Program Officer, Africa

International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 03

Position description

The Program Officer is an intermediate professional position at IFES providing tactical support to the program division. Specific duties will include development, technical, administrative and financial management support and oversight.

Job Responsibilities:


  • Serve as primary interface with Country Directors and local staff to implement projects;
  • Achieve project requirements within budget, established timeframe, standards of quality, and donor satisfaction;
  • Assist with preparing budgets, wire requests, vendor and consultant payments, etc.;
  • Responsible for critical review and reporting of project financials in partnership with Finance team. Track project activities in line with budget, forecasting and evaluation of burn rate;
  • Establish, maintain, and develop productive working relationship with field staff, subordinates, consultants at large, and other departments within IFES HQ;
  • Assist with program design, knowledge of IFES systems, tools for project implementation and monitoring;
  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation team to design/determine program indicators, assist with monitoring to ensure activities are meeting indicators;
  • Contribute to knowledge management and thought leadership;
  • Troubleshoot project problems, identify and implement creative solutions;
  • Monitor pending IFES grant/contract actions and coordinate timely action and response;
  • Travel to field office to assist with project activities as needed;
  • Participate in proposal development/new initiative process;
  • Encourage professional developmental of junior program staff. Provide feedback on project team and project performance;
  • Work with HR to source and recruit critical talent;
  • Support the process of designing and implementing subawards and monitor progress including reviewing deliverables;
  • Work with Contracts and Grants to ensure timely acquisition and delivery of commodities;
  • Contribute, coordinate and ensure the quality of monthly/quarterly reports;
  • Provide input into annual workplans, performance monitoring plans, and other programmatic reports;
  • Work with Contracts and Grants to ensure timely acquisition and delivery of services;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree in international relations, political science, international development preferred;
  • Experience: Minimum of 4 years of overall work experience in the international development sector with NGO experience aplus. Experience with budget management and oversight of large single project or multiple small projects. Supervisory experience a plus;
  • Related Skills or Knowledge: Experience with program design and project management. Knowledgeable on USAID and non-US based grant and contract proposals, regulations, and procedures. Familiarity with USAID and non-US structure and personnel as well as other international donors. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Excel required. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required;
  • LANGUAGE SKILLS: English required. Proficiency in French a plus;
  • TRAVEL: Travel up to 10% of time.

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