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Short-Term Consultancy: Review of Draft Diagnostic Tools

Short-Term Consultancies in International Program Evaluation

Program Director - Refugee Livelihoods Initiative, Turkey

Program Assistant, Asia

Program Assistant, Africa

Call for Proposals: GATF Evaluation Expert

Chambers & Associations Specialist

Short-Term Consultancy: Review of Draft Diagnostic Tools

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Position: Short-Term Consultancy: Review of Draft Diagnostic Tools

Summary: The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is looking for an association management expert for a short-term consulting engagement. The objective is to review and critique five (5) draft diagnostic assessment tools designed to strengthen the capacity of local business organizations and think tanks in developing countries. The consultant will work closely with CIPE’s Global and Evaluation staff.

Background: CIPE works with business associations, chambers of commerce, and economic think tanks around the world. The drafts subject to review in this assignment represent revised and expanded versions of CIPE’s existing tools. These diagnostic assessments serve the following purposes:

  • Assess an organization’s capacity to facilitate economic growth and the development of private enterprise.
  • Provide an overview of strengths and weaknesses to allow for learning and continuous improvement.
  • Provide insights into areas of improvement related to an organization’s capacity to lead awareness raising, outreach and grassroots advocacy that improves the government’s ability to adopt evidence-based and inclusive public policy.
  • Summarize the past accomplishments of an organization and see how those accomplishments benefited the organization and its members.
  • Explore an organization’s capacity to lead advocacy efforts to improve business conditions for its members and non-members in its service area.
  • Provide insights into how organizations include women and marginalized groups in their memberships.
  • Incorporate a “maturity” model adapted to the developing world that allows for growth for new associations, associations at the local or sectoral levels, and associations working in challenging environments or closing spaces as well as for the growth and emergence of high-performing and apex associations.
  • Provide a “before-and-after” comparison of capacity improvements, using both qualitative and quantitative comparisons that is both valid and reliable.
  • Help CIPE identify new potential partners.

Deliverables: The purpose of this assignment is to provide outside feedback from an expert perspective on the quality of the draft assessment tools that CIPE created, and, where relevant, make suggestions for how these tools may be improved. The specific deliverables are as follows:

  1. “Chamber of Commerce and Business Association Organizational Tool” (length: approximately 11,849 words)
    • Review this tool, meant as outside assessment of business organizations, and provide feedback. Add any questions and/or assessment areas that you think are missing or edit the existing questions.
    • Suggest concrete steps for adapting this tool as a self-assessment questionnaire that a business association could use itself. Elaborate on which questions may be omitted or simplified to that end.
  2. “Think Tank Organizational Tool” (length: approximately 3,541 words)
    • Review this tool, meant as outside assessment of economic think tanks, and provide feedback. Add any questions and/or assessment areas that you think are missing or edit the existing questions.
    • “Business Association Weighted & Gender Inclusive Organizational Tool” (length: approximately 3,393 words)
    • Review this tool, meant as outside assessment of business organizations with a gender focus, and provide feedback. Add any questions and/or assessment areas that you think are missing or edit the existing questions.
  3. “Gender Assessment Tool for Mainstream Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations (length: approximately 3,164 words)
    • Review this tool, meant as a self-diagnostic assessment of how mainstream business organizations integrate gender into their organizational strategies and provide feedback. Add any questions and/or assessment areas that you think are missing or edit the existing questions.
  4. “Gender Assessment Tool for Women Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations (length: approximately 3,249 words)
    • Review this tool, meant as a self-diagnostic assessment of how women-specific business organizations are fulfilling their mission of empowering women members, and provide feedback. Add any questions and/or assessment areas that you think are missing or edit the existing questions.

Format: Please add your edits/comments in track changes in the provided Word document draft. For each document, you will also be asked to write a summary (no less than 300 words and as long as you see fit) commenting on your overall impression of the assessment tools and what you think could be improved, how these tools relate to best practices and/or other organizational capacity assessments, how well these tools meet needs for specific regions and/or developmental contexts in the world; and how they can be useful or adapted as a self-assessment or for use by an external evaluator (i.e., what needs to be included to make it useful as a valid and reliable tool across evaluators), as well as other factors you deem important.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or above) in international development, economics, public policy or related field
  • Familiarity with business associations and think tanks, including experience in assessing organizational development and private sector or other civil society advocacy
  • Prior experience working with international donor agencies
  • Experience or knowledge of working with a gender lens in program development
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, analysis, and reporting (English)

To Apply:

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter (summarizing your expertise in best practices for organizational assessments, your experience in valid and reliable tool development, and gender and regional experience), and your proposed fee for this assignment (expressed as daily rate in USD*number of days) to jobs@cipe.org; subject “DT-[YOURLASTNAME]”.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until this short-term consultancy is filled. Candidates will be notified if selected. No phone calls, please.

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Short-Term Consultancies in International Program Evaluation

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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.

Program Director - Refugee Livelihoods Initiative, Turkey

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Position: Program Director, Refugee Livelihoods Initiative, Turkey

Job Description: 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.

Scope: CIPE seeks an experienced program manager to establish a CIPE office in Turkey and serve as CIPE’s full-time, in-country Program Director. This position is based in Turkey.

In close coordination with the CIPE program team in Washington DC, he or she will manage the implementation of CIPE’s program to develop mutually beneficial and sustainable livelihoods solutions for Syrian and other refugees and host communities in Turkey. The Program Director will manage partnerships with local civil society organizations and develop new partnerships and relationships with project stakeholders. He or she will work with CIPE’s DC-based program team and Consortium partners to design technical assistance to project beneficiaries, coordinate the involvement of contracted experts, ensure that deliverables are met, and apply robust monitoring and evaluation processes.

The position will entail frequent domestic (within Turkey) and international travel. The Program Director will be based in Istanbul, but will be expected to regularly visit other regions of Turkey to meet with project partners, participants, and other stakeholders, and to participate in project events. Regular consultative visits to Washington, DC will also be expected.

Reports To: Senior Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the local implementation of a project in Turkey having the following objectives:
    - To lay the foundation for sustainable access to livelihood-focused food business development services among affected Turkish host communities and Syrian refugees in urban areas.
    - To improve livelihoods based in the human and institutional food-based market ecosystem for planning, launching, or improving food-based enterprises.
  • The following are specific responsibilities associated with each of the main project components:
    - Establish entrepreneur incubation centers in Istanbul and Gaziantep in coordination with local implementing partners. This will involve a mapping and discovery process to find suitable locales and facilities, overseeing the establishment of co-working spaces with test kitchens and other shared facilities, development of specialized training content, establishing a suite of entrepreneur support services, and facilitating a business plan competition. This will also include planning for the long-term sustainability of the Centers.
    - Create workforce development component to be run out of each Food Enterprise Center which provides vocational training, job placement services, and follow-on support to beneficiary-participants.
    - Develop a series of “Gastrodiplomacy” cross-cultural exchange events centered on the medium of food.
    - Facilitate the development of a cookbook that celebrates the successes of program participants through recipes and storytelling, and generates revenue for sustainable programming.
  • Execution of responsibilities will require close engagement and coordination with other members of the project Consortium, Advisory Council of subject matter experts, contracted consultants, and CIPE’s Washington-based staff.
  • Establish a CIPE office in Istanbul in close coordination with CIPE Washington, including registration, identification of space, negotiation of rent, utilities and equipment, and other related responsibilities. Organize main systems and processes for the CIPE office, including electronic and hard-copy filing systems. Ensure quality and efficiency of office procedures and outputs.
  • Monitor program activities and regularly contact and visit CIPE partners and program participants in Turkey to assess progress and challenges. Give daily guidance to CIPE partners and program participants on project issues, keeping the DC-based Program Officer informed of developments and conferring regularly. Conduct project evaluation activities and provide input on weekly updates and quarterly and other reports.
  • In coordination with DC-based staff, oversee sub-awards to local partner organizations.
  • Participate in all aspects of administrative coordination between Washington and Turkey based CIPE operations. This will include but is not limited to providing logistical support to all CIPE staff, Consortium partners, and consultants visiting the country.
  • Cultivate opportunities for positive publicity for the program; coordinate public outreach, awareness-raising, and media engagement as appropriate.
  • Represent CIPE at relevant events in Turkey and develop network of key stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain constructive relationship with the donor’s Turkey-based staff.
  • Regularly analyze the geopolitical environment for programming implications, identifying both opportunities and constraints.
  • Work with the DC-based program team on related concept/proposal development and reprogramming as needed.
  • This position will involve the recruitment and supervision of one Istanbul-based Project Coordinator.
  • Ensure compliance with CIPE and donor guidelines, policies, and procedures in managing program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations/Development, Economic Development, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience in Turkey, Syria, and/or neighboring countries of the Levant strongly preferred; knowledge of regional political and economic dynamics.
  • At least five years professional experience in international development program management.
  • Strong project monitoring and management skills, including budget tracking, report writing, and interaction with diverse local partners.
  • Experience with topics consistent with CIPE’s mission, including civil society strengthening, democratic governance, and economic development. Experience working with refugee and other displaced populations strongly preferred.
  • Experience in the food or hospitality industries preferred (food service, manufacturing, or retail, or related field).
  • Skilled at relationship building and network development with organizations and individuals.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required. Fluency in written and spoken Arabic and/or Turkish strongly preferred.
  • Attention to detail and ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Effective representation, change management, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Computer proficiency (MS Office).
  • Must be willing to travel for extended and multiple periods.

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, one writing sample, and salary history to jobs@cipe.org, subject line: “MENAPD-[Your Last Name]”. 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.

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

CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package.

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Program Assistant, Asia

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Position: Program Assistant, Asia

Reports to: Program Officer, Asia

Summary: As part of a team reporting to the Regional Director, this position is responsible for providing administrative, programmatic, and research support. The ideal candidate will be able to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks with limited supervision, have a demonstrable interest in economic development and democratic reform in Asia and the Pacific, and work well as part of a diverse team and within a dynamic international organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide backstopping support for CIPE’s entire portfolio of projects in Asia.
  • Assist the Asia Program Officers in writing and compiling narrative and financial reports, proposals, contracts and budgets, as well as conducting background research as needed.
  • Create and maintain program, financial, correspondence and contract files, both in paper form and electronically.
  • Prepare routine correspondence on behalf of the Asia team for CIPE’s partners and stakeholders.
  • Working in close collaboration with the Asia Program Officers and other CIPE departments, ensure processing of payment requests, travel expense reports, documents for signature, and international travel arrangements.
  • Assist in managing team budgets and oversee various project budgets.
  • Track political developments in the region.
  • Attend and report on relevant conferences, meetings, and other events.
  • Manage special projects as needed.
  • Adhere to appropriate office procedures, CIPE and donor organization policies and procedures.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required
  • Education and professional background in international affairs and/or Asia area studies, with an emphasis on political and economic issues preferred.
  • Knowledge of and interest in economic and political affairs in Southeast Asia.
  • Fluency in a relevant language required (such as Burmese, Khmer, Thai or Chinese)
  • Excellence in English composition, writing and reporting.
  • At least one year of administrative office experience, particularly in supporting significant international programs.
  • Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; team orientation.
  • Computer skills, proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook. Internet research skills are highly desired.
  • Financial skills and acumen preferred, particularly in budget creation and oversight.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to the region as needed.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, two writing samples, and salary history to jobs@cipe.org with the subject AsiaPA – [Your last name]. No phone calls please.

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.

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:

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.

Program Assistant, Africa

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Reports to: Program Officer, Africa

Summary: 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 and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 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, anti-corruption & ethics, and trade.
The Program Assistant for Africa is responsible for providing programmatic and administrative support for CIPE’s projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The position reports to the Program Officer for Africa.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Program Officer and other CIPE Africa staff to coordinate project management deliverables and activities for the Africa portfolio.
  • Process and track payment requests, field office liquidations, travel expense reports, documents for signature, narrative and financial reports, etc.
  • Prepare routine correspondence and mailings such as grant agreements, consultant contracts, reporting requirements for grantees, grant and contract modifications, etc. (often in French).
  • Communicate with grantees and prospective partners in the Africa region on administrative and due diligence issues (often in French).
  • Assist in writing, reviewing, editing and preparing periodic reports, project proposals, articles, and other documents for submission to donor agencies and for promotional use by CIPE.
  • Handle international travel arrangements, events, and local meeting logistics.
  • Create and maintain program, financial, correspondence and contract files, both in paper form and electronically.
  • Adhere to appropriate CIPE and donor policies and procedures.
  • Support Program Officers as necessary.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs, with an emphasis on political and economic issues in Africa. Field experience in Africa is a plus.
  • 1-2 years of administrative office experience.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French. Must be able to interact with partners and grantees in francophone West Africa and draft correspondence.
  • Strong writing abilities and analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision in a fast-paced environment.
  • Good financial acumen and ability to assist with project budgets.
  • Proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (five page limit) to jobs@cipe.org with “AFRICAPA-[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.

Call for Proposals: GATF Evaluation Expert

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Summary: As part of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, CIPE is assisting with the recruitment of an evaluation expert for the Alliance. See below for full details and instructions.

To Apply: Follow this link.

Chambers & Associations Specialist

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Position:Chambers & Associations Specialist

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 and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 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, anti-corruption & ethics, and trade.

Reports to: Director, Knowledge Management

Summary: CIPE is seeking a full-time, Washington, DC-based Chambers & Associations Specialist. This position is responsible for advising and supporting organizational development and training activities intended for business associations, chambers of commerce, and other non-profit organizations; and will assist in delivering training and technical assistance in cooperation with CIPE program managers. The candidate must be able to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks with limited supervision, have excellent writing and communications skills, demonstrate interest in, and work well in a team. Candidates should be enthusiastic about the role the private sector plays generally in democratic governance..

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and improve tools, training content, and curricula for organizational development as well as other training areas, with attention to areas such as strategic planning, governance, financial management, member services, organizational communications, and policy advocacy
  • Advise program managers on design and implementation of organizational development activities as well as training needs and solutions
  • Assist as needed in implementing workshops, technical assistance, and other capacity building activities, in cooperation with program managers and consultants
  • Identify areas for continuous improvement in technical assistance and training, and make recommendations to program staff
  • Coordinate an internal community of practice on association development.
  • Help identify and formulate new project concepts and develop funding proposals, including project narratives and budgets
  • Monitor current trends and practices and scout experts in the associations field li>
  • Handle project administration, including invoices, contracts, and payment requests as needed
  • Adhere to appropriate CIPE, NED and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce policies and procedures

Position requirements:

  • 5+ years professional experience with proven track record in strengthening organizations and/or facilitating professional development
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in one of the following fields preferred: organizational development, social science, business, public policy, or related fields
  • Experience working in business associations or chambers of commerce preferred
  • Strong grasp of non-profit management methods and training methods
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills
  • International experience preferred
  • Foreign language ability helpful but not required
  • Excellent English-language writing skills, as evidenced by writing samples (see below).
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; team orientation
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • 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
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Ability to travel internationally as required by project activities
  • Strong IT Skills in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

Please send cover letter, resume or CV, salary expectation and brief writing sample (no more than 4 pages) to jobs@cipe.org with ‘POKM-[YOURLASTNAME]’ in the subject line. 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.

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