Program Director, Nepal

Location: Nepal
Deadline: August 21, 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. The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

The Asia Foundation’s Nepal office is seeking a program director. The program director reports to the country representative of The Asia Foundation in Nepal. The program director is responsible for the effective management and implementation of the TAF-DFAT Strategic Partnership/subnational governance program including supervision of the deputy program director and coordination with regional technical advisors. The program director provides strategic direction to the program team regarding the Partnership/subnational governance program including providing technical guidance in the areas of local, urban or economic governance and establish synergies between different strategic areas under the partnership/program. She/he shall brief the country representative on a regular basis regarding partnership/program implementation; support in liaising with and appraising the DFAT mission in Nepal of partnership/program progress and in the establishment of high-level strategic partnerships with senior government officials, civil society, academic and research institutions, business associations and development partners at national level. The program director shall ensure the use of a politically informed, flexible, iterative programming approach; oversee the implementation of a high quality research agenda and development of knowledge products. Responsibilities include sound financial management and compliance with Asia Foundation and DFAT rules and regulations; the timely submission of narrative and financial progress reports to DFAT; and overseeing the implementation of a rigorous monitoring, evaluation and learning agenda under the program. The program has now completed inception-phase activities and is looking for a long-term leader.


  • Daily contact with all staff in the Foundation’s Kathmandu office.
  • Frequent contact with DFAT; senior and mid-level government officials; heads and deputy-heads of civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, business associations and companies; Foundation headquarters and country offices, and other development partners.


  • Responsible for effective, efficient and quality implementation of the partnership/subnational governance program;
  • Provide strategic direction to the program team regarding the partnership/subnational governance program including the technical guidance in the areas of local, urban or economic governance and establish synergies between different strategic areas under the partnership/program;
  • Brief and discuss with the country representative on a regular basis regarding partnership/program Implementation and the future direction of the partnership/program;
  • Support the country representative in liaising and appraising the DFAT mission in Nepal of partnership/program progress;
  • Supervise the Deputy Program Director and coordinate with him/her regarding the implementation of the partnership/program;
  • Coordinate with the team of regional technical advisers supporting the partnership/program regarding their technical assistance;
  • Oversee the use of a politically-informed, flexible approach to program implementation through continuous political economy analysis to inform program implementation, adaptation and development in response to emerging opportunities and new developments;
  • Build high-level strategic partnerships through intensive relationship building and frequent liaisons with government, civil society, academia, private sector and development agencies at national level;
  • Oversee the implementation of a high-quality research agenda and development of knowledge products under the partnership/program in collaboration with academic and research institutions;
  • Ensure that gender equality and social inclusion are effectively mainstreamed throughout activities at the subnational level as well as addressed through targeted activities to contribute to increased equity in economic development and participatory subnational governance in Nepal;
  • Ensure the timely and quality submission of narrative progress reports to DFAT including an inception report after 6 months, quarterly and annual reports;
  • Conduct field visits to the programs target sites to monitor implementation;
  • Ensure compliance of the partnership/program with The Asia Foundation and DFAT financial and other rules and regulations;
  • Manage the partnership/program budget, monitor expenditures and ensure the timely submission of quarterly and annual financial reports to DFAT;
  • Liaise and coordinate with Foundation Headquarters in San Francisco and other country offices where needed in support of partnership/subnational program implementation; and
  • Any other task as assigned by the country representative.



Minimum of 15 years progressively responsible experience in managing and implementing governance programs with a subnational/local emphasis in Asia (mandatory); specialized experience in economics, local or urban governance (required); ability to lead politically-informed programming; work experience in South Asia, preferably in Nepal, is an advantage.


Advanced degree in political sciences, public policy, international development, economics, social science, or a related field of study.


Excellent program and financial management skills; strong background in local, urban or economic governance; excellent interpersonal skills; strong analytical and critical thinking skills; ability to multi-task, perform under pressure and ensure timely delivery of quality work; excellent oral and written communication skills in English; experience in politically informed, flexible, iterative program implementation; demonstrated knowledge in gender equity and social inclusion programming approaches; strong monitoring and evaluation skills; ability to assume the position within a short timeframe and commit to being based in Nepal for a minimum of 3 years.

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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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