Junior Associate, Programs

Location: San Francisco
Deadline: May 24, 2021

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 international 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’s Programs unit team seeks a Junior Associate (JA) to work remotely for our San Francisco, CA office during the summer 2021 program period from June 28 to September 17, 2021.

During the 12-week program the JA will:

Scope of work

  • Annual Planning and Budget Process: The JA will support the Foundation’s Annual Plan and Budget process. The JA will assist the Programs unit in analyzing materials, reviewing country office and other unit submissions, and preparing reports for the Board. The JA will also assist in preparing relevant materials on new projects and program activities for Foundation Board meetings.
  • OneTAF: The JA will be responsible for developing the Programs Specialist Group’s (PSG) SharePoint site by working in close collaboration with the Programs and PSG staff.
  • Program Strategy Research: Support the senior advisor of Program Strategy and the Foundation’s Advanced Middle-Income Countries (AMIC) task force in analyzing the key areas for reform in Asian AMIC countries and help to develop innovative approaches and partnerships to assist these countries.


  • Participate in Annual Planning meetings with senior management and country representatives. Complete all materials needed for the Annual Plan and Budget Board meeting.
  • Successfully support the senior advisor of Program Strategy with researching and analyzing reform trends in Asian AMICs, including producing research reports and briefing documents.
  • Develop the PSG SharePoint site and create a clear display of key Program information on the site. Collaborate with PSG staff to identify additional areas where we can share further information through OneTAF.

The JA will be a part of the Programs Unit in the Foundation’s headquarters, which has responsibility for improving the quality and impact of the Foundation’s programs, and on mobilizing the necessary internal and external resources to ensure that the Foundation’s programs are successfully funded and effectively implemented. As such, the JA will gain broad exposure to the Foundation’s overall program and operations through targeted engagement with country office and regional/ U.S.-based program units. In addition, through their engagement with the Foundation’s work on Advanced Middle-Income Countries. The JA will gain a deep-level understanding of the growth and stability challenges faced by countries in later stages of development, and how the Foundation and its partners are assisting these countries in their efforts to overcome these challenges in support of continued growth and development through later stages of development.

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. 


  • 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 2021 program period is June 28, 2021 to September 17, 2021.
  • 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.

Why work for The Asia Foundation?

You will have the opportunity to help solve some of the toughest challenges in the development/aid sector. Address environmental problems in the region, improve access to legal information, enhance civil society, promote government engagement/collaboration, and encourage learning and awareness. You will work in an innovative environment and build lasting relationships. The Asia Foundation, its donors, and its partners are unmatched throughout the region. This is an opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most accomplished leaders, influencers, and social entrepreneurs working in Asia today.

The application period for his position is now closed.


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