Program Associate, MMDP Project

Helen Keller International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Aug 04

Position description

Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee, Helen Keller International (HKI) is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged.  Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 20 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States.  Renowned for its reliability, efficiency and high level of technical expertise, HKI promotes the development of sustainable, large-scale programs that deliver effective preventative and curative services for nutrition, eye health and neglected tropical diseases.  The hallmark of the organization’s work is its proven success in developing, testing and scaling-up health interventions, and integrating them within government and community structures to support and build local capacity and sustainable solutions.



HKI is leading the implementation of Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention for Blinding Trachoma and Lymphatic Filariasis (MMPD) activities, under a five year, $35 million Cooperative Agreement with USAID.  This activity provides USAID, the Bureau for Global Health, and the NTD Program with assistance to strengthen MMDP components within national NTD plans and achieve elimination goals for trachoma and lymphatic filariasis, and assists countries in planning, implementing, and monitoring the scale‐up of high‐quality treatment and care services for affected individuals.


Scope of the Position

Reporting to the Senior Program Manager, the Program Associate will provide programmatic support to the project team based in Dakar, New York City, and Washington D.C. The Program Associate’s main responsibilities will be to support the team on the preparation of donor reports, monitoring and evaluation of project objectives, work plans, budgets, and documentation. This position is located in Washington, D.C., and may include domestic and international travel. 

Primary Responsibilities

Program Planning, Monitoring and Reporting

  • Support the project team to provide quick and accurate program information as needed, and to support the monitoring of progress of project countries against stated objectives and outputs.
  • Draft monthly reports, including following-up with MMDP staff and synthesizing reported activities.
  • Support the M&E Specialist in the review and analysis of data routinely reported to the project. Contribute to development and monitoring of work plans, as assigned.
  • Contribute to preparation of donor reports and compile program data for review by team members. Receive, review, edit, synthesize information, and
  • Review and copy-edit documents prepared by MMDP Project staff, and review compliance with branding. Coordinate layers of review of documents among team members.
  • Manage MMDP Project reporting and activities calendar. Ensure the progress of all reports is accurately tracked to ensure timely submission of high quality reports and documents to donor.
  • Prepare agendas for and schedule team and/or department meetings. Document outcomes including decisions, assignments, pending action items and due dates.
  • Work with MMDP Project team members to prepare materials for presentations.
  • Provide in-country support to HKI field offices, as needed.


Program Knowledge Management

  • Draft success stories, case studies, success stories, and other documents to be shared with internal and external audiences.
  • May conduct literature reviews, as needed, to identify important and relevant documents for country project implementation and research reports.
  • With support of project leadership, develop and manage content on project website.
  • Develop information-sharing resources for the project and ensure website, and that project team members are aware of updates for frequent sharing with countries and partners.
  • Solicit, edit and post MMDP Project blogs, success stories, and other advocacy messages and cultivate appropriate partnerships for cross-posting.
  • Support project awareness and advocacy goals through social media, including Facebook and Twitter.


·         Master’s Degree in public health, international development or a related field plus at least 2-3 years directly relevant work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

·         Experience in data management and program implementation or monitoring and evaluation.

·         Demonstrated ability to think through problems systematically, and integrate information from multiple sources.

·         Proficient in use of spreadsheets and databases; eager to learn new platforms.

·         Ability to perform duties that require very close attention to detail and synthesize large amounts of information.

·         Oral and written proficiency in English. Ability to communicate effectively across cultures and to communicate complex technical information to a non-technical audience.

·         Ability to prioritize workload, assume responsibility for work, and follow through to completion.

·         Ability and willingness to work under pressure as a part of a global team.



·         Use of data analysis software such as STATA, SAS, SPSS, and EpiInfo.

·         Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.

·         Knowledge of the Africa region.

·         French language skills.

Application instructions

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] noting the job title in the subject line.

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