Job Opening: Program Officer, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States [Belgium]

job opening - 5Institution: The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Start date: June 2, 2014
Application deadline: May 30, 2014
Education requirements: BA/MA/MSc
Level of language proficiency: Fluency in written and spoken English required; Proficiency in at least one European and Asian language is highly desirable.
Employment type: Full time

Job description
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies.

Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States seeks a Program Officer for its Asia Program. The Program Officer for Asia will work closely with the program’s fellows and staff to execute GMF’s convening and research on transatlantic approaches to the Asia-Pacific.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Managing the development of a major new project on the Japan-Europe relationship, which includes significant convening components, commissioned papers and an in-depth report;
  • Developing the agendas/invitation list and overseeing the logistics for the Stockholm China Forum, a biannual track 1.5 event on China policy (with the oversight of a transatlantic fellow for Asia based in Washington D.C.). Owning editorial control of the SCF paper, video and podcast series;
  • Maintaining and developing the program’s networks in Europe, Asia and the United States, with special responsibility for the EU policy community;
  • Creating and fostering relationships with the new EU officials who will take their positions later in the year;
  • Contributing to the development of the annual Brussels Forum agenda and list of invitees;
  • Managing relations with existing funders and helping to develop new program and organizational funders;
  • Managing the Asia program assistant and intern(s) based in the GMF Brussels office;
  • Managing and developing all Asia program activities in Brussels;
  • Giving input on the Asia program’s other activities: the India Trilateral Forum, Trilateral Forum Tokyo, research initiatives on democratic Asia and global norms, the Young Strategists Forum and occasional work on Pakistan and Afghanistan;
  • Hold special responsibility for ensuring that Europe is effectively represented in all areas of the program’s work; and
  • Participating as a central member of both the Asia program and Brussels office teams. The successful candidate will be expected to help develop the programming and activities of both.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Candidate possesses a BA/MA/MSc in international relations, economics, politics or a related subject.
  • Have five years of relevant professional experience, including program management and policy research.
  • Familiarity with contemporary European and American public policy issues and policy-making processes.
  • Experience working in Asia is a strong plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills combined with the ability to work well under deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Products).
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; Proficiency in at least one European and Asian language is highly desirable.
  • Ability to travel internationally required.

Full details at Idealist.org

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