Program Officer

The Asia Foundation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 10

Position description

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? 

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation.  Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century:  governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation.  We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms.  Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program is seeking a Program Officer in our Washington DC office location.


The Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) aims to empower women and girls to be full and active participants in their country’s social, political, and economic development, and to advance gender equality. WEP has three overarching strategic objectives: to promote women’s rights and security; to increase women’s voice and political participation; and to advance women’s economic opportunities. 

The WEP Program Officer will work closely with members of the WEP team, Program Strategy Group (PSG), country office staff, and colleagues in San Francisco and Washington, DC, on a broad range of women’s and girls’ empowerment programs and gender integration, particularly by providing technical expertise on issues related to gender-based violence (GBV). The Program Officer will support program design and proposal development for public and private donors; draft and/or review project reports, research, and other knowledge products; and have regular engagement with external stakeholders and implementing partners, including donors. The Program Officer will also support the planning and implementation of WEP-related workshops, trainings, public events, and conferences in the U.S. and Asia. The Program Officer position requires the ability and willingness to undertake frequent travel to Asia (25-40%), as required. 



  • The Program Officer is supervised by the Assistant Director of the Women’s Empowerment Program, and works closely with the entire WEP team; 
  • Frequent contact and close cooperation with country office staff in Asia; 
  • Regular engagement with colleagues in PSG, Public Sector Development Services (PSDS), Resource Development (RD), and other Washington, D.C. and San Francisco-based teams.


  • Regular contact with donors, grantees, visitors to the Foundation, partner organizations, and project consultants. 
  • When in Asia, contact with bilateral and multilateral development assistance agencies, private sector and individual donors, diplomatic missions, national and international NGO directors and staff.



  • Minimum two years of professional experience in international development and/or foreign affairs, preferably with experience living in or working on Asia;
  • Demonstrated expertise in approaches to women’s empowerment and gender equality is essential;
  • Expertise in dynamics and strategies to combat GBV, including intimate partner violence and trafficking in persons is required;
  • Strong knowledge of gender analysis and gender mainstreaming/integration;
  • Proven communication and writing skills, including in research, proposal design, and project reports;
  • Knowledge of intersection of gender and Asian political, economic, and foreign policy issues is required;
  • Must be flexible, cooperative, hardworking, and a team player; 
  • Self-starter with proven ability to pay close attention to detail while maintaining a broad perspective on program goals and approaches;
  • Availability and willingness to travel regularly to Asia to work with field offices as required. 
  • Proficiency in the use of Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Acrobat; Sharepoint proficiency preferred.  


Master’s degree in a relevant academic field such as international development, political science, sociology, women’s rights, gender studies, or gender-based violence is required.


Program Development: Conduct research on issues that could be developed into new programs. Actively cultivate technical expertise on approaches to advance gender quality and women’s empowerment, particularly GBV. Assist in program development and proposal writing/editing for public and private donors. 

Fundraising: Participate in brainstorming and WEP unit discussions about fundraising. Attend meetings with donors and potential donors as requested. Track and draft reports and other correspondence to donors, as assigned. Provide support to WEP on Lotus Circle private donor engagement as requested.

External Representation: Represent TAF/WEP at meetings and other forums, working groups, and speak knowledgeably about TAF and WEP program areas to a broad range of audiences. 

Public Events: Assist with public and staff events, including preparing written materials, assisting with event logistics, and preparing discussion points for WEP and other staff for public events, trainings, and workshops. 

Administrative Support: Office administrative assistance, including maintaining program files.  

Financial Support: Monitor program budgets and prepare grant documentation, as requested.

Program Support: Write, edit, and proofread program-related documents and correspondence; draft and send out correspondence; draft contracts, letters of agreement, and amendments; conduct research on selected topics; and update WEP publications and marketing materials.

Other: Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Assistant Director or other unit staff.


At a critical moment in history, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development, stability, and growth of the Asia region. You will help promote a more constructive engagement between government and citizens and advance learning and awareness about The Asia Foundation. You will work with and learn from dedicated, smart, and accomplished colleagues and local partners, and, in the process, improve your skills and expertise. 

Application instructions

Applications should be submitted by visiting our website: selecting “Regular Employment”. We will only consider applicants who apply online and include both their cover letter, resume, and answer the assessment questions (if provided). Please upload your cover letter and resume in one document. You can also upload both in separate documents but please note, to do so, you will have to sign out of the system and go back into your record for additional documents. *The application closing date is Tuesday, May 28, 2019*.

* Must be legally eligible to work in the United States. We will not provide sponsorship. *

* No relocation will be provided. *

The Asia Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. We are an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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