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Program Manager-DOS-ASEAN, Washington, DC, VA  ID# 16258

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The PROGRAM MANAGER will develop and implement programming for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) program, to include the U.S.-ASEAN Smart City Partnership. Responsibilities will include planning, budgeting, coordinating, evaluating, and reporting for the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (EAP), Office of Multilateral Affairs (MLA) under the Department of State.


  • Manages funding to support program implementation of capacity building programs including planning, budgeting, implementation, and audit for programs with ASEAN, including the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership.
  • Drafts solicitations for proposals and evaluating submitted concept notes and proposals, including technical and budget sections. Evaluates and documents information from multiple stakeholders and sources. Works with Contract Officers and Grant Officers to ensure that reporting requirements are met. Supports the annual budget cycle processes
  • The contractor will communicate and coordinate with a wide range of people to meet collaboration goals, including representatives of our allies and partners, from embassy personnel to utility officials, and people in the USG, the private sector, universities, and civil society.
  • Supports colleagues and implementing partners in developing new content and implementing developed content, ensuring that program implementation can adapt to changing circumstances. Ensures these changes are communicated appropriately to all interested parties. Regularly convenes the interagency working groups to share progress and obtain feedback.
  • Draft and clear State Department paper, including issue papers, cables, meeting read-outs, summaries.
  • Keep current on smart city best practices, major events, and significant developments. Facilitate the establishment of partnerships among stakeholders.
  • Supports the identification and resolution of issues or problems in programming, preferably before implementation. Communicates any issues or problems immediately to EAP to ensure their comprehensive resolution.
  • Communicates regularly with the personnel providing logistics support services on programming, as appropriate depending on the timing and nature of the programming, to be determined by EAP on an ongoing basis.
  • Regularly monitors how implementing partners’ content is created, organized, and named to ensure compliance with U.S. government standards. Uses that information to collect and report on indicators of success, collaborating closely with the Interagency, and other offices as appropriate.
  • Supports program and initiative evaluations at specific intervals, determined by EAP colleagues, to verify achievement of program requirements. Collaborates closely with the EAP Bureau Monitoring and Evaluation Officer to design evaluations and to manage, analyze, and report evaluation results.
  • Collaborates with appropriate offices in the State Department and USG interagency to help develop, design, and perform needs assessments to ensure program content achieves broad policy objectives and supports key policy and resource decisions within the EAP Front Office and among senior Department policy-making officials.
  • Collects data on programs as needed from implementing partners, Posts, participants, member country governments, and interagency members. Considers non-government sources of input on program effectiveness and ideas for strengthening programming.
  • Supports EAP and SCA colleagues in their efforts to develop and implement communication strategies to ensure the broadest possible awareness and use of programming content by all target audience interlocutors within the government, in Congress, in the private sector, and with our foreign partners.
  • Collaborates with EAP, SCA, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) press shops, Posts’ PAS, and the interagency to support the amplification of key messages related to multilateral programs via both traditional and social media.
  • Development of informational and promotional materials such as web sites, resource guides, audiovisual documentation, and other materials. Continuously update and build out program website.
  • Contributes to the assessment of and reporting on the accomplishments of program goals, objectives, priorities, and outcomes established by the Department, bureau, office, statutes, or executive order by collecting, assessing, and disseminating programmatic information and performance analysis from implementing partners. Collects and disseminates assessments as appropriate to office colleagues, EAP, and others, including via SharePoint, to ensure compliance to standards.
  • Travels, including to East and South Asia and the Pacific, as required. Interacts with smart city officials, private sector representatives, government officials, and others to explain ongoing initiatives and obtain feedback.



This position does not have any supervisory capacity and/or managerial authority



  • Candidates must be US citizens.
  • Candidates are required to have an active and current SECRET US government security clearance at the time of applying to this position.
  • Candidates will be required to undergo a US federal government background investigation and favorably pass a drug screen.
  • Candidates must have a current and valid US Passport whose expiration date is more than (1) one year from the date of hiring.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university and/or college in International Studies with an emphasis in budget and finance, Program Management (PMP certification preferred), International Affairs with a focus on the Asia and Pacific area.
  • Two (2) years of experience with US government management policies and procedures, government accounting and reporting, contracting and procurement, and restrictions on programming stemming from Congressional provisions (or equivalent), with preferred experience with the Department of State.
  • Three (3) years of experience in the development and implementation of foreign assistance capacity-building programs, multi-tasking complex projects and processes, requiring interpersonal and customer service, writing, analytic, problem-solving, and computer skills experience (or equivalent).


  • Ability to establish program goals and objectives, determine outputs, and create performance measurement systems, including creating results frameworks and providing inputs into monitoring and evaluation planning and reporting.
  • Ability to implement multilateral diplomacy development- and policy-focused programs.
  • Experience or understanding of Southeast Asia and ASEAN.
  • Ability to coordinate with interagency partners and manage complex programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a diverse range of stakeholders including but not limited to other State Department Bureaus, other U.S. agencies, Embassies, USAID Missions in the region, Congress, representatives of foreign governments, U.S. and ASEAN smart city officials, and other partners. Ability to give presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work with EAP and SCA colleagues to design and update social and traditional media messaging in support of the Department’s Indo-Pacific Strategy. Ability to learn a website content management system.


  • Work will be performed primarily in a climate-controlled office environment and/or US government facilities CONUS and/or OCONUS.
  • Location of job is in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area
  • May require occasional lifting or moving of items up to 25 lbs.
  • Candidate can be expected to stand in line for extended periods of time when travelling through domestic and international airport security checkpoints and in airline terminals.

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