Program Assistant

The Asia Foundation
Location: Nepal
Salary: Negotiable
Posted Date: 2018-12-03 Deadline: 2018-12-10
  • Location : Nepal
  • Working Position : Entry Level
  • Qualification Degree : Bachelor’s or higher-level graduate degree in development studies; public policy or relevant social science degree.
  • Salary : Negotiable
  • Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
  • Nature : Full Time
Job Description

Program Assistant- Subnational Governance


The DFAT-TAF Strategic Partnership on Subnational Governance in Nepal is responding to the opportunities and challenges emerging from the country’s transition to federalism. Since the end of a decade-long conflict in 2006, high expectations for inclusive governance and effective economic development have largely gone unmet due to political stalemates, a failure to rebuild local governance, and entrenched corruption. However, the constitution signed in September 2015 marked the beginning of Nepal’s transition from a unitary to a federal system guaranteeing locally elected officials the authority to self-govern and define local economic development. The Partnership works in the following strategic areas:

Strategic Area 1: Generating Evidence and Data on Subnational Governance

Strategic Area 2: Support for Nepal’s Transition to Federal Governance

Strategic Area 3: Improving Local Governance Service Delivery and Economic Governance

Recognizing Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) as a key driver of inclusive local governments and sustainable development, the Partnership focuses on integrating GESI as a cross cutting theme across all program activities.


The Program Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative, program, and management support to its Subnational Governance program. S/he will also provide support for activities in other program areas as assigned.


  • At least two years’ experience working in the development field. Knowledge of governance and gender issues.


  • Bachelor’s or higher-level graduate degree in development studies; public policy or relevant social science degree.


Excellent communication skills, creative thinking; willing to take initiatives; ability to critically analyze information; fully conversant with using the Microsoft Office suite of programs, particularly MS Word, Excel, and Power Point; strong inter-personal skills; and ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds; willingness to undertake duty travel to districts.


  • Provide administrative and technical support in the overall management of The Asia Foundation Australian  Government Partnership on Subnational Governance program.
  • Assist in negotiating program contents and budget allocations with potential partners.
  • Draft and finalize letters of agreement for approved projects in assigned areas and expedite grant payments in accordance with monthly spending targets.
  • Arrange logistics of trainings, workshops, conferences, and interaction programs, as necessary.
  • Arrange for and conduct field visits and meetings with implementing NGO partners and representatives.
  • Coordinate with the program staff and finance unit on financial reporting of assigned projects and verification of grantees.
  • Coordinate all grant administration tasks with the grants unit.
  • Coordinate with administration on all logistics requirements.
  • Ensure timely collection of relevant data, information, and reports from the field as well as all program partners.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the Country Representative or designate.

Apply Instructions

Applicants are requested to email their CV along with a cover letter describing suitability for the position by 5 p.m. on 10 December 2018 to referencing the position title, e.g. "Program Officer" in the subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Telephone calls will not be entertained.

Organization Summary

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Working through our offices in 18 countries and informed by deep local expertise and six decades of experience, we address the critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century by: strengthening governance, expanding economic opportunity, increasing environmental resilience, empowering women, and promoting international cooperation.

Industry Type NGO / INGO / Social Work
Location Kathmandu
Organization Size
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