Summer 2017 Junior Associate: Evaluation & Learning Unit

Location: San Francisco
Deadline: May 5, 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. 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 Asias continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundations Evaluation & Learning Unit seeks a Junior Associate (JA) to work in our San Francisco, CA office during the summer 2017 program period of June 19 – September 8, 2017.

Evaluation & Learning Unit

The Asia Foundation is committed to advancing monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) in order to better assess results and continuously improve our programs. The Evaluation and Learning Unit (ELU) works to strengthen Foundation-wide MEL systems and capacity, foster a culture of learning, and advance innovative MEL practices. The Junior Associate will work primarily with ELU’s Senior Director and Assistant Director. During the 12-week program the JA will:


  1. Support the development of MEL training material using innovative approaches to enhance ELU capacity building efforts
  2. Provide monitoring and evaluation support to field-based projects working in the areas of strengthening governance, empowering women, environmental resilience, and/or international cooperation
  3. Support the development of the Foundation’s organizational learning approach and framework

The ideal candidate is someone who understands, appreciates, and seeks to address access to information issues in the developing world. The candidate is passionate about Asian development and has boundless enthusiasm for working collaboratively in a multi-cultural environment.


  • Contribute to the design and production of MEL training materials to be made available to all staff via OneTAF. Specific training products will likely include brief video tutorials on core MEL concepts for staff to access online. Under close supervision and support from ELU staff, these products would be produced over the course of the JAs term and made available to the Foundation by the end of the JAs term.
  • Support the development of the ELU OneTAF page including the sourcing of appropriate MEL resources, strategies, tools, and templates.
  • Provide review, drafting, and advising services to at least one Country Office on an upcoming evaluation. Pending funding and demand, this could include field support for a specific evaluation activity.
  • Present one new methodology/tool/approach that is directly applicable to the Foundation’s programs. This will include the supporting materials, templates, and suggested applications of the approach. S/he will present this approach as a webinar by the end of the her/his term and the supporting materials will be made available to all staff via OneTAF.


The ELU Junior Associate will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • Core monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) concepts in practice;
  • A broad range of MEL requirements and applications across diverse projects and donors;
  • The different MEL stakeholders, audiences, and users of evidence to inform decision making across the Foundation;
  • Designing effective M&E systems for proposals, projects, and exposure to agency-level measurement challenges; and
  • Developing effective MEL training resources using a range of approaches.


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.

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. The summer 2017 program period is June 19, 2017 – September 8, 2017.
  • Completed graduate studies in Asia-related areas: research, evaluation, monitoring and/or learning 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.
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This position offers medical, dental, and vision benefits.

**Must be legally eligible to work in the United States **

The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.