Summer 2017 Junior Associate: Technology Programs

Location: San Francisco
Deadline: June 2, 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 Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundations Technology Programs 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.

Technology Programs

The Asia Foundations Technology Programs leverage three strategic areas of innovation:

  1. access to information via web and mobile tools;
  2. open data and analytics;
  3. online social collaboration platforms. Asia Foundation technology initiatives promote local developers and local solutions, along with core technologies that underlie the open web.

The Junior Associate will work primarily with Technology Programs Senior Director and Program Officer.

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.

During the 12-week program the JA will:


  • Research on online platforms – Compiling and synthesizing prior data and scholarship, and contributing to original research projects on the role of online platforms in Asias sustainable development.
  • Project management/coordination – Maintaining regular communication channels between partners/stakeholders and ensuring adherence to project timeline for the Foundations digital financial literacy and inclusion project in Nepal.
  • Visibility and outreach – Contributing to online and print publications that raise the Foundations profile and explain new technology programs in an engaging and accessible way.
  • Trend analysis of digital financial services in Asia – Support/advise relevant field office leadership and Program Specialists Group on topics related to digital financial services in Asia.
  • Project reporting – Tracking performance and M&E indicators for ongoing technology programs, including app, web, and social media analytics and user feedback.


  • Contribute analysis and background research toward upcoming report advancing the Foundations thought leadership in the area of ICT4D.
  • Research and support the development of a network of advisors who will guide the creation of an Innovation Fund at The Asia Foundation.
  • Regular backstopping for Foundation-led project in Nepal, including contribution to quarterly donor reporting deadlines and at least monthly internal project reporting between teams in Kathmandu and SF.
  • Produce or co-author at least two short publications (e.g. blog or two-page brochure) that explain technology-related programming in a coherent way for a lay audience.
  • In coordination with PSG and relevant country office staff, produce summary report on current state and future prospects of digital financial services in Asia. Lead a brownbag talk for Foundation staff on a topic related to current Technology Programs activities.


The JA will have a unique chance to engage in hands-on technology program management, cutting-edge research, and the design of new program strategy, with a variety of ongoing projects in several country contexts. Technology Programs is a small team with a mandate that covers proposal guidance and development, research initiatives, dialogue and partnerships, and the development of new technology products. Programs also address a very wide range of development challenges and tend to have strong links with local actors in the space who may not be typical partners of development organizations, including software developers and independent entrepreneurs. As an early-career development professional, the JA will have ample opportunity to work in different thematic areas and on widely varying program types, depending on his or her interests and aptitudes. The JA will also significantly deepen his or her knowledge of a dynamic and relatively new area within the field of international development.

The JA will also have an opportunity to work directly on Google-supported projects including a new and developing initiative with the potential to grow in significance over time.


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: international relations, international development, public administration, public policy, law, political science, ICT4D, social entrepreneurship economics, 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.
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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.