Opportunities & Careers

CURRENT OPENINGS:

CIPE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

Staff Writer and Editorial Content Specialist

Program Officer, Global

Program Officer (Level II), Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Short-Term Consultancies in International Program Evaluation


Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

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Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

Reports to: Senior Program Officer – Middle East and Africa

Scope: This position is based in Washington, D.C. with travel to the region. This position is responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of country strategies, communications strategies, and support grants to indigenous business associations, think tanks, and other civil society organizations. The position reports to the Senior Program Officer for the Middle East and Africa.

Accountabilities:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives in the MENA region, while focusing on assigned subregion(s).
  • Manage a portfolio of in-house projects and subgrants for assigned subregion(s) of MENA, supportive of CIPE’s overall goals and particular country strategies for target countries. Project management responsibilities include:
    • Identify potential grantees and analyze project proposals in the context of the regional environment, CIPE strategy, grant guidelines and criteria. Work with partners to develop project proposals and budgets.
    • Conduct due diligence in selection of potential partners and key individuals.
    • Establish and maintain regular communications with project partners. Maintain correspondence and operational records regarding assigned programs.
    • Develop training content, marshal needed expertise, and provide technical assistance to build the capacity of local partners.
    • Monitor grantee performance to ensure full compliance with objectives, financial and reporting requirements, and evaluation plan. Write narrative summaries and interim assessments.
    • Evaluate completed projects through on-site visits, file reviews, and coordination with independent evaluators where appropriate. Write narrative reports and final evaluations.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with donor organizations to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new funding opportunities. Work with the US State Department (including MEPI), USAID, and other assistance programs to develop joint projects, grants, and/or contracts to further democratic and free-market reform. Identify and develop new business opportunities to advance CIPE’s strategies in assigned countries and subregion(s).
  • Monitor current events and US relations in MENA countries and assess the impact on ongoing and planned CIPE projects.
  • Understand and adhere to appropriate grant and office procedures, as well as CIPE policies.
  • Act as the liaison to HQ for the field office(s) and field office staff, as necessary, in their reporting and processing requirements.
  • Supervise, develop, and manage junior program staff.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in International Relations/Development or related field
  • Minimum five years professional experience with international assistance programs, including two involving the region
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Excellent English writing and verbal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish and maintain good relationships with international partners and donors
  • Strong project management skills preferred
  • Good financial acumen and ability to develop, manage and monitor project budgets
  • Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and supervise junior staff
  • Working knowledge of Arabic appreciated, but not required
  • Strong IT Skills in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
  • Must be willing to travel for extended and multiple periods

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV and cover letter, writing sample and salary history to jobs@cipe.org; subject “POMENA-[YOURLASTNAME]”.

There is a two-page limit on writing samples. Submissions demonstrating writer’s ability to synthesize information are preferred. Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered.

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 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.

Staff Writer and Editorial Content Specialist

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Position: Staff Writer and Editorial Content Specialist

Reports To: Communications Director/Senior Communications Manager

Scope: The Staff Writer and Editorial Content Specialist will report to the Communications Director and work under the direct supervision of the Senior Communications Manager. He/She is primarily responsible for developing a wide range of written material that presents CIPE and its expertise to external audiences. The position is also responsible for pitching content for earned media placement both online and in print, collaborating with the Communications team and other departments to improve and expand CIPE’s relationships with members of the media, and providing general editorial support to the organization. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and manage a content development strategy for written material that demonstrates CIPE’s expertise and thought leadership in the area of democratic and economic development. The written material will cover an array of formats to include articles, op-eds, interviews, speeches, talking points, publications, blog articles, brochures, flyers, newsletters, and technical reports.
  • Work closely with CIPE regional teams to identify story ideas and issues of interest to external audiences, and to draft content or give guidance to regional staff. Develop positive and productive relationships with internal and external colleagues to encourage content production.
  • Develop a media strategy for earning placement of pitched articles, op-eds, and blog pieces in the media; increase visibility of CIPE among relevant media, and pitch content.
  • Manage the CIPE Development Blog:
    • Identify blog topics and solicit blogs from staff and guest writers;
    • Edit blog submissions and post to the CIPE website in a timely manner, maintaining a posting rate of 3 - 4 blogs per week;
    • Identify opportunities for cross-posting CIPE content on other platforms and blog and vice versa;
    • Seek opportunities to increase visitors to the blog.
  • Coordinate and manage CIPE publications and outreach materials including the monthly Board report, the OverseasREPORT outreach newsletter, guidebooks, and other publications; work with vendors and staff to produce publications; draft content for the CIPE Annual Report, website, and flyers and brochures.
  • Draft speeches and talking points for senior management participation at CIPE events and external events both in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Perform the role of CIPE editor; provide support to staff to proofread CIPE written materials as required. Revise and maintain the organizational style guide.
  • Act as CIPE liaison with publication vendors, including copy editors and printers.
  • Working with the Communications & Digital Content Coordinator, supervise, develop, and manage interns as required.
  • Other duties as required. The Communications Team is small and all members are required to assist with a wide range of activities outside of direct scope of responsibilities depending on organizational priorities.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, economics, journalism, or related field
  • Minimum five years professional experience and a proven record of developing high-quality and timely written content
  • Experience in journalism, Capitol Hill press office, or speech writing preferred
  • Exceptional English writing and analytical skills; proven ability to develop compelling and engaging materials for external audiences including policymakers, media, government, NGOs, and private sector audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain media contacts and pitch material to the media for earned placement
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly developed aptitude to communicate policy issues to a more general audience
  • Ability to work independently and display initiative with minimum supervision
  • Ability to make a consistently positive contribution in a team environment
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships with all levels of staff and management
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a diverse and cross cultural environment
  • Ability to bring new ideas and innovations to the Communications Team and development them independently or as a team, as necessary
  • Proficiency in HTML, WordPress CMS, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite and/or ability to quickly learn new software for content creation and management
  • Familiarity with Search Engine Optimization practices
  • Experience with e-mail marketing services such as Mailchimp or iContact or other online communications applications and/or ability to obtain relevant skills preferred
  • Video production and editing skills/experience a plus
  • Foreign language proficiency a plus

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV and cover letter, writing sample and salary history to jobs@cipe.org; subject “COMMS-[YOURLASTNAME]”.

Include three writing samples with application and two examples of earned media placement. There is a two-page limit on writing samples. Submissions should demonstrate an ability to write content of different types for various audiences. Succinct, simple, and engaging story-telling is required. Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered.

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 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.

Program Officer, Global Programs

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REPORTS TO: Director, Multiregional Programs

Scope: CIPE is seeking a full-time, Washington, DC-based Program Officer for its Global department. This position is responsible for management of multiregional projects as well as providing thought leadership with a particular focus on business association capacity building and advocacy, as well as private sector-driven anti-corruption efforts. The candidate must be able to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks with limited supervision, have excellent writing and communications skills, demonstrate interest in democratic and market-oriented reform, and work well in a team. Candidates should be enthusiastic about the role the private sector plays in international development and democratic governance

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with colleagues to develop annual strategy, objectives, and priorities for the Global Programs department.
  • Develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate projects spanning multiple regions and partner organizations:
    • Manage day-to-day activities and budgets for CIPE projects, both implemented directly by CIPE and by CIPE partners/grantees, including effective communication with donors, partners, regional staff, and CIPE management and finance departments to ensure compliance with project objectives and reporting requirements.
    • Help identify and formulate new project concepts and develop funding proposals, including project narratives and budgets.
    • Monitor, evaluate, and report project results and impact.
    • Handle project administration, including invoices, contracts, and payment requests as needed.
  • Liaise with counterparts at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), CIPE’s main donor.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other donor organizations to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new funding opportunities.
  • Write/research/edit articles, reports, case studies, blogs, and other publications to advance CIPE’s thought leadership in the field of democracy and development.
  • Serve as the editor of CIPE’s anti-corruption compliance portal, http://cctrends.cipe.org/
  • Develop training materials and resources on various aspects of association capacity building and the role of businesses in anti-corruption efforts.
  • Work closely and serve as a resource to regional CIPE departments on CIPE’s core thematic areas of focus.
  • Manage CIPE database of consultants and a process for recruiting new consultants.
  • Manage consultants hired to complete specific tasks or produce materials within the framework of Global department’s projects.
  • Supervise, develop, and manage junior staff and interns.
  • Adhere to appropriate CIPE, NED and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce policies and procedures.

Position requirements:

  • 3-5 years professional program management experience showing proven track record in successful project, budget, and staff management.
  • Experience in working with business associations or chambers of commerce (domestically or internationally) strongly preferred, with good understanding of association operations, including relevant management and technology tools, as well as policy advocacy.
  • Educational and/or professional background in at least one of the following relevant areas: non-profit governance and management; policy advocacy and policy reform; private sector development; anti-corruption compliance, corporate governance, or business transparency and sustainability.
  • Master’s degree in one of the following fields: economics, economic development, international business, public policy, international relations, international law, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated writing, proofreading, and research skills.
  • Experience in international development and topics consistent with CIPE mission, including anti-corruption, democratic governance, corporate governance, business association advocacy, entrepreneurship, and others. Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks with limited supervision.
  • Foreign language ability helpful but not required.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as required by project activities.

Please send cover letter, resume or CV, salary history and brief writing sample (no more than 4 pages) to jobs@cipe.org with ‘GLPO-[YOURLASTNAME]’ in the subject line. Cover letters should address and convey familiarity and experience with CIPE’s thematic areas of expertise. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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.

Program Officer (Level II), Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

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Position: Program Officer (Level II), Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Reports To: Deputy Director for Country Projects/GATF

Scope: The Washington DC-based Program Officer (PO) will work with the Deputy Director Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (DD/GATF) to undertake a new CIPE program to promote the implementation of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement in developing countries. Specifically, the PO will work with the DD/GATF to manage/oversee programs with local grantees in target countries in coordination with assigned staff, and pursue the development of new concepts with local and international partners. The PO will be responsible for overseeing project design and delivery in a particular region to be determined as demand evolves (e.g. Africa, Asia, or Latin America).

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) will provide assistance to developing countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The Alliance, which will be launched later this year, is a joint effort between CIPE, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The Alliance will bring 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 will be leveraged to spur commercially-meaningful trade facilitation reforms. The private sector will provide first-hand insight into the problems caused by bureaucracy and “red-tape” at borders, and develop innovative and practical solutions.

As part of the initiative, CIPE will be responsible for developing and managing local and regional partners and managing local grant projects. CIPE will also work closely with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to mobilize networks of local chambers, regional business alliances, and national associations to resolve trade barrier issues through reforms. CIPE and the Chamber will also mobilize and coordinate corporate participation through the provision of direct and in-kind technical support.

Accountabilities:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives in the GATF program, while focusing on assigned subregion(s) or countries.
  • Manage a portfolio of in-house projects and subgrants supportive of GATF/CIPE’s overall goals and particular country strategies for target countries. The grants program has the following dimensions:
    • Conduct initial needs assessments in target countries, ascertaining local conditions, political willingness, stakeholder identification, local organizations and capacity, other potential private sector partners, and technical assistance requirements. Assessments will culminate in the development of country-strategies for GATF support.
    • Identify potential grantees and counsel them on how to develop GATF/CIPE project proposals.
    • Analyze project proposals in the context of the regional environment, GATF/CIPE strategy, grant guidelines and criteria. Work with partners to develop proposals and budgets.
    • Conduct background checks on applicant organizations and key individuals.
    • Establish and maintain regular communications with project partners. Maintain correspondence and operational records regarding GATF/CIPE-funded programs.
    • Monitor grantee performance to ensure full compliance with objectives, financial and reporting requirements, and evaluation plan. Write narrative summaries and interim /assessments.
    • Evaluate completed projects – through on-site visits, file reviews, and coordination with independent evaluators where appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with GATF host and partner organizations to identify linkages with project strategies, monitor trends, and assess new project opportunities.
  • Monitor current events and international relations in target countries and assess the impact on ongoing and planned GATF/CIPE projects.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of trends and practices in trade facilitation and appropriately apply to project design and delivery.
  • Understand and adhere to appropriate grant and office procedures, as well as CIPE and GATF policies.
  • Supervise, develop and manage junior program staff.

Qualifications:

  • Technical familiarity with customs procedures and trade facilitation concepts and operations; proficiency preferable.
  • Experience in designing and/or implementing trade-related projects.
  • Master’s degree in International Relations, international economics, customs law, port management, or related field(s).
  • Minimum five years professional experience with international assistance programs, preferably associated with trade-related operations.
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Excellent English writing and verbal skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish and maintain good relationships with international partners and donors.
  • Strong project management skills preferred.
  • Good financial acumen and ability to develop, manage and monitor project budgets.
  • Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment .
  • Strong presentation skills .
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and supervise junior staff.
  • Strong IT Skills in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Must be willing to travel for extended and multiple periods.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, two writing samples, and salary history to jobs@cipe.org, with the subject POGATF– [Your last name]. No phone calls please.

There is a two-page limit on writing samples. Submissions demonstrating writer’s ability to synthesize information are preferred. Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered.

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.

Short-Term Consultancies in International Program Evaluation

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The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is seeking consultants for short term and temporary assignments for summative program evaluation research, analysis and report writing.  Depending on the specific assignment, these positions typically require both quantitative and qualitative research skills including in-person and internet surveys, sampling, elite interviews, focus groups as well as document reviews. CIPE is also interested in identifying potential consultants who might be able to add to its ability to demonstrate impact through specialized approaches such as case studies, process-tracing, and social network analyses. Reports will be written in English, but some assignments may require language skills to conduct the research.  Based upon donor and project needs, consultants will be asked to design and conduct project, program, country level, cumulative or thematic evaluations based upon consultation with the CIPE Evaluation Officer and regional team staff and a Statement of Work. These assignments will usually require international travel, sometimes to difficult or remote locations of two to four weeks duration. 

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree (or above) in international development, economics, public policy or related field, including significant formal training in research methods and program evaluation;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and conducting external evaluations as an independent consultant;
  • Knowledge or successful past experience conducting research or evaluation cross culturally;
  • Program evaluation skills using both qualitative and quantitative data, including data analysis and presentation using charts and graphs;
  • Commitment to ethical and professional standards of research and evaluation, including work with potentially vulnerable populations;
  • Ability to travel and conduct research in difficult or remote situations

Other desired qualifications include:

  • In-depth knowledge of specific countries or regions including (where appropriate) language skills;
  • Familiarity with business associations, including experience in assessing organizational development and private sector or other civil society advocacy;
  • Knowledge of advanced and emerging concepts of how to measure and study civil society, democratic governance, legal and policy change;
  • Specialized knowledge of how new innovations such as anti-corruption compliance, corporate governance; supply chains, and entrepreneurship ecosystems further democratization initiatives;
  • Prior experience working with international donor agencies;
  • Experience or knowledge of working with a gender lens in program development and evaluation;
  • Excellence in writing, reporting and English composition;
  • Demonstrated competency in standard Windows-based office software;
  • Effective interpersonal and teamwork skills and the ability to work independently, and as part of a small team

TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV and cover letter, writing sample and salary history to jobs@cipe.org; subject “EC-[YOURLASTNAME]”.

Your application should clearly indicate the types of research and program evaluation skills you possess expertise in, your prior experience, any regional and language experience, and other expertise related to this position. 

There is a five-page limit on writing samples. Submissions demonstrating writer’s ability to synthesize information are preferred. Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis as consultancies are available.  Candidates will be notified if they are accepted in the database for potential assignments and of potential opportunities as they develop.  No phone calls, please.

Email:  jobs@cipe.org

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

CIPE will be interviewing at the American Evaluation Association meeting in Denver, October 14-18, 2014.  If you will be attending, please note this in your application.

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