Program Officer, Civil Society & Media – Strengthened Together & Advancing in New Directions

International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 05

Position description

At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people and communities thrive.

But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people form achieving their full potential.  To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities—and to create person to person bridges between nations.

IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

The Program Officer (PO) fassigned to a portfolio of projects at the Information & Media and the Communities & Governance Practices to support in the successful operation of IREX’s segment of the Civil Society and Media – Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (CSM-STAND). The successful candidate will be a proactive and detail-oriented professional that is flexible and able to work on a rotating portfolio of topics imedia development, media, and information literacy civil, governance, digital security, and others.

The PO will focus on supporting the management of assigned projects and activities, including but not limited to providing support for implementation of regional activities and providing day-to-day operational support to project team and field-based staff. The PO will work with multiple teams within IREX and need to balance sometimes competing demands. The role will also include supporting reporting, financial management, procurement and the subgranting processes; as well as regular communication with the IREX program teams at HQ and around the world.

We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.

Are you the next member of our team?



Your Background & Skills


Bachelor’s Degree related to international development;
A minimum of three years of relevant experience, to include previous experience in international development;
Proven experience managing multiple administrative tasks in a demanding, time sensitive work environment;
Excellent writing and editing skills;
Experience conducting research and ability to proficiently articulate findings in English, both verbally and in writing;
Proficiency with contemporary digital platforms for collaboration and communication;
Proficiency with Microsoft office products, including and especially Excel;
Clear, succinct, and compelling communication skills, both oral and written;
Detail-oriented with ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced working environment;
Proven communication and organizational skills with demonstrated cross-cultural sensitivity;
An ability to work in a team environment, including team members in multiple time zones;
Experience with subgranting and contract drafting desirable;
Understanding of USG regulations, a plus;
Excellent ability to remain flexible while adhering to strict deadlines. Outstanding presentation and interpersonal skills, and;
Speaking, reading and writing proficiency in English required. Use and command of a second language will be considered a plus.
Your Daily Tasks

Provides key day-to-day operational backstopping and resources support to project teams and field-based staff;
Coordinates and contributes to project deliverables, especially for start-ups and close-outs, including collecting information about activities implemented in the field, supporting the drafting and creation of project timelines and workplans;
Provides support to the set-up of templates for budget and compliance tracking;
Supports the establishment of monitoring and evaluation processes for new programs, including data collection and management as needed;
Lead and/or support the development of communication products and documents, including creating and contributing to articles, newsletters, and publications, reviewing and sending written communication, effectively leading small meetings, as well as interacting with donors, partners, stakeholders, and internal contributors;
Supports hiring and onboarding processes for consultants or employees;
Contributes to drafting operational risk assessments for prospective respective field offices, as assigned;
Leads the creation of subgrant templates, manuals, and procedures, in close collaboration with program leadership, the Grants and Contracts Office;
As needed, prepares materials and contributes to the delivery of training on policies and procedures or technical content;
Leads subgrant management, including due diligence and risk assessments of grantees, subawards and monitoring plans, internal review process, iKnow tracking and overall monitoring;
Coordinates logistical activities for events and travel;
Contributes to the management for the creation and review of internal and donor reports.
Leads meetings and trainings, when assigned;
As needed and under the supervision of senior staff, supports one or more elements of proposal processes, including drafting text and narratives, gathering and preparing supporting documents, review and support budget processes;
At the direction of project leadership, independently and accurately performs financial administration tasks;
Drafts, reviews, and monitors consulting agreements including payments for consultants;
Assist in seeking solutions to contractual and subgrant questions rooted in IREX and donor policies;
Contribute to a positive, collaborative, and inclusive team environment both in HQ and among local teams, and;
Other duties as assigned.
IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.

Successful candidates are subject to background screenings

This position is eligible for Telework.

This position is ineligible for Immigration Sponsorship

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