Senior Program Officer, Center for Women's Economic Empowerment

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 20 July 2020

Job Description

Position: Senior Program Officer, Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment

Reports to: Director, Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment

Scope: CIPE is seeking a full-time, exempt, Washington, D.C.-based Senior Program Officer (SPO) in its Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment (CWEE). The SPO will play a critical role in leading and implementing a strategic vision for an assigned portfolio of projects across the globe and foster the professional growth of a team of CIPE Staff in Washington D.C. and field offices. As a key CIPE representative, the SPO will engage in public events and donor outreach in order to develop new project opportunities and maintain CIPE as an expert in the field of women’s empowerment, working collaboratively across the organization. In coordination with the CWEE Director, CIPE Human Resources and leadership, the SPO will have primary responsibility for coordinating organizational gender assessment and safeguarding practices and facilitate learning opportunities for CIPE staff and partners


  1. Advance CIPE’s Mission of democracy and free-market reform, through its core value of inclusion, in collaboration with CIPE Regional Program Teams and in-country partner organizations.
  • Lead strategic design and implementation of CIPE’s objectives on women’s economic empowerment in coordination with the CWEE project management team and the CWEE Director.
  • Design, implement, and manage a portfolio of projects. Project responsibilities have the following dimensions:
  • Develop and maintain funding relationships to include project development (concept papers/proposals/partnerships), and project implementation (reports/correspondence).
  • Serve as CIPE program representative including as a workshop trainer, conference or event speaker, or general project consultant with program staff and partners.
  • Research and analyze the status of women’s participation and leadership in the political and economic landscape, identifying opportunities for CIPE programming.
  • Evaluate projects through on-site visits, file reviews, and in coordination with independent evaluators as appropriate.
  1. Foster collaboration, synergy and growth in CIPE’s gender assessment and safeguarding initiatives.
  • Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments and staff working groups to achieve women’s economic empowerment goals, including Regional Division Teams, Communications, Grants and Finance, and Knowledge Management.
  • Supervise, develop and manage program staff, including Program Officer, Program Associates, Program Coordinators, field staff and consultants.
  • Contribute to CWEE’s Communication Strategy, including public speaking events and written pieces that advance CIPE’s brand for women’s economic empowerment, in cooperation with the Director and CIPE’s Communications Team.
  1. Bring value and innovation to CIPE’s inclusion efforts in democracy and free market reform programming.
  • Develop and lead gender assessment and safeguarding practices, including staff training programs on these practices, for CIPE global programming in coordination with the CWEE Director.
  • Identify and develop new opportunities for CIPE to innovate add value and collaborate with local organizations in target countries.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other donor organizations to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new funding opportunities.


  • Master’s degree, or equivalent experience, in one the following fields is required: Women and Gender Studies, Law, Political Science, Social Sciences, Economics, International Relations/Studies.
  • At least ten years’ experience showing a proven track record in project, budget and staff management; international experience preferred, experience with global gender movements preferred.
  • At least three years staff supervisory and team management experience preferred.
  • Fluent English writing, communications, analytical and presentation skills required. Foreign language proficiency preferred.
  • Ability to synthesize and evaluate complex information and provide input on relevant decisions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender implications within key political, economic and business trends.
  • Demonstrated success in gender assessment and safeguarding practices
  • Experience managing projects funded by a variety of US and non-US donors, including both government and private sources.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Detail-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks with limited supervision, working in a fast-paced, global environment, managing projects with multiple deliverables or dependencies.
  • Must be willing and able to travel frequently around the globe.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish and maintain good relationships with international partners and donors.
  • Strong financial acumen and ability to develop, manage and monitor project budgets.
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Proposal writing skills, preferred.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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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