Program Officer, Asia & Pacific

Washington, DC
Full Time
Asia Department

Position:                     Program Officer, Asia & Pacific

Reports to:                 Regional Director, Asia & Pacific


Scope: CIPE is seeking a full-time, exempt, Program Officer (PO) to manage a portfolio of anti-corruption programs in countries across Asia. As the primary project manager, the PO will be responsible for achieving program objectives and programmatic goals. As a subject matter expert, the PO will also collaborate with CIPE programs from other teams, especially with CIPE’s Anti-Corruption and Governance Center. As a key CIPE representative, the PO will promote the organization’s brand and thought leadership and will cultivate relationships that support CIPE’s programs and advance CIPE’s mission.  

Responsibilities: Position responsibilities fall broadly into four categories: Project Delivery, Team Dynamics, Partnerships and Outreach, Leadership

Project Delivery

  • Directly manage and execute, as the primary program manager, a portfolio of anti-corruption programs in countries across Asia, as determined by the Regional Director, and supervise staff assigned to that portfolio
    • Ensure full compliance with objectives, financial and reporting requirements, and evaluation plans
  • Monitor key events in the PO’s countries of focus, and trends relevant to corruption and governance challenges in the region, so as to understand how they create opportunities and challenges for advancing CIPE’s mission and goals
  • Implement a strategy to meet those opportunities and challenges through a portfolio of project that deploy a variety of anti-corruption strategies and methodologies
  • Ensure application of lessons learned both in the team and from other departments


  • Provide guidance, coaching and other forms of support to junior staff to help them develop, implement, and improve upon their programs
  • Contribute to the positioning of CIPE as a thought leader in the fields of anti-corruption and democratic governance, and apply this thought leadership to CIPE’s programs
  • Serve as a professional and technical resource for other program teams from across CIPE, in particular CIPE’s Anti-Corruption and Governance Center (ACGC)
  • Uphold CIPE’s organizational values of business ethics, integrity, openness, fairness, respect and accountability, as well as loyalty to the organization and its mission

Partnerships and Outreach

  • 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
  • Represent CIPE, CIPE’s work, and CIPE’s values in all interactions with relevant stakeholders

Team Dynamics

  • Recruit, supervise, mentor and evaluate staff and consultants on an ongoing basis
  • Lead and support professional growth of members of the Asia-Pacific team
  • Encourage innovation and entrepreneurial thinking on the Asia-Pacific and ACGC teams
  • Contribute to an organization-wide culture of innovation, integrity, and high performance
  • Continue pursuing professional development opportunities

Qualifications: Must possess exceptional communications skills, and will bring a mix of functional and technical expertise, as well as the highest level of personal integrity.

  • At least 10 years’ experience showing a proven track record of subject matter expertise in relevant fields such as anti-corruption programming, corporate compliance, governance reform, sustainability and human rights, along with expertise in project, budget and staff management.  
  • Exceptional writing, communications, analytical and presentations skills. Ability to digest and evaluate complex information and provide input on relevant decisions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of key political, economic and business trends in Asia’s emerging markets.
  • Experience managing projects funded by a variety of US and non-US donors.
  • Possesses an existing network of contacts relevant to CIPE’s anti-corruption and governance programs.
  • 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 “moving parts.”
  • Proven track record of serving as a member of a diverse and mission-oriented team.
  • Understanding of issues related to democratic development, political reform, and market-oriented economic development.
  • Fluency in languages relevant to countries of focus (preferred).
  • Advanced degree in one of the following fields: law, international law, forensic accounting, international business, public policy or related academic fields.
  • Educational and/or professional background in at least one of the following relevant areas: non-profit governance and capacity building; policy advocacy and policy reform; anti-corruption, compliance, corporate governance, or business transparency and sustainability; opening political space in closed societies.
  • Must be willing and able to travel several times per year throughout the region.


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! Employee events including Company Picnic, Health & Wellness Fair, Holiday Party and lots of fun in between!

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.


Americans with Disability Specifications


Physical Demands

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.


Work Environment

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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