Chief of Party

Mekong Partnership for the Environment Project

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, is seeking qualified long-term advisors in the areas of sustainable transboundary natural resources, environmental governance, social and environmental safeguards, environmental policy, civil society capacity building, and development of multi-stakeholder platforms and networks to serve as Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Technical advisor for Civil Society Capacity Building/Governance and Institutional Development, and Social and Environmental Assessment Specialist for an upcoming four-year project in in the Lower Mekong region.


Chief of Party
  • Minimum of ten years of professional experience in leading and managing international development programs or projects of similar scope and scale to the project described in this RFA.
  • Demonstrated professional experience in fields related to the successful implementation of this program is required, such as civil society capacity building, development of multi-stakeholder platforms and networks, government engagement on politically sensitive issues, use of evidence-based assessments and research to influence decision-making, strategic environmental assessment, sustainable management of transboundary natural resources, environmental governance and institutional capacity building, social and environmental safeguard implementation, as well as an understanding of policy, economics, and market issues in these sectors.
  • A graduate degree (Master's Degree or higher preferred) in a similarly related field of study, such as environmental governance, natural resources management, sustainable development, environmental  economics, international development, public/business administration, or governance.
  • Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar-size international donor support programs with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting, and preferably experience in managing complex, multi-national/regional activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
  • Proven ability to communicate, coordinate, and effectively work with diverse stakeholders, from government officials to civil society organizations to academics to the private sector.
  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of regional stakeholders.
  • Strong institutional capacity building skills.
  • Proficiency in a local Asian language preferred.
  • Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures as related to program management preferred.
  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Asia strongly preferred.

The Chief of Party will be based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Essential Skills All candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of value systems, traditions and social norms and practices of different cultures and religions. Excellent consulting skills will be required including: strong communication skills, both oral and written, consensus building, team facilitation, all with an emphasis on results and cultural sensitivity.

Desirable skills include but are not limited to: knowledge and experience in complex environmental programs, knowledge and/or experience of the legal, political, economic, administrative and socio-cultural context of programs in the Lower Mekong region; experience undertaking effective consultation with a wide range of national and international stakeholders; and familiarity with USAID program design principles and methods. Local language capability is desirable.  Experience or knowledge of Lower Mekong region is strongly preferred.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume Please indicate the position in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is May 31, 2013.
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