Offer: Program Officer, Africa, CIPE in Washington, DC
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE's key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth. This position is based in Washington, D.C. with travel to the region. This position is responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of country strategies, communications strategies, and support grants to indigenous business organizations.
Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE's objectives in Africa, while focusing on the West Africa region.
Manage a portfolio of in-house projects and subgrants for assigned subregion(s) of Africa, supportive of CIPE's overall goals and particular country strategies for target countries. The grants program has the following dimensions:
Identify potential grantees and counsel them on how to develop CIPE project proposals.
Analyze project proposals in the context of the regional environment, CIPE strategy, grant guidelines and criteria. Work with partners to develop proposals and budgets.
Conduct background checks on applicant organizations and key individuals.
Establish and maintain regular communications with project partners. Maintain correspondence and operational records regarding CIPE-funded programs in Africa.
Monitor grantee performance to ensure full compliance with objectives, financial and reporting requirements, and evaluation plan. Write narrative summaries and interim assessments.
Evaluate completed projects through on-site visits, file reviews, and coordination with independent evaluators where appropriate.
Establish and maintain relationships with other donor organizations to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new funding opportunities. Work with the US State Department, USAID, and other assistance programs to develop joint projects, grants and/or contracts to further private sector development.
Monitor current events and US relations in Africa and assess the impact on ongoing and planned CIPE projects.
Understand and adhere to appropriate grant and office procedures, as well as CIPE policies.
Supervise junior program staff.
Master's degree in International Relations or related field
Minimum five years professional experience, including two involving the region
Minimum two years experience with program management at the strategic level
Excellence in writing, reporting, and English composition.
Excellent analytical skills
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
Excellent presentation skills
Fluency in written and spoken French required.
Proficiency in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint
Must be willing to travel for extended and multiple periods
To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV and cover letter, writing sample and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org; subject "POAFRICA-[YOURLASTNAME]".
There is a two-page limit on writing samples. Submissions demonstrating writer's ability to synthesize information are preferred. Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered.
Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States; CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas.