Program Associate, Africa

Washington, DC
Full Time
Africa
Entry Level

Company Overview:

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 Associate, Africa

Reports To:             Program Officer, Africa

Summary:               CIPE is seeking a full-time, non-exempt Washington, D.C.  based Program Associate. The Program Associate for Africa is responsible for providing programmatic and administrative support for CIPE’s projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The position reports to the Program Officer for Africa. 

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Program Officer and other CIPE Africa staff to coordinate project management deliverables and activities for the Africa portfolio.
  • Process and track payment requests, field office liquidations, travel expense reports, documents for signature, narrative and financial reports, etc.
  • Prepare routine correspondence and mailings such as grant agreements, consultant contracts, reporting requirements for grantees, grant and contract modifications, etc.
  • Communicate with grantees and prospective partners in the Africa region on administrative and due diligence issues.
  • Assist in writing, reviewing, editing and preparing periodic reports, project proposals, articles, and other documents for submission to donor agencies and for promotional use by CIPE.
  • Coordinate international travel arrangements, events, and local meeting logistics.
  • Create and maintain program, financial, correspondence and contract files.
  • Adhere to appropriate CIPE and donor policies and procedures.
  • Work with the Program Officers’ and other CIPE Africa department staff to coordinate project management deliverables and activities for the Africa portfolio.
  • Assist in training staff members and new hires.
  • Perform legal and subject matter specific research as needed.
  • Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments to achieve programmatic goals, including Communications, Grants and Finance, Knowledge Management, and other regional teams.

Qualifications:

  • ​​​​Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, Finance, Political Science, or Public Policy.
  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs, with an emphasis on political and economic issues in Africa. Interest in trade policy, public-policy advocacy, anticorruption preferred.
  • Experience conducting data entry to disburse payments to individuals, suppliers, and partners.
  • At least two years of administrative office experience, particularly in supporting international programs.
  • Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; team orientation.
  • High degree of professionalism, including high quality work standards, attention to detail, and ability to take initiative.
  • Flexibility to collaborate with a team or work independently and deliver consistent, reliable results.
  • Strong financial acumen and ability to develop and monitor project budgets.
  • Ability to work in a diverse team environment, across time zones.
  • Strong sense of initiative and ability to self-manage and prioritize work.
  • Strong computer skills, specifically working with MS-Office, especially Word, Excel, and Outlook.

 

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.

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 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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