Other Qualifications: 
  • Knowledge of major political and social issues and trends in the MENA region;
  • Fluency in Arabic (reading, writing and speaking) is required;
  • Proficiency in other languages used in the region, including French, Turkish and Farsi is preferred;
  • Fluency in English with strong writing skills is required;
  • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task;
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
    • High degree of organization and initiative.

Application Instructions

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send a brief email in Arabic to, with Job #1780 – PA, MENA - YOUR NAME in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at  Please, no phone call inquiries.