Program Officer II, Central Asia
Europe & Eurasia
- Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE's objectives on improving democratic governance and advancing market reforms in Europe and Eurasia.
- 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.
- Serve as CIPE's representative to promote democratic market-oriented institutional reforms in Central Asia including developing and implementing training programs, public speaking at events, and facilitating meetings with partners, potential partners, and other stakeholders.
- 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.
- 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.
- Manage, monitor and implement all project activities, in collaboration with local partner organizations and CIPE team members.
- Establish and maintain regular communication with project partners and other stakeholders.
- 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.
- Provide oversight of CIPE country representatives across the assigned portfolio, includes supervision and leadership on all project activities, budgets and expenditures.
- 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, and other assistance programs to develop joint projects, grants and/or contracts to further democratic and economic reform initiatives.
- Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments to achieve programmatic goals, including Communications, Grants and Finance, Policy and Program Learning, and other regional teams.
- Monitor current events, including political and economic changes, and US relations in Europe and Eurasia and assess the impact on ongoing and planned CIPE projects.
- Adhere to appropriate CIPE, NED and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce policies and procedures.
- Supervise, develop and manage junior program staff, such as Program Associates and Associate Program Officers.
- Bachelor's degree in one the following fields is required: International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, or Public Policy.
- Master's degree, or the equivalent experience in International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, or Public Policy is preferred.
- Minimum three to five years professional experience with international assistance programs, non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, and/or associations in Europe and Eurasia, preferably in the assigned countries.
- Minimum three to five 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 women’s economic empowerment, trade facilitation, anti-corruption and business ethics, democratic governance, business association advocacy, entrepreneurship, supply chains, labor migration, and others.
- Experience in Central Asia, as well as an understanding and strong interest in the wider Europe and Eurasia region.
- Demonstrated ability to develop, establish, and maintain good relationships with international partners, donors, and colleagues.
- Fluency (written and spoken) in Russian required; knowledge of Central Asian languages a plus.
- Strong public speaking and writing skills with attention to detail.
- Proposal writing skills, 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.
- Strong project management skills and ability to manage junior staff.
- Prior experience with USAID run programs is preferred.
- Prior experience with DoS run programs is preferred.
- Demonstrated project management in NGOs.
- Proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Must be able and willing to travel for extended and multiple periods.
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