Editorial Associate

Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Mar 19

Position description

The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) is currently hiring an editorial associate to play a key role in producing POMED’s newsletters and research publications. POMED’s biweekly and weekly newsletters include the Egypt Update, the Tunisia Update, the Gulf Update, and the Weekly Wire and are prepared by POMED staff. POMED’s research publications, which number several a month, analyze human rights, governance, civil society, democratic change, and authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Turkey as well as U.S. policy in the region.  They include short products (blog posts, fact sheets) and longer-form products (policy briefs, snapshots, expert Q&As, reports) and are written by staff, non-resident fellows, and outside authors.

The main responsibilities of the editorial associate will be to serve as the lead editor for POMED newsletters and to support all stages of the editorial process for POMED research publications. Under the supervision of POMED’s Deputy Director for Research and working closely with POMED’s Advocacy and Communications teams, the editorial associate’s duties will include:

Editing POMED e-newsletters (50%), reporting to Advocacy Director and Communications Director

  • Serving as the lead author and editor for POMED’s newsletters, editing for content, length, and style and managing all steps of the publication process.  
  • Overseeing a team of interns who contribute newsletter content.
  • Working with Advocacy and Communications teams to ensure timely publication.
  • Helping to manage newsletter mailing lists and to expand subscribers and readership.

Editing POMED research publications (50%), reporting to Deputy Director for Research

  • Assisting with all stages of the editorial process for research publications, including editing for length, content, accuracy, and style; fact-checking; and copyediting.
  • Following relevant developments in the MENA region, in U.S. policy, and in the debates of the Washington policy community to help identify publication topics and authors for POMED. 
  • Contributing to outreach and publicity for publications.
  • Conducting occasional research in support of the Research program and other POMED activities. 


Successful candidates will have:

  • Outstanding editing and writing skills, with at least two years of relevant editorial experience. 
  • A strong knowledge of MENA politics and POMED’s issue areas and the ability to get up to speed quickly on new topics as required.
  • Attention to detail and high quality in written products.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Capacity to work under time pressure, juggle multiple tasks, and work efficiently within a team to meet deadlines. 
  • Initiative, creativity, and an ability to respond quickly to unexpected developments and seize opportunities.  
  • Ability to work as a team player within a small and dynamic team of mission-driven colleagues.
  • A commitment to POMED’s mission.  

Preferred qualifications include:

  • A relevant graduate degree.
  • Experience with an email client, preferably MailChimp.
  • Familiarity with key experts and organizations working on POMED’s issue areas.
  • Working proficiency in Arabic and/or French

Application instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a recent writing sample (between 750 and 2000 words) to [email protected] with your name and the position title in the subject line. Please include in your application materials the status of your authorization to work in the United States. We will begin reviewing application materials on April 5, 2021.

The Project on Middle East Democracy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Project on Middle East Democracy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, or because he or she is a protected veteran.