Program Officer - CVE (Africa and Asia)

Equal Access
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 26

Position description

Equal Access International ( seeks a Washington, DC-based Program Officer to support our CVE (countering violent extremism) and media for social change programming in Africa and Asia. The Program Officer is responsible for supporting the management and monitoring and evaluation of field programs in the Philippines and Nigeria, with support to the management of additional projects elsewhere as needed. Other countries will be added. He/she will ensure high quality program delivery and support national staff in expansion and/or innovation around existing, planned, and new activities. This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate looking to travel regularly to the field and to play a direct role in program implementation, research, monitoring and evaluation, and business development.

Primary Responsibilities:

·      Advance and develop Equal Access’s CVE and media for social change programming in Africa and Asia, specifically in Nigeria and the Philippines.

·      Support monitoring and evaluation tools and efforts, including quantitative and qualitative methods, social media, interactive voice response (IVR), formative field research, and ensure that M&E data is regularly collected and documented to a DQA standard; verify/review data at least monthly.

·      Support grant management, including delivering high quality quarterly reports and other reporting requirements.

·      Ensure compliance with USAID, State Department, and other donor rules and regulations.

·      Develop work plans/GANTT charts, and ensure that technical activities are implemented on time and within the allocated budget and scope of work.

·      Support technical design, staff training, implementation, research, and oversight of innovative CVE and innovative social and behavior change media projects, including radio, television, trainings, youth engagement, and social media campaigns.

·      Support in-country Key Personnel and Country Directors, including with work plan management, budget monitoring, and human resource administration in program countries.

·      Review and approve activity budgets, monthly advance requests and financial reports, invoices, and contracts;

·      Assist finance team with reviews of field finance documentation and in communications with donors;

·      Support business development efforts, including both contributing to and leading new proposal development.

·      Track security events and issues and communicate them to managers at HQ and in the field;

·      Implement sustainable solutions to address program vulnerabilities and risks.

This position is an ideal fit for a hardworking, detail oriented and highly motivated candidate with a clear interest in peacebuilding, CVE, media and/or international development. The ability to establish rapport and achieve goals with a range of internal and external parties is vital.



·      At least 4 years’ experience in international development. Ideally, such experience would include at least 1 year based in Africa, Asia, or conflict-affected environment, and at least 1 year in an international NGO or USG implementer headquarters environment or similar program support role.

·      Fluency in English (oral and written).

·      2 years’ experience supporting the management of international development programs focused on Africa or Asia.

·      Ability to commit to the mission and vision of Equal Access (available at

·      Financial, administrative, and budget management experience.

·      Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree preferred) in relevant technical competency area or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

·      Experience with M&E, work planning, donor reporting and in administering sub-grants and other partner agreements within the international development sector.

·      Experience in working on USAID and State Department cooperative agreements and contracts and/or working for USAID/State Department.

·      Familiarity with USAID rules and regulations, including the Code of Federal Regulations (22 CFR), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) and USAID’s Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR).

·      Experience with non-USG donors, including the UN, DFID, MacArthur Foundation, the EU, SIDA, and others.


·      Education: Master’s degree in relevant discipline.

·      Experience in CVE, international development, peacebuilding, and community-based initiatives, particularly using local media (radio or TV).

·      Significant experience working on peacebuilding and/or media/communications for social change and development programs.

·      Experience working in the Philippines and/or Nigeria on conflict-related programs.

·      Long-term interest in Africa or Asia, peacebuilding, media strengthening, coexistence, and/or countering violent extremism.

·      Knowledge of French or languages spoken in Nigeria or the Philippines a plus.

Ideal Technical Skills:

·      Strong understanding of CVE and media for social change frameworks and research.

·      Problem solving and critical thinking skills; ability to break down complex problems.

·      Strong communicator, both written and oral. Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.

·      Excellent intercultural communication skills – experience in interfacing with major strategic partners, government ministries, key multilateral agencies, and local staff.

·      Strong attention to detail, highly motivated and ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks.

·      Ability to work flexibly, outside of normal office hours and in difficult conditions.

·      Experience working with program management tools, M&E software, GIS, IVR and SMS systems.

·      Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications (Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Outlook) and email.

Position details:

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered. The position is based in either Washington, DC with up to 30% international travel time, sometimes in demanding physical or security situations. 

This is an exempt full time position. Please note that interviews may begin and a candidate may be chosen prior to this date.  Applicants must have the right to work in the U.S. Equal Access does not provide sponsorship.

Application instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter indicating your reasons for interest in the position and a resume to: [email protected] with "Program Officer - CVE" in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Please apply by March 19, 2017. 

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