Program Director, Asia & Pacific

Washington, DC
Full Time
Asia Department
Senior Manager/Supervisor
Company Overview
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, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Anti-Corruption & Ethics, and Trade.

Position: Program Manager, Pacific Islands
Reports to: Regional Director, Asia Pacific

Scope: CIPE is seeking a full-time, exempt position based in Washington, D.C. for a Program Manager (PM) for the Pacific Islands. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of CIPE’s strategic focus on democratic governance through private sector-focused institution strengthening in the Pacific Islands. This may include collective action initiatives to improve business participation, economic freedom, and opportunity across the region, as well as efforts aimed at strengthening the capacity of private sector individuals to become change makers and advocates for democratic values. The SPM will be expected to develop regional and country strategies and communications strategies, oversee project implementation from a variety of donors, and support grants to partner organizations including but not limited to local business organizations, think tanks, and chambers of commerce. The SPM will be responsible for managing all resources required for programs, including financial resources, human resources, among others.


  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives on improving democratic governance and advancing market reforms in region.
  • Significant management responsibilities, including:
    • Supervise, develop and manage program staff, including Program Associates, Program Coordinators, field staff and consultants, when applicable.
    • Assist Director with planning for team growth, recruitment, and performance monitoring.
    • Provide oversight of CIPE country representatives across the assigned portfolio, includes supervision and leadership on all project activities, budgets, and expenditures.
    • Contribute extensively to external communications include authoring blogs for CIPE’s website, op-eds for external publications, participating in podcasts, and participating in major public-speaking engagements on a quarterly basis.
  • Contribute to an organization-wide culture of innovation, integrity, and high performance.
    • Collaborate with partners to refine project proposals, monitoring and evaluation plans, and project budgets.
    • Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments to achieve programmatic goals, including Communications, Grants and Finance, Policy and Program Learning, Centers of Excellence, and other regional teams.
    • Implement, monitor, and manage all project activities, in collaboration with local partner organizations and CIPE team members.
    • Represent and promote CIPE’s work at panels, workshops, conferences, or other events in Washington, DC or in the region
    • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with donor organizations and other potential strategic partners to increase CIPE’s resources and visibility
  • Design, 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:
    • Develop project concept papers, proposals, reports, and correspondence.
    • Act as CIPE’s representative to promote democratic market-oriented institutional reforms in region including developing and implementing training programs, public speaking at events, and facilitating meetings with partners, potential partners, and other stakeholders.
    • Lead and contribute to business development efforts by drafting full proposals narratives, technical sections of proposal narratives, budget inputs, or other thematic documents.
    • Analyze, research, and be familiar with the region’s political and economic landscape, identifying opportunities for CIPE programs and partners.
    • Identify potential partner organizations and beneficiaries in country and collaborate to design effective democratic and economic-reform programs.
  • Responsible for the financial management and stewardship of funds, including monitoring project spending, projecting future expenses, approving expenditures, and developing accurate budget for new projects. May include financial and operational management of a field office.
  • 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.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other donor organizations to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new funding opportunities. Work with the U.S. State Department, USAID, Australian DFAT, and other assistance programs to develop joint projects, grants and/or contracts to further democratic and economic reform initiatives.
  • Establish technical expertise, translating program experiences into lessons learned for internal and external stakeholders. Facilitate staff building technical expertise in thematic areas of work through leading staff training, developing internal resources, and/or leading staff working groups.
  • Monitor current events, including political and economic changes, and US relations in region and assess the impact on ongoing and planned CIPE projects.
  • Adhere to appropriate CIPE, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce policies and procedures.


  • 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, Political Science, or Public Policy is preferred.
  • 7+ years of experience in international assistance programs, non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, and/or associations, women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship in the region, preferably in the Pacific Islands.
  • Minimum five years’ experience with program management and program implementation, including program budget management, at the strategic level, preferred.
  • Experience with international development and topics consistent with CIPE’s mission, including women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, business advocacy, digital economy and governance, democratic governance, anti-corruption and business ethics and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish, and maintain good relationships with international partners, donors, and colleagues.
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills with attention to detail.
  • Proposal and report writing skills is required.
  • 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.
  • Ability to supervise, develop and manage young professionals and other staff.
  • Prior experience with USAID, U.S. State Department, and Australian DFAT run programs is preferred.
  • Demonstrated project management in NGOs.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Suite (Office, Sharepoint, among others) and Google Suite required, and proficiency in other technology platforms for project management preferred.
  • Must be able and willing to travel for extended and multiple periods.
  • High degree of culture competence.
  • Contribute to an organization-wide culture of innovation, integrity, inclusion, and respect.

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 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.

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The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

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Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work is performed primarily indoors with occasional exposure to outdoor conditions when required. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

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. 


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