Chief of Party ASEAN-USAID IGNITE Program, International Development

October 5 2022
Jakarta , Indonesia


Nathan is a leading provider of analytic and economic consultancy services worldwide. In the past decade, we have implemented more than 120 projects in more than 50 countries leveraging our global presence in Washington DC, London, and India. From improved transparency and deeper stakeholder engagement to more effective policies and more resilient businesses, we deliver results that impact economic growth, human development, and poverty reduction. We are passionate about applying our deep analytical expertise and advanced proprietary tools to generate economic solutions tailored to our clients’ unique challenges. Nathan focuses on a range of economic development subject matter areas including Trade & Logistics; Economic Policy & Governance; Private Sector Development; Women’s Economic Empowerment; and Financial Solutions.

Position Summary

Nathan Associates is currently implementing the ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade, and E-Commerce (ASEAN-USAID IGNITE), a program supporting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN-USAID IGNITE was designed to promote a well-integrated and inclusive ASEAN Economic Community by strengthening the enabling environment for cross-border trade. ASEAN-USAID IGNITE provides technical assistance across three work streams: (i) Trade Facilitation; (ii) The Digital Economy; and (iii) Science, Technology, and Innovation.

Nathan is seeking a Chief of Party for the ASEAN-USAID IGNITE Program. The Chief of Party will lead a dynamic local and international team of experts and will be responsible for the overall strategic direction, management, and implementation of the project. The Chief of Party serves as the project's key point of contact with USAID, the ASEAN Secretariat, the private sector, and other stakeholders. This position is based in Jakarta, Indonesia with extensive travel, when possible, throughout Southeast Asia.

Job Description:

·Provide overall leadership, management and technical direction to ensure integrated vision throughout ASEAN-USAID IGNITE Program activities;

·Provide direct oversight over the ASEAN-USAID IGNITE field staff, assign tasks, manage workloads, conduct performance evaluations, and foster a positive and productive work environment for team members;

·Serve as primary liaison with USAID, the ASEAN Secretariat, implementing partners, subcontractors, other donor projects and the Nathan home office;

·Coordinate with the ASEAN Secretariat, U.S. agencies, and other stakeholders, including private sector organizations, to identify specific technical assistance needs and determine how best to integrate assistance with existing programs and resources including other U.S. technical assistance activities;

·Represent the project and its activities in ASEAN meetings and forums as well as to U.S. government agencies and officials;

·Assure compliance with contractual, Nathan, U.S. Government, and Indonesian regulatory requirements;

·Coordinate the planning of technical activities involving Nathan’s partners with the Nathan headquarters project team to ensure that planned activities are in line with budgets and subcontracts;  

·Provide contributions to and have overall responsibility for weekly, quarterly, and annual project reports.


·At least nine (9) years of professional experience, including six (6) years managing development programs, with at least three (3) years managing programs with multilateral organizations.

·Master’s degree or equivalent related to economics, business, law, international development, or in a related field, OR Bachelor’s degree in one of these fields plus fifteen (15) years relevant experience.

·Proven leadership qualities and excellent management skills as demonstrated by at least five years of experience in the following:

.Development of activity design and implementation, including creating work plans.

.Extensive stakeholder engagement.

.Establishing systems and overseeing program cycle, including program close-out.

.Overseeing multiple program areas simultaneously and setting priorities and strategic direction.

.Hiring, training and supervision of local personnel; and

.Financial management including budgeting; tracking, reporting, and accounting of finances and procurement.

·Demonstrated diplomatic skills, meaning experience working in an environment which required frequent negotiations to manage bureaucratic processes.

·Relevant technical knowledge in an area related to trade, commerce, investment, or inclusive economic growth in general.

·Experience working in Southeast Asia is preferred.

·Experience working with ASEAN as an institution is especially preferred.

·Experience working with U.S. Government operational and management systems is preferred.

·Experience coordinating with relevant US Government agencies (e.g. State Department, Department of Commerce, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, etc.) preferred.

·Native English language proficiency.

Nathan is an Equal Opportunity Employer  

Nathan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. EOE Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information  

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