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Vice President for Asia, Middle East & North Africa, and Global Programs – (Job #1775)

National Endowment for Democracy

Washington, District of Columbia 20004
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The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Vice President for Asia, Middle East & North Africa, and Global Programs. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Deputy to the President for Policy & Strategy/Chief Operating Officer, the Vice President for Asia, Middle East & North Africa, and Global Programs is responsible to oversee the development and implementation of an institutional vision for the assigned area of responsibility that integrates key NED organizational and program goals, priorities, values and other factors. Applies exceptional political acumen as well as strong leadership and management skills.  Assesses, analyzes, acquires, and administers human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner that instills trust and accomplishes the Endowment’s mission in the assigned area of responsibility. Develops a professional network with other organizations and identifies the internal and external politics that affect the work of the organization.



  • Establishes and oversees program strategy, policies, procedures and systems to support the NED’s grantmaking program in assigned area of responsibility in a manner consistent with the NED’s mission.
  • Oversees the development, assessment, and presentation of proposals for the assigned area of responsibility at quarterly Board meetings.
  • Promotes the development of Program staff expertise in international political and social issues through mentoring, publications, topical forums and networking with others.
  • Creates a team environment of collegial, cooperative collaboration within the department and with other departments throughout the NED, the Core Institutes, grantees and others.
  • Manages human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Represents the Endowment before the Board of Directors, congressional committees, government agencies and other entities as needed.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of strategic initiatives to further the Endowment’s mission.



  •    Advanced level degree in International Affairs or related field required; relevant experience may be considered as an acceptable qualification.
  •    15+ years demonstrated leadership experience with an emphasis on international affairs, grant making, general management and budgeting.
  •    Possesses a firm grasp of domestic and global policies and trends that affect the Endowment and its mission


 Other Qualifications: 


  •    Comprehensive understanding of the Endowment’s mission and operational issues.
  •    Authorized to work in the United States.


  •    Dynamic leadership skills; consistently creates a positive, productive and collaborative work environment; models proper staff behavior; promotes inclusive practices; creates a sense of shared responsibility; leads an efficient and effective operation according to best practices, ethical guidelines and fiduciary requirements; manages competing requirements and interests.
  •    Strong oral and written communication skills capable of reaching across organizational hierarchies and structures; multiple language skills are desired.
  •    Ability and willingness to travel extensively overseas.
  •    Strategic thinker with developed project management skills and follow-through which includes assessing a problem, obtaining and evaluating appropriate facts and reaching sound and timely solutions.


To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to, with Job #1775 – VP for Asia, MENA, and Global Programs - 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.


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 1,400 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.

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