Program Associate, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Washington, DC
Full Time
Entry Level

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 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.

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) aids developing countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The Alliance is a joint effort between the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The Alliance brings together leading donors, local and global businesses, and international institutions to help deliver on the potential of the TFA to enable trade-led development. Private sector expertise is leveraged to spur commercially meaningful trade facilitation reforms. The private sector provides first-hand insight into the problems caused by bureaucracy at borders to help develop innovative and practical solutions.

Position: Program Associate, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Reports to: Senior Program Officer (SPO) for Operations, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Scope: CIPE is seeking a full-time, non-exempt, Washington, D.C. based Program Associate for the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. This role provides programmatic, administrative, and research support to CIPE’s trade team and portfolio of projects, working closely with the Senior Program Officer for Operations, Senior Program Officer (Programs), and Program Officers in Washington, D.C. The position offers an excellent opportunity for interested candidates to gain exposure to international trade and development.


  • Provide support to an assigned portfolio of trade projects, assisting Program Officers (POs) with project development, management, and evaluation
  • Monitor project activities, schedules, budgets, and contracts in conjunction with team members to ensure timely delivery of program activities
  • Coordinate international travel arrangements and meeting logistics with CIPE staff and partners, including travel bookings, expense reports, and payments
  • Coordinate portfolio financial and narrative reporting to CIPE and Alliance stakeholders on a regular basis
  • Provide administrative and operational support to Program Officers and the Senior Program Officer for Operations, including processing payments to consultants, partners, and vendors; recording meeting minutes; and special projects as assigned
  • Support the team’s procurement and contracting processes, including development and publication of terms of reference, coordination of proposal evaluation processes, and contract development
  • Conduct country and region-specific research, draft communications materials, and report on events related to the Alliance portfolio
  • Contribute to the development of country briefs, concept notes and project proposals in line with the project cycle of Alliance-funded projects
  • Contribute to team brainstorming on new projects and initiatives, and on creative approaches to project management


  • ​​​​Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in international relations, trade, economics, business administration, public policy, or related field preferred
  • Minimum of one year of administrative or research experience required. Experience supporting international development or public policy programs preferred
  • Interest in international business and trade, and the private sector’s role in democratic governance and economic development
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proactive problem solver and critical thinker
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks in a fast-paced environment with limited supervision
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills. Working proficiency in Spanish (speaking, reading, and writing) is desired, but not required
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a diverse team, including with colleagues, partners, and external stakeholders across across time zones and cultures
  • Financial acumen with the ability to develop, manage, and monitor budgets and complete financial reporting tasks
  • Strong computer skills, specifically experience working with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Adobe

CIPE is currently operating with a hybrid work environment. Candidates must either be located in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, or be willing to commute/relocate.


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 or emails, 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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