Chief of Party

Beijing, China
Apply by 22 June 2018
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 11 June 2018

Job Description


USAID Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Infrastructure Development in Mekong Region RFA


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 three-year, $4.3 million project titled “Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Infrastructure Development in the Mekong Region” funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program will likely focus on a range of issues including environmental, social, and governance standards, environmental protection, and infrastructure development in the Mekong region. Program activities will primarily focus on China, with possible related activities in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The COP will be responsible for providing overall vision, leadership, and guidance for the project. The COP must have demonstrated experience managing governance, private sector, and environmental governance-related programs that have included components such as environmental, social, and governance safeguards, and infrastructure development, financing, and regulations. The ideal candidate will have experience and networks in China as well as the Mekong region. Experience implementing complex and multifaceted projects is required, with knowledge of or experience in adaptive management approaches a strong plus. 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. S/he will have exceptional communication and collaboration skills and a proven track record of working effectively with diverse groups of government counterparts, business leaders, multilateral development banks, regulators, financial institutions, developers, think tanks, and civil society organizations. 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 Beijing, China.


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 USG and USAID counterparts in Beijing and Bangkok, including meeting and consulting regularly with USAID regarding the program’s performance and direction;
Supervise a team of professionals and experts across various technical and functional areas


  • Relevant degree in international development, environment/social science, public policy, or a related field of study; AND minimum of five years of project management experience in China or the Mekong region; OR
  • At least seven years of senior managerial-level experience in China or the Mekong region;
  • Demonstrated capabilities in high-level strategic visioning and leadership, and experience working effectively with senior government officials/agencies, government and private sector leaders, USAID and/or other development partners and donors, multilateral development banks, regional platforms, regulators, financial institutions, developers, and civil society in the Mekong region.
  • Strong understanding of infrastructure development in the Mekong region and the Mekong ecosystem, climate change, development finance, and the BRI;
  • Demonstrated leadership/managerial, technical, and administrative skills in project management, particularly for USAID projects of similar size and scope, including managing budgets and personnel, motivating and supervising team efforts, and achieving success in complex activities, preferably in China or the Mekong region;
  • Proven effectiveness in relationships with counterparts, partners, and clients, and strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
    Solid understanding of the value systems, traditions, and social norms and practices of different cultures, particularly in China and the Mekong region, strongly preferred; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Excellent oral and written communication skills in Chinese a strong plus.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV no later than June 22, 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.