Chief of Party, Media and Civil Society Strengthening, Mongolia

Location: Mongolia
Program area: Good Governance
Deadline: December 22, 2023
Type: Regular employment

The Asia Foundation is seeking a qualified chief of party to lead the Media and Civil Society Strengthening (MACSS) in Mongolia project. MACSS is a five-year (2023-2028) project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the CSM-STAND consortium led by Pact. In Mongolia, The Asia Foundation is the lead implementer.

The MACSS project aims to contribute to effective and transparent democratic governance in Mongolia by working with the civil society and media sectors. These sectors have a critical role to play in informing and engaging citizens, ensuring access to quality information, and finding ways to constructively engage the government to increase social accountability and effective policy-making and implementation. The project is structured around four cross-cutting objectives: strengthened civil society capacity, expanding civic space, supporting investigative reporting and the media, and countering the influence of disinformation.

The chief of party (COP) is the technical and management lead of the MACSS project, responsible for providing overall vision, leadership, and guidance. The position will be full-time and based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and will report to The Asia Foundation’s country representative. The COP will manage a team of eight to ten staff and work directly with the country representative to set the project’s strategic direction, manage stakeholder relations with government and civil society, and oversee all elements of the project. The position is open to qualified Mongolian nationals and foreign residents of Mongolia with existing visas and work permits.


  • Provide overall technical leadership and administrative oversight of all project activities, results, and purposes.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID/Mongolia and Pact for procedural and substantive matters.
  • Lead quality control of the technical aspects of performance, procurement, personnel, reporting, and other management-related requirements.
  • Build and manage relationships with partners and USAID counterparts in Ulaanbaatar, including meeting and consulting regularly with USAID regarding the project’s performance and direction.
  • Supervise a multi-organization team of professionals and experts across various technical and functional areas.


  • The ideal candidate will have a strong background in project management, experience leading good governance projects in Mongolia, and strong communication skills to effectively work with civil society, media, government, and donor representatives. Experience working on USAID projects is strongly preferred. Specific required/desired qualifications include:
    Graduate degree in Political Science, Sociology, or related fields in the Social Sciences.
  • At least five years of project management experience.
  • At least three years of relevant experience in civil society strengthening, social accountability, civic engagement, and/or independent media.
  • At least three years of prior work engagement in Mongolia.
  • Significant knowledge and understanding of good governance in Mongolia.
  • Demonstrated experience applying a collaborative, learning, and adaptive approach to project management.
  • Excellent team building and management ability.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Mongolian.
  • Experience working on USAID initiatives will be an advantage.

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