2016 Grants Officer, Asia

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 27 February 2020
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Job Description

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

Position Summary:

The Grants Officer works under the supervision of the Principal, Grants Administration. This position provides hands-on (cradle-to-grave) management of an assigned grant portfolio, working closely with colleagues to provide effective and collaborative due diligence and oversight of grant programs.

The mission of the Grants Administration department is to provide effective and efficient grants management, guiding grantees through the grant lifecycle to support their successful implementation of projects, in support of NED’s mission. The department strives to promote consistent implementation of policy and procedure, flexibility, responsiveness, innovation, and collaboration in the administration of NED’s grantmaking program.


  • Participate in proposal review and risk assessment processes, providing input into the assessment of the eligibility and grants administration capacity of prospective grantees.
  • Analyze proposal budgets for allowability, allocability, and reasonableness.
  • Draft new grant agreements and amendments.
  • Ensure the smooth management of grants portfolio, including timely payments, quick response to grantee inquiries, and efficient problem-solving.
  • Maintain an up-to-date grant portfolio, sending all reminders, follow-ups, and closeouts.
  • Approve grantee financial reports, payment requests, and conduct resolution of invoice review findings.
  • Facilitate grantees’ understanding of grant, reporting, and audit requirements.
  • Ensure that grants awarded are in compliance with US Government or other donor regulations and/or other special requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (international studies, relevant area studies, nonprofit administration, etc.).
    • 2+ years of grants administration experience in a nonprofit organization or foundation.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel; knowledge of MicroEdge Gifts or other relational database helpful.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Asian language desired, but not required.
    • Familiarity with Federal grant regulations and international activities/issues relevant to NED’s operational environment.
    • Familiarity with or an interest in the Asia region.
    • Ability to travel internationally on an occasional basis.
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task, set priorities, and organize time efficiently.
    • Strong ability to be a team player and self-starter, comfortable in a supporting role, working independently, and in a multicultural environment.
    • Ability to work with discretion.

To Apply:

Please click here to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with 2016 GO, Asia - YOUR NAME in the subject line.

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

About the Organization

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit organization created in 1983 to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. The Endowment is governed by an independent, nonpartisan board of directors. With its annual congressional appropriation, it makes hundreds of grants each year to support prodemocracy groups in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. The Endowment is guided by the belief that freedom is a universal human aspiration that can be realized through the development of democratic institutions, procedures, and values. Democracy cannot be achieved through a single election and need not be based upon the model of the United States or any other particular country. Rather, it evolves according to the needs and traditions of diverse political cultures. By supporting this process, the Endowment helps strengthen the bond between indigenous democratic movements abroad and the people of the United States -- a bond based on a common commitment to representative government and freedom as a way of life.

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