​​21157 - Program Officer, Iraq

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | MENA | Full-time



The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grantmaking organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Officer (PO), Iraq. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

 Position Summary:

The Program Officer (PO) will assist with the management, administration, development, and expansion of grant programs in Iraq.  In addition, the PO will support existing grantees and develop prospective 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 Iraq.
  • Help organize events to highlight specific democracy-related issues in coordination with the other MENA program members.
  • Travel to the region as needed, and occasionally under difficult conditions, to identify and work with potential new grantees and existing grantees.
  • The level of responsibility and independence in assigned tasks will increase with experience.


  • 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 Iraq/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.
  • Regional knowledge of Iraq and one or more countries in the region is essential.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Ability to travel to Iraq and other countries as needed.


  • 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.

 This position is part of the NED Bargaining Unit.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter in Arabic, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, one of which should be a supervisor. Please, no phone calls. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.

 The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.