Junior Associate, Women’s Empowerment Program and Gender Equality

Location: San Francisco, Washington DC
Program area: Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality
Deadline: June 5, 2022

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’s Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) team seeks a Junior Associate to work based out of our San Francisco, CA, or our Washington DC office (hybrid/remote) during the summer 2022 program period from June – September 2022.

The WEP team works closely with country offices and technical teams at the Foundation to support an intersectional and inclusive lens across three core areas of women’s and girls’ empowerment: political voice and leadership, economic empowerment, and rights and security. These programmatic areas are symbiotic and continue to be the most salient to achieving gender equality and social inclusion. We also recognize gender-based violence, climate change, changing gender norms, and engaging men and boys as allies as cross-cutting issues. Additionally, WEP supports gender and social inclusion integration in proposals and projects in all of the Foundation’s technical areas.

Scope of Work

  •  Care economy work. The Asia Foundation is exploring potential new opportunities, partnerships, and platforms to build regional and country-level care infrastructure in Asia and the Pacific. The JA will help identify priority issues and solutions through background research, develop agenda and identify thematic goals for internal discussions and formal convenings, and draft blogs and other thought leadership materials on building the care economy in Asia.
  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Training. Support the rollout of an internal virtual GESI training curriculum by preparing standard guidance and messaging for communicating the training goals, methodology, and requirements to the Asia Foundation colleagues; participate in tailoring and delivering training modules in collaboration with colleagues in Foundation country offices and program teams; develop and manage a learning agenda through surveys and other feedback mechanisms to capture lessons learned and revise the training curriculum to respond to new insights, and identify engaging virtual training strategies to expand program impact.
  • Support The Asia Foundation’s visibility on women’s empowerment, gender equality, and social inclusion. The JA will support the development of key communications materials and messaging, including updating sub-thematic one-pagers and contributing to the Gender Equality Quarterly. 


    • Revised one-pagers published, such as on gender and climate and women’s economic empowerment, and women’s political voice and leadership
    • White paper on past and current efforts to build gender-responsive care policies, programs, and infrastructure in Asia drafted
    • InAsia blog on the Foundation’s work to advance the care economy drafted and published, likely in collaboration with country office colleagues
    • GESI training materials revised and expanded to include new virtual facilitation strategies and insights gathered from training delivery
    • GESI trainings delivered with country office and program team colleagues (number of trainings TBD based on demand)

What you will learn 

The Junior Associate will gain in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge issues related to women’s empowerment, gender equality, and social inclusion across Asia and the Pacific. The JA will sharpen their experience in fundraising, training, project design and proposal development, research, and presentations; will be involved in several WEP programming areas; and will interact with and support Asia- and US-based staff. The JA will have tangible deliverables to reference as key accomplishments and contributions to the Foundation and an expanded network of internal staff and external gender and social inclusion experts and practitioners working across the development sector.


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. 

The ideal candidate is someone who is a well-organized, detail-oriented, and technologically-savvy self-starter. The candidate has demonstrated experience in project management and technical or grant- writing. The candidate is passionate about fund development for an international development organization and has the interpersonal and communications skills to work collaboratively with colleagues across a wide range of geographies in a multi-cultural environment.

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, 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 and experienced user of technology

Why work at 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.