Friday, March 18, 2016

Program Assistant, Eurasia and South Asia for Recent Grad

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, Eurasia and South Asia will have the responsibility of providing administrative support to the CIPE team working on programs in Afghanistan, South Asia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The position requires a dedication to assisting a large team and its programs, including staff in Washington DC, several field offices, and multiple international consultants.

  • Working with other departmental staff (Program Assistants, Assistant Program Officers, Program Officers, field office staff, Deputy Regional Director and Regional Director), process field office advances and liquidations, invoices, contracts, grant agreements, vouchers, consultant payments, field office advances, and partner payments, payment requests and other financial documents.
  • Prepare travel authorizations and travel expense reports, and handle international travel arrangements for the department.
  • Assist other department staff in tracking travel spending against a budget.
  • Financial skills and acumen preferred, particularly in budget creation and oversight
  • Organize schedule and meeting logistics for the department, in particular for the Deputy Regional Director and Regional Director.
  • Working with Program Assistants and Assistant Program Officers, maintain program and correspondence files for the department.
  • Maintain database systems for tracking reports, approvals and payments.
  • Prepare routine correspondence and mailings and perform clerical duties, as needed.
  • Adhere to appropriate office procedures, CIPE, NED and USAID policies and procedures. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of experience.
  • Minimum one year of administrative office experience.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellence in writing, reporting, and English composition.
  • Ability to take initiative to manage multiple, detail oriented-tasks with limited supervision.
  • Computer knowledge, preferably Microsoft Office, Internet, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Interest or background in Eurasia or South Asia economic and political affairs and/or democracy development programs is recommended but not required.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Russian and/or a major South Asian language will be considered a plus but is not required.        

Application instructions

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV and cover letter, writing sample and salary history to; subject “SAEURPA16-[YOUR LASTNAME]”. 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.
 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.