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Program Officer, Civil Society & Governance

World Learning (WL)
Location: Washington D.C.
Last Date: September 2, 2011
Email:  (Reference:

The international development and exchange division of World Learning (WL) has an immediate opening for a Program Officer, Civil Society & Governance. World Learning is a 79-year-old global non-profit with operations in 77 countries. Through its award-winning international education programs – The Experiment in International Living, the SIT Graduate Institute, SIT Study Abroad and the International Honors Program (IHP) – World Learning fosters global citizenship by connecting over 3,000 young ambassadors annually across cultural differences and social barriers. Through its International Development & Exchange Programs, World Learning practices what it teaches, undertaking community-driven international development, training and exchange projects in sixteen countries. For more information visit

Position Title: Program Officer, Civil Society & Governance
Grade: 8/9
Reports To: Director of Civil Society & Governance
Location: Washington, D.C.
Job Purpose: To serve as overall point of contact, conduit, and desk officer back-stopper for WL civil society and governance sector specialties and the sub-Saharan Africa regional portfolio responsibilities, working to connect internal and external stakeholders for information exchange, program development, and maximized delivery of resources to field projects.

Key Responsibilities:
Program Development
 Participate in program development working with Program Development Staff and Technical Unit to identify new opportunities; conduct research; liaise with donors, local and international partners, and other stakeholders; assist in program design; assist in proposal writing and editing; and assist in proposal production
 Provide proactive program development support to WL Technical Units and Field Offices for assigned geographic areas and sector program areas, including monitoring donor solicitations
 Assist Program Development Unit in the design and proposal development process for new projects, in coordination with Technical Specialists, and field staff, as assigned (this could include field assessment/design missions, proposal writing, proposal review, or proposal process coordination, and coordination with local and international NGOs and partners during program design process)
 Assist in updating corporate capability statements
Program Implementation/Backstopping
 Assist field projects with overall project needs, working with key Technical Management Units to coordinate field assessments, project start-ups, phase-ins, phase-outs, customer service, communications, reporting, monitoring and/or evaluation activities
 Work with WL finance counterparts to assist with financial oversight in project design and during project implementation; review/monitor spending against budget
 Work with field staff to ensure that project reporting (e.g. quarterly, semi-annual, or annual) and key deliverables are tracked and that processes are in place to ensure timely delivery of reports and other requirements – this may include the provision of assistance in writing or editing reports
 Maintain electronic and hard copy files of project documentation for auditing purposes and for project management
 Identify and process travel and logistics for overseas staff and consultants, including scopes of work, travel arrangements, visas, progress payments or advances, and proper orientation for consultants on procedures
 Coordinate/provide guidance to expatriate field staff on USAID and other donor regulations, seeking clarification from others when needed
 Disseminate and promote WL program strategies, standards and tools in portfolio-assigned projects
 Liaise with internal WL stakeholders such as Academic Directors, Program Development Staff, Technical Unit Staff, Communication and Marketing Staff, and others to share information, identify areas to leverage expertise and learning, and promote innovative program development
 Encourage and facilitate the documentation of best practices and lessons learned, directed toward multiple audiences, to influence policy formation, develop capacity and foster professionalism.
 Build and maintain relationships with external and internal partners in order to enhance their understanding of WL program standards and strategies; may manage relationships with external resource partners, such as donors, subcontractors, or other stakeholders

Corporate Responsibilities
 Leverage corporate WL assets and information for assigned projects or for new projects under development
 Represent WL at meetings, conferences, etc., relevant to the subject matter and themes of the assigned portfolio and disseminate information regarding WL’s overall capabilities
 Contribute to the development of key WL planning documents including strategy statements, budget reviews, work plans, and reports to the Board of Directors
 Contribute other written materials that support divisional needs (brochures, summary project information, etc.)
 Contribute to project support, marketing and other unit/divisional activities in ways which tap sector or geographic expertise
 Conduct international travel, as required
 Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelors Degree in international development or related field
• Project management experience
• Experience in proposal development to USAID and/or other bi-lateral/multi-lateral funders;
• Experience with budget preparation; excellent oral and written communication skills; familiarity with MSWord, Excel, Power Point
• Excellent organizational skills with a willingness to assume responsibilities and take initiative; ability to be a team player

Desired Qualifications:
• Second language proficiency in Portuguese and/or French.
• Overseas experience in developing countries, either short- or long-term, preferred.
• Previous experience with USAID regulations highly desirable; previous experience in US-based project backstopping

Interested persons should submit a cover letter (stating current salary) and resume by e-mail soonest possible to: recruitment at Applications without salary information will not be considered. Position open until filled. All applicants must have the legal status to work in the United States. Please reference the position title in the subject line. While World Learning would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest and responses, only applicants who meet all requisite criteria and are short-listed will be contacted. No phone calls please. Thank you.


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