Job Reference #PO1013
Accounts to: Director of International Partnerships
Based in: New York, NY
The Program Officer works with the Director of International Partnerships and as part of the overall IWHC Program team to identify, support and strengthen local non-governmental organizations (NGO) and leaders in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. S/he contributes to the design and implementation of a grants and technical assistance program; seeks and cultivates partnerships with leaders and leading organizations; maintains substantive knowledge of issues, policies and networks; writes and presents on a variety of topics; and collaborates closely with other IWHC program staff on policy work at the international and regional levels and in Washington DC. IWHC values teamwork and engages staff across functions; the Program Officer will therefore be expected to contribute to IWHC’s overall programmatic and organizational development.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Contribute to the design and implementation of grants and professional partnership program with local non-governmental organizations (NGO) and leaders in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East:
- Support and strengthen the programmatic efforts of our partner organizations working in sexual and reproductive rights and health, including comprehensive sexuality education, sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people, and access to legal and safe abortion.
- Identify potential partners and collaborators in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and foster relationships with individuals and organizations that can contribute to policy reform and program development through advocacy, public education, and action research on the above issues.
- Solicit, review, and help develop proposals with partners in line with partners’ own objectives and IWHC’s program goals; administer grants; monitor progress; assess impact and quality; and plan for sustainability.
- Contribute to partners’ institutional effectiveness, either directly or through the use of consultants, with particular attention to monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, program development, communications and fundraising.
- With the rest of the Program team, monitor the International Partnerships work plan and budget, and document progress.
- Continually assess emerging opportunities for policy improvement and reform and program development in SRRH of women and young people, especially in priority countries.
- Represent IWHC at regional or global meetings, initiate and participate in alliances and coalitions.
- Facilitate effective and strategic participation of NGO partners in IWHC’s international policy, US foreign policy and communications work.
- Contribute to the management of IWHC’s grants data in GIFTS.
Contribute to IWHC’s mission to promote and protect the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, and the overall development and strengthening of the organization:
- As a member of the Program team, participate in IWHC’s strategic thinking and planning for program directions and initiatives.
- Work with Communications staff to ensure synergy of support to partners and Communications efforts, including identification of writing and media opportunities.
- Work with Development staff to engage with donors, contribute to proposals, and support fundraising efforts, including education and briefing events, as needed.
- Serve on various cross-functional teams, ensuring harmonization of goals and priorities, and effective collaboration across IWHC staff.
- Contribute to the preparation of institutional documents and publications as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- A minimum of five years work experience in sexual and reproductive rights and health, women’s rights, or gender and development.
- At least three years working in or with organizations based in the Global South, experience in South or Southeast Asia a plus.
- BA required, Masters degree or equivalent strongly preferred.
- Experience in assisting organizations in institutional strengthening (e.g., strategic planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, and staffing).
- Exceptional ability to think strategically and translate ideas into programmatic plans and actions.
- Demonstrated leadership ability, sound political judgment, tact, and excellent interpersonal skills; proven ability to work cross-culturally.
- Sensitivity to gender and human rights concerns driving the mission of IWHC.
- Comfort in taking initiative, collaborating and managing multiple projects against deadlines.
- Ability to create and ensure effective communication in written and spoken format for various audiences.
- Willingness and ability to travel internationally at least one-third of the time.
- Fluency in English; high degree of proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese strongly preferred; other language abilities a plus.
- Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook). Experience with GIFTS a plus.
COMPENSATION: Highly competitive salary and excellent benefits, including generous vacation time, and no contribution for employee-only medical and dental coverage, among others.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
DESIRED START DATE: March-April 2014
We cannot respond to all inquiries—only candidates for consideration will be contacted. Regrettably we will not accept phone calls. IWHC is an equal opportunity employer. IWHC strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual's race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, HIV status or disability. This policy applies to all IWHC activities including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge. We are committed to seeking qualified candidates who contribute to the diversity of the working environment.