Program Officer, Levant, Middle East North Africa

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 30 June 2020
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Job Description

CIPE is seeking a full-time, Washington D.C.-based Program Officer in its MENA department. As part of a team reporting to the Deputy Regional Director, this position will manage an assigned portfolio of democracy support projects in the Levant subregion of MENA and contribute to the development of new programming opportunities. The Program Officer is responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of country strategies, communications strategies, and support grants to indigenous business associations, think tanks, and other civil society organizations. As a key CIPE representative, the Program Officer will promote the organization’s mission, cultivate relationships that support CIPE’s efforts, and work collaboratively across the organization to meet CIPE’s strategic goals. The successful candidate will be able to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks with limited supervision, have a demonstrable interest in economic development and democratic and market-oriented reforms in the MENA region, and work well with a widely diverse staff. This position is based in Washington, D.C. with travel to the region.


Manage implementation of projects in the Levant – Design, manage, and implement a portfolio of in-house projects and subgrants for assigned subregion(s) of MENA, supportive of CIPE’s overall goals and country strategies. Project management responsibilities have the following dimensions:

  • Develop donor concept papers, proposals, reports and correspondence.
  • Serve as CIPE’s representative to promote democratic market-oriented institutional reforms in developing countries. This will include developing and implementing training and other capacity-building programs, public speaking at conferences and events and other public outreach activities, and facilitating meetings with partners and potential partners.
  • Establish and maintain regular communications with project partners and key stakeholders. Develop, or help civic society partners develop, tools for tracking execution and progress towards project objectives. Review and provide constructive input on partner and consultant work product to help strengthen quality and content.
  • Support the planning and delivery of technical assistance to build local partner capacity.
  • Recruit and monitor the performance of contracted expert consultants who are involved in project implementation.
  • Monitor and evaluate project implementation and grantee performance to ensure activities are implemented in full compliance with objectives, financial and reporting requirements, and evaluation plans, and achieve intended impact. This will entail on-site visits, file reviews, and coordination with independent evaluators where appropriate.
  • Manage ongoing data collection by CIPE and grantees. Write clear and well-structured reports, evaluations, and impact assessments per donor requirements. Develop project summaries and briefs for various internal and external audiences. Ensure project success stories are communicated to key CIPE audiences.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration among projects, and foster cross-project communication and learning among local partners.
  • Travel to the field to consult in-person with partner organizations and other stakeholders, participate in key events, and support the implementation of project activities.
  • Understand and adhere to all applicable grant and office procedures, as well as CIPE policies and procedures.
  • Support and backstop field-based staff and field office operations and activities. Act as the liaison to HQ for the field office and field office staff, as necessary, in their reporting and processing requirements.
  • Supervise junior program staff and contribute to their professional development.
  • Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments to achieve programmatic goals, including Communications, Grants and Finance, Knowledge Management, and other regional and functional teams, as well as staff working groups.
  • Monitor current events, including political and economic changes, and U.S. relations in the region and assess the impact on ongoing and planned CIPE projects.

Develop strategies for CIPE’s work in the Levant – Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives in the MENA region, while focusing on assigned subregion.

  • Keep up to date on regional and country contexts and continuously build knowledge of regional and topical issues pertinent to the region.
  • Consult with regional and topical experts, CIPE civil society partners and other stakeholders to help identify regional strategies and strategic priorities for the portfolio.
  • Cooperate with, and exercise leadership of, CIPE MENA staff to contribute to development of CIPE’s overall strategy for MENA.

Develop new projects and partnerships

  • Establish and maintain relationships with donor organizations to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new opportunities for funding and collaboration.
  • Analyze, research and be familiar with the region’s political and economic landscape, identifying opportunities for CIPE programming.
  • Identify potential partner organizations and beneficiaries in-country and work with them to design effective democratic and economic-reform programs. Provide guidance to help civil society partners develop project concepts and proposals.
  • Extend the team’s network of contacts by participating in meetings and events pertinent to the region.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with donor agencies and organizations in Washington and internationally.
  • Work with the Levant programs team to develop new project ideas and draft concept notes and proposals. Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments and centers of excellence to develop successful concepts and proposals including Development and Partnerships; Grants, Finance and Operations; and Evaluation.


  • Bachelor’s degree in one the following fields is required: International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, Public Policy, or a related field.
  • Master’s degree or the equivalent experience in one of the following fields is preferred: International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, Public Policy, or a related field.
  • Minimum five years professional experience with international assistance programs, including experience producing successful program proposals and high-quality program evaluation reports for donors. Management and supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Experience working with civil society organizations and familiarity with aspects of organizational capacity.
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Fluent English writing and verbal skills.
  • Arabic language proficiency is preferred.
  • Familiarity with the Middle East and North Africa strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish and maintain good relationships with international partners and donors.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage junior staff.
  • Strong financial acumen and ability to develop, manage and monitor project budgets.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Strong skills in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with online collaboration tools and platforms such as MS Teams strongly preferred.
  • Must be willing and able to travel multiple times per year for extended periods.

About the Organization

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 journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.

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