Program Officer

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 26

Position description

REX seeks a Program Officer to support programming for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young Africa Leaders Initiative.


  • Support Program Director/Deputy Director in all aspects of program implementation to ensure timely and accurate completion of deliverables;
  • Manage relationships and outreach with partner institutions, including academic, corporate, non-profit, and government partners, and vendors;
  • Supervise subcontractors and consultants, and provide direction to program junior staff;
  • Manage administrative aspects of the program including participant application, review, selection, and placement process, and participant enrollment in leadership development programs;
  • Manage and support collection of a wide range of participant information and data, maintaining accuracy and completeness;
  • Contribute to and manage the production of program deliverables including participant materials, handbooks, templates and guides for program partners, and program reports;
  • Contribute to project monitoring and evaluation, analyze results to inform project implementation;
  • Manage and proof correspondence for partners and funders;
  • Track program expenditures and develop and monitor program budgets;
  • Represent IREX and Leadership Practice interests both within and outside of IREX;
  • Liaise with funders upon request and assist with business development efforts as assigned;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, international education, business, or related field; Master’s preferred;
  • Minimum of five years experience working in a non-profit organization and/or managing international education programs demonstrating relevant progressive experience, with a focus on exchange programming and/or professional training/development programs;
  • Supervisory experience or experience managing/directing staff;
  • Demonstrated expertise in senior level client or partner relations;
  • Availability to travel domestically as well as support scheduled program activities in the evenings and on weekends;
  • Experience with procurement procedures and sub-award management;
  • Experience creating, managing and monitoring program budgets;
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically and creatively to meet specified objectives with strong ability to anticipate challenges and generate solutions;
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Demonstrated writing and document proofing skills; able to produce near final draft quality communication and documents;
  • Professionalism in written correspondence and report writing, excellent presentation and oral communication skills;
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize;
  • Able to work independently and as a team member with consistent ability to take initiative, meet deadlines, and be flexible;
  • Familiarity with Department of State grants highly preferred;
  • Demonstrated understanding of sub-Saharan Africa and recent developments in the region preferred;
  • International work or study experience in Africa preferred;
  • Background or experience in civic leadership or public management;
  • Knowledge of a foreign language preferred, particularly French, Portuguese, Swahili, and/or African regional languages.

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