Opportunities & Careers

CURRENT OPENINGS:

Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

Deputy Director for Country Projects - Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Research Assistant, Knowledge Management

Associate Deputy Director for Private Sector Development and Partnerships

Short-Term Consultancies in International Program Evaluation

CIPE Internship Opportunities 

Moldova Interviewer


Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

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Reports to:   Regional Director – Middle East and Africa

Scope: This position is based in Washington, D.C. with travel to the region. This position is responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of country strategies, communications strategies, and support grants to indigenous business associations, think tanks, and other civil society organizations. The position reports to the Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa.

Accountabilities:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives in the MENA region, while focusing on assigned subregion(s).
  • Manage a portfolio of in-house projects and subgrants for assigned subregion(s) of MENA, supportive of CIPE’s overall goals and particular country strategies for target countries. The grants program has the following dimensions:
    • Identify potential grantees and counsel them on how to develop CIPE project proposals.
    • Analyze project proposals in the context of the regional environment, CIPE strategy, grant guidelines and criteria. Work with partners to develop proposals and budgets.
    • Conduct background checks on applicant organizations and key individuals.
    • Establish and maintain regular communications with project partners. Maintain correspondence and operational records regarding CIPE-funded programs in MENA.
    • Monitor grantee performance to ensure full compliance with objectives, financial and reporting requirements, and evaluation plan. Write narrative summaries and interim /assessments.
    • Evaluate completed projects – through on-site visits, file reviews, and coordination with independent evaluators where appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with donor organizations to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new funding opportunities. Work with the US State Department (including MEPI), USAID, and other assistance programs to develop joint projects, grants, and/or contracts to further democratic and free-market reform.
  • Monitor current events and US relations in MENA countries and assess the impact on ongoing and planned CIPE projects.
  • Understand and adhere to appropriate grant and office procedures, as well as CIPE policies.
  • Act as the liaison to HQ for the field office(s) and field office staff, as necessary, in their reporting and processing requirements
  • Supervise, develop and manage junior program staff.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in International Relations or related field
  • Minimum five years professional experience with international assistance programs, including two involving the region
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Excellent English writing and verbal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish and maintain good relationships with international partners and donors
  • Strong project management skills preferred
  • Good financial acumen and ability to develop, manage and monitor project budgets
  • Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and supervise junior staff
  • Working knowledge of Arabic appreciated, but not required
  • Strong IT Skills in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
  • Must be willing to travel for extended and multiple periods

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV and cover letter, writing sample and salary history to jobs@cipe.org; subject “POMENA-[YOURLASTNAME]”.

There is a two-page limit on writing samples. Submissions demonstrating writer’s ability to synthesize information are preferred. Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States; CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas. CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Deputy Director for Country Projects – Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

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Reports to: Executive Director

Scope:

Guided by CIPE’s mission, vision, and senior management, the Deputy Director for Country Projects – Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (DD/Alliance), will lead and manage CIPE’s new initiative supporting the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (The Alliance). The DD/Alliance will oversee a Washington DC-based program team. As a key CIPE representative, the DD/Alliance will serve as a member of the international management team of the Alliance, and ensure the CIPE elements of the project meet or exceed established program goals. The DD/Alliance will work collaboratively across the organization to meet CIPE’s strategic goals, and ensure the effective incorporation of CIPE’s assets in support of the Alliance program.

The Alliance will provide assistance to developing countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The Alliance, which will be launched later this year, is a joint effort between CIPE, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The Alliance will bring together leading donors, local and global businesses, and international institutions to help deliver on the potential of the TFA to enable trade-led development. Private sector expertise will be leveraged to spur commercially-meaningful trade facilitation reforms. The private sector will provide first-hand insight into the problems caused by bureaucracy and “red-tape” at borders, and develop innovative and practical solutions.

As part of the initiative, CIPE will be responsible for developing and managing local and regional partners and managing local grant projects. CIPE will also work closely with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to mobilize networks of local chambers, regional business alliances, and national associations to resolve trade barrier issues through reforms. CIPE and the Chamber will also mobilize and coordinate corporate participation through the provision of direct and in-kind technical support.

The CIPE DD/Alliance is based in Washington, DC and will report to CIPE’s Executive Director. The DD/Alliance will closely coordinate with The Alliance management team composed of two other Deputy Directors based at the ICC and WEF, and supporting a Managing Director based at the WEF in Geneva, Switzerland.

The candidate must be a self-starter with a proven track record in project and team management, demonstrated experience in trade reform, and excellent cross-cultural, writing and communications skills. Demonstrated understanding of reform strategies, advocacy, and business association management are also desirable. Candidates should be enthusiastic about the role the private sector plays in international development and democratic governance.

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead strategic planning efforts and shape CIPE’s vision and objectives as they relate to trade facilitation
  • Think and act strategically to ensure the long‐term success of the Alliance program and its contributions to the entire organization
  • Demonstrate thought leadership and expertise in trade facilitation reforms and their linkages to CIPE’s four core areas of focus
  • Contribute to the improvement of CIPE projects and programs within the program and their relationship and across the organization
  • Monitor key events and trends in the sector and analyze how they create opportunities and challenges for advancing the Alliance’s and CIPE’s mission and goals
  • Implement a strategy to meet those opportunities and challenges through a portfolio of projects
  • Provide programmatic oversight and guidance to the CIPE program team, ensuring that projects meet CIPE internal and donor requirements for implementation, evaluation and stewardship of funds
  • Identify new products and project opportunities that address Alliance needs and have potential for coordination with other CIPE products and projects
  • Coordinate and integrate program with other CIPE departmental activities
  • Ensure application of lessons learned both within the Alliance and from other departments
  • Establish a culture of innovative thinking and high performance to ensure the effective, efficient operation of the department
  • Recruit, supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff and consultants on an on-going basis
  • Lead and support professional growth of members of the departmental tea
  • Manage the department’s implementation of projects, programs and grants by coordinating staff and other resources
  • Represent CIPE and the Alliance the program’s objectives, including CIPE values, programs, and capacity to make a difference to stakeholders
  • Build and promote the Alliance and CIPE brands through attendance and, where possible, speaking at events relevant to the Alliance and its relationship to CIPE’s core areas of focus
  • Initiate and actively cultivate relationships with relevant stakeholders to increase the Alliance and CIPE’s visibility and resources in coordination with the Alliance Secretariat
  • Lead CIPE efforts in the development of narrative and financial aspects of proposals in response and donor interest, as well as develop unsolicited prospective funding opportunities

Position requirements:

  • Proven track record in trade policy and institutional reform
  • 7-10 years professional program and team management experience showing proven track record in successful project, budget, and staff management
  • Experience in working with business associations or chambers of commerce (domestically or internationally) strongly preferred, with good understanding of association operations, including relevant management and technology tools, as well as policy advocacy
  • Experience in developing and/or participating in effective public/private partnerships
  • Educational and/or professional background in at least one of the following relevant areas: trade policy, non-profit governance and management; policy advocacy and policy reform; private sector development; anti-corruption
  • Master’s degree preferred in one of the following fields: economics, economic development, international business, public policy, international relations, international law, or related fields
  • Demonstrated writing and public speaking skills
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Foreign language ability helpful but not required
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as required by project activities

Please send cover letter, resume or CV, and brief writing sample (no more than 4 pages) to jobs@cipe.org with ‘GATF-DD-[YOURLASTNAME]’ in the subject line. Cover letters should address and convey familiarity and experience with CIPE’s thematic areas of expertise. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States. CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas. CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Research Assistant, Knowledge Management

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Reports to: Senior Knowledge Manager

Scope: The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include enterprise ecosystems, democratic governance, business advocacy, and anti-corruption & ethics.

CIPE is seeking candidates for the position of Research Assistant, Knowledge Management. The Knowledge Management program captures key lessons in democratic and market reform from CIPE’s years of experience in order to enhance the effectiveness of future reform efforts. The program shares strategies, best practices, and case examples among CIPE’s partner network and a diverse range of governance reform leaders.

The Research Assistant is responsible for providing research, writing, and administrative support. The ideal candidate will be able to handle research projects with limited supervision, have a demonstrable interest in international development and democratic and market-oriented reform, and work well with a widely diverse staff

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching, writing, and editing of case studies, toolkits, papers
  • Handling project administration, including payments, proposals, & reports
  • Maintaining and updating the CIPE library, intranet and project catalogue
  • Supporting activities of the Free Enterprise & Democracy Network
  • Assisting partners & program staff with locating information resources
  • Providing logistical support for travel or events
  • Adhering to appropriate CIPE, NED, and USAID policies and procedures

Position requirements:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent; graduate level study is preferred
  • Education in social sciences, international development, or public policy; knowledge of political economy, democracy, and private sector development is particularly relevant
  • A minimum of 2 years of work experience
  • Substantial research experience in an academic or professional setting
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Interest in international development and topics consistent with CIPE mission
  • Ability to use advanced features of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Foreign language helpful but not required

Please send cover letter, resume, academic transcript (official or unofficial), and two writing samples (ten page limit) to jobs@cipe.org with “RA-[YOUR LASTNAME]” in the subject line. Submissions demonstrating writer’s ability to synthesize information are preferred. Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States; CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas.

Associate Deputy Director for Private Sector Development and Partnerships

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Position Title: Associate Deputy Director for Private Sector Development and Partnerships

Reports To: Deputy Director for Programs and Strategic Planning

Primary Function:

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.

The Associate Deputy Director for Private Sector Development and Partnerships is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private sector donors including individuals, corporations, and foundations in direct alignment with and support of the mission of the Center for International Private Enterprise and as an integral part of the organization’s business development function.

Responsibilities

  • Personally raise funds through direct personal solicitations and the fielding of written proposals to individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Develop additional competencies across the organization through systematic contacts and organized trainings with key CIPE staff including senior leaders, regional directors, and program officers to expand internal partnerships surrounding the generation of private sector support.
  • Articulate the inventory of key programs and initiatives to constitute the fundraising priorities for the organization working with top senior administrative and programmatic leaders. Specific consideration should be given to CIPE’s areas of expertise including democratic governance, access to information, combating corruption, business association development, corporate governance, legal and regulatory reform, women, youth, informal sector and property rights, corporate citizenship, and entrepreneurship and geographic targets including those in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia.
  • Implement a sustained and targeted and comprehensive prospect identification and qualification effort including individuals, corporations, and foundations including existing relationships across the professional staff team and segmented by potential for overall support and for individual programmatic and geographic foci.
    Targets of opportunity for prospect identification among affluent individuals specifically should include donors to comparable organizations, relationships aligned with networks of current and former board members, strategically identified individuals, and alumni of universities with demonstrable populations of international students and alumni among others.
  • Identify and cultivate potential organizational champions among high profile -stakeholders and donors.
  • Stay current on trends in support from top foundations and corporations to international organizations to prompt action and to serve as a basis for consideration in emerging strategic programmatic directions across the organization.
  • In collaboration with CIPE’s marketing and communications functions, develop and implement a brand awareness and cultivation strategy based on the strategic use and adaptation of existing publications and web content and the creation of new content and collateral as needed.
  • Oversee the creation of necessary materials for use in early cultivation meetings and briefings including a position paper defining the rationale for private support, FAQ documents, and the like.
  • Implement a proposal development function including the development of mini-cases and proposal templates for key program areas and letters of inquiry for use in prospect qualification.
  • Create and brand the equivalent of an “innovations” fund to support early and sustained requests for unrestricted support.
  • Provide support and direction for the fundraising committee of CIPE’s Board of Directors and their work in organizing solicitations of board members and the negotiation and execution of specific cultivation and solicitation assignments based on board member networks.
  • Strengthen the process surrounding the identification and cultivation of prospective Board members representing opportunities for direct financial support and important circles of influence and affluence.
  • Work in strategic communication and collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the prospect clearance and management process for corporations and corporate foundations.
  • Evaluate the means by which existing interactions with CIPE staff and programs can be expanded to include the participation and involvement of prospective private sector donors. This would include various forums, conferences, discussions, briefings, international travel programs, and other such opportunities.

Required Education: Master’s or advanced degree                                   

Required Experience: Overall 10+ years professional experience required; Seven years or more of demonstrated success in leading major giving programs and demonstrated success in personally soliciting US$50,000+ gift commitments. Experience with international fundraising programs preferred.

Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm and acumen surrounding the development of new fundraising programs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and editorial skills
  • Proven track record in personally identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and closing US$50,000+ gift commitments from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, including the ability to motivate and mentor internal staff partners and volunteer leaders.
  • Capacity to take full advantage of existing organizational assets in marketing, communications, and engagement towards the objectives of building the base of private sector prospect involvement and financial support.
  • Strong affinity with CIPE’s mission and a commitment to sustaining a knowledge base aligned with CIPE programs and priorities.
  • Personal characteristics associated with successful fundraising professionals, including a vigorous work ethic, sound judgment, impeccable integrity, demonstrated initiative, and attitude and personality to work effectively and productively with colleagues, donors, volunteers, etc.
  • Identify and represent CIPE at local and international networking opportunities, as needed, such as events and conferences (sometimes outside normal working hours)
  • Stay current on funding and philanthropic trends for international development and priority sectors of CIPE
  • Ability to think critically, objectively, analytically and strategically
  • Strong attention to detail and timeliness in correspondence with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with an international staff, including colleagues from different functions/cultures
  • Ability to maintain accountability and work independently while functioning as part of a cooperative and coordinated team
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Ability to travel (domestically and internationally) when needed
  • Knowledgeable of business development and fundraising concepts and practices within foreign aid and/or non-profit context is preferred; corporate experience helpful
  • In conjunction with the communications department, plans effective marketing strategies and messaging to promote CIPE’s image and visibility
  • Effective and persuasive communication skills to engage staff, Board of Directors and prospective donors and funders
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including listening, negotiating and collaborative problem-solving
  • Originality of thought and creative imagination with respect to approaches to development and fundraising activities

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, and salary history to jobs@cipe.org, subject line:   “DEV-[Your Last Name]”  No phone calls.

CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States; CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas.
CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Short-Term Consultancies in International Program Evaluation

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The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society.  CIPE’s approach to democratization focuses on institution-building based upon strategic and partner-driven civil society capacity-building and systemic change.  CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is seeking consultants for short term and temporary assignments for summative program evaluation research, analysis and report writing.  Depending on the specific assignment, these positions typically require both quantitative and qualitative research skills including in-person and internet surveys, sampling, elite interviews, focus groups as well as document reviews. CIPE is also interested in identifying potential consultants who might be able to add to its ability to demonstrate impact through specialized approaches such as case studies, process-tracing, and social network analyses. Reports will be written in English, but some assignments may require language skills to conduct the research.  Based upon donor and project needs, consultants will be asked to design and conduct project, program, country level, cumulative or thematic evaluations based upon consultation with the CIPE Evaluation Officer and regional team staff and a Statement of Work. These assignments will usually require international travel, sometimes to difficult or remote locations of two to four weeks duration. 

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree (or above) in international development, economics, public policy or related field, including significant formal training in research methods and program evaluation;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and conducting external evaluations as an independent consultant;
  • Knowledge or successful past experience conducting research or evaluation cross culturally;
  • Program evaluation skills using both qualitative and quantitative data, including data analysis and presentation using charts and graphs;
  • Commitment to ethical and professional standards of research and evaluation, including work with potentially vulnerable populations;
  • Ability to travel and conduct research in difficult or remote situations

Other desired qualifications include:

  • In-depth knowledge of specific countries or regions including (where appropriate) language skills;
  • Familiarity with business associations, including experience in assessing organizational development and private sector or other civil society advocacy;
  • Knowledge of advanced and emerging concepts of how to measure and study civil society, democratic governance, legal and policy change;
  • Specialized knowledge of how new innovations such as anti-corruption compliance, corporate governance; supply chains, and entrepreneurship ecosystems further democratization initiatives;
  • Prior experience working with international donor agencies;
  • Experience or knowledge of working with a gender lens in program development and evaluation;
  • Excellence in writing, reporting and English composition;
  • Demonstrated competency in standard Windows-based office software;
  • Effective interpersonal and teamwork skills and the ability to work independently, and as part of a small team

TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV and cover letter, writing sample and salary history to jobs@cipe.org; subject “EC-[YOURLASTNAME]”.

Your application should clearly indicate the types of research and program evaluation skills you possess expertise in, your prior experience, any regional and language experience, and other expertise related to this position. 

There is a five-page limit on writing samples. Submissions demonstrating writer’s ability to synthesize information are preferred. Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis as consultancies are available.  Candidates will be notified if they are accepted in the database for potential assignments and of potential opportunities as they develop.  No phone calls, please.

Email:  jobs@cipe.org

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

CIPE will be interviewing at the American Evaluation Association meeting in Denver, October 14-18, 2014.  If you will be attending, please note this in your application.

Moldova Interviewer

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The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is seeking qualified individuals with interview and Romanian language skills for a short-term data collection assignment. CIPE is currently conducting a cumulative assessment of its program in Moldova. We are looking to collect primary data from stakeholders associated with the program through telephone interviews. In our current timeline, the telephone interviews will be conducted the first two weeks of March, but we are looking to fill the interviewer position as soon as possible. Given the US/Moldova time difference, it is preferred that the calls are made from the interviewer’s personal device via Skype. CIPE will pay for the cost of a Skype subscription to call landlines and mobile/cell phones in Moldova.

 

Basic qualifications include:

 

  • A bachelor’s degree with demonstrable interview skills and/or formal training in research methods and program evaluation.
  • Romanian language skills, fluency or near fluency.
  • The ability to translate the data collected in the interviews into English.
  • Comfort conducting interviews over the phone.
  • Access to a personal computer with a reliable internet connection.

 

 

These will not be cold calls. CIPE’s partner in Moldova will help facilitate the introduction to the survey. Interviewers will also receive a brief orientation/training session before starting the interviews so that they can understand the context and goal of the assessment.

Compensation: $25-$35 per interview depending on experience.

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV and cover letter, writing sample (two page limit) to jobs@cipe.org; subject “MI-[YOURLASTNAME]”. No phone calls, please.

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States; CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas.

CIPE

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