Program Officer, Middle East & North Africa

Center for International Private Enterprise
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 10

Position description

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.


Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa


Reports to:                 Senior Program Officer – Middle East and Africa

Scope:  This position is based in Washington, D.C. with travel to the region.  This position is responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of country strategies, communications strategies, and support grants to indigenous business associations, think tanks, and other civil society organizations. The position reports to the Senior Program Officer for the Middle East and Africa.


  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives in the MENA region, while focusing on assigned subregion(s).
  • Manage a portfolio of in-house projects and subgrants for assigned subregion(s) of MENA, supportive of CIPE’s overall goals and particular country strategies for target countries. Project management responsibilities include:
    • Identify potential grantees and analyze project proposals in the context of the regional environment, CIPE strategy, grant guidelines and criteria. Work with partners to develop project proposals and budgets.
    • Conduct due diligence in selection of potential partners and key individuals.
    • Establish and maintain regular communications with project partners. Maintain correspondence and operational records regarding assigned programs.
    • Develop training content, marshal needed expertise, and provide technical assistance to build the capacity of local partners.
    • Monitor grantee performance to ensure full compliance with objectives, financial and reporting requirements, and evaluation plan. Write narrative summaries and interim assessments.
    • Evaluate completed projects through on-site visits, file reviews, and coordination with independent evaluators where appropriate. Write narrative reports and final evaluations.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with donor organizations to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new funding opportunities. Work with the US State Department (including MEPI), USAID, and other assistance programs to develop joint projects, grants, and/or contracts to further democratic and free-market reform. Identify and develop new business opportunities to advance CIPE’s strategies in assigned countries and subregion(s).
  • Monitor current events and US relations in MENA countries and assess the impact on ongoing and planned CIPE projects.
  • Understand and adhere to appropriate grant and office procedures, as well as CIPE policies.
  • Act as the liaison to HQ for the field office(s) and field office staff, as necessary, in their reporting and processing requirements.
  • Supervise, develop, and manage junior program staff.


  • Master’s degree in International Relations/Development or related field
  • Minimum five years professional experience with international assistance programs, including two involving the region
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Excellent English writing and verbal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish and maintain good relationships with international partners and donors
  • Strong project management skills preferred
  • Good financial acumen and ability to develop, manage and monitor project budgets
  • Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and supervise junior staff
  • Working knowledge of Arabic appreciated, but not required
  • Strong IT Skills in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
  • Must be willing to travel for extended and multiple periods


Application instructions

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

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.

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, please.

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.

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