Program Associate, Global Development

  • Posted on 6 August 2018
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 5 September 2018

Job Description

World Learning seeks a Program Associate for the Global Development Division. The Global Development Division designs and implements programs that help individuals, communities, and institutions find comprehensive solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as poverty, conflict, and inequality. With an emphasis on serving vulnerable and underserved populations, our programs have made a difference in more than 150 countries worldwide. The Global Development Division Program Associate, working in close collaboration with Program Officers and Specialists, is directly involved in the development and management of Global Development projects within and across a number of sectors including basic education, vocational and higher education, youth workforce and entrepreneurship, English language teacher education, civic engagement and governance; and systems strengthening. This position is a dynamic one, providing the Program Associate with the opportunity to support a range of programs that serve communities in developing countries around the world.



  • Provide daily administrative support to project and unit staff by creating monthly calendars, scheduling appointments, providing logistical support, recording and disseminating meeting minutes, drafting correspondence, and coordinating travel arrangements;
  • Act as point of contact for all program staff members and independent contractors including, drafting/editing reports, drafting financial paperwork, and maintaining program files;
  • Prepare and maintain data files for unit tasks (electronically and manually);
  • Manage internal databases for unit, as requested;
  • Schedule appointments and meetings for internal events;
  • Other related tasks, as assigned by the DVP for Global Development and/or supervisor.

Program Management:

  • Assist with management of a range of global development projects in coordination with supervisor and senior Field Office representatives;
  • Review and revise quarterly and annual reports and prepare for submission to the donor;
  • Review financial reports and monitor project expenditures in coordination with the Finance Officer;
  • Assist with review of field office advance requests and prepare wire transfers to field offices, as requested;
  • Assisting in the backstopping of program field offices and key personnel in close collaboration with the program manager.

Program Development:

  • Represent the unit on social media internal working groups and support field offices to successful adapt effective social media strategies;
  • Represent World Learning at external meeting, conferences, working groups relevant to the subject and themes of the portfolio and disseminate information regarding World Learning, as requested;
  • Support proposal development process by conducting background research, assist with program design, and proposal development tasks;
  • Review and summarize background documentation for areas and countries of interest within the portfolio;
  • Maintain internal unit tracking systems on corporate capabilities and past performance.


  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations or a related field, Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Two or more years of professional experience (internship and/or employment);
  • Strong administrative skills; Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to prioritize and multi task;
  • Ability to work as a team player and adapt to quick changing situations;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong research, proposal writing and program development skills;
  • Ability to work independently but know when to ask for advice;
  • Advanced foreign language abilities in at least one major language other than English is preferred;
  • Experience living, working or studying abroad strongly desired;
  • Experience working with or in conflict affected states preferred

About the Organization

For more than 85 years, World Learning has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. Our education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society. With our support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.

As a thriving international nonprofit organization with impact in 150 countries, World Learning works across six major program areas. We’re hard at work improving global education to ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to support students — including English language instruction through our TESOL teacher training. We encourage civic engagement in communities around the world, and we strengthen institutions so that they can best serve their constituencies. Our workforce development programs help people cultivate the hard and soft skills they need to succeed. And we offer people-to-people exchanges for people of all ages who seek professional and academic enrichment.

All World Learning programs are grounded in five key approaches: experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management. We believe in partnering with local experts, organizations, and institutions to find solutions that will truly work for each community. Together, we create the foundations for a better tomorrow.

World Learning is a member of the World Learning Inc. family, which also includes The Experiment in International Living and School for International Training.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

More information

Position Description - Program Associate, Global Development 8-18.pdf

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