Summer 2017 Junior Associate: Women’s Empowerment Program

Location: Washington DC
Deadline: May 5, 2017

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asias continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundations Women’s Empowerment Program seeks a Junior Associate (JA) to work in our Washington, DC office during the summer 2017 program period of June 19 – September 8, 2017.

Women’s Empowerment Program

The Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) aims to empower women individually and collectively to be full and active participants in their country’s social, political, and economic development. WEP has three overarching strategic objectives: to promote women’s rights and security; to increase women’s political participation; and to advance women’s economic opportunities. The JA will gain in-depth knowledge on cutting-edge issues in gender and development in the Asia-Pacific region, including in-depth knowledge of emerging areas of women’s empowerment and gender programming in Asia. The JA will sharpen his/her experience in research, presentations, proposal development, and fundraising; and will be involved in a number of WEP’s programming areas, interact with Asia and US-based staff, and engage with the DC policy community.

The Junior Associate will work primarily with the WEP Associate Director and Senior Program Officer.

The ideal candidate is someone who understands, appreciates, and seeks to address access to information issues in the developing world. The candidate is passionate about Asian development and has boundless enthusiasm for working collaboratively in a multi-cultural environment.

During the 12-week program the JA will:

SCOPE OF WORK

  1. Strengthen the Foundation’s contributions in emerging gender programming areas and target groups. The JA will consult with Foundation colleagues (esp. from WEP, Program Specialists Groups, Public Sector Development Services, Resource Development, and country offices) to identify 2-3 key issue areas that present opportunities for strengthening Foundation programs and/or Foundation positioning with key donors. The JA will then conduct a literature review and donor mapping on these issues, with a focus on Foundation countries and key program themes. Findings will be consolidated into a written report, and shared via a PowerPoint presentation during an internal webinar. Potential areas and groups of focus include: LGBTI rights (and integration in governance, economic development, environment); women and girls with disabilities; empowering adolescent girls.
  2. Expand donor-base for gender equality and women’s empowerment programs. The JA will conduct desk research on gender dimensions of the Foundation program areas to inform program design for key public and private sector donors, identify gender equality and/or women’s empowerment priority areas identified by specific prospective donors, and will contribute to reviews and edits of proposals.
  3. Support planning of Gender Smart Workshop. The JA will work closely with WEP team and informal gender focal points in country offices to prepare background reading, materials, logistics, and the agenda for a regional workshop on cutting edge gender integration strategies for program design, implementation, and MEL. It is anticipated that this workshop will convene Foundation staff, partners, and a few key donor representatives (likely from USAID, DFAT, and DFID).
  4. Raise the Foundation’s profile as a leader on gender equality. The JA will attend and report on events related to gender equality and women’s empowerment in DC, with an emphasis on events that are directly relevant to upcoming funding opportunities.

DELIVERABLES

  • Literature reviews and donor mappings;
  • Presentation on emerging gender program areas/target groups via internal webinar;
  • Participation in proposal and report development;
  • Workshop OneTAF site designed and loaded with relevant materials; and
  • Develop event reports on relevant DC events/meetings -attended, posted on WEP’s OneTAF site.

TAKE-AWAY FOR THE JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

The JA will gain in-depth knowledge on cutting-edge issues in gender and development in the Asia-Pacific region, including in-depth knowledge of emerging areas of women’s empowerment and gender programming in Asia. The JA will sharpen his/her experience in research, presentations, proposal development, and fundraising; and will be involved in a number of WEP’s programming areas, interact with Asia and US-based staff, and engage with the DC policy community.

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. The summer 2017 program period is June 19, 2017 – September 8, 2017.
  • Completed graduate studies in Asia-related areas: international relations, international development, public administration, public policy, law, political science, economics, women’s empowerment and/or sociology with work experience in Asia.
  • Authorization to legally work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Great organizational skills.
  • Great computer skills.
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This position offers medical, dental, and vision benefits.

**Must be legally eligible to work in the United States **

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