NED Seeks Program Officer in Havana

By Tracey Eaton

NED_logoHAVANA TIMES – The National Endowment for Democracy is looking to hire a Cuba program officer who would be required to carry out field visits to monitor the work of grantees.

Fluency in Spanish, a master’s degree and at least five years of democracy-related work are required.

The U.S. government finances the NED, which is based in Washington, D.C. Details about the job are below:

Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean (Cuba)
(Job #1452)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support democracy around the world, seeks a Program Officer for Cuba. This position is based in Washington, DC.:

Position Summary:

The Program Officer reports to the Senior Director for LAC program and work with LAC and Grants staff to provide programmatic and administrative support to NED’s Cuba grants program; contribute to developing the Endowment’s strategy for Cuba; sets programmatic priorities, monitors and evaluates projects, and tracks program budgets.


  • Evaluating project proposals and progress reports in the Cuba portfolio;
  • Drafting summaries of proposals to present at quarterly Board of Directors’ meetings;
  • Maintaining regular communication with potential and existing grantees;
  • Monitoring the work of grantees, including regular field visits;
  • Tracking political developments and main players in Cuba and the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean as they relate to Cuba, and informing NED’s strategy for the region;
  • Representing NED Cuba program at relevant internal and external meetings;
  • Providing support for senior staff as they represent the Cuba portfolio before the Board of Directors, the President, congressional committees, government agencies and other entities as needed;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with like-minded organizations, including other donors, NED partners and regional organizations;
  • Organizing and participating in events to highlight specific democracy-related issues with respect to Cuba.


  • Master’s degree in International Affairs, Political Science, International Development or related discipline;
  • At least 5 years of extensive experience in democracy-related work;
  • In-depth understanding of political issues and trends in Latin America and the Caribbean; experience working on Cuba a plus;
  • General understanding of closed societies, civil society issues, and familiarity with civil society networks and individual activists in Cuba and the region;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish; fluency in Spanish is required;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Time living, working or traveling in Latin America;
  • MS Office skills;
  • High degree of organization and initiative;
  • Experience with financial management and reporting;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

To Apply:
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, completed NED Employment Application and contact information for three professional references. Please send to [email protected], with your name and PO, LAC – Job #1452 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at Please no phone calls.

2 thoughts on “NED Seeks Program Officer in Havana

  • Luis Posada Carriles, Ileana Ros-Lethinen, Lincoln Diaz-Balart or Bob Menendez, should all be outstanding candidates with substantial supporting evidence in Blood, Maimed and Death men, women and children.

  • Wow! Just how many democracy projects do we have running in Cuba such that we need to contract a person just to keep track of them? There are few people more anxious than I am to see the Castros run outta’ town so that Cubans can choose their own government. But this does seem to be a bit much. A public solicitation to hire someone to help change somebody else’s government. Damn, we are pretty arrogant!

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