Associate, Workforce, Entrepreneurship, and Youth Practice Area

Improving Economies for Stronger Communities (IESC)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Nov 14

Position description

Improving Economies for Stronger Communities (IESC) is a leading U.S. nonprofit organization that catalyzes private sector growth and creates economic opportunity for people and communities across the economically developing world. Since our founding in 1964 we have delivered lasting solutions across 139 countries.  

IESC is a valued partner to people and communities throughout the economically developing world. We share proven business skills and experience with entrepreneurs, jobseekers, businesses, farmers, cooperatives, and governments. We also offer resources—human, technological, financial—that sustainably build capacity and empower communities. Our long legacy of strengthening developing economies is matched by our vision for the next generation: a world with economic opportunity for all, where people and communities thrive.  Our major funders today are the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), among others. 

We are currently recruiting an Associate to support the Workforce, Entrepreneurship, and Youth Practice Area. Reporting to the Manager in the Workforce, Entrepreneurship, and Youth Practice Area, the Associate will be responsible for operational tasks related to the implementation of existing development programs and may support new business efforts on occasion. The Associate may be required to travel to field office locations to support implementation as needed. 

This position is based in the Washington, DC home office of IESC, with hybrid working arrangements, and is a full-time (40 hours per week) position. We will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis as applications are received. 



  • Provide support for day-to-day project operations. 
  • Support in the review of grant proposals, payments, and tracking of grantees, following IESC’s policies and U.S. government regulations. 
  • Support field office team with all operational and technical requests. 
  • Manage project documentation including reports and financials and maintain files in SharePoint. 
  •  Support the preparation and revisions of high quality quarterly, annual, and final reports; annual workplans; success stories; and other program deliverables. 
  • Provide support for project sub partners and consultants, monitor monthly invoices, and issue contract modifications, as necessary. 
  •  Support the monitoring of project expenditures and projections. 
  • Review and reconcile monthly expense reports from the field offices and ensure compliance with IESC policies and U.S. government and USAID regulations.
  • Update and manage the recording of project property. 
  • Coordinate review and revision of project manuals on an annual basis. 
  • Support new business efforts, including cost data collection, budget, and cost narrative development as assigned. 
  • Other tasks as assigned. 


  • Bachelor’s degree with 1 to 2 years of related experience. 
  • Relevant finance, operations, and/or grants experience desired. 
  • Experience in working with youth in an international development context desired, experience with workforce development a plus. 
  • Self-starter, detail-oriented, thorough, and well organized with the ability to prioritize among competing requests. 
  • Effective communication skills and cross-cultural competency. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Language skills, especially in French strongly desired. 

All applicants must have prior authorization to work in the U.S.  

IESC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving a diverse workforce in which all applicants and employees receive equal treatment regardless of their personal characteristics.  IESC is committed to providing employment opportunities for all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.  

At IESC, we value a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. We also encourage individuals who meet some but not all of the criteria and share IESC’s vision of creating economic opportunity through private sector growth to apply. 

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