Program Officer, U.S. Fellows & Global Leaders, Leadership Practice at IREX in Washington, Washington DC

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Program Officer, U.S. Fellows & Global Leaders, Leadership Practice
Domestic • Washington, District Of Columbia


Who We Are

At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world-where individuals research 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.

IREX seeks Program Officer for U.S. Fellows & Global Leaders candidates for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Community Engagement Exchange Program (CEE). The program will support approximately 130 emerging community leaders, ages 20-27, from approximately 100 countries who are starting careers in the civil society sector, to spend three-months in the United States in an immersive civil society exchange that includes a professional practicum and provides opportunities to cultivate leadership skills, develop actionable projects, establish career goals that support engaged and inclusive communities, and builds capacity for civil society.

The Program Officer will play a crucial role in establishing, implementing, and managing all aspects of the recruitment, selection, and support for U.S. Fellows and Global Leaders who will provide a variety of supports for the CEE Fellows while in the U.S. and afterward including mentoring, advising on CEE projects, ongoing professional guidance and introduction ton relevant networks, and in some cases travel to a CEE Fellow's home to support their project implementation. Under the direction of the Project Director, the U.S. Fellows Network Officer will lead monitoring and evaluation activities as well as activities designed to build and maintain the network of CEE Fellows, Global Fellows and US participants, including other USG alumni. The Program Officer will manage the work and support the talent development of at least one junior staff person.

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
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in relevant sectors, including experience with exchange or alumni programming and/or professional training/development programs and/or fellowship programs
  • Experience supervising staff, interns, or equivalent
  • Experience working with domestic and global partners or stakeholders
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, or other relevant leadership development work with young professionals
  • Demonstrated experience managing others toward shared goals
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain fruitful relationships with program participants, partners and other project stakeholders
  • Experience managing grants preferred
  • Experience working with Department of State and/ or USG grants preferred
  • Experience working with learning management software preferred; experience using Canvas a plus
  • Experience monitoring program budgets preferred
  • Experience with procurement procedures and grant management preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of community engagement, civil society strengthening, global development issues, regional knowledge, or international work or study experience
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically and creatively to meet specified objectives with strong ability to anticipate challenges and generate solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills including problem solving, conflict resolution, and a demonstrated ability to hold self and assigned staff accountable for quality outputs and results
  • Ability to communicate professionally and contribute outstanding verbal and written communications, including experience with social media
  • Outstanding cross-cultural skills and understanding of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion concepts and how they are applied in both the workplace and in programming
  • Program and/or activity design experience and facilitation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to adhere to strict deadlines
  • Excellent computer and data management skills, including Microsoft Office Suite; Salesforce (or comparable CRS/database) experience preferred
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Skilled at handling multiple complex tasks
  • English fluency required

Your Daily Tasks
  • You will be a member of a dynamic, start-up team working to build a new project with your primary focus on building out a robust program and systems for U.S. Fellows and Global Leaders
  • Under the leadership of the Project Director you will design, develop and implement a suite of activities for U.S. Fellows and Global Leaders.
  • Measure progress, learning from doing, and use that learning to improve programming going forward.
  • Manage at least one junior staff person toward a shared vision, and provide guidance, coaching, and professional development support.
  • Ensure timely, accurate, and thoughtful completion of deliverables within assigned program responsibilities.
  • Support financial oversight and management of the program, including budget management, and ensure compliance with all IREX and donor policies.
  • Oversee and contribute to the development and revision of internal/external reports, presentations, and other products.
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation activities for your portfolio in collaboration with the Network & Learning Officer.
  • Oversee the design and drafting of communications for your portfolio; tasks may include, drafting and finalizing newsletter submissions and success stories for web and social media, drafting remarks for senior leadership for participation in relevant program events/activities, etc.
  • Oversee and manage grants to U.S. Fellows and Global Leaders, subcontractors, consultants, and project vendors.
  • Serve as primary point of contact with U.S. Fellows and Global Leaders and draft routine correspondence with donor and other stakeholders.
  • Create a positive team environment adhering to IREX's organizational values and management principles.
  • Proactively support IREX's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts.
  • 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 NOT eligible for Immigration Sponsorship.


EOE - Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity.

All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE/M/FPI124684651