Program Assistant, Middle East and North Africa

Center for International Private Enterprise
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 04

Position description

Position:         Program Assistant, Middle East and North Africa

Reports To:    Senior Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.

The Program Assistant for the Middle East and North Africa is responsible for providing program and administrative support for CIPE’s programs for the Middle East and North Africa region, with specific emphasis on the Levant.


  • Create and maintain program, financial, correspondence and contract files, both in paper form and electronically
  • Process and track payment requests, field office liquidations, travel expense reports, documents for signature, narrative and financial reports, etc.
  • Prepare routine correspondence and mailings
  • Communication with grantees in English, written and spoken
  • Assist in writing and compiling quarterly reports, proposals, and budgets
  • Handle international travel arrangements, events, and local meeting logistics
  • Adhere to appropriate office procedures, CIPE and donor organization policies and procedures



  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs or related field required
  • 1-2 years of administrative office experience
  • Background in international affairs and/or the Middle East with an emphasis on political and economic issues
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills in English
  • Superb writing abilities
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently with minimum supervision
  • Strong research skills and demonstrated interest in MENA
  • Strong coordination skills
  • Articulate, well-organized, and is able to take the initiative and lead on small projects as needed
  • Ability to handle multiple, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision in a fast-paced environment
  • Good financial acumen and ability to assist with project budgets
  • Skilled at prioritizing and completing multiple tasks
  • Arabic language skills preferred
  • Strong Computer skills, proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook. Internet research skills are highly desired

Application instructions

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please send a resume or CV, cover letter, one writing sample, and salary history to [email protected], subject MENAPA – [Your last name]. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. 

There is a two-page limit on the writing sample. Submissions demonstrating writer’s ability to synthesize information are preferred. Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered.

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States; CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas.

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