2222 - Program Assistant, Russia

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Eurasia | Full-time | COVID-19 remote


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 Assistant. This is an entry-level position on our Eurasia regional program 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.


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • 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.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • 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.
    • Related field experience in one or more countries in the region is desirable.
    • Experience working with databases and analyzing statistics is desirable.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • 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.

This position is part of the NED Bargaining Unit. 

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, one of which must be a supervisor.  Please, no phone calls. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org or careers@ned.org.