Associate Program Officer

The ELMA Philanthropies Services (U.S.) Inc.
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jun 22

Position description

With offices in New York City, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Kampala, The ELMA Philanthropies Services develops program strategies, identifies, and explores grant and other investing opportunities, monitors investment performance, and establishes philanthropic relationships for The ELMA Group of Foundations. This Group includes The ELMA Foundation, The ELMA Relief Foundation, The ELMA Vaccines and Immunization Foundation, The ELMA Music Foundation, The ELMA Growth Foundation, and The ELMA South Africa Foundation. The ELMA Philanthropies is largely focused on providing these services to the largest foundation within the group, The ELMA Foundation. A full description of the activities of each Foundation can be found on our website:


• Support the development and management of grant-investments primarily for The ELMA Foundation, but across other Foundations and portfolios as requested
• Conduct thorough due diligence including critical analysis of proposals, budgets, work-plans, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, organizational strengths and weaknesses, and external risk factors
• Manage relevant aspects of grants administration and maintenance of records in ELMA’s grants administration system
• Thoughtfully develop, write, and present concise investment recommendations for Board review
• Research grant and other investment opportunities that fit with ELMA’s investment frameworks
• Critically monitor the programmatic effectiveness and financial management of investees and report this to senior management and the Board
• Research and prepare memos for senior management and the Board on specific topics as requested
• Build strong relationships with grantees and other strategic partners, including co-investors and governments 
• Implement special projects including those related to ELMA’s systems and processes
• Actively contribute to cross-office learning and strategy development


• Bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree in public health, business administration, finance, public policy, or a relevant field is preferred but not required.
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience in, program management, grant-making, investing, consulting, or other equivalent private sector experience (preferably with a health focus). 
• Professional and lived experience in Africa preferred but not required.
• Ability to source, analyze, synthesize, and effectively present information for a variety of audiences
• Excellent critical and analytical skills
• Fluency in English; excellent oral and written communication skills. Fluency in an African language preferred but not required.
• Excellent Excel skills and ability to analyze and present data in a highly organized manner 
• Quick learner and self-starter with ability to take initiative 
• Strong work ethic and ability to prioritize multiple and competing tasks
• Legal authorization to work in the U.S.  
• Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to collaborate on internal teams as well as communicate effectively with external stakeholders 
• Excellent organizational and time management skills 
• Ability to work non-traditional hours and travel locally and internationally as needed

Application instructions

If you meet the above requirements and feel equipped for this challenging position please submit your CV, a cover letter, and details of three contactable referees in confidence with “Health Associate Program Officer” in the subject line by 24 July 2020.

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