Program Associate – Democracy, Governance and Human Rights

  • Posted on 25 March 2021

Job Description

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive. We work with vulnerable people across the hemisphere to tackle some of our region’s most significant development challenges. We partner with, empower, and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Program Associate Position

Reporting to the Program Manager for Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights, the Program Associate is responsible for providing day-to-day assistance to projects in key locations in the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) region from the D.C. office. The Program Associate supports the development and implementation of general project management instruments, including financial tracking mechanisms, monitoring project activities, logistical and administrative support of activities, and evaluating project outputs. The Program Associate will be required to perform a range of tasks, including:

· Monitors key project activities, timelines, deadlines, and deliverables to ensure efficient project implementation.

· Ensures all project grants and partner organizations comply with PADF donor regulations.

· Support general program efforts, including report writing and budget tracking of program activities and outputs.

· Maintain program tracking documentation and databases.

· Assist the field staff in actively tracking sub-partners performance.

· Provide feedback, guidance, and assistance as needed to ensure proper program implementation.

· Act as a point of contact between the field offices and the H.Q. team and partners as needed.

· Works closely with the Program Manager in the development of project trainings and activities.

· Performs research and analysis supporting the implementation of projects in the field.

· Drafts high-quality project reports for submission to the corresponding donor.

· Participates in proposal drafting.

· Provides logistical and administrative support for project activities.

· Travels to projects in Latin America and the Caribbean as required.

· Performs other duties as assigned.


· Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

· Ability to organize and structure large quantities of information and data.

· Superior data management and numerical skills.

· Ability to communicate effectively with participants from a range of education levels and disciplinary backgrounds.

· Ability to think clearly and analytically.

· Ability to plan own work, setting priorities and complete it under pressure or when faced with competing demands.

· Committed to a facilitating working environment.

· Strong organization skills and attention to detail.

· Excellent time management skills.

· Commitment to program excellence.

· Commitment to confidentiality.

· Ability to efficiently manage multiple projects simultaneously.

· Strong analytic skills and ability to respond quickly and efficiently to requests.

Personal Characteristics

· Superior interpersonal skills and ability to interact with staff in Washington D.C. and in the field, as well PADF partners.

· Flexible in a fast-paced environment.

· Ability to work with multi-disciplinary team.

· Willingness to learn from others.

· Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

· Ability to maintain and support a positive work environment.

· Great communicator.

Required Qualifications

· BA/BS degree in international relations, political science, public policy, economics or

related field.

· Minimum of 2 years’ experience in international development, human rights, democracy

or related field.

Demonstrated good oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish.

· Program management experience, including program implementation, budgeting/financial management, and monitoring and evaluation.

· Knowledge of U.S. Government grants and funding and should be familiar with applicable rules and regulations.

· Experience writing and contributing to project proposals.

· Exceptional writing skills to effectively prepare clear and concise reports, strategies, and/or proposals.

· Experience in working with local communities, civil society partners, and government officials is highly desired.

· Clear understanding and working knowledge about the Latin American region.

· Clear understanding of PADF’s mission and programs.

· Working knowledge of standard computer applications such as Microsoft Office (Word,

Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), as well as other database programs.

More About PADF

PADF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962.

PADF’s core values. “H-E-A-R-T” = Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork.

Diversity. PADF is strong because we are diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. PADF does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and perspectives on the world.

When applying for this position, please include a cover letter and compensation requirements.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled

About the Organization

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) believes in creating a hemisphere of opportunity, for all. We work across Latin America and the Caribbean to make our region stronger—more healthy, peaceful, just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for current and future generations. For nearly 60 years, we have served the most vulnerable communities, investing resources throughout the hemisphere. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.

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