Program Associate, Mandela Washington Fellowship, Leadership Practice
IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information.
IREX seeks a Program Associate to provide support for the American engagement components of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Support the selection and placement of Mandela Washington Fellows in professional internships.
- Support grants administration for the Reciprocal Exchange component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.
- Support advocacy efforts with the U.S. Congress, including organizing logistics and developing materials.
- Compile and track a wide range of participant information and project data, maintaining accuracy and completeness.
- Initiate and cultivate relationships with partner institutions, including academic, corporate, non-profit, and government partners, and vendors.
- Coordinate health insurance and health and disability accommodations required for Fellows and/or Reciprocal Exchange Awardees.
- Support M&E data collection and review.
- Support sub-award budget and document review, deliverable tracking, payment requests, and reconciliations.
- Assist with reading and reviewing Reciprocal Exchange applications.
- Assist with reviewing Fellow and Reciprocal Exchange Awardee deliverables and writing project summaries.
- Support implementation of the American Impact Award, including application review, data collection, and day-to-day monitoring
- Support the creation, management, and facilitation of project trainings and events.
- Provide logistical, travel, and operations support before, during, and after project events and for Reciprocal Exchange Awardees.
- Prepare and edit internal and external communications, projects materials, impact stories, reports, and resources.
- Other duties as assigned.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills.
- Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
- Ability to work independently and as a team member with consistent ability to take initiative, meet deadlines, and be flexible.
- Demonstrated computer skills, including Microsoft Excel, and interest to learn other software tools. Salesforce experience preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and cross-cultural communication skills.
- Ability to provide reliable customer service to diverse stakeholders, such as funders, corporate and university partners, and international participants.
- Experience managing difficult situations with tact and diplomacy.
- Proficient in major social media platform use (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), preferred.
- Experience with financial tracking and budget management, preferred.
- Familiarity with U.S. Government grants, preferred.
- Experience living, working, or studying abroad, preferred.
- Experience in or related to Sub-Saharan Africa, preferred.
Please upload a file that includes a resume and a cover letter.