Program Officer, Africa

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 May 2019

Job Description

Position: Program Officer, Africa

Reports to: Regional Director, Africa

Scope: CIPE is seeking a full-time, exempt Washington, D.C. based Program Officer for Africa region. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of CIPE’s strategic focus on democratic governance through private sector collective action initiatives to improve business participation, economic freedom and opportunity across the continent by developing regional and country strategies, communications strategies, project implementation, and support grants to indigenous business organizations, think tanks, and chambers of commerce. This position involves frequent travel to the region.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategy for accomplishing CIPE’s objectives on improving democratic governance in Africa.
  • Design, implement, and manage a portfolio of projects and grants for assigned region, supportive of CIPE’s overall goals and particular country strategies for target countries. Project responsibilities have the following dimensions:
    • Develop donor concept papers, proposals, reports and correspondence.
    • Serve as CIPE’s representative to promote democratic market-oriented institutional reforms in African countries, including developing and implementing training programs, public speaking public outreach activities, and facilitating meetings with partners and potential partners.
    • Analyze, research, and be familiar with the region’s political and economic landscape, identifying opportunities for CIPE added value and programming.
    • Identify potential partner organizations and beneficiaries’ in-country and collaborate to design effective democratic and economic-reform programs.
    • Analyze both solicited and unsolicited project proposals in the context of the regional socio-political context, CIPE strategy, grant guidelines, and criteria. Work with partners to refine proposals, monitoring and evaluation plans, and project budgets.
    • Manage, monitor, and implement all project activities, in collaboration with local partner organization.
    • Establish and maintain regular communications with project partners. Maintain correspondence and operational records regarding CIPE-funded programs in Africa.
    • Monitor grantee performance to ensure full compliance with objectives, financial and reporting requirements, and evaluation plans.
    • Evaluate projects – through on-site visits, file reviews, and coordination with independent evaluators where appropriate.
    • Develop project reports, summaries, and assessments.
  • Assist the East Africa Regional Office Country Director in managing CIPE’s field office based in Ethiopia, which includes oversight and leadership on project activities, budgets and expenditures; coordinating with program field staff; and providing logistical support and guidance for program implementation.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other donor organizations to identify linkages with CIPE strategies, monitor trends, and assess new funding opportunities. Work with the U.S. State Department, USAID, SIDA and other assistance programs to develop joint projects, grants and/or contracts to further democratic and economic reform initiatives.
  • Collaborate with multiple CIPE departments to achieve programmatic goals, including Communications, Grants and Finance, Knowledge Management, and other regional teams.
  • Monitor current events, including political and economic changes, and US relations in Africa and assess the impact on ongoing and planned CIPE projects.
  • Supervise, develop and manage junior program staff, including Program Assistants, Program Coordinators, and interns.
  • Adhere to appropriate CIPE, NED and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce policies and procedures.
  • Bachelor’s degree in one the following fields is required: International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, or Public Policy.
  • Master’s degree, or the equivalent experience, in International Relations, International Business, Economic Development, African Studies, Economic Development, law, Public Policy, or a related field is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of seven years professional experience in government relations, public-policy advocacy, market intelligence, legal and regulatory reform, and/or trade.
  • Minimum five years professional experience with international assistance programs, non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, and/or associations in Africa required.
  • Experience in Ethiopia and West Africa, with an understanding and strong interest in the region.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French. Proficiency in other African languages preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, as well as independently.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage junior staff required.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish, and maintain good relationships with international partners, donors and colleagues.
  • Strong English writing skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Strong financial acumen and ability to develop, manage, and monitor project budgets.
  • Minimum five years’ experience with program management and program implementation at the strategic level, preferred.
  • Proposal writing skills, preferred.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must be able and willing to travel for extended and multiple periods.

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume and cover letter, writing sample and salary history to; subject “PO3AFRICA-[YOURLASTNAME]”.There is a two-page limit on writing samples. Submissions demonstrating writer’s ability to synthesize information are preferred. Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted, and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States; CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas.

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About the Organization

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.

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