Program Officer, Mandela Washington Fellowship, Leadership Practice

Domestic Washington, District Of Columbia


Who We Are

At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals research their full potential, governments serve their people and communities thrive.

But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people form achieving their full potential. To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities—and to create persons-to person bridges between nations.

IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

Program Officer will support program operations for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative, including managing critical processes including Fellow travel, procurement, and program finance. Program Officer will further contribute to the management of program systems, processes, and staff, including oversight of specific program components and supervision of junior staff.

We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.

Are you the next member of our team?

Your Background & Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field
  • Three to five years’ experience working in a university, non-profit, or similar organization managing international education or development programs; or equivalent.
  • Experience working in a multicultural and diverse environment
  • Experience managing difficult situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience managing large amounts of data, including strong Excel skills and Salesforce experience, preferred
  • Experience working in and/or interest in developing capacity to support project systems including: Salesforce, SharePoint, SurveyGizmo, MailChimp, Formstack, Canvas LMS, and Submittable.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically and creatively to meet specified objectives with strong ability to anticipate challenges and generate solutions.
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize.
  • Able to work independently and as a team member with consistent ability to take initiative, meet deadlines, and be flexible.
  • 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 travel logistics on a large scale, both internationally and domestically
  • Strong professional writing and editing skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including Excel (required)
  • Demonstrated 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 Africa (preferred)

Your Daily Tasks

  • Support Senior Program Officer in managing program operations, ensuring timely and accurate completion of deliverables within assigned program responsibilities.
  • Compile and track a wide range of participant information and project data, maintaining accuracy and completeness.
  • Supervise and manage junior program staff.
  • Manage procurement processes, including requests for proposals, proposal review, vendor contracts, procurement and financial records, and payments, ensuring accuracy and compliance.
  • Support Senior Project Director and Deputy Director in financial oversight and management of the program, including budget management, pipeline support, transaction review, tracking and reporting cost share, and participant taxes.
  • Manage international and domestic travel for partners and participants, including working with partners to process travel information and reviewing travel invoices for accuracy.
  • Provide guidance to partners and participants on project deliverables and policies.
  • Assist in managing relationships with partner institutions, including corporate, non-profit, university, and government partners and vendors.
  • Serve as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) in the U.S. Government SEVIS system.
  • Support management of project email inboxes.
  • Support sub-award budget and document review, deliverable tracking, payment requests, and reconciliations.
  • Provide logistical, travel, and operations support before, during, and after project events.
  • Coordinate/assist in creation, management, and facilitation of project webinars/trainings/workshops/events.
  • Provide support to social media and networking platforms.
  • Prepare and edit internal and external communications, project materials, impact stories, reports, and resources.
  • Contribute to proposal development, project reporting, and project impact stories.
  • Support M&E data collection and review.

IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.

Successful candidates are subject to background screenings

This position is eligible for Telework. 

This position is NOT eligible for Immigration Sponsorship. 


EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity.

All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled.

IREX conducts anti- terrorism database clearances on candidates who accept employment offers. IREX is also an E-Verify Employer.