Summer 2019 Junior Associate, Evaluation & Learning Unit

Location: San Francisco
Deadline: April 24, 2019

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 Evaluation & Learning Unit seeks a Junior Associate (JA) to work in our San Francisco, CA office during the summer 2019 program period from June 17 – September 6, 2019.

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.

During the 12-week program the JA will:

  • Support the development of MEL training material using innovative approaches to enhance ELU capacity building efforts.
  • Provide monitoring and evaluation support to field-based projects working in the areas of strengthening governance, empowering women, environmental resilience, and/or international cooperation.
  • Support the development of the Foundation’s organizational learning approach and framework.
  • Provide technical assistance to proposal design, as needed.
  • Contribute to the design and production of MEL training materials to be made available to all staff via Microsoft SharePoint. 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 JA’s term and made available to the Foundation by the end of the JA’s term.
  • Support the development of the ELU SharePoint page including the sourcing of appropriate MEL resources, strategies, tools, and templates.
  • 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 SharePoint
  • Author one blog post on an innovative Asia Foundation approach, result, or lesson learned

The ELU Junior Associate will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • Core monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) concepts in practice.
  • Developing effective MEL training resources using a range of approaches.
  • 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 challenge.


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 2019 program period is June 17, 2019 to September 6, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Great computer skills.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate is someone who understands, appreciates, and seeks to strengthen the leadership capacity of emerging leaders in Asia and the United States for positive reform efforts. The candidate is passionate about Asian development and has boundless enthusiasm for working collaboratively in a multi-cultural environment

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.

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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.

No phone calls please.

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.