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Project Manager, China

Location: China
Program area: Inclusive Economic Growth
Deadline: October 11, 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. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Informed by more than six decades of experience and deep local expertise, The Asia Foundation’s programs—good governance, inclusive economic growth, women’s empowerment and gender equality, environment, and climate action, and regional cooperation—address critical issues affecting Asia and the Pacific in the 21st century. Together with our partners, we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Foundation began programming in China in 1979 and opened a resident country office in Beijing in 1994. On June 30, 2017, the Foundation received the certificate for Beijing Representative Office issued by the Beijing Public Security Bureau. In the past four decades, the Foundation has been working with local partners. It is committed to a thriving China, advancing shared goals of expanded opportunity and enduring cooperation within Asia and the world.

Why work at The Asia Foundation?

At a critical moment in history, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the Asia region’s development, stability, and growth. You will help promote a more constructive engagement between government and citizens and advance learning and awareness about The Asia Foundation. You will work with and learn from dedicated, innovative, and accomplished colleagues and local partners and, in the process, improve your skills and expertise.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Asia Foundation’s China office seeks qualified, talented applicants for a project manager position on a new flagship public-private project. Reporting to the China country representative, the individual will oversee the strategic direction and day-to-day project operations of a multiyear project designed to scale fintech innovation that solves micro and small business pain points. The project builds upon the Foundation’s programming in China to advance small business entrepreneurship in communities traditionally underserved by formal financial institutions.

The project manager will take the lead role to ensure the project’s shared impacts to public and private sector audiences through an inclusive growth framework are achieved. S/he will be responsible for overall project management, including strategic vision and field team leadership, development and implementation of work plans, overseeing operational budgets and performance monitoring plans, liaising with the donor, private sector stakeholders, and partner organizations, and identifying and mitigating program risks and ensuring achievement of project results and objectives. The project manager will supervise key project staff and ensure compliance with ethics, procedures, and policies of The Asia Foundation and donor rules and regulations. The project manager is expected to have strategic vision, strong leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical expertise in economic development programming, specifically micro and small business development, and the professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the role.

The individual will be a vital member of the China-based project team and ensure that the project supports the Foundation’s goals and objectives in China. This role offers an opportunity to work in a dynamic, cross-functional setting and collaborate closely with Foundation’s headquarters staff.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with the donor for procedural and substantive matters, and be responsible for quality control of the technical aspects of performance, procurement, personnel, reporting, and other management-related requirements of the cooperative agreement.
  • Provide technical leadership for program activities, including conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and monitoring innovative, cutting-edge programming activities.
  • Build and manage relationships with partners and other stakeholders, including meeting and regularly consulting with the donor regarding the program’s performance and direction.
  • Oversee all project budgeting and financial management.
  • Provide coaching and assistance to partners/grantees as they implement program activities.
  • Supervise a team of professionals and experts across technical and functional areas.
  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation of project activities and reporting, including specifically:
    • Support the development and implementation of the MEL strategy.
    • Develop and oversee monitoring systems to track the success of program implementation.
    • Design research and evaluation efforts to assess the impact of the program.
    • Regularly review monitoring data and organize periodic learning sessions.
    • Take the lead on managing data flow processes, storage, cleaning, verification, and timely reporting on program performance.

Qualifications

  • Minimum eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in a senior management position in a program of similar magnitude, preferably in the area of micro and small business development and in China. Master’s degree or higher in the relevant field of study including Business, Communications, Social Studies, or Development Studies.
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with various stakeholders, including government representatives, nonprofit associations, donors, and private sector interests.
  • Proven success and exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar-sized donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, M&E, and budgeting, and preferably experience in managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
  • Understanding of how to measure the success of economic growth programs targeting small businesses.
  • Understanding of the Financial Technology (FinTech) industry and its potential role in economic development.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills with the ability to work effectively with partners and colleagues across diverse cultures, countries, and work functions.
  • Experience managing high-profile programs in China or the Asia Pacific region to achieve targeted outcomes.
  • Experience engaging leaders in the private sector, international organizations, government, academia, and related development context is considered a strong advantage.
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented with the ability to mitigate constraints, manage priorities and workload, and undertake tasks efficiently and clearly.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Chinese.
  • Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, detailed resume (with at least one writing or digital content sample and links to professional social media accounts), and names of references, all in English, to [email protected]. Application deadline: 5:30pm Beijing time, Monday, October 11, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.