Program Associate, Trade


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 civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include Enterprise Ecosystems, Democratic Governance, Business Advocacy, Anti-Corruption & Ethics and Trade.

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) is a collaboration of international organizations, governments and businesses. We are led by CIPE, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the World Economic Forum, in cooperation with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. We are funded by the governments of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Denmark.

The Alliance helps governments in various countries to implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Position:                     Program Associate, Trade

Reports To:               Senior Program Officer, Trade


Through CIPE, the Alliance is seeking a full-time, non-exempt Washington D.C. based Program Associate in the Trade department. As a part of a team reporting to the Senior Program Officer this position is responsible forproviding programmatic, administrative, and research support across a portfolio of projects and countries.The ideal candidate will be able to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks with limited supervision, have a demonstrable interest or experience in supporting the  administration of a professional organization, a passion for trade facilitation, and work well as part of a diverse team and within a dynamic international organization.


  • Provide support for the Trade Department’s portfolio of projects and countries worldwide.
  • Create and maintain electronic and hard copies of program, financial, and contract files.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Senior Program Officer and other CIPE and Alliance departments, ensuring processing of payment requests, travel expense reports, documents for signature, and international travel arrangements are completed in a timely manner.
  • Assist Program Officers in writing and compiling narrative and financial reports, proposals, contracts, and budgets.
  • Conduct background research.
  • Correspond with field personnel, partners, consultants, and other stakeholders to coordinate project implementation.
  • Collaborate with departments across the organization to achieve programmatic goals.
  • Assist in managing team budgets and oversee various project budgets.
  • Track political and economic developments in an assigned portfolio of countries.
  • Contribute to an organizational culture of innovation, integrity and high performance.
  • Adhere to appropriate CIPE, NED, the Alliance and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments to achieve programmatic goals, including Communications, Grants and Finance, Knowledge Management, and other regional teams.


  • Bachelor’s degree in one the following fields is required: International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, Finance, Political Science, or Public Policy.
  • 1-2 years of administrative office experience
  • Excellence in English composition, writing, and reporting.
  • Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; team orientation.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently with minimum supervision
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong coordination skills
  • Articulate, well-organized, and is able to take the initiative and lead on small projects as needed
  • Knowledge of or an interest in economic and political affairs centered around the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.
  • Fluency in a relevant language preferred.
  • Good financial acumen and ability to develop, manage, and monitor project budgets.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to the region as needed.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, and Access.

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, two writing samples, and salary history to, with the subject GATFPA1 – [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.

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.