Senior Program Officer

Kenjya-Trusant Group
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 07

Position description

Kenjya-Trusant is seeking a candidate to fill the role of Senior Program Officer to support Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  
Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities: 

  • Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and other academic exchange programs in consultation with posts and missions, ECA management, geographic bureaus, and high level elements in the U.S. academic, government, and professional communities. Establishes and maintains relationships with these groups to develop the Washington Fellowship to meet changing political situations or new priorities in the United States government. Provides program direction and guidance to cooperating agencies and host universities; oversees host institutes, summit, and internships; and oversees program implementation. Evaluates and refines programs to ensure they remain useful, cost-effective, and timely.
  • Provides programmatic monitoring for grants and/or cooperative agreements in accordance with established ECA grants policy and federal OMB circulars. Manages budget and fiscal aspects of grants and/or cooperative agreements, and monitors expenditures made by cooperating agency. Develops and adheres to grant cycles in accordance with the passage of the Bureau’s annual appropriation and the ECA grants calendar. Oversees the recruitment and selection of participants, and facilitates all aspects of the exchanges keeping abreast of all participant activities. Consults closely with supervisor to proactively resolve or address problems. Exercises sound judgment with regard to those developments that can be resolved independently and those requiring higher level input.
  • Establishes and maintains liaison with stakeholders including posts and missions in the region, other DoS bureaus, USAID, the White House, Fulbright Commissions, U.S. academic and international exchange communities and officials, and foreign government representatives to build effective relationships in support of ECA’s strategic goal of promoting international understanding. Represents ECA at conferences, workshops, orientations, inter- and intra-agency meetings, and at meetings with implementing partners and the public.
  • Responds within deadlines to tasking from supervisor, senior bureau, and department management or Congressional staff for quantitative and qualitative information on exchange activities; and obtains appropriate clearances. Drafts speeches, talking points, memoranda, and other documents that advance Bureau objectives and analyze the impact of DoS exchanges.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Note: Contractor staff working in this position is expected to have access to the Department’s computer networks, information systems and networks, and data bases relevant to their duties.


  • Education and/or work experience related to international educational exchanges, and/or other types of international study, programming or activities.
  • Knowledge of the Department’s mission particularly with respect to educational and academic exchanges, and the role exchanges play in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.
  • Skill in program and project management techniques and tools in order to oversee the development, implementation, and maintenance of international exchange programs. 
  • Knowledge of grants administration regulations, processes, and activities in order to oversee a myriad of grants-related activities.
  • Skill in oral and written communications in order to prepare and present analysis, provide advice and guidance, brief audiences, solicit information, and defend proposals.
  • Ability to represent the Department, Bureau, and organization in a variety of domestic and international settings.
  • Ability to initiate and maintain effective contacts with DoS elements, other USG entities, contract institutions, and U.S. institutions of higher education involved in the conduct of academic exchange programs.
  • Ability to use various computer applications and familiarity with the potential uses of electronic information storage and retrieval in order to maintain information databases.
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent creative thinking and analytical skills.
  • Ability to interact with all nationalities in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Secret level.
  • Experience in or knowledge of Africa.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of related professional work experience is required for this position.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required for this position, ideally in international relations, international law, political science, education, economics, history, journalism, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, the humanities, a foreign language, or a related field; however, a Master’s Degree or other advanced degree in a related field is preferred.

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