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The Asia Foundation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.  However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


The Asia Foundation is an international organization based in San Francisco with 18 offices in Asia, and an office in Washington, D.C. The Human Resources Department in San Francisco handles all employment and internship inquiries for the entire organization. The Asia Foundation is committed to a policy of providing equal opportunities in recruiting and selecting employees.

The Asia Foundation believes in providing equal opportunities without regard to age, color, country of origin, handicap, veteran status, religion, sex or sexual orientation. For U.S.-based positions, you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

We are currently seeking qualified motivated individuals for the following independent contractor/consultant positions:



Chief of Party, Long- and Short-term Advisors in Decentralization


Independent Financial Advisor

United States

No positions are available at this time.


Chief of Party, Long- and Short-term Advisors in Decentralization

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia is seeking qualified Chief of Party candidates and other long- and short-term advisors for an upcoming, multi-year decentralization project in Cambodia. Candidates should be development professionals with specific sectoral expertise, including but not limited to: decentralization and local governance, service delivery, social accountability, anti-corruption, civil society development, public financial management, and media programming, as well as program management, monitoring and evaluation, and finance and grants management.


Applicants should be international development professionals with a minimum of ten years of relevant experience for Chief of Party and other senior advisor positions and a minimum of five years of relevant experience for mid-level positions. For Chief of Party candidates, experience working with government and donor communities, particularly the US government, and an advanced degree in political science, international relations, or another relevant field are required.

Essential Skills

All candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of value systems, traditions and social norms and practices of different cultures and religions. Excellent consulting skills will be required including: Communication, both oral and written, consensus building, team facilitation, all with an emphasis on results and cultural sensitivity. Knowledge or experience of the decentralization/local governance environment in Cambodia preferred. Strong oral and written communication skills in English and proficiency in Khmer required.

Chief of Party: Desirable skills include but are not limited to

  • Proven technical and managerial experience and skills, preferably in Cambodia or lower Mekong region;
  • Previous experience as a chief of party, deputy chief of party, or team leader;
  • Experience developing and managing complex projects, leading multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams, working with government counterparts, community groups, and donor partners;
  • Knowledge and experience of the political, economic, administrative, and socio-cultural context of decentralization/local governance, service delivery, anti-corruption, and media programming in Cambodia or a similar context; experience undertaking effective consultation with a wide range of sub-national and national stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated capabilities in high-level strategic planning, management, M&E, and leadership of projects of similar scope and above US$10 million in size; and
  • Experience in working effectively with senior government officials/agencies, civil society, subnational, and national government authorities and other development partners and donors.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by January 23, 2017 to [email protected] with the position listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.


Independent Financial Advisor (Limited to Filipino firms only)

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

If you share the same vision and commitment, we invite firms to provide the following services for the Advancing Philippine Competitiveness (COMPETE) Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The selected firm will assist Credit Information Corporation (CIC), a government-owned and controlled corporation, in producing a study on the valuation of CIC shares and identifying potential buyers pursuant to the provision of Republic Act 9510, otherwise known as the Credit Information System Act.


Republic Act 9510, otherwise known as the Credit Information System Act (CISA), seeks to establish a centralized, comprehensive Credit Information System (CIS). The operation of a CIS is expected to “greatly improve the overall availability of credit especially to micro, small and medium-scale enterprises; provide mechanisms to make credit more cost-effective; and reduce the excessive dependence on collateral to secure credit facilities” (Section 2, CISA). The same law has created the Credit Information Corporation (CIC) “whose purpose shall be to receive and consolidate basic credit information, and to provide access to reliable, standardized information on credit history and financial condition of borrowers” (Sec. 5, CISA).

The CISA created the CIC with the national government owning 60% of common shares for a period not to exceed 5 years from the date of commencement of operations. Thereafter, the CIC will be privatized with the government selling at least 20% of its shares to qualified investors (Sec. 5(m), CISA). To successfully privatize the institution, it is important to provide a fair market valuation of CIC shares and to explore potential buyers who may be interested to purchase the government shares.

Scope of Work

  1. Study the nature of operations, financial performance and prospects of the CIC;
  2. Identify appropriate valuation tools applicable to the unique nature of CIC’s function and operations;
  3. Participate in meetings and interviews with CIC officials and potential buyers of government shares; and
  4. Prepare a report on fair market valuation of CIC shares and potential buyers of government shares.


  1. A duly-registered entity in the Philippines
  2. Has excellent track record of rendering fair valuation reports on several Philippine companies

The selected firm will be engaged covering the period January 16, 2017 to May 31, 2017. Interested firms are strongly encouraged to send Letter of Intent and Proposal on or before 11 January 2017 to Ramon N. Cabrera, Assistant Program Officer ([email protected]; [email protected]).


The Asia Foundation invites recent post-graduate degree holders to apply for an opportunity as a Junior Associate in Asian Affairs in the Foundation’s offices in San Francisco, San Leandro, or Washington, D.C. This short-term affiliation is to further the professional development of an individual specifically interested in Asia. The successful applicant will gain further knowledge of the region and an understanding of the Foundation’s work through specific assignments such as the following: conducting research; contributing to proposal development; assisting with the design and implementation of programs; preparing reports on Foundation projects; and other tasks as needed.

The full-time Junior Associate position is available during the summer. The Junior Associate will receive a transportation allowance and a bi-weekly salary during the three month program. For a list of frequently asked questions, please click here.


The application period is currently closed. Please check back for further updates.


The position for the Douglas K. Bereuter Program for Junior Associates in Asian Affairs is expected to be very competitive. We are seeking talented, high-energy individuals who will benefit from their affiliation with the Foundation and contribute to the organization as well.

Candidates must have the following:

  • Received a post-graduate degree within the past two years. In addition, to be considered a candidate must have completed and obtained this degree prior to the beginning of the program period
  • Completed graduate studies in Asia-related areas: international relations, international development, public administration, public policy, law, political science, economics, or sociology with work experience in Asia
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States (sponsorship will not be provided)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Great organizational skills
  • Great computer skills


  1. Cover letter describing why you are interested in applying for this opportunity and what particular knowledge and skills you would bring to the Foundation. Please be aware that your cover letter will also be used to assess your writing capabilities
  2. Resume
  3. Official Transcript confirming the completion of your post-graduate degree OR an official letter from your school confirming that your degree is currently in process and that you are on track to graduate before the start of the program. This letter must include your course completion date.. Either the official transcript or the confirmation letter should be attached to your online application within our system.
  4. Two academic letters of recommendation should be attached to your online application within our system.




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