Chief of Party

Apply by 2 April 2018
Posted on 13 March 2018

Job Description


Chief of Party (COP)

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is a non-profit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. The Foundation seeks an experienced Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated four-year, $10 to $25 million program titled “Together” funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program is likely to focus on a range of issues affecting Thailand, including good governance, peacebuilding/reconciliation, regional disparities, and local economic development. The program will support inclusive efforts to diminish the potential for tensions and conflict both nationwide and in Thailand’s Deep South, including for women, youth, and other underserved groups.

The COP will be responsible for providing overall vision, leadership, and guidance for the program. The COP must have at least ten (10) years of demonstrated experience managing peacebuilding/reconciliation, governance, civil society, and local economic development-related programs that have included components such as people-to-people activities, the empowerment of women, youth, and other underserved groups, and capacity development, among others. The ideal candidate will have significant experience and extensive networks in Thailand. Experience implementing complex and multifaceted projects is required, with demonstrated skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. The COP is expected to have the strategic vision, leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience, a solid professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program description. S/he will have exceptional communication and collaboration skills and a proven track record of interacting with other projects, high-level host country governments, and international agencies. The candidate must have a proven track record of working effectively with diverse groups of civil society organizations, media, academic institutions, and government counterparts. Given the complexity and scope of this project, it is critical that the COP exhibit effective personnel management, coordination, and decision-making skills along with an ability to troubleshoot. The COP will be based in Bangkok, Thailand.


Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID for procedural and substantive matters, and be responsible for quality control of the technical aspects of performance, procurement, personnel, reporting, and other management-related requirements of the cooperative agreement;
Provide technical leadership for program activities including conceptualizing, designing, implementing and monitoring innovative, cutting-edge programming activities;
Build and manage relationships with partners and USAID counterparts in Bangkok, including meeting and consulting regularly with USAID regarding the program’s performance and direction;
Supervise a multi-cultural team of professionals and experts across various technical and functional areas (e.g. social cohesion and reconciliation, research, monitoring and evaluation, etc.)


Relevant advanced degree in international development, social science, peacebuilding and conflict management (including social cohesion and reconciliation), public policy, or a related field of study;

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in international development (including ten years in governance, peacebuilding, and/or reconciliation), with at least seven years of senior managerial-level experience in a developing country, preferably in Thailand or Southeast Asia;
  • Demonstrated capabilities in high-level strategic visioning and leadership, and experience working effectively with senior government officials/agencies, national and local government authorities, and USAID and/or other development partners and donors;
  • Demonstrated leadership/managerial, technical, and administrative skills in program management, particularly for USAID programs of similar size and scope, including managing budgets and personnel, motivating and supervising team efforts, and achieving success in complex activities, preferably in Thailand or Southeast Asia;
  • Demonstrated experience working across ethnic, religious, and language identify groups, as well as marginalized populations such as women, youth, and other underserved groups;
  • Proven effectiveness in relationships with counterparts, partners, and clients, and strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Previous experience managing US Government-funded programs, particularly USAID programs, of similar scale and scope highly preferred;
  • Solid understanding of the value systems, traditions, and social norms and practices of different cultures and religions, particularly in Thailand or Southeast Asia, strongly preferred; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency in Thai language strongly preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV no later than April 2, 2018 to with the position listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls, please.

About the Organization

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2017, we provided $83.7 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at $8.7 million.

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