Program Assistant- Subnational Governance
The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; and international relations. Drawing on more than 50 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.

Program Assistant- Subnational Governance

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Basic Job Information

Job Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
Job Level : Mid Level
No. of Vacancy/s : [ 1 ]
Employment Type : Full Time
Job Location : Kathmandu, Nepal
Offered Salary : Negotiable
Apply Before(Deadline) : Dec. 10, 2018 23:55 (5 months, 1 week ago)

Job Specification

Education Level : Bachelor
Experience Required : More than or equals to 2 years
Other Specification


  • 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 initiative
  • Ability to critically analyze information
  • Fully conversant with using the Microsoft Office suite of programs, particularly MS Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds
  • Willingness to undertake duty travel to districts

Job Description

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.

Job Summary:

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.

Job Functions:

  • 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 the 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

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