Opportunities & Careers

CURRENT OPENINGS:

CIPE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Staff Writer and Editorial Content Specialist

Program Assistant, Eurasia, and South Asia

Program Assistant to the Deputy Director of Programs

Program Officer, Asia

Information Technology (IT) Associate

Program Officer, Global

Program Assistant, Middle East and North Africa

Short Term Consultant, Global

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

Short-Term Consultancies in International Program Evaluation


Staff Writer and Editorial Content Specialist

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Position: Staff Writer and Editorial Content Specialist

Reports To: Communications Director/Senior Communications Manager

Scope: The Staff Writer and Editorial Content Specialist will report to the Communications Director and work under the direct supervision of the Senior Communications Manager. He/She is primarily responsible for developing a wide range of written material that presents CIPE and its expertise to external audiences. The position is also responsible for pitching content for earned media placement both online and in print, collaborating with the Communications team and other departments to improve and expand CIPE’s relationships with members of the media, and providing general editorial support to the organization. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and manage a content development strategy for written material that demonstrates CIPE’s expertise and thought leadership in the area of democratic and economic development. The written material will cover an array of formats to include articles, op-eds, interviews, speeches, talking points, publications, blog articles, brochures, flyers, newsletters, and technical reports.
  • Work closely with CIPE regional teams to identify story ideas and issues of interest to external audiences, and to draft content or give guidance to regional staff. Develop positive and productive relationships with internal and external colleagues to encourage content production.
  • Develop a media strategy for earning placement of pitched articles, op-eds, and blog pieces in the media; increase visibility of CIPE among relevant media, and pitch content.
  • Manage the CIPE Development Blog:
    • Identify blog topics and solicit blogs from staff and guest writers;
    • Edit blog submissions and post to the CIPE website in a timely manner, maintaining a posting rate of 3 - 4 blogs per week;
    • Identify opportunities for cross-posting CIPE content on other platforms and blog and vice versa;
    • Seek opportunities to increase visitors to the blog.
  • Coordinate and manage CIPE publications and outreach materials including the monthly Board report, the OverseasREPORT outreach newsletter, guidebooks, and other publications; work with vendors and staff to produce publications; draft content for the CIPE Annual Report, website, and flyers and brochures.
  • Draft speeches and talking points for senior management participation at CIPE events and external events both in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Perform the role of CIPE editor; provide support to staff to proofread CIPE written materials as required. Revise and maintain the organizational style guide.
  • Act as CIPE liaison with publication vendors, including copy editors and printers.
  • Working with the Communications & Digital Content Coordinator, supervise, develop, and manage interns as required.
  • Other duties as required. The Communications Team is small and all members are required to assist with a wide range of activities outside of direct scope of responsibilities depending on organizational priorities.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, economics, journalism, or related field
  • Minimum five years professional experience and a proven record of developing high-quality and timely written content
  • Experience in journalism, Capitol Hill press office, or speech writing preferred
  • Exceptional English writing and analytical skills; proven ability to develop compelling and engaging materials for external audiences including policymakers, media, government, NGOs, and private sector audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain media contacts and pitch material to the media for earned placement
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly developed aptitude to communicate policy issues to a more general audience
  • Ability to work independently and display initiative with minimum supervision
  • Ability to make a consistently positive contribution in a team environment
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships with all levels of staff and management
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a diverse and cross cultural environment
  • Ability to bring new ideas and innovations to the Communications Team and development them independently or as a team, as necessary
  • Proficiency in HTML, WordPress CMS, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite and/or ability to quickly learn new software for content creation and management
  • Familiarity with Search Engine Optimization practices
  • Experience with e-mail marketing services such as Mailchimp or iContact or other online communications applications and/or ability to obtain relevant skills preferred
  • Video production and editing skills/experience a plus
  • Foreign language proficiency a plus

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

Include three writing samples with application and two examples of earned media placement. There is a two-page limit on writing samples. Submissions should demonstrate an ability to write content of different types for various audiences. Succinct, simple, and engaging story-telling is required. 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.

Program Assistant, Eurasia and South Asia

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Position: Program Assistant, Eurasia and South Asia

Reports To: Regional Director, Eurasia and South Asia

Summary: The Program Assistant, Eurasia and South Asia will have the responsibility of providing administrative support to the CIPE team working on programs in Afghanistan, South Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. The position requires a dedication to assisting a large team and its programs, including staff in Washington DC, several field offices, and multiple international consultants. The position will entail a support role to the Deputy Regional Director and the Regional Director. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Available: Immediately

Responsibilities:

  • Working with other departmental staff (Program Assistants, Assistant Program Officers, Program Officers, field office staff, Deputy Regional Director and Regional Director), process field office advances and liquidations, invoices, contracts, grant agreements, vouchers, consultant payments, field office advances, and partner payments, payment requests and other financial documents.
  • Prepare travel authorizations and travel expense reports, and handle international travel arrangements for the department.
  • Assist other department staff in tracking travel spending against a budget.
  • Organize schedule and meeting logistics for the department, in particular for the Deputy Regional
  • Director and Regional Director.
  • Working with Program Assistants and Assistant Program Officers, maintain program and correspondence files for the department.
  • Maintain database systems for tracking reports, approvals and payments.
  • Prepare routine correspondence and mailings and perform clerical duties, as needed.
  • Adhere to appropriate office procedures, CIPE, NED and USAID policies and procedures.
  • Provide administrative support on project implementation on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of experience.
  • Minimum 1-2 years of administrative office experience.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellence in writing, reporting, and English composition.
  • Financial skills and business acumen preferred, particularly in budget creation and oversight
  • Ability to take initiative to manage multiple, detail oriented-tasks with limited supervision.
  • Computer knowledge, preferably Microsoft Office, Internet, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Interest or background in Eurasia or South Asia economic and political affairs and/or democracy development programs is recommended but not required.
  • Fluency either in written and spoken Russian or a major South Asian language preferred.

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 “EUPA1-[YOUR LASTNAME]”. 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 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 Assistant to the Deputy Director of Programs

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Position: Program Assistant

Reports To: Deputy Director, Programs

The Program Assistant is responsible for providing administrative, coordination, and writing/research support for CIPE’s Deputy Director for Programs. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities:

Administrative

  • Provide administrative support for Deputy Director, including scheduling, travel arrangements, and correspondence.
  • Process and track payment requests, travel expense reports, and documents for signature.
  • Handle international travel arrangements, events, and local meeting logistics.
  • Organize and update Deputy Director’s contacts.
  • Adhere to appropriate office, CIPE, NED and USAID policies and procedures.

Coordination

  • Serve as point of contact for Program team inquiries and communications.
  • Facilitate communication and cooperation among the members of the Program team.
  • Review and edit program reports for submission to CIPE’s Program Coordination Unit (PCU) and donor agencies.
  • Coordinate process and adherence to deadlines for submission of proposals, including review of narrative proposal, budgets, interim assessments, and supporting documentation.
  • Prepare agenda for, facilitate, and write minutes for Program team meetings.
  • Provide support and coordination functions for the Deputy Director as (s)he promotes CIPE and its programs, cultivating relationships to advance CIPE’s mission and goals.
  • Provide support and coordination functions for the Deputy Director as (s)he develops and manages a high-performing team to implement CIPE’s projects and programs in the department.

Research/Writing

  • Work closely with the Deputy Director on the idea development and drafting of blogs, articles, and other outputs.
  • Proofread and edit Deputy Director’s writings.
  • Provide research and background ahead of Deputy Director’s speaking engagements and event attendance.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs or related field required
  • 1-2 years of administrative office experience
  • Background in international affairs with an emphasis on political and economic issues
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellence in writing, reporting and English composition
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently with minimum supervision
  • Strong research skills and demonstrated interest in democratic development
  • Strong coordination skills
  • Financial skills and acumen preferred, particularly in budget creation and oversight
  • Articulate, well-organized and is able to take the initiative and lead on small projects as needed
  • Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision
  • Strong computer skills, proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and internet research skills

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, two writing samples, and salary history to jobs@cipe.org subject DDPA – [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.

Program Officer, Asia

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Position: Program Officer, Asia

Reports To: Regional Director, Asia

Summary: This position is responsible for the management of ongoing CIPE programs in East & SE Asia and the Pacific, and for developing new programs to strengthen democracy and inclusive economic development in the region. The Program Officer will help develop and implement CIPE’s country strategies in the region, will manage CIPE’s relationships with a variety of program donors, and will help establish new donor relationships. The Program Officer will be a member of a mission-oriented Asia team, and will contribute to CIPE thought leadership on key issues.

Position Available: Immediately

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy, objectives and funding priorities for CIPE’s core budget allocation from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
  • Design, implement and manage a portfolio of projects and grants for assigned region, supportive of CIPE’s overall goals and particular country strategies for target countries. Project responsibilities have the following dimensions:
    • Manage day-to-day activities and budgets for ongoing CIPE projects, including projects that CIPE directly implements and projects being implemented by CIPE grantees. This includes effective communication with donors, partners, CIPE management and finance departments, and ensure compliance with objectives and reporting requirements.
    • Identify potential grantees and project partners, assist them with the development of project concepts, evaluate project concepts against CIPE’s strategy, and conduct due diligence and background checks on relevant individuals and organizations.
    • Monitor and evaluate project and grantee results and impact.
    • Write project proposals and evaluation reports, and communicate these to internal and external audiences.
  • Liaise with counterparts at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), CIPE’s core donor.
  • Direct the implementation of projects funded by a variety of donors, working with CIPE field staff.
  • Expand the impact of CIPE’s work in the region by pursuing program opportunities with a variety of USG and non-USG donors.
  • Contribute to CIPE thought leadership on CIPE’s core strategic areas of focus, likely to involve extensive public speaking in Washington and in Asia, and authoring a variety of communications pieces.
  • Provide substantive input to ensure the success and impact of CIPE programs, including the direction of project implementation, delivering training or technical assistance to grantees and partners in the region, and working with colleagues and partners to carry out activities.
  • Monitor political and economic developments in his/her countries of focus, and track US relations with and foreign policy toward the region, to assess impact on current CIPE projects and opportunities for new programs.
  • Contribute to an organization-wide culture of innovation and high performance, serving as an asset to other CIPE departments and regional teams.
  • Understand and adhere to appropriate grant and office procedures, and policies of CIPE and the US Chamber of Commerce.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional communications skills, and will bring a mix of regional, functional and technical expertise, as well as the highest level of personal integrity.

  • Advanced degree in one of the following fields: economics, economic development, international business, public policy, international relations, international law, or related academic fields.
  • Educational and/or professional background in at least one of the following relevant areas: non-profit governance and capacity building; policy advocacy and policy reform; anti-corruption, compliance, corporate governance, or business transparency and sustainability; opening political space in closed societies.
  • At least five years professional experience in international program development, working with a diverse field staff and also experience producing successful proposals and high-quality program evaluation reports for a variety of donors
  • Candidates with field experience in Asia and the Pacific preferred.
  • Financial skills and acumen preferred, particularly in budget creation and oversight
  • At least five years’ experience showing a proven track record in project, budget and staff management. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked with diverse and overseas staff, and on non-profit and/or international development projects.
  • At least five years’ experience producing successful program proposals and high-quality program evaluation reports for a variety of donors.
  • Exceptional English-language writing, (as evidence by a writing sample) communications, analytical and presentations skills. Ability to digest and evaluate complex information and provide input on relevant decisions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of key political, economic and business trends across Asia.
  • Experience managing projects funded by a variety of US and non-US donors. Candidates with an existing network of contacts relevant to CIPE’s regional programs are preferred.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Detail-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks with limited supervision, working in a fast-paced, global environment, managing projects with multiple “moving parts.”
  • Fluency in Asian languages preferred, but not required.
  • Proven track record of serving as a member of a diverse and mission-oriented team.
  • Understanding of issues related to democratic development, political reform, and market-oriented economic development. Familiarity with CIPE and its operations is preferred but not required.
  • Candidates with field experience in Asia and the Pacific preferred.
  • Fluency in Asian languages preferred, but not required.
  • Must be willing to travel several times per year throughout the region.
  • Strong IT skills, proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook. Internet research skills are highly desired.

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

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 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.

Information Technology (IT) Associate

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POSITION TITLE: Information Technology (IT) Associate

REPORTS TO: Operations Manager

DEPARTMENT: Grants, Finance, & Operations

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 US Chamber of Commerce. 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.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

The IT Associate works to ensure the regular functioning of CIPE’s IT infrastructure and provides the first line of technical support to CIPE users, working closely with SCB (outsourced IT) including ongoing computer maintenance and staff training. In addition, the IT Associate supports CIPE management’s directives towards user’s controlled access and productive use of IT resources (i.e. programs, files, equipment).

DETAILED DESRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Leadership & Project Management:

  • Support the growth and development of CIPE’s information systems. Research and test new software, hardware and web-based products that might enhance the work of staff.
  • Manage organization projects such as software roll-outs and other network development as directed by the Operations Manager.
  • Recommend and draft policies and procedures related to the functioning of CIPE’s IT environment.
  • Manage the CIPE IT inventory of hardware and software.

Maintain Network Functionality:

  • Manage the regular functioning of CIPE’s IT network. Coordinate the work of IT vendors (including SCB) in maintaining the ongoing functioning of CIPE’s network infrastructure.
  • Manage the setup and routine maintenance of PC’s, laptops, printers, copiers and related equipment, including the facilitation of temporary “loaner” equipment (e.g. laptops, flash drives, hard drives).
  • Act as the initial responder to user HelpDesk requests during normal business hours (09:00 to 5:00), including investigating any potential virus alerts. SCB will continue providing the HelpDesk support afterhours as well as backup support during normal hours.
  • Manage the setup and troubleshooting of problems with the user network remote desktop support access, including the synchronization of exchange accounts and wireless devices such as CIPE sanctioned SMART phones.
  • Coordinate the testing and deployment of software updates and system upgrades.
  • Support the work of the Operations Manager in maintaining CIPE’s network, phone, and fax.
  • As a member of the Operations Manager’s team, be available for planned after hours work and/or be available to respond for staff and network emergencies

Security & User Access:

  • Maintain the security of organizational electronic information. Support the work of the Operations Manager in maintaining back-up systems for data recovery in crisis situations.
  • Actively maintains the security of CIPE internal and web-based accounts;
  • Coordinates the set-up and functioning of user accounts, including e-mail, security, fax and telephone accounts;
  • Maintains the confidentiality of files, e-mails, and other CIPE information encountered as part of routine CIPE activities.

User Tools & Education:

  • Work with both the Operations Manager and SCB to develop a new staff IT Orientation package;
  • Work with the Operations Manager and SCB to develop on-going group “brown-bag” education and training sessions on best practices in using computer resources and maintaining an ongoing IT security vigilance;
  • Enhance staff IT knowledge enhancement through one-on-one interactive sessions as needed.

Key Information Systems Support:

  • Support Field Office staff remotely with systems troubleshooting and technology equipment/software ordering;

File Management & Retention Practices:

  • Provide for the efficient functioning and development of how CIPE manages digital files;
  • Working with SCB and the Operations Manager, facilitate staff education as well as group trainings on both e-mail and electronic file management.

Administration:

  • Coordinate work projects with the Operations Manager as directed;
  • Document and share appropriate, key information related to the work of the IT function;
  • Maintain an on-going inventory of computers, laptops, servers, fax machines, printers, copies and any other network equipment;
  • Provide support to organization-wide events and activities as requested by the Operations Manager.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to work with others in a positive and courteous manner;
  • Ability to set priorities, organize time effectively and efficiently, work independently and to flexibly manage multiple projects;
  • Clear written and oral communication skills; with the ability to translate technical information into understandable language for all staff;
  • Ability to work on problems in a methodical and careful manner;
  • Ability to conduct training and/or group presentations; and
  • Possess a curiosity and interest in current IT-field developments, especially in how they relate to continuation and enhancement of CIPE’s mission.

PRIOR EXPERIENCE:

Required:

  • 2 years technical support and/or related experience in an office environment required;
  • Advanced experience working with Windows 10, Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems

Desirable:

  • Minimum two years professional experience with international assistance programs, non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, or associations.
  • Familiarity with a multi-office (international field office) environment;
  • Familiarity with a networked environment;
  • Familiarity with Apple-related, or other non-Microsoft software products;
  • Familiarity with web-based applications and database programs.

EDUCATION: BA from an accredited College or University preferred.

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

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.

Program Officer, Global Programs

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REPORTS TO: Director, Multiregional Programs

Scope: CIPE is seeking a full-time, Washington, DC-based Program Officer for its Global department. This position is responsible for management of multiregional projects as well as providing thought leadership with a particular focus on business association capacity building and advocacy, as well as private sector-driven anti-corruption efforts. The candidate must be able to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks with limited supervision, have excellent writing and communications skills, demonstrate interest in democratic and market-oriented reform, and work well in a team. 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:

  • Work with colleagues to develop annual strategy, objectives, and priorities for the Global Programs department.
  • Develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate projects spanning multiple regions and partner organizations:
    • Manage day-to-day activities and budgets for CIPE projects, both implemented directly by CIPE and by CIPE partners/grantees, including effective communication with donors, partners, regional staff, and CIPE management and finance departments to ensure compliance with project objectives and reporting requirements.
    • Help identify and formulate new project concepts and develop funding proposals, including project narratives and budgets.
    • Monitor, evaluate, and report project results and impact.
    • Handle project administration, including invoices, contracts, and payment requests as needed.
  • Liaise with counterparts at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), CIPE’s main donor.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other donor organizations to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new funding opportunities.
  • Write/research/edit articles, reports, case studies, blogs, and other publications to advance CIPE’s thought leadership in the field of democracy and development.
  • Serve as the editor of CIPE’s anti-corruption compliance portal, http://cctrends.cipe.org/
  • Develop training materials and resources on various aspects of association capacity building and the role of businesses in anti-corruption efforts.
  • Work closely and serve as a resource to regional CIPE departments on CIPE’s core thematic areas of focus.
  • Manage CIPE database of consultants and a process for recruiting new consultants.
  • Manage consultants hired to complete specific tasks or produce materials within the framework of Global department’s projects.
  • Supervise, develop, and manage junior staff and interns.
  • Adhere to appropriate CIPE, NED and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce policies and procedures.

Position requirements:

  • 3-5 years professional program 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.
  • Educational and/or professional background in at least one of the following relevant areas: non-profit governance and management; policy advocacy and policy reform; private sector development; anti-corruption compliance, corporate governance, or business transparency and sustainability.
  • Master’s degree in one of the following fields: economics, economic development, international business, public policy, international relations, international law, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated writing, proofreading, and research skills.
  • Experience in international development and topics consistent with CIPE mission, including anti-corruption, democratic governance, corporate governance, business association advocacy, entrepreneurship, and others. Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks with limited supervision.
  • 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, salary history and brief writing sample (no more than 4 pages) to jobs@cipe.org with ‘GLPO-[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.

Program Assistant, Middle East and North Africa

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Reports to: Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa

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 Program Assistant for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is responsible for providing program, administrative, and coordination support for CIPE’s programs for the MENA region.

Responsibilities:

Administrative

  • Provide administrative support for Regional Director, including scheduling, travel arrangements, and correspondence.
  • Create and maintain program, financial, correspondence and contract files, both in paper form and electronically.
  • Process and track payment requests, field office liquidations, travel expense reports, documents for signature, narrative and financial reports, etc.
  • Prepare routine correspondence and mailings.
  • Communicate with partners and grantees by email and phone.
  • Assist with program monitoring and evaluation, including development and analysis of data collection tools.
  • Assist in writing and compiling quarterly reports, proposals and budgets.
  • Handle international travel arrangements, events, and local meeting logistics.
  • Adhere to appropriate office procedures, CIPE, NED, and USAID policies and procedures.

Coordination

  • Serve as liaison between Regional Director, MENA team, CIPE staff and external stakeholders.
  • Track reporting requirements and submission deadlines to CIPE’s Program Coordination Unit (PCU) and donor agencies.
  • Prepare agenda for, facilitate, and compile minutes for MENA staff meetings.
  • Maintain and update CIPE MENA events calendar.
  • Coordinate with the Communications department on submissions of Overseas Report, Annual report, and other publications.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs or related field required.
  • Background in the Middle East with an emphasis on political and economic issues.
  • 1-2 years of research and administrative experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, coordination, and communication skills.
  • Superb writing, research, and analytical abilities.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks and prioritize effectively.
  • Strong computer skills, proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Fluency or advanced competency in Arabic is beneficial but not required.

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

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.

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