Friday, December 4, 2015

December or Recent Grad? Program Assistant, Middle East and North Africa Position May Be for You!

Position description

Reports To:    Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
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. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.
The Program Assistant for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is responsible for providing administrative, coordination, and writing/research support for CIPE’s programs for the MENA region.
  • Provide administrative support for Regional Director, including scheduling, travel arrangements, and correspondence.
  • Process and track payment requests, travel expense reports, and documents for signature.
  • Handle international travel arrangements, events, and local meeting logistics.
  • Organize and update Regional Director’s contacts and calendar.
  • Adhere to appropriate office, CIPE, NED and USAID policies and procedures.
  • Serve as liaison between Regional Director, MENA team, CIPE staff and external stakeholders.
  • Track reporting requirements and submission deadlines to CIPE’s Program Coordination Unit (PCU) and donor agencies
  • Prepare agenda for, facilitate, and compile minutes for MENA staff meetings.
  • Maintain and update CIPE MENA events calendar
  • Coordinate with the Communications department on submissions of Overseas Report, Annual report, and other publications.
  • Produce content for the CIPE Development Blog and facilitate idea development for CIPE Feature Service articles and other CIPE publications.
  • Conduct research for articles, as requested by Regional Director.
  • Edit and proofread Regional Director’s writing.
  • Provide research for Regional Director’s speaking engagements and external meetings.
  • Synthesize morning news and send digest to MENA staff.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs or related field required
  • Background in the Middle East with an emphasis on political and economic issues
  • 1-2 years of research and administrative experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, coordination, and communication skills
  • Superb writing, research, and analytical abilities
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently with minimum supervision
  • Ability to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks and prioritize effectively  
  • Strong computer skills, proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Fluency or advanced competency in Arabic is beneficial but not required

Application instructions

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, one writing sample, and salary history to, subject MENAPA – [Your last name]. No phone calls please. 
There is a two-page limit on the writing sample. 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.