Program Officer, South Asia

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 July 2018

Job Description

Reports To: Regional Director, Europe, Eurasia and South Asia

Summary: This position is responsible for the development and implementation of CIPE’s country strategies and programs in South Asia, defined as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and India. In particular, the Program Officer will oversee CIPE’s two major in-country programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as partner grant projects in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and one South Asia regional project. The Program Officer will manage two assistant-level staff in the Washington office. The Program Officer will contribute to other CIPE initiatives on an as-needed basis. The position is project funded and contingent on further funding.

Position Available: Immediately

Responsibilities: Working with the Regional Director, the South Asia Program Officer will develop and implement CIPE strategies and programs to strengthen democratic and market institutions in South Asia. Specific duties include, but may not be limited to:

  • Monitor and assess democratic and economic developments in the South Asia region as a whole, and in specific countries.
  • Track S. relations with and foreign policy toward countries and the region and assess impact on CIPE projects and opportunities for new programs.
  • Work with colleagues to craft strategy, objectives, and funding priorities for CIPE’s core budget allocation from the National Endowment for Democracy. Oversee a program of projects and grants in South Asia, including:
  • Identify potential grantees and partner organizations, provide input on proposal development, evaluate proposals against the strategy and grant criteria, and conduct due diligence and comprehensive background checks on applicants and key individuals.
  • Manage day-to-day activities and budgets for ongoing CIPE in-house and partner projects to ensure compliance with objectives and reporting requirements.
  • Monitor and evaluate project and grantee results and impact.
  • Provide day-to-day oversight for CIPE’s Kabul and Karachi field offices, working together with the Regional Director, the finance department, and other program staff.
  • Travel frequently to the region for program oversight and evaluation.
  • Provide substantive input to ensure the success and impact of CIPE in-house and partner programs, 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 strategies, or develop joint projects, grants and/or contracts.
  • Working closely with the Regional Director and Director of Development and Partnerships, assist in identifying new business opportunities and developing proposals to potential funders.
  • Assist in developing and managing CIPE’s communications effort in South Asia, to attract and inform business organizations, public policy research centers, and opinion leaders in target countries regarding CIPE’s 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 democracy, economic, and/or political development programs in South Asia, with a preference for candidates with direct field experience. Fluency in a regional language will be valuable but not required.
  • A demonstrated understanding of key political, economic, and business trends in South Asia. Candidates with an existing network of contacts relevant to CIPE’s regional programs are preferred.
  • 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 non-profit and/or international development projects.
  • Advanced degree (Masters level or higher) in one of the following fields: 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: non-profit governance and management; policy advocacy and policy reform; anti-corruption, compliance, governance, business transparency; sustainability or corporate social responsibility; entrepreneurship or small business development.
  • Understanding of issues related to democratic development, political reform, and market-oriented economic development.
  • Some familiarity with the operations of chambers of commerce, business associations or policy think tanks is preferred.
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, communications and presentations skills. Ability to digest and evaluate complex information and provide input on relevant decisions.
  • 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 “moving parts.”
  • Must be willing to travel for extended and multiple periods across South Asia, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India.
  • A self-starter and the ability to take initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage, and supervise new and junior staff.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

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 “POSA18 [YOUR LAST NAME]”. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The target deadline for hiring this position is by August 15, 2018. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates who pass an initial interview will be required to submit a writing sample of no more than two pages, demonstrating the writer’s ability to synthesize complex information.

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.

About the Organization

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.

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