Program Officer

Eleanor Crook Foundation
  • Location
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 20

Position description

The Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF) seeks a Program Officer to coordinate all aspects of the Foundation's international nutrition grantmaking. Supporting the Executive Director and the Senior Program Advisor, the Program Officer will facilitate impact, identify learning and mitigate risk by monitoring and evaluating grantees' work, managing relationships, analyzing individual grantee reports and portfolio performance, and overseeing day-to-day grant management. The PO will document lessons and developments and coordinate information exchange between ECF staff, grantees, partners, and the wider international nutrition community in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2.

A professional who is interested in growing with an expanding portfolio, would benefit from flexible work policies, and wants to have an impact on global health will thrive. This position will be based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

PO- Nutrition Responsibilities

Grant Management:

  • Manage relationships with program and development team contacts at ECF nutrition grantee organizations.
  • Contribute to the substantive design of new programs.
  • Manage solicitation of applications for funding.
  • Respond to questions from current and prospective grantees regarding ECF funding processes.
  • Conduct due diligence in evaluating potential grantees in compliance with ECF's nutrition proposal solicitation framework.
  • Manage proposal review panelists' participation in proposal evaluation.
  • Thoroughly review and analyze narrative reports to determine grant compliance, anticipate challenges and identify learning points that can be shared among grantees and other nutrition funders and implementers.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the quality of ECF-funded projects.
  • Facilitate new collaboration between partners across ECF's multiple nutrition portfolios
  • Conduct site visits to further inform the foundation's understanding of grantee progress, concerns, and opportunities to drive impact.
  • Build collaborative relationships with grantees to successfully communicate about challenges and risks.
  • Anticipate potential project problems and work jointly with grantees, ED and Senior Program Advisor to identify solutions.
  • Help negotiate program adjustments to produce optimum results for beneficiaries and support sustainability and scalability of programs.
  • Collaborate with existing and potential co-funders on program design, funding mechanisms, fund disbursement, M&E, and grantee performance and compliance.
  • Seek opportunities for interface and collaboration between ECF's nutrition initiatives and ECF's advocacy grant portfolios and team.

Institutional & Community Learning:

  • Establish and maintain relationships and support learning opportunities among nutrition focused funders, policy advocates and implementers.
  • Attend conferences, webinars and generally stay abreast of advancements in the nutrition community
  • Develop and manage internal and external communications materials about ECF-funded nutrition projects.
  • Actively support ECF's branding and outreach.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact between ECF and the CORE Group.
  • With the support of ECF's Administration Officer and The CORE Group, coordinate and develop programming for annual or semi-annual convening of ECF grantees.
  • Maintain knowledge of ECF's policy and advocacy efforts to share among ECF nutrition implementers as appropriate.
  • Write Board Reports and externally-facing Annual Reports
  • Maintain internal data management and use platforms to drive Foundation performance.


  • Facilitate ECF Executive Director and staff engagement in high-level grant management and project review and planning processes as needed.
  • Actively participate in internal coordination and planning meetings.
  • Coordinate scheduling and logistics needs with ECF Administrative Officer.
  • Coordinate financial planning and management of ECF's nutrition portfolios.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Effectively manages and supports ECF nutrition projects;
  • Develops proactive, positive and constructive relationships that foster trust with existing and potential nutrition grantees and partners.
  • Maintains effective knowledge management processes
  • Identifies and generates ongoing and useful learning across grantees
  • Supports ECF's positioning as a knowledge resource on nutrition innovation, research, capacity building and scaling.


  • 5 – 7 years of experience implementing and/or administering maternal and child health grants, with preference given to experience managing nutrition programs in coalition with other partners.
  • At least 2 years experience with grant compliance, reporting, and financial management.
  • Basic knowledge of US government international aid policy making and funding processes.
  • Knowledge of US government food and nutrition aid programming preferred.
  • Proven previous experience with monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programs
  • Familiarity with quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies

Desired Skills

  • Project design
  • Attention to detail
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Subject matter research
  • Data analysis skills
  • Charisma
  • Socially perceptive
  • Compassionate
  • Excellent writer
  • Composed negotiator
  • Self Starter
  • Intellectually curious
  • Highly collaborative
  • Strategic thinker
  • Risk manager
  • Adept logistician

Application instructions

Please send your resume and cover letter.

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