Program Officer, Asia, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF)


The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the world through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, and is 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 Officer, Asia, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF)

Reports To:                 Deputy Director, Trade


This position is responsible for the development and implementation of CIPE’s trade facilitation strategies and projects in South Asia, particularly focusing on the corridor between India and the Philippines. In conjunction with team members and experts, the Program Officer will develop CIPE’s trade projects in India, Bangladesh, and Cambodia as well as oversee CIPE’s in-country programs in Sri Lanka. The Program Officer will contribute to other CIPE trade initiatives on an as-needed basis. The position is project funded and contingent on further funding.

Position Available:      Immediately


Working with the GATF senior management team, the Asia Trade Program Officer will develop and implement CIPE strategies and projects related to trade facilitation and execution of CIPE’s work under the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation in Asia.


  • Design, develop, and administer trade facilitation projects in Asia, focusing on customs reform (including risk management and other tools for customs processing), sanitary and phytosanitary regimes, procedures, and other border management activities.
  • Develop working relationships and partnerships with private sector actors in the trade facilitation space, conducive to the development and implementation of projects.
  • Provide substantive input to ensure the success and impact of CIPE trade practice, including advising on project implementation, delivering training or technical assistance, and working with colleagues and partners to carry out activities.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining relationships with potential partners, international donors, and key stakeholders in the private sector, government, media, and civil society to create linkages with CIPE trade strategies, or develop joint projects, grants and/or contracts.
  • Working closely with the Director for Trade, assist in identifying new business opportunities and developing proposals to potential funders.
  • Assist in developing and managing CIPE’s communications effort in Asia, to attract and inform business organizations, public policy research centers, and opinion leaders in target countries regarding CIPE’s trade and trade facilitation programs.
  • Understand and adhere to appropriate grant and office procedures, and policies of CIPE and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


The ideal candidate will bring a mix of regional, functional and technical expertise, as well as generally strong professional skills and the highest level of personal integrity.

  • A minimum of five years’ experience working on trade facilitation programs in Asia, with a preference for candidates with direct field experience. Fluency in a regional language will be valuable, but not required.
  • Advanced degree (Masters level or higher) in one of the following fields is preffered: international business, economic development, international relations, public policy, or international law.
  • Educational and/or professional background in at least one of the following relevant areas: customs and/or border management; supply chain development and management; customs brokerage; freight forwarding; customs valuation and classification; trade software development.
  • A demonstrated understanding of key political, economic, and business trends in Asia. Candidates with an existing network of contacts relevant to CIPE’s trade work are preferred.
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, communications and presentations skills. Ability to synthesize and evaluate complex information and provide input on relevant decisions.
  • Proven track record in successful proposal development as well as program, budget, and staff management. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked with diverse and overseas staff, and on international development projects.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Detail-oriented and able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks with limited supervision, working in a fast-paced, global environment, managing projects with multiple deliverables and stakeholders.
  • Must be willing and able to travel for extended and multiple periods across Asia, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, and India.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage, and supervise new and junior staff.
  • 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.
  • 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 minimal supervision.
  • Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments to achieve programmatic goals, including Communications, Grants and Finance, Knowledge Management, and other regional teams.

Proficiency in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and salary history to with the subject “ATPO [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.