Program Officer, Communities and Governance

  • Full Time
  • DC/Remote
  • Applications have closed

Website IREX

Job Category: Communities & Governance Practice

crossposted from IREX

Requisition Number: PROGO002039

Posting Details

    • Posted: September 3, 2021
  • Full-Time
  • Locations

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    Washington, DC

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Job Details


Who We Are 

At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people and communities thrive.

But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people form achieving their full potential.  To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities—and to create person to person bridges between nations.

IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

The Program Officer is an integral part of a team who provides strategic and administrative support to the management of assigned programs. PO will be supporting the development of project work products, to include but not limited to, program timelines, budgets, reports, overseeing planning and day-to-day operations, and supporting field-based staff. The Program Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the programs are meeting the necessary compliance requirements.

We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.

Are you the next member of our team?

Your Background & Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree related to international development.
  • 3+ years of experience in relevant field.
  • Proven experience managing multiple administrative tasks in a demanding, time sensitive work environment.
  • Experience conducting research and ability to proficiently articulate findings in the English language.
  • Must have excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Proactive and comfortable with contemporary digital platforms for collaboration and communication.
  • Proficient in Microsoft office products, including and especially Excel.
  • Clear, succinct and compelling communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong knowledge of the operating environment in Eastern Europe, especially in Ukraine.
  • Detail-oriented with ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Proven communication and organizational skills with demonstrated cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, including team members in multiple time zones.
  • Excellent ability to remain flexible while adhering to strict deadlines. Outstanding presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Speaking, reading and writing proficiency in English required.
  • Knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language will be considered as an advantage.
  • You must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.


Your Daily Tasks

  • Oversees and provides support in implementation of programs in the Communities and Governance Practice.
  • Provides day-to-day operational support to project team and field-based staff.
  • Coordinates and ensures communication between HQ and field-based staff, connect the field with relevant resources at HQ when needed.
  • Supports the development of project deliverables, to include but not limited to, collecting information about activities implemented in the field, creating and/or reviewing and contributing to internal and donor reports, and supporting other products/documents as identified.
  • Drafts complex documents, including program reports and evaluations.
  • Develops program materials, including research and design of training workshops and training manuals.
  • Manages and monitorsprograms to ensure high quality program deliverables and results are being met.
  • Assists with program monitoring including with internal indicator tracking.
  • Selects and hires consultants as necessary; draft and finalize contracts with consultants, in coordination with the field team; approve/process payments for the consultants.
  • Drafts and finalizes contracts for the English Language Resident in coordination with the field team.
  • Contributes to program M&E including design, data collection, analysis and M&E tool development.
  • Supports program start-up and close-out activities as needed.
  • Maintains effective relations and coordination with program donors and partners.
  • Monitors subgrants with international and national partners.
  • Coordinates program publicity and outreach, including producing regular news and program updates; and promoting program successes to a variety of audiences.
  • Contributes to new business development efforts, including assessments and proposal writing.
  • Reviews field monthly financial spending and monitor budgeting. Lead and ensure all fiscal and performance activities are in compliance with IREX policies and procedures and funder regulations.
  • Manages all areas of budgets, including analyzing projections vs actuals, forecasting and recasting, and preparing modifications (realignments, cost and no cost extensions).
  • Liaises with GCO to resolve issues of compliance with IREX policies and procedures and funder regulations for programs responsible.
  • Ensures all fiscal and performance activities are in compliance with IREX policies and procedures and funder regulations.
  • Trains junior staff to work with funder and IREX policies, tools, and resources.
  • Recruits staff to support program needs.


IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.

We conduct background checks on all successful candidates.

This position is eligible for Telework.

This position is not eligible for Immigration Sponsorship.



EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity.

All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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