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CIPE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

CURRENT OPENINGS:

Program Assistant, Global Programs

Program Officer, Europe

Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

Short Term Consultant, Global

Grants Manager, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Program Officer (Level II), Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Short-Term Consultancies in International Program Evaluation


Program Assistant, Global Programs

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Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Tracking implementation status and reporting requirements of multiple projects
  • Handling project administration, including invoices, payments, and contracts
  • Assisting in logistics, including event planning and travel arrangements
  • Maintaining physical and electronic program files, contact lists, scheduling for Global department, and event calendars
  • Adhering to appropriate CIPE, NED and USAID policies and procedures
  • Drafting content for the website, quarterly newsletter, or other CIPE publications
  • Drafting, editing, and/or proofreading project proposals and reports
  • Drafting and monitoring project proposals and budgets
  • Writing and editing articles, blogs, policy papers, and other publications
  • Liaison with outside vendors (event, venue, catering, publication)

Additional duties may include:

  • Providing research assistance
  • Organizing working group meetings
  • Web development and video editing

Position requirements:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 years of office experience
  • Demonstrated writing, proofreading, and research skills
  • Interest in international development and topics consistent with CIPE’s mission
  • Ability to use advanced features of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, WordPress, and Dreamweaver
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Good financial acumen and ability to assist with project budgets
  • Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks with limited supervision
  • Foreign language helpful but not required – Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish preferred
  • Prior experience working within a multi-cultural environment

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

Program Officer, Europe

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Reports To: Regional Director, Eurasia and South Asia

Summary: The Program Officer is responsible for developing and implementing CIPE’s country strategies, programs, communications strategies and grants to indigenous organizations in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director for Eurasia and South Asia, to develop and implement a strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
  • Provide day-to-day management of CIPE’s programs in the region, including communications with and oversight of partners and consultants, ensuring that projects meet established objectives and workplans.
  • Manage projects and grants for Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, including: identifying potential grantees and counseling them on how to develop CIPE project proposals; analyzing project proposals against the overall strategy, grant guidelines and criteria; conducting comprehensive background checks on applicant organizations and key individuals; monitoring and evaluating grantee performance to ensure full compliance; and evaluating completed projects.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other donor and international organizations to create linkages with CIPE strategies and to monitor regional trends.
  • Work with other assistance programs to develop joint projects, grants and/or contracts to further private sector and democratic development.
  • Work with Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director to develop and manage the communications programs to inform business organizations, public policy research centers, and opinion leaders about CIPE’s programs in the region.
  • Monitor current events in the region and assess the impact on ongoing and planned CIPE projects.
  • Adhere to appropriate office procedures, CIPE and donor organization policies and procedures.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent preferred; Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
  • Education and professional background in international affairs and/or area studies focused on Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, with a concentration on politics or economics. Deep familiarity with current political and business issues in the region, including through experience living and working in the region.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience developing and managing complex international development assistance programs, with an emphasis on economic growth, governance, democracy.
  • Substantive knowledge of key CIPE program areas preferred, such as anticorruption, policy reform, corporate governance, or civil society development.
  • Excellent English-language writing skills, as evidenced by writing samples (see below).
  • Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision.
  • Good financial acumen and ability to develop, manage and monitor project budgets
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; team orientation.
  • Computer skills, proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook, as well as strong Internet research skills.
  • Fluent (native-level) speaking, writing and reading language skills in a key regional language desired; some working knowledge of Russian also preferable.
  • 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 CEEBALPO – [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.

    Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

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    Reports to: Program Officer – 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 Program Officer for the Middle East and Africa.

    Responsibilities:

    • 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. Project management responsibilities include:
      • Identify potential grantees and analyze project proposals in the context of the regional environment, CIPE strategy, grant guidelines and criteria. Work with partners to develop project proposals and budgets.
      • Conduct due diligence in selection of potential partners and key individuals.
      • Establish and maintain regular communications with project partners. Maintain correspondence and operational records regarding assigned programs.
      • Develop training content, marshal needed expertise, and provide technical assistance to build the capacity of local partners.
      • 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. Write narrative reports and final evaluations.
    • 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. Identify and develop new business opportunities to advance CIPE’s strategies in assigned countries and subregion(s).
    • 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/Development 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.

    Short Term Consultant, Global

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    The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) seeks a qualified consultant with demonstrated experience in conducting cost-benefit policy analysis. The consultant will develop a brief handbook to assist business associations in emerging markets and developing countries with conducting cost-benefit analyses of proposed policies or reforms, and to present their findings in ways that are easily understood by policymakers and the public. The handbook will provide guidelines and best practices, and focus on the necessary steps in the techniques of using evidence and research findings to shape public policy debates.

    The handbook is meant to provide business associations that do not possess large research budgets or staff with practical tools to perform quantitative analyses, and to present findings effectively to policymakers and general audiences. It should explain common analytical concepts and contain clear instructions and examples to clarify key points.

    The handbook is intended to supplement existing CIPE resources on policy advocacy (such as National Business Agenda Guidebook) to help business associations conduct more robust cost-benefit analysis in support of their policy positions.

    Scope of Work:

    The handbook will contain an introduction followed by sections on the research methods, quantitative and qualitative analysis, presenting results to different audiences, and appendices with case studies and references. Target length is 7,000-9,000 words, excluding tables and charts.

    The handbook should address the following topics from the perspective of a business association in a developing or emerging market that wants to advocate for or against a particular domestic policy that impacts the association’s members:

    • Overview of research methods and evidence-based analytical approaches
    • Common analytical tools in public policy decision-making
    • Key economic concepts needed to conduct cost-benefit analysis
    • Step-by-step instructions for a model cost-benefit analysis process
    • Templates and examples (preferably from developing countries) to illustrate the concepts

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree (or above) in international development, economics, public policy or related field;
    • Demonstrated experience in conducting and/or advising on cost-benefit analysis of public policies;
    • Strong English writing skills and examples of past publications;
    • Successful past experience conducting consulting engagements in this thematic area;
    • Work experience in developing country contexts preferred;
    • Commitment to ethical and professional standards of conduct.

    To apply for this short-term consulting opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, and a daily consulting rate expectation (in USD) along with the estimated number of billable days to jobs@cipe.org; subject “GC-[YOURLASTNAME]”. This engagement will based on a fixed-fee contract.

    Your application should clearly indicate relevant skills and experience for this assignment. Candidates will be notified only if they are accepted for further consideration. No phone calls, please.

    CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Program Officer (Level II), Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

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    Position: Program Officer (Level II), Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

    Reports To: Deputy Director for Country Projects/GATF

    Scope: The Washington DC-based Program Officer (PO) will work with the Deputy Director Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (DD/GATF) to undertake a new CIPE program to promote the implementation of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement in developing countries. Specifically, the PO will work with the DD/GATF to manage/oversee programs with local grantees in target countries in coordination with assigned staff, and pursue the development of new concepts with local and international partners. The PO will be responsible for overseeing project design and delivery in a particular region to be determined as demand evolves (e.g. Africa, Asia, or Latin America).

    The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (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.

    Accountabilities:

    • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives in the GATF program, while focusing on assigned subregion(s) or countries.
    • Manage a portfolio of in-house projects and subgrants supportive of GATF/CIPE’s overall goals and particular country strategies for target countries. The grants program has the following dimensions:
      • Conduct initial needs assessments in target countries, ascertaining local conditions, political willingness, stakeholder identification, local organizations and capacity, other potential private sector partners, and technical assistance requirements. Assessments will culminate in the development of country-strategies for GATF support.
      • Identify potential grantees and counsel them on how to develop GATF/CIPE project proposals.
      • Analyze project proposals in the context of the regional environment, GATF/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 GATF/CIPE-funded programs.
      • 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 GATF host and partner organizations to identify linkages with project strategies, monitor trends, and assess new project opportunities.
    • Monitor current events and international relations in target countries and assess the impact on ongoing and planned GATF/CIPE projects.
    • Maintain up to date knowledge of trends and practices in trade facilitation and appropriately apply to project design and delivery.
    • Understand and adhere to appropriate grant and office procedures, as well as CIPE and GATF policies.
    • Supervise, develop and manage junior program staff.

    Qualifications:

    • Technical familiarity with customs procedures and trade facilitation concepts and operations; proficiency preferable.
    • Experience in designing and/or implementing trade-related projects.
    • Master’s degree in International Relations, international economics, customs law, port management, or related field(s).
    • Minimum five years professional experience with international assistance programs, preferably associated with trade-related operations.
    • 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.
    • 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 exciting opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, two writing samples, and salary history to jobs@cipe.org, with the subject POGATF– [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.

    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.

    Grants Manager, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF)

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    Reports To: Senior Grants and Contracts Manager

    Scope:

    Responsible for providing grants and contracts management, and technical support to CIPE programs, principally the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF) project. This includes monitoring sub-recipients, preparing donor reports, and managing project budgets.

    Responsibilities Include:

    • Providing management oversight and technical assistance for all matters relating to grants, contracts, and sub-agreements for CIPE projects.
    • Maintaining extensive knowledge of federal regulations, including 2 CFR 200 and familiarity with the FAR. Ensure program staff are aware of these regulations and other donor requirements.
    • Incorporating donor requirements into sub-agreements.
    • Providing guidance and technical support to CIPE’s program teams regarding the terms of the agreements with donors and sub-recipients.
    • Assisting CIPE project teams with negotiating contracts and sub-awards.
    • Working closely with CIPE project teams and the Senior Grants and Contracts Manager to identify grants and contracts management needs.
    • Assisting the Senior Grants and Contracts Manager in developing and maintaining policies and procedures to effectively manage grants and contracts and comply with donor requirements.
    • Assessing the risk level for sub-awards and determining the appropriate monitoring requirements.
    • Maintaining accurate documentation to support grants and contracts related activities and ensuring adherence with donor and audit requirements.
    • Reviewing proposals from potential sub-grantees and providing recommendations to program teams.
    • Reviewing grant agreements, contracts, modifications, and sub-awards prior to signature by CIPE’s Executive team.
    • Preparing donor reports.
    • Assisting the Senior Grants and Contracts Manager with project closeouts.
    • Developing and managing special projects as assigned.

    Required Qualifications and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
    • A minimum of 5 years grants management and negotiation experience with federal and/or private funders
    • Extensive knowledge of rules and regulations for grants and cooperative agreements including 2 CFR 200
    • Ability to creatively problem solve while maintaining compliance with donor requirements
    • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work with staff at all levels of the organization
    • Excellent project management skills and ability to manage multiple assignments
    • Understanding of financial management terms and procedures
    • Effective listening and oral communication skills
    • Fluent in English, both written and verbal
    • Computer skills, proficiency in MS-Office applications

    Please send cover letter, resume or CV, and brief writing sample (no more than 4 pages) to jobs@cipe.org with ‘GMGATF-[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.

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