Senior Program Officer, Trade

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 22 June 2018

Job Description

Reports to: Deputy Director - Trade

Scope: This position is based in Washington, D.C. This position is responsible for overseeing operational activities of the trade department at CIPE. The Senior Program Officer will design and supervise procedures for the execution of all activities in the department, particularly those pertaining to project management, staff management and coordination, and external reporting. The SPO will also work closely with key financial, legal, and other senior management structures at CIPE and across the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF). Other activities include support for project development activities; manage information flow and reporting; and work with the Deputy Director in the design and execution of strategic objectives. The position reports to the Deputy Director for Trade at CIPE.


  • Provide day-to-day management and administrative oversight of a multi donor funded-project for implementation of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), focused on trade facilitation and border management reforms.
  • Oversee a team of technical experts including planning and facilitation of remote engagements and in-country interventions. Establish and maintain regular communications among team members.
  • Design and maintain processes to ensure smooth and timely delivery of team products and output.
  • Ensure accountability to project deliverables, beneficiaries, and donor requirements.
  • Monitor consultant and project performance to ensure full compliance with objectives, financial and reporting requirements, and evaluation plan. Write narrative summaries and interim assessments where needed.
  • Conduct necessary coordination across the three GATF partner organizations (CIPE, World Economic Forum, International Chamber of Commerce) to ensure optimal efforts and outcomes, as well as compliance with all partnership policies and procedures.
  • Support the development of institutional capabilities and technical competencies on trade at CIPE in support of strategic objectives.
  • Maintain constructive working relationship with project donors, identifying linkages with CIPE strategies, monitoring trends, and assessing new opportunities. Prepare related concept notes and proposals as required.
  • Understand and adhere to appropriate grant and office procedures, as well as CIPE policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a trade-related field, including International Relations/Development, Economics, Political Science, or Law.
  • Minimum 8+ years professional experience with international assistance programs, preferably in connection with trade or business.
  • Professional or technical experience with trade facilitation strongly desired
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and supervise staff
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Excellent English writing and verbal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish and maintain good relationships with international partners and donors
  • Strong project management skills
  • Good financial acumen and ability to develop, manage and monitor project budgets
  • Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Strong IT Skills in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
  • May involve some travel for brief but multiple periods

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV and cover letter, one writing sample, and salary history to; subject “SPOTRADE-[YOURLASTNAME]”.

There is a two-page limit on writing samples. Submissions demonstrating writer’s ability to synthesize information are preferred. Applications submitted without a writing sample will not receive equal consideration.

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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 globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and 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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