Senior Program Officer, Communities and Governance Practice

Domestic Washington, District Of Columbia


The Senior Program Officer is an integral part of a team that manages projects to advance equal access to rights and justice, expand inclusive avenues for civil participation, and promote accountable governance. The Senior Program Officer will provide oversight and support to the implementation and management of programs in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to program management responsibilities, the Senior Program Officer is also expected to provide and support organization and practice-wide initiatives and contribute to new business development.


  • Provide management and oversight of a portfolio of projects, ensuring project quality and producing high quality program deliverables and results in a timely manner;
  • Lead the writing of work plans and other project strategy documents; contribute to design of project components;
  • Make decisions and provide solutions to implementation obstacles both in the field and in DC;
  • Overseeing all areas of programs budgets, including analyzing projections vs actuals, forecasting and recasting, and preparing modifications (realignments, cost and no cost extensions);
  • Provide supervision, mentoring and guidance to assigned staff, including interns, program associates, program coordinators and program officers;
  • Ensure all fiscal and performance activities are in compliance with IREX policies and procedures and donor regulations;
  • Draft complex documents, including research, program reports, training materials, and evaluations;
  • Negotiate, manage and monitor subawards with international and national partners;
  • Select and hire consultants as necessary;
  • Maintain effective relations and coordination with program donors and partners;
  • Oversee program publicity and outreach, including producing regular news and program updates; and promoting program successes to a variety of audiences;
  • Participate in practice operations and contribute to practice strategy;
  • Contribute to new business development efforts, including assessments, technical design and proposal writing;
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred, in international development, international relations, Middle East Studies, or a related field;
  • Minimum of five years’ experience managing international development programs, preference for experience managing civil society programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in gender and social inclusion issues;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Middle East and North Africa required;
  • Experience managing USAID and/or USG-funded programs required;
  • Demonstrated experience creating, managing, and monitoring budgets;
  • Ability to anticipate challenges and problem solve;
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, professionalism in written correspondence and report writing, excellent presentation and oral communication skills;
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize;
  • Supervisory experience or experience directly managing staff preferred;
  • Speaking, reading and writing proficiency in English required; Proficiency in Arabic, Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik) or French preferred;