Careers

The Asia Foundation is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Washington, D.C. and 18 countries throughout Asia. We offer opportunities via Regular Employment, Independent Contractor/Consultant positions, and the Douglas K. Bereuter Program for Junior Associates in Asian Affairs internship program.

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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR/CONSULTANT OPPORTUNITIES

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Working through our offices in 18 countries and informed by deep local expertise and six decades of experience, we address the critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century by: strengthening governance, expanding economic opportunity, increasing environmental resilience, empowering women, and promoting international cooperation.

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:

Asia

Cambodia

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

Indonesia

Team Leader, Peduli

Deputy Team Leader, Peduli

Nepal

Deputy Chief of Party, Hamro Samman

Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist, Hamro Samman

United States

No positions are available at this time.

Cambodia

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.

Qualifications

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 subnational 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 February 24, 2017 to psds.consultants@asiafoundation.org 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.

Indonesia

Team Leader, Peduli

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Peduli is a Government of Indonesia (GoI) initiative to promote social inclusion as a pathway out of poverty. The Coordination Ministry for Human Development and Culture (Kemenko PMK, also known as PMK) created Peduli in 2010. The program is funded by the Australian Government through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The first phase of the program was managed by the World Bank from 2011 to 2014. The Asia Foundation was awarded a grant in 2014 to manage the second phase of Peduli. Based on strong performance, DFAT has extended the grant for a further two years. The Foundation will continue to manage Peduli until the end of 2018.

SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

The Peduli Team Leader has an overall responsibility to ensure quality of service delivery in accordance with the objectives and principles of the Program and needs of program stakeholders and partners. S/he leads the strategy and management across the program and provides intellectual leadership in relation to mainstreaming social inclusion. This role’s focus is long-range in nature but must ensure that short-range matters are delegated to, and effectively undertaken by, relevant staff. The function has a dual focus on effectiveness and efficiency, including the value-for-money aspects of the program.

This position reports to The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Indonesia and is a member of the Foundations senior management team.

Accountabilities:

  • Relationships with PMK and relevant GoI counterparts at national and subnational level
  • Relationships with DFAT and DFAT partners;
  • Progress towards strategic direction, including timeliness and quality of deliverables;
  • Effective staff performance;
  • Effective and relevant knowledge management;
  • Value-for-money (measures of economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and equity);
  • Quality and ongoing relevance of the program;
  • Timeliness and quality of reporting to PMK and DFAT;
  • Management of risk;
  • Management of workloads and career aspirations of Peduli staff;
  • Effective internal and external communications; and
  • Collaborations and coordination with other DFAT programs.

RELATIONSHIPS

The Team Leader will have regular contact with:

INTERNAL

  • Regular contact with all PEDULI team members
  • Management of a large team in the Foundation’s Jakarta office
  • Regular contact with other senior management in the Foundation’s Jakarta Office
  • Contact with other program and theme staff in Foundation offices in the US and Asia.

EXTERNAL

  • Current and prospective grantees
  • Indonesian government agencies and legislatures at national, provincial and district level
  • Policymakers in government and parliament at national, provincial and district level
  • Donors and media

JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Implement the Peduli program in accordance with the direction set by the Steering Committee and relevant policies and guidelines of the GoI, DFAT, and the Foundation, including (but not limited to):
    • Leading the development and successful implementation of the annual work plan, ensuring the program meets its agreed outcomes and impacts;
    • Overseeing the efficient use of resources; and
    • Overseeing reporting to GoI and DFAT, in accordance with agreements;
  • Lead ongoing strategic review processes, including (but not limited to):
    • Conducting regular Peduli team meetings to discuss and reflect on the implementation of the strategic direction, conducting interventions when required; and
    • Advising the Steering Committee on relevant and appropriate strategic matters, including making necessary adjustments to the program where the situation and context changes;
  • Ensure effective mechanisms are in place across the program to reduce the likelihood of risk, and monitor and address any breaches in a timely and appropriate manner;
  • Build and maintain effective and consistent relationships with PMK, Bappenas, relevant line ministries, DFAT, and relevant national institutions, including:
    • Undertaking direct engagement with senior personnel from these institutions and organizations;
    • Negotiating and periodically reviewing relevant working protocols with each of these institutions and organizations to clarify expectations as to which Peduli staff will interface with them, how, and for what purposes; and
    • Overseeing and monitoring such relationships.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with other DFAT programs, ensuring effective collaboration and coordination with relevant programs;
  • Build and maintain effective knowledge management processes in relation to Peduli and social inclusion;
  • Manage, supervise, and support staff, ensuring effective levels of performance are achieved;
  • Establish and oversee effective communications ensuring the appropriate sharing of information within, between, and across key program partners and program stakeholders.
  • Oversee the technical quality of the program, including the strategic integration of all aspects of the program and alignment of work plans with the strategic direction; and
  • Ensure the capacity of partners is strengthened in areas relevant to the program and its strategic direction.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible project management experience, including program management in Indonesia
  • Prior experience working for international organizations or donor agencies (DFAT-funded projects) preferred
  • Advanced degree in political science, anthropology or development studies
  • Written and verbal fluency in English and Bahasa Indonesia
  • Solid understanding and extensive experience with the civil society movement working on issues related to social inclusion of excluded minorities
  • Experience working with government counterparts, including Kemenko PMK and Bappenas as well as other related line ministries
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills including public speaking and presentation abilities
  • Knowledge and experience working with women’s issues and people with disabilities’ issues
  • Team-building and networking skills.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your application letter and CV to The Asia Foundation by email to hrd@tafindo.org by March 3, 2017. Please write Peduli Team Leader on the subject of the email. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Deputy Team Leader, Peduli

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Peduli is a Government of Indonesia (GoI) initiative to promote social inclusion as a pathway out of poverty. The Coordination Ministry for Human Development and Culture (Kemenko PMK, also known as PMK) created Peduli in 2010. The program is funded by the Australian Government through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The first phase of the program was managed by the World Bank from 2011 to 2014. The Asia Foundation was awarded a grant in 2014 to manage the second phase of Peduli. Based on strong performance, DFAT has extended the grant for a further two years. The Foundation will continue to manage Peduli until the end of 2018.

SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

The Deputy Team Leader has an overall responsibility to ensure quality of service delivery in accordance with the objectives and principles of the Program and needs of program stakeholders and partners. S/he leads the technical aspect across the program, leadership and management. The focus of this role is short-range in nature, concerned with ensuring that (a) the work within the pillars is supported with adequate technical and financial resources, and is achieving the agreed outputs and outcomes; and (b) implementation issues are addressed appropriately and in a timely manner. This role’s function is primarily concerned with effectiveness of the work undertaken within the pillars.

Accountabilities

  • Technical quality of program
  • Progress against pillar-related outputs and outcomes;
  • Mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues;
  • Effective staff performance;
  • Management of risk;
  • Cohesiveness of program and grants management;
  • Sustainability of coalitions for inclusion across pillars;
  • Coordination and communications between technical program staff and all other Peduli staff;
  • Effective monitoring and evaluation of the technical program aspects of Peduli; and
  • Quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of outsourced functions.

RELATIONSHIPS

The Deputy Team Leader will have regular contact with:

INTERNAL

  • Regular contact with all PEDULI team members
  • Management of a large team in the Foundation’s Jakarta office
  • Regular contact with other senior management in the Foundation’s Jakarta Office
  • Contact with other program staff in Foundation offices in the US and Asia.

EXTERNAL:

  • Current and prospective grantees
  • Indonesian government agencies and legislatures at national, provincial and district level
  • Policymakers in government and parliament at national, provincial and district level
  • Donors and media

JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Manage staff responsible for technical program aspects of Peduli, including approving, monitoring, and overseeing annual work plans of staff within the unit;
  • Establish and manage technical quality assurance processes that align with the framework set by the Team Leader and ensure these are implemented effectively across the program;
  • Ensure effective mechanisms are in place within the work unit and with partners to reduce the likelihood of risk, and monitor and address any breaches in a timely and appropriate manner;
  • Implement, monitor, and report on an integrated pillar approach to the Peduli strategic direction, including the mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues;
  • Integrate monitoring, evaluation and learning into work undertaken within and between the pillars;
  • Coordinate working relationships between SPOs, POs, and grant management staff to ensure an integrated approach;
  • Facilitate the brokering of integrated partnerships (coalitions for inclusion) across pillars;
  • Facilitate a collaborative problem-solving approach with all Peduli staff to address implementation issues that arise within the pillars;
  • Determine (with the Team Leader) which technical program management functions will be outsourced, and manage and monitor these;
  • Facilitate professional development opportunities for program technical staff, and ensuring such opportunities align with individual professional development plans and career aspirations; and
  • Deputize for the Team Leader as required.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible project management experience, including program management in Indonesia
  • Prior experience working for international organizations or donor agencies (DFAT-funded projects) preferred
  • Advanced degree in political science, anthropology or development studies
  • Written and verbal fluency in English and Bahasa Indonesia
  • Solid understanding and extensive experience with the civil society movement working on issues related to social inclusion of excluded minorities
  • Experience working with government counterparts, including Kemenko PMK and Bappenas as well as other related line ministries
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills including public speaking and presentation abilities
  • Team-building and networking skills.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your application letter and CV to The Asia Foundation by email to hrd@tafindo.org by March 3, 2017. Please write Peduli Deputy Team Leader in the subject of the email. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Nepal

Deputy Chief of Party, Hamro Samman

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Asia Foundation, a non-profit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, seeks an experienced Deputy Chief of Party for a proposed USAID-funded five-year Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Program in Nepal called Hamro Samman. Qualified Nepali nationals, and other nationalities, especially those residing in South Asia, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Deputy Chief of Party supports the Chief of Party and serves as the next point of contact with USAID in absence of the Chief of Party. The Deputy Chief of Party will support the Chief of Party in providing overall vision, leadership, and guidance for the program. The Deputy Chief of Party will be considered Key Personnel for Hamro Samman. The position will be full time and based in Kathmandu, Nepal, contingent upon award and approval by USAID. The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for the following essential duties:

SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide technical leadership for all activities under the project, including conceptualizing, designing, implementing and monitoring innovative, cutting-edge programming and technical leadership activities that cover the four Ps of CTIP: prevention, protection, prosecution, and policy/partnerships;
  • Ensure both internal management and external coordination for successful project outcomes;
  • Serve as the Chief of Party during COP absence;
  • Supervise a team of professionals and experts in gender, monitoring and evaluation, and private sector partnerships.
  • Support transfer of skills and knowledge to local staff and local organizations.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Relevant advanced degree in management, international development, social science, law enforcement, law, public policy, or a related field of study;
  • Minimum of seven years’ progressively responsible experience managing and implementing human rights and similar or related development projects;
  • Demonstrated success in designing, managing, and implementing USAID technical assistance projects;
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of issues related to human trafficking in Nepal and the technical aspects of counter-trafficking project design and implementation;
  • Demonstrated knowledge in gender and social inclusion, and demonstrated experience and proficiency in managing programs that mainstream gender;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Past experience working in Nepal, and working knowledge of Nepali language highly preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by March 3, 2017 to psds.consultants@asiafoundation.org with the position listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls, please.

Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist, Hamro Samman

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Asia Foundation, a non-profit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, seeks an experienced Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist for a proposed USAID-funded five-year Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Program in Nepal called Hamro Samman. Qualified Nepali nationals, and other nationalities, especially those residing in South Asia, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist provides technical leadership in ensuring that gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) is clearly integrated into all aspects of the program. The Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist will develop and monitor cross-cutting approaches to maintain GESI integration across program components. The position will be full time and based in Kathmandu, Nepal, contingent upon award and approval by USAID. The Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist will be responsible for the following essential duties:

SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide technical leadership for GESI integration under the project, including cutting-edge programming for GESI that cover “the four Ps” of CTIP: prevention, protection, prosecution, and policy/partnerships;
  • Develop and implement GESI strategy for program components.
  • Support Government of Nepal stakeholders to ensure GESI friendly policies and action plans;
  • Provide staff and partner organizations with capacity building in GESI integration and gender-responsive programming;
  • Support transfer of skills and knowledge to local staff and local organizations.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Relevant advanced degree in management, international development, social science, law enforcement, law, public policy, or a related field of study;
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in the GESI field in Nepal, such as developing strategies and plans and plan implementation, conducting training, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Demonstrated success in designing, managing, and implementing USAID technical assistance projects;
  • In-depth knowledge in gender and social inclusion, and demonstrated experience and proficiency in managing programs that mainstream gender;
  • Demonstrated skills in training management and experience in capacity building relating to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Working knowledge of Nepali language highly preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by March 3, 2017 to psds.consultants@asiafoundation.org with the position listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls, please.

DOUGLAS K. BEREUTER PROGRAM FOR JUNIOR ASSOCIATES IN ASIAN AFFAIRS

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.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES:

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

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

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

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:

  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.

FOR A LIST OF FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE ONLY IF WE RECEIVE THE APPLICATION ONLINE AND ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE SUBMITTED PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE.

APPLICANT SYSTEM INSTRUCTIONS:

Applicants, please note that you do not have the capability to delete documents that you uploaded to your record. Because of this, when uploading a document(s) please be sure to name each one with the job title and date applied.

After uploading a new document, you will have to log back into your record to upload an additional one OR to confirm it was completed.

All applicants are asked to complete assessment questions that are tied to the position. If you for some reason do not see the questions, please try logging into the system again.

If you have any issues with the applicant tracking system, please email junior.associates@asiafoundation.org

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