Program Associate, 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 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.

Position: Program Associate, Africa
Reports to: Program Officer, Africa

Scope: This full-time, regular, non-exempt position is based in Washington, D.C. This position is responsible for providing program and administrative support for CIPE’s programs sub-Saharan Africa in the Africa department. The position reports to two Program Officers for Africa, one in-country.


  • 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.
  • Communicate with grantees and prospective partners in the Africa region on administrative and due diligence issues.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate 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.
  • Work with the Program Officers’ and other CIPE Africa department staff to coordinate project management deliverables and activities for the Africa portfolio.
  • Assist in training staff members and new hires.
  • Perform legal and factual research.
  • Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments to achieve programmatic goals, including Communications, Grants and Finance, Knowledge Management, and other regional teams.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, Finance, Political Science, or Public Policy.
  • Proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience conducting data entry to disburse payments to individuals, suppliers, and partners.
  • Superior organization skills and dedication to completing projects in a timely manner.
  • Strong writing abilities, critical thinking skills, and analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Flexibility to collaborate with a team or work independently and deliver consistent, reliable results.
  • Detail-oriented and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Good financial acumen and ability to develop, manage, and monitor project budgets.

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

There is a two-page limit on writing samples. Submissions demonstrating the writer’s ability to synthesize information are preferred. Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered. (Use as needed, update as needed).
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.