Program Officer, Asia and the Pacific

Washington, DC
Full Time
Asia Department

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is a core institute of the National Endowment for Democracy and is the international affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Operating at the intersection between democracy and markets, CIPE designs and implements projects around the world that help make democracy deliver the freedom and opportunity for all to prosper.

Since 1983, CIPE has worked to build the political, market and civic institutions vital to democratic societies and private sector led economies. CIPE’s key program areas include democratic governance, anti-corruption, enterprise ecosystems, trade facilitation, economic empowerment of at-risk communities, and opening political space in closed societies.   

Position: Program Officer, Asia & Pacific

Reports To: Deputy Director, Asia & Pacific

Scope: CIPE is seeking a full-time, exempt position based in Washington, D.C. for a Program Officer for Asia and the Pacific region implementing a regional initiative that covers a number of countries in Southeast Asia. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of CIPE’s strategic focus on democratic governance through private sector collective action initiatives to improve business participation, economic freedom and opportunity across the region by developing regional and country strategies, communications strategies, project implementation, and support grants to local business organizations, think tanks, and chambers of commerce. This position involves frequent travel to the region.


  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives on improving democratic governance and advancing market reforms in Asia and the Pacific
  • Implement and manage a portfolio of projects and grants for the assigned region, supportive of CIPE’s overall goals and strategies for target countries. Project responsibilities have the following dimensions:
    • Be responsible for project deliverables and activities, including direct implementation of activities as well as working with partners to jointly carry out project activities
    • Serve as CIPE’s main point of contact for partners in the portfolio by maintaining regular communication with project partners and relevant stakeholders
    • Analyze, research, and be familiar with the region’s political and economic landscape and contribute to regional strategy on ways to advance CIPE’s mission
    • Identify opportunities for CIPE programs and identify potential partner organizations and beneficiaries’ in country and collaborate to design effective democratic and economic-reform programs.
    • Analyze both solicited and unsolicited project proposals in the context of the regional socio-political context, CIPE strategy, grant guidelines, and criteria.
    • Work with partners to refine proposals, monitoring and evaluation plans, and project budgets.
    • Maintain correspondence and operational records regarding CIPE-funded programs in the assigned portfolio.
    • Monitor grantees, contractors, and consultants’ performance to ensure full compliance with objectives, financial and reporting requirements, and evaluation plans.
    • Evaluate projects through on-site visits, file reviews, and coordination with independent evaluators where appropriate.
    • Develop project reports, summaries, and assessments.
  • Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments to achieve programmatic goals, including Communications, Grants and Finance, Policy and Program Learning, and other regional teams.
  • Adhere to appropriate CIPE, NED and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce policies and procedures.
  • Supervise, develop and manage junior program staff 


  • Bachelor’s degree in one the following fields is required: International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, Political Science, or Public Policy.
  • Master's degree, or the equivalent experience in International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, or Public Policy is preferred.
  • Minimum three years professional experience with international assistance programs, non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, and/or associations in Southeast Asia.
  • Minimum three years’ experience with program management and program implementation at the strategic level, preferred.
  • Experience with international development and topics consistent with CIPE’s mission, including anti-corruption and business ethics, democratic governance, business association advocacy, entrepreneurship and others.
  • Experience in Southeast Asia, as well as an understanding and strong interest in the wider Asia and the Pacific region.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish, and maintain good relationships with international partners, donors, and colleagues.
  • Fluency (written and spoken) in regional language preferred.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to manage multiple time-sensitive, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated strong organizational, interpersonal, critical thinking and communication skills
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment, as well as independently with minimum supervision; ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks.
  • Proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must be able and willing to travel

Benefits and Perks

Competitive Benefits including medical, dental, vision, short & long-term disability, flexible spending, paid family leave, life insurance, 401(k), commuter benefits, telework, and more!

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

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and marital status or any other legally protected class or characteristic covered by applicable law.  CIPE is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. CIPE believes diversity and inclusion across our organization is critical to our programs, mission, and success as a globally operating business. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain talent from a diverse candidate pool.

Employee’s Responsibility in an Emergency

The employee is expected to respond to emergency situations involving the safety of fellow

employees including evacuation of the building.

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 or emails, please.


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