Program Officer I

FHI 360
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Aug 03

Position description

FHI 360 staff working in the United States are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, regardless of the type of project or client they serve, or of their employment status (full/part-time, remote, telework, or in-office), unless an accommodation applies.  FHI 360 complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy. Full vaccination is currently defined as two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Booster doses are not required at this time. 


Program Officer I


CSPD seeks a Program Officer I (PO-I) with two to five years of professional experience, preferably in international development or with non-profits, to support and backstop current projects as well as new business development. French language proficiency is required.


FHI 360’s Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department (CSPD) supports citizens to mobilize effectively to influence policy, improve lives, and build peace. CSPD works with civil society to increase its credibility, visibility, and effectiveness by building its capacity to:

  • Engage with local government to increase its responsiveness to citizen needs; 

  • Solve community problems, engage youth in civic affairs, and provide needed services to citizens;

  • Advocate for social justice, democratic reforms, human rights, and effective policies; 

  • Leverage and/or produce media content, such as for online, radio, and television, to promote social dialogue and tolerance; and

  • Promote peaceful solutions to conflict and support peace negotiations.


Job Summary:

The PO-I will provide operational, logistical, and administrative support and limited technical assistance to programs focused on civil society strengthening, governance, peacebuilding, preventing violent extremism, and youth engagement.


The PO-I collects, compiles, and analyzes information relevant to programs (i.e., update manuals, assist with proposals, copy edit reports, process paperwork). In addition, the PO-I supports communication efforts related to program management and execution. The PO-I also ensures compliance with internal and external regulations; helps ensure adherence to project monitoring and tracking systems for submission of deliverables; assists with creation and/or review of work plans, presentations, and support other related program objectives and deliverables. The PO-I is expected to support business development and proposal efforts. Depending on project needs, the PO-I may also support the monitoring of project budgets and play a coordination role between HQ and field teams.


  • Collaborates with the project management team to assist in ensuring project needs and requirements are met;

  • Provides administrative support to programs, such as: writing, reviewing, and translating assigned reports or project materials, to ensure submission of high-quality deliverables;

  • Provides logistical, administrative, and operational support to program management such as troubleshooting, planning for and arranging meetings, taking notes, updating work plans, coordinating travel arrangements, processing purchases, drafting consultant agreements, and monitoring program activities;

  • Serves as the liaison for internal FHI 360 units, such as finance, contracts, purchasing, etc.;

  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes information relevant to the program, as needed and assigned;

  • Assist with the coordination and tracking of performance against Financial Cost Objective (FCO) ID, project timelines, budget, objectives, and deliverables;

  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes cost information relevant to the project;

  • Works with the Project Manager and/or other Program/Technical/M&E Officers and assists with developing budgets, proposals, managing grants, project materials;

  • Collects existing information (metrics, data, etc.) for use in reports, reaching out to sub-contractors, grantees, and partners for external information, including for M&E purposes;

  • Supports implementation and coordination of specific program activities and may conduct research to achieve program goals;

  • Documents and shares project accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned among internal and external partners;

  • Sets up and maintains electronic and physical project files;

  • Fulfills other administrative and special project duties as assigned;

  • Supports business development and proposal efforts through tasks such as: background research, capability statements, writing assigned sections, copy-editing, etc.




Bachelor's Degree or its International Equivalent in one of the following related subjects: Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences, International Development, Human Development or Related Field.



  • French-language proficiency required;

  • Minimum of 2+ years of relevant experience supporting projects and/or project management

  • Knowledge of US Government rules and regulations, priority given to candidates with USAID familiarity

  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization

  • Prior experience using Microsoft Office Suite

  • Overseas experience desired


Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment

  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time

  • Ability to lift/move up to 50 pounds


Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.


Travel Requirements:

  • 10% - 25%

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