Deputy Country Representative, Nepal

Location: Nepal
Deadline: November 26, 2018

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 Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation is seeking a deputy country representative for its office in Kathmandu, Nepal. The deputy country representative is a senior position, overseeing programs and operations funded by public and private donors. The deputy country representative will be actively involved in all areas of the Foundations operations, including financial, administrative, and personnel management, as well as help to oversee program development in the Foundation’s core areas of assistance: Local Governance, Peace Process Support, Women’s Empowerment, Social Accountability, Safety and Security, Public Policy, and Economic Empowerment. The deputy country representative also assists the country representative in representing The Asia Foundation with the Nepal government, public sector institutions, civil society partners, donors, diplomatic missions, the private sector, and media. The deputy country representative supports program managers in program design, monitoring, implementation, and reporting. The deputy country representative is based in Kathmandu and reports to the country representative.


  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in managing international development programs, staff, or teams, preferably in Asia, preferably with private, public, bilateral or multilateral development institutions and/or non-profit organizations
  • Minimum of five years work experience in Nepal and understanding of the political, economic, and donor landscape
  • Graduate degree in a relevant field
  • Proven record of fundraising from diverse funding sources (including experience in proposal writing, managing proposal teams, etc.)
  • Program management skills and experience, including designing new programs, establishing monitoring and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with donor regulations, coordinating across multiple programs, and identifying solutions to implementation challenges
  • Technical knowledge in at least one of the offices key programming areas: effective and responsive governance, conflict and security, human rights, women’s empowerment, economic growth, and regional and international relations
  • Experience working in complex political environments
  • Proven skills in recruiting, supervising, motivating, and building the capacity of multicultural staff and teams to cultivate a culture of innovation and accountability
  • Excellent financial management skills including effective budget oversight
  • Good representational and diplomatic skills
  • Demonstrable decision-making capacity and good judgment
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, including creative thinking
  • Excellent English-language written communication skills, including proposal writing, report editing, and public interest/media stories; preferably experience in strategic communications


  • Language proficiency in Nepali
  • Experience managing diverse agreements (e.g., contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, partnerships, and other bilateral/multilateral contractual arrangements) from public and private donors
  • Experience in scoping, forging, and implementing strategic partnerships with the private sector, foundations, and/or universities based on a shared-value model
  • Proven analysis of and/or work with youth and/or historically marginalized portions of society in development programming
  • Organizational capacity-building experience
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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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