NED Seeks Program Officer in Havana
HAVANA 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)
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.:
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.
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 www.ned.org. 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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