Program Officer, Global Programs

Washington, DC
Full Time
Global Programs
Mid Level

Company Overview:  

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 (NED) 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.  

Position: Program Officer, Global Programs  

Reports to: Senior Program Manager, Global Programs  

Scope: CIPE is seeking a full-time, Washington, D.C.-based Program Officer on the Global Programs team. As part of a team reporting to the Program Director, the Program Officer will play a critical role in creating and implementing a strategic vision for an assigned portfolio of projects across the globe. Thematic topics of the portfolio consist of 1) youth empowerment and youth entrepreneurship, 2) fostering trust in business and governments, and other timely issues at the intersection of democracy and markets. Candidates should be enthusiastic about the role the private sector plays in economic development and democratic governance. As a key CIPE representative, the Program Officer will promote the organization’s mission, cultivate relationships that support CIPE’s efforts, and will work collaboratively across the organization to meet CIPE’s strategic goals. 


  • Develop and implement a strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives on the thematic focus areas, working as part of a team reporting to the Program Director.  

  • Supervise and develop program staff including Program Associates and consultants.  

  • Design, implement, and manage a portfolio of projects. Project responsibilities have the following dimensions:   

  • Develop concept papers and proposals for U.S. and non-U.S. donors. 

  • Draft and review project reports and assessments.  

  • Analyze, research, and develop familiarity with thematic issues in the portfolio, identifying opportunities for CIPE programming.  

  • In coordination with Regional staff, including field office staff, identify potential partner organizations and beneficiaries in-country and work with them to design effective democratic and economic reform programs.  

  • Serve as CIPE’s representative to promote thematic focus areas in the assigned portfolio. This will include implementing training programs and leading meetings with partners and potential partners.  

  • Establish and maintain regular communications with project partners and key stakeholders.  

  • Monitor grantee 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.   

  • Responsibly manage funds, including monitoring project spending, projecting future expenses, approving expenditures, and developing accurate budgets for new projects. 

  • In coordination with Regional staff, lead and contribute to business development efforts by drafting full proposal narratives, technical sections of proposal narratives, budget inputs, or other thematic documents. 

  • Establish and maintain relationships with donor organizations and local partners to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new funding opportunities.   

  • Build technical expertise, translating program experiences into lessons learned for internal and external stakeholders.  

  • Facilitate CIPE staff building technical expertise in thematic areas of work through leading staff training and developing resources. 

  • Monitor current events, including political and economic changes and relevant regional and global policy, and assess the impact on ongoing and planned CIPE projects.  

  • Contribute to external communications, including blogs, podcasts, and other publications to advance CIPE’s thought leadership on topics in the portfolio. 

  • Support planning and executing internal and external events, including moderating and speaking on panels, drafting remarks, editing invitations, coordinating guests, and publicizing on social media, in collaboration with the Communications Associate and Communications department. 

  • Contribute to department overall strategy.  

  • Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments to achieve programmatic goals, including Regional teams, Centers of Excellence, Communications, Grants and Finance, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, and Policy & Program Learning.   

  • Contribute to an organizational culture of innovation, integrity, and high performance.  

  • Adhere to appropriate CIPE, NED, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and donor policies and procedures.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in one the following fields is required: International Relations, Political Science, International Development, International Business, Economic Development, or Public Policy   

  • Master’s degree, or the equivalent experience, in one of the above fields is strongly preferred  

  • At least four to six years’ experience showing a proven track record in project, budget, and staff management   

  • Demonstrated understanding or experience working on at least one of the thematic topics in the portfolio    

  • Superb English writing and editing skills 

  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills 

  • Strong financial acumen and ability to develop, manage, and monitor project budgets  

  • Experience managing projects funded by a variety of US and non-US donors preferred   

  • Detail-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks with limited supervision in a fast-paced, global environment 

  • Must be willing and able to travel frequently  

  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in MS Office  

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.

CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations.  


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