Program Associate, Mandela Washington Fellowship, Leadership Practice

Domestic Washington, District Of Columbia


ABOUT IREX          

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.




  • 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.





  • 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.