The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the world through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, and is 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, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Anti-Corruption & Ethics, and Trade.
Position: Program Officer Level II, Europe and Eurasia (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and Russia)
Reports to: Regional Director, Europe and Eurasia
Scope: CIPE is seeking a full-time, exempt Washington, D.C. based Program Officer for the Europe and Eurasia region covering Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and the Russia. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of CIPE’s strategic focus on democratic governance through private sector collective action initiatives to improve business participation, economic freedom and opportunity across the region by developing regional and country strategies, communications strategies, project implementation, and support grants to local business organizations, think tanks, and chambers of commerce. This position involves frequent travel to the region.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives on improving democratic governance and advancing market reforms in Europe and Eurasia.
- Design, implement and manage a portfolio of projects and grants for the assigned region, supportive of CIPE’s overall goals and strategies for target countries. Project responsibilities have the following dimensions:
- Develop project concept papers, proposals, reports and correspondence
- Serve as CIPE’s representative to promote democratic market-oriented institutional reforms in countries of Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and Russia including developing and implementing training programs, public speaking at events, and facilitating meetings with partners and potential partners.
- Analyze, research, and be familiar with the region’s political and economic landscape, identifying opportunities for CIPE programs and partners.
- Identify potential partner organizations and beneficiaries’ in country and collaborate to design effective democratic and economic-reform programs.
- Analyze both solicited and unsolicited project proposals in the context of the regional socio-political context, CIPE strategy, grant guidelines, and criteria.
- Work with partners to refine proposals, monitoring and evaluation plans, and project budgets.
- Manage, monitor and implement all project activities, in collaboration with local partner organizations and CIPE team members.
- Establish and maintain regular communication with project partners.
- Maintain correspondence and operational records regarding CIPE-funded programs in the assigned portfolio.
- Monitor grantee, contractors and consultants' performance to ensure full compliance with objectives, financial and reporting requirements, and evaluation plans.
- Evaluate projects through on-site visits, file reviews, and coordination with independent evaluators where appropriate.
- Develop project reports, summaries and assessments.
- Provide oversight of CIPE country representatives across the assigned portfolio, includes supervision and leadership on all project activities, budgets and expenditures.
- Establish and maintain relationships with other donor organizations to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new funding opportunities. Work with the U.S. State Department, USAID, and other assistance programs to develop joint projects, grants and/or contracts to further democratic and economic reform initiatives.
- Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments to achieve programmatic goals, including Communications, Grants and Finance, Policy and Program Learning, and other regional teams.
- Monitor current events, including political and economic changes, and US relations in Europe and Eurasia and assess the impact on ongoing and planned CIPE projects.
- Adhere to appropriate CIPE, NED and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce policies and procedures.
- Supervise, develop and manage junior program staff, such as Program Associates and Associate Program Officers.
- Bachelor’s degree in one the following fields is required: International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, or Public Policy.
- Master’s degree, or the equivalent experience in International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, or Public Policy is preferred.
- Minimum five years professional experience with international assistance programs, non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, and/or associations in Eastern Europe.
- Minimum five years’ experience with program management and program implementation at the strategic level, preferred.
- Experience with international development and topics consistent with CIPE’s mission, including anti-corruption, democratic governance, business association advocacy, entrepreneurship and others.
- Experience in Europe and Eurasia including Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and Russia, and an understanding and strong interest in the wider region.
- Demonstrated ability to develop, establish, and maintain good relationships with international partners, donors, and colleagues.
- Fluency in written and spoken Russian required.
- Strong public speaking and writing skills with attention to detail.
- Proposal writing skills, required.
- Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment, as well as independently with minimum supervision; ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks.
- Strong project management skills and ability to manage junior staff.
- Proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Must be able and willing to travel for extended and multiple periods.
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.