Based in Washington, DC USA, this Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation position would support Alliance operations and projects as part of the team at one of our host organisations, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). The Program Coordinator (PC) will be exposed to ongoing and in-development projects world-wide, performing as the connective tissue which aids in enabling successful partnership. Mentoring under one or more Program Officers, a successful PC candidate will be able to hone the skills needed to develop and administer programs and projects in their future. A significant degree of autonomy will be expected of the PC in supporting the needs of the office and its projects. Excellent analytical and time-management skills coupled with a proactive and solutions-focused mindset will be key to a candidate’s success.
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 trade, anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth. In cooperation with the World Economic Forum and International Chamber of Commerce, CIPE participates in the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF), an initiative promoting the implementation of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement through public-private partnership.
Position: Program Coordinator, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
Reports To: Deputy Director, Trade
Summary: The Program Coordinator is responsible for providing program and administrative support for CIPE’s Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation programs.
- Oversee coordination function within Alliance team. Track team deadlines, deliverables, and follow-ups. Maintain awareness of team activities and commitments to ensure different work elements align with one another and fill various gaps when other team members are traveling or unavailable.
- Serve as quick and responsive contact point between CIPE headquarters, international partners, Alliance host organizations, donors, companies, and in-country stakeholders, handling tasks as appropriate or passing inquiries along to relevant team members.
- Write, compile, and/or assist with narrative and financial reports, proposals, contracts and budgets, and conduct background research as needed.
- Serve as CIPE lead on private sector engagement. Develop and maintain contacts at companies interested in working with the Alliance. Liaise with partners at the World Economic Forum, International Chamber of Commerce, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce to increase private sector engagement in in-country projects.
- Communicate with international partners to assist in the implementation of CIPE programs, including facilitating events, activities and meeting logistics.
- Work in close collaboration with CIPE’s grants and finance division and the Alliance Project Controller to draft, edit, and negotiate annual project budget and participate in ongoing budget management and oversight.
- Recruit, train & oversee junior staff (program assistants; fellows; interns). Keep track of different team members’ workloads and responsibilities and work with team managers on team organization and operations matters.
- Create and maintain program, financial, correspondence, and contract files, both in paper form and electronically.
- Adhere to appropriate office procedures, code of conduct, CIPE, and donor organization policies and procedures.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required. Candidates with degrees related to international trade, especially connected to logistics or development will be closely considered.
- At least two years of administrative office experience, particularly in supporting significant international programs.
- Strong writing and editing skills, particularly in the areas of synthesizing information and tailoring the presentation of sensitive information to different audiences, as evidenced by writing samples (see below).
- Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously and produce professional work product with limited supervision.
- Demonstrates considerable personal initiative and a strong analytical mindset.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills in English; team orientation.
- Financial skills and acumen required, particularly in budget creation and oversight.
- Computer skills, proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Internet research skills are highly desired.
- Fluency in written and verbal English.
- Foreign language skills preferred but not required.
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, two writing samples, and salary history to email@example.com, with the subject GATFPC – [Your last name]. No phone calls please.
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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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.