IFES offers careers in democracy development around the world. Employment is available in both our Washington, D.C., headquarters and in over 20 field offices across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia.

  • Employment Opportunities

    Our experienced staff provides technical assistance in rule of law, election administration, civil society, good governance and applied research, among other topics. IFES values diversity and strives to employ a workforce from varying cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Domestic employment opportunities include positions in finance; contracts and grants; communications; and program support. 


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  • Consulting Opportunites

    IFES recruits highly-skilled technical consultants to support our programs worldwide. These opportunities include short and long-term assignments.


    Applicants should submit a resume/CV through our Consultant Talent Database. This database is used to search for technical consultants and support IFES’ need for rapid deployment.


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  • Internships and Fellowships

    IFES recognizes our future leaders in democracy and governance are currently in training. IFES works with a large network of universities to provide year-round paid and unpaid internships. All internship opportunities are listed on our careers page.


    IFES’ Applied Research Center provides three fellowships (Humphrey, Manatt, and Hybl). These fellowships provide a unique opportunity for students to do additional research and study democracy and governance themes.


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  • Why Work For IFES

    Our employees represent a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures and we strive to create a dynamic work environment. We aim to provide a generous health insurance package for both domestic and international employees; training and development opportunities; a work-life balance program; and teambuilding events.



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    IFES is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

    All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

    IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Applications for employment, consultancies and internships are only accepted through online submission via our careers page. Fax, e-mail, mail or in person resume/CV submission will not be reviewed or considered.

IFES Values

Integrity. We are accountable for holding ourselves to the highest standard of behavior in all we do. This honesty is the commitment IFES makes to its employees and the democracies we serve around the world.


Trust. IFES believes in creating and maintaining lasting partnerships and upholding a high level of transparency both within our organization, and between us and our partners. Through this openness, IFES strives to develop trust in every aspect of our work.


Professionalism. IFES takes responsibility to do right by its employees and the democracies it is serving worldwide. This includes maintaining the highest degree of professionalism at all times, in every project we undertake.


Respect. IFES values the contribution and efforts of its employees and those we serve across the globe. With this, we treat all with mutual respect and sensitivity.


Diversity. We are a global organization. A diverse team in which everyone contributes< their unique viewpoints, experiences and abilities is key to fulfilling our mission of promoting sustainable democracies. We strive to understand differences and maintain cultural sensitivity as we work in different regions of the world.


Accountability. IFES takes full responsibility for our actions, approaching each decision with over 25 years of experience and good judgement.


Passion. We appreciate and celebrate a commitment to democracy promotion and the difference free and fair elections can make in one’s life.


Discipline. IFES is focused on organizing our people and resources to maximize effectiveness.


Excellence. In striving to be the best and highest in quality in all we do, IFES is motivated by our successes and empowered by the talented people who work to support sustainable democracy.