Program Officer, Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, 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.

IREX seeks a Program Officer to provide support to the activities for the Special Professional Fellows Program for Latin America and the Caribbean, under the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative. The Program Officer will manage program operations and lead all aspects of fellow support, a main programmatic component including recruitment, selection, travel, visa processing, and in-country support. The Program Officer will also contribute their skills and knowledge to all activities.

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 international development, international education, business, or related field, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum four years of experience implementing international education programs and demonstrating relevant progressive experience with a focus on exchange or alumni programming and/or professional training/development programs
  • Experience with Department of State or other USG grants and contracts
  • Minimum of two years managing staff or similar experience preferred
  • Able to work independently and as a team member with consistent ability to take initiative, meet deadlines, and be flexible
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced office environment
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically and creatively to meet specified objectives with strong ability to anticipate challenges and generate solutions
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellent writing and document proofing skills, with experience documenting program impact using data
  • Experience with creating monitoring and evaluation instruments, and data collection, analysis, and visualization, preferred
  • Proficiency in Excel applications
  • Experience working in and/or interest in developing capacity for project systems including SalesForce, Survey Monkey, Mailchimp, Submittable, or similar
  • Experience with visa regulations and/or U.S. government SEVIS system, preferred
  • Professionalism in written correspondence and report writing, excellent oral presentation and facilitation skills
  • Experience with procurement procedures and sub-award management, preferred
  • Experience monitoring program budgets, preferred
  • Availability for potential domestic and international travel
  • Experience in coaching, advising, or other relevant leadership development work with young professionals, preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of Canada, Latin America and Caribbean and recent developments in the region
  • International work or study experience in Canada, Latin America or the Caribbean preferred
  • Knowledge of Spanish, French or Portuguese, preferred

Your Daily Tasks

• Support the Project Director and Senior Program Officer in all aspects of program implementation to ensure timely, accurate, and thoughtful completion of deliverables
• Develop processes for the planning and implementation of activities, including recruiting, selecting, and supporting fellows from pre-arrival and during their experience in the United States
• Contribute to project monitoring, evaluation and learning, analyze results to inform project implementation and share program successes
• Develop and maintain processes to collect, track, and organize a wide range of participant information and program data, maintaining accuracy and completeness
• Provide written input for complex documents, including program reports and evaluations
• Support the monitoring of program budgets and compliance
• Serve as primary programmatic liaison for U.S. Embassy and Consulates across the Western Hemisphere
• Provide updates and story leads to the Communications team for impact stories
• Collaborate closely with project managers to support partner development, particularly for hosting fellows
• Supervise and mentor junior team members
• Represent IREX and Leadership Practice interests both within and outside of IREX
• Liaise with funders upon request and assist with new business development efforts as assigned
• Other duties as assigned


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