Africa Program Associate

The Obama Foundation-Chicago
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Sep 27

Position description

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone. 

We were founded by community organizers, so when we seek change, we do it by bringing people together. 

That approach begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. The Center represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home. 

But that approach extends to all our work, whether it’s holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.

As President Obama has said, “we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.” So join us. 

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About the Role

As a key member of the International Team, the Africa Program Associate will play a supporting role in the development and execution of programs that will inspire, empower, and connect the next generation of civic, business, and social sector leaders with the values, skills, and opportunities they need to build more prosperous, secure, and inclusive communities in Africa and around the world. The Associate will also work on a variety of short-term projects such as assisting in the sourcing of event participants and supporting Africa program development and events.  The candidate should be willing and able to travel internationally, if needed. The Associate will be based in Washington, D.C. and report to the Manager of International Programs, Africa. 


The Africa Program Associate will be responsible for achieving the following outcomes within the first year:

  1. 15 - 20 webinars for current Leaders: Africa and alumni are planned and smoothly executed with effective facilitators.
  2. 90% of webinar participants strongly agreed or agreed that they would recommend the webinar to a friend or colleague.
  3. 1-2 institutional partnerships established in Africa to facilitate convening and skillbuilding with African Leaders.
  4. Communication is sent about the Africa programs to both internal and external stakeholders that is clear, accurate, error-free, and at the right frequency and level of detail to ensure that all stakeholders have the information they need. 
  5. The application process for the Leaders: Africa program is designed and executed smoothly.
  6. The contracting process for all consultants complies with Foundation processes and timelines.
  7. Impact measurement and evaluation system is established.


The ultimate aim of the Africa Program Associate is to achieve the outcomes listed above. In order to achieve those outcomes, we expect that the Associate will spend their time in the following ways:

  • Create and manage project plans to ensure we achieve both short- and long-term objectives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment (for example, for the launch of the Leaders: Africa application or for launching our alumni programming)
  • Assist in the development and execution of programs, events, and travel across Africa
  • Coordinate with and leverage the assets of other Foundation teams—Digital, Programming, Communications, and Development—to support Leaders: Africa programs and events
  • Execute other programmatic needs, such as populating Leaders resource portal, identifying talented facilitators, scheduling webinars, soliciting Leaders feedback and other workstreams as needed
  • Analyze and track quantitative data trends related to the program, such as impact measurement, attendance records, etc.
  • Conduct programming-related research (on facilitators, speakers, partners, etc.), as needed, and succinctly summarize and present findings
  • Draft and send communication to internal and external stakeholders regarding updates on Africa programming
  • As needed, ensure that back office support for Leaders: Africa program is completed in a timely manner, including ensuring that all contacts are updated and uploaded in Salesforce, contracts for services are properly executed and managed, etc.
  • Track spending to ensure we stay within budget
  • Contribute to other Africa team projects as needed


  • Experience supporting social impact or leadership programs in the developing world, ideally in Africa
  • Highly organized and detail oriented with a track record of meeting short- and long-term responsibilities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, high volume organization
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and communicate effectively with others to achieve objectives and meet deadlines
  • Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal; establishes rapport easily with other people
  • Strong research skills and is both creative and resourceful in seeking answers
  • Good sense of humor, calm under pressure, and flexible amidst changing priorities
  • Strong team player. Is both self-confident and willing to take on any task, however large or small
  • Honest and transparent; maintains confidentiality
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software, as well as Salesforce and Google apps; strong PowerPoint and Excel skills are required
  • Minimum of three years of experience
  • Committed to our mission of inspiring, empowering, and connecting people to change their world

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