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Communications Director

Program Assistant, South Asia

CIPE Internship Opportunities 

Communications Director

Position:          Communications Director

Reports To:    Executive Director

Location:        Washington, DC

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening democracy worldwide through private enterprise and market-oriented reform, seeks an experienced Communications professional

CIPE’s communications are central to its efforts to shape policy debates, improve its partners’ effectiveness in policy advocacy, and educate the development community and public about the linkages between democratic and economic reform.  To do this, CIPE shares success stories, provides educational material, and highlights current trends and best practices.

The Communications Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a communications and messaging strategy to convey CIPE’s impact and to further develop its relationships within the international development community, its political supporters, media, the private sector, and worldwide partners.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Board of Directors’ Communications Committee, Senior Management, and staff in D.C. and field offices to develop communications strategy and messages and to manage outreach;
  • Manage media relations, including developing media strategy, pitching story ideas and working with program staff to write and place opinion pieces, and expanding updated media contacts;
  • Oversee publications development and distribution, including targeting of audiences, developing key themes and story ideas, working with production team/vendors;
  • Partner with program and field staff for international report releases and other events to ensure targeted messaging and dynamic impact; and
  • Develop new communications outreach to the US private sector.
  • Design and execute internet marketing campaigns, using viral marketing techniques and tools such as blogs and podcasts.
  • Manage the Communications and Marketing staff and provide strategic vision to advance the work of the department and develop the staff.
  • Work with the fundraising or development staff/consultant to create messages that combine communications and fundraising efforts to the general public or targeted audiences
  • Demonstrate high energy and strong leadership skills, internally and externally, serving as an effective representative of CIPE

CIPE seeks a goal-driven and results-oriented individual with a strong commitment to international affairs. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Seven to ten years of post-collegiate professional experience in advocacy or journalism, such as Hill press secretary, non-profit advocacy leader, communications director, marketing director, or journalist in international arena.
  • Proven success at translating complex policy/program mission-driven materials into impactful and targeted communications messages aimed at a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to leverage the full breadth of communications media (print, online, video, email, etc.) to create targeted awareness and understanding of CIPE
  • Demonstrated skills at influencing organizational culture and managing change
  • Significant experience with and understanding of CIPE’s primary audiences, with the ability to maintain and leverage an up-to-date listing of audience members for maximum impact Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills
  •  Strong strategic and analytical skills and an ability to distill complex concepts into concise messages.
  • Strong leadership abilities, including excellent interpersonal skills and ability to inspire and develop others.
  • Strong team player, with ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills in English.
  • Masters or advanced degree preferred.

Candidate must be a self-starter, flexible, creative, able to work under pressure while keeping a sense of humor, and able to work quickly and cooperatively, with a demonstrated ability to successfully lead multiple projects simultaneously.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, and salary history to jobs@cipe.org, subject line:   “COMMS-[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.
Deadline for submitting application

Program Assistant, South Asia

Position: Program Assistant, Afghanistan and South Asia

Reports To: Program Officer, South Asia and Program Officer, Afghanistan

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.

This position is based in Washington, DC and will have the responsibility of working on CIPE’s programs in
Afghanistan and South Asia. The Program Assistant will provide programmatic, administrative, and
communications support for CIPE’s programs in Afghanistan and South Asia, with specific emphasis on
backstopping its field offices in Kabul and Karachi.


  • Correspond regularly via email and phone (in English) with CIPE’s field offices in Kabul and Karachi, as well as with program partners in South Asia to coordinate program development and track program progression, facilitate events and meeting logistics.
  • Assist the Afghanistan and South Asia Program Officers in writing and compiling program reports, proposals, contracts, budgets, and other documents as needed.
  • Create and maintain a variety of program, financial, correspondence, and contract files, both in paper form and electronically.
  • Monitor spending and track project budget balances.
  • Process and track, in close collaboration with the departmental Program Assistant, payment requests, field office liquidations, travel expense reports, documents for signature, narrative and financial reports, and international travel arrangements.
  • Adhere to appropriate office procedures, CIPE and donor organization policies and procedures.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of experience required.
  • Background in international affairs and/or Afghanistan/South Asia, with an emphasis on political and economic issues is preferred.
  • At least 1-2 years of administrative office experience.
  • Strong writing skills, as evidenced by writing samples (see below).
  • Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills in English; team orientation.
  • Computer skills, proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook. Internet research skills are highly desired.
  • Regional language skills (Urdu, Dari or Pashto in particular) welcome but not required.

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 SASIAPA – [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 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.


Center for International Private Enterprise
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202-721-9200    Fax: 202-721-9250