Partnerships Associate


Partnerships Associate

Organization & Position Background:

The Charter Cities Institute is a rapidly-growing nonprofit research organization that is empowering new cities with better governance to lift tens of millions of people out of poverty. We are a cutting-edge, well-funded organization, composed of researchers, communicators, international developers, partnership experts and more, all dedicated to building the ecosystem for charter cities. We advise and convene key stakeholders including, governments, new city developers, and multilateral institutions, and influence the global agenda through research, engagement, and partnerships. We have exciting projects across the globe, with more coming online regularly. The Partnerships Associate will work closely with the Head of Partnerships. A major activity of this Department is to increase the visibility of charter cities and support creation of partnerships towards development of new charter cities globally.

The ideal candidate should have experience in an international development organization, multilateral organization, or development-adjacent think tank working with high-level networks and on-the-ground project execution.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Outreach: The Partnerships Associate will assist in the development and implementation of the partnership strategy.  The aim is to promote Charter Cities and influence their uptake amongst the development community, including multilateral institutions, international financial institutions, international development banks, regional economic communities, and national governments. Outputs: Stakeholder mapping, enhancing engagement with potential stakeholders, following up and coordinating agreed actions. (30%)

Research Dissemination: Work with the research team to help translate longer research papers into shorter, digestible, and actionable policy briefs that policymakers and stakeholders can easily understand.  In addition, the Partnerships Associate will help identify potential stakeholders that will be targeted to promote charter cities development.  Outputs: Summarizing research outputs into policy brief and digestible notes and drafting engagement papers. (50%)  

Events: The Partnerships Associate will assist in the planning and execution of events. In particular, the Partnerships Associate will help organize events (including panels, diners, side events, retreats etc.) that involve policy-oriented participants, especially from international development organizations, multilaterals, and governments. These events or panels will aim to highlight charter cities as a promising development policy tool.  Outputs: Drafting event notes, assistance in identifying speakers and participants, inviting and coordinating participants, preparing event reports where needed and assisting with any following ups. (20%)

Representation: The Partnerships Associate, in conjunction with the Head of Partnerships will represent CCI at various meetings and events, participate in speaking opportunities, and have excellent customer relations management skills, able to boost the brand and impact of CCI.


• The ideal candidate will have advanced writing skills, including simplifying and translating complicated subjects into clear and concise language easily digestible by policymakers and wider array audiences.

• The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial. They will see processes and other areas that can be improved and take initiative to make those improvements.

• The ideal candidate will have strong connections in the international trade and development world that can be leveraged for partnerships with targeted stakeholders (multinationals, development institutions, international financial institutions, regional economic communities, governments etc.).

• The ideal candidate will be able to communicate effectively, including representing CCI at stakeholder meetings, events, conferences, workshops, and policy dialogues.

• The ideal candidate has a high level of attention to detail, commiserate to the role that involves interaction with high level dignitaries including Ambassadors, Senior government officials, and Organization Executives.

• The ideal candidate is intellectually curious and has a passion for charter cities.

Evaluation Criteria

• Preferably a master’s degree (or bachelor’s degree with at least 2 additional years’ experience) in International Relations, International Development, Development Management, Economics, Law or a related field. In particular, candidates with a background in international development networks focused on the Global South are especially encouraged to apply.

• Experience: Minimum of three years of in international development coordinating projects and teams.

• Language: Fluency in English is required for this position. Knowledge of and/or fluency in French would be an advantage.

Position Details:

This is a full-time position, based in Washington, DC.  Some travel may be required. The Charter Cities Institute offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental insurance, tuition reimbursement, PTO and a 401k.

Please apply within or send a cover letter, resume and writing sample (all in PDF) to with a subject reading “Partnerships Associate”.

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