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SUMMARY DESCRIPTION :
The Office for West Africa seeks a Program Officer in its new Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice Program( GREJ ) which seeks to ensure that women and girls, especially those most marginalized, are safer, moreempowered and experience less violence.
The Program Officer would help shape the Gender, Racial and EthnicJustice program strategy in Office for West Africa with a focus on violence against women and girls.
The Program Officerwill develop and manage grant portfolios and related activities; and serve as a thought-leader leveragingpartnerships on issues related to violence against women and girls within various public and private settings.
The Office for West Africa works in an integrated, collaborative manner to address inequality with ourprimary goal to haveinclusive and safe West Africa with empowered women and girls leading the drive for reduction of gender inequality and ensuring fair sharing of natural resources’ extractionacross the West African region.
Our work aims toaddress inequality in terms of two primary problems : (a) violence against women and girls and (b) the impact ofpredatory extractive industry practices on local communities and their natural resources.
Program Officers are dynamic, strategic leaders working within a team environment. They are the primary staffmembers responsible for the development of grant portfolios and all related activities, based on the strategiesand approaches defined in the Foundation’s regional offices and international programs.
Program Officers have extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of work related to the Foundation’smission and program objectives and play a leading role in shaping the specific grant activities, ensuring allactivities are designed to deliver the goals of the international and regional strategies.
Program Officers work inteams, under the management guidance of a Regional Director, to develop the Foundation’sgrant recommendations, establish and implement a monitoring and evaluation framework, ensure shared learningacross programmatic teams.
Program Officers assess and analyze the field(s) in which their work is focused, identify its key ecosystems andwork with various actors to shape and influence agendas to address diagnosed problems and opportunities.
Program Officers share substantive knowledge with Foundation colleagues and collaborate broadly across theProgram Units and Regional Offices around the world.
They also serve as a connector’ of grantees, and work withpractitioners, government officials, scholars, NGO and corporate sector leaders, and other donors on issues ofcommon concern to leverage positive impact toward common goals .
More specifically, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Program Officer will :
conducting organizational assessments; undertaking periodic reviews of progress with grantees; and reviewing financial and narrative reporting from grantees
or equivalent combination of education and experience
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS / TRAVEL :
Additionally, domestic / international travel will be expected, approximately 25%; some travel is directly related to grantmaking, but also to attend team conferences, retreats and meetings.
Alignment to Culture and Values
Salary : Salary is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is provided.
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation / affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.