Program Officer, International Programs

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 7 December 2018

Job Description

About the Role

The Program Officer is a key member of the International team and supports the Foundation’s grantmaking in the Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS Strategic Initiative. The overarching goal of the Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS Strategic Initiative is to improve the developmental outcomes of all young children (from birth to five years of age) affected by HIV and AIDS in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia. In line with the Foundation’s philanthropic approach, the strategy set out three objectives to advance programs, strengthen systems and build the evidence base. To advance programs, we are supporting efforts to integrate parenting support as part of existing service delivery platforms and caregiver groups (including support groups for women living with HIV) while working to improve program quality and creating awareness and demand for services at the community level. To strengthen systems we are supporting efforts to integrate early childhood support as part of HIV/AIDS services and broader health systems (at both the clinic and community levels). The strategy’s third objectives is to build the evidence base and here we are supporting efforts to rigorously evaluate and cost promising interventions poised for scaling and to ensure that evidence is shared with policy makers and donors.

Reporting to the Senior Program Officer (SPO), the Program Officer serves as a thought partner and will have primarily responsibility for managing the strategic initiative’s overall grant portfolio. The Officer will work closely with the SPO to design, implement, and monitor a portfolio of grants designed to achieve the overall strategic goals . The Officer will help to identify potential grantees, assist with proposal development, and provide grantee technical support, as well as monitor grant progress.

The ideal candidate will have background in early childhood development and/or health systems. S/he must be a proactive team player with excellent multi-tasking skills. The individual must have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, with the ability to understand, interpret, and translate qualitative and quantitative data. S/he will be expected to resolve time-sensitive issues with a high degree of precision and exhibit strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills. Attention to detail and the ability to anticipate needs are a must. This role involves travel to Africa several times per year.

Key Responsibilities:

Portfolio Management
  • Participates in the identification of potential grantees and projects.
  • Reviews concepts and works with the SPO to determine which ones will be further developed and recommended for funding.
  • Provides counsel to organizations invited to develop proposals.
  • Oversees due diligence of potential grantees including review of financials and other supporting documents.
  • Reviews and refines grant-write-ups and assists in writing, preparing other materials for the quarterly board of directors meetings and in responding to questions posed by the board and staff.
  • Monitors portfolio of grants in Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS Strategy and other projects as assigned.
  • Monitors and evaluates grants and grantee performance, including timely review and analysis of all progress reports and work with the MEL Provides feedback to SPO.
  • Recommends for approval any deviations from approved plans and budgets, and ensures that such changes are documented.
  • Conducts site visits, as needed to monitor grantee performance and to provide technical assistance to grantees.
Strategic Support
  • Acts as thought partner and provides support to SPO in planning, development and implementation processes, as needed.
  • Works with SPO, Program Associate and MEL partner on convening Attends strategy convenings.
  • Works with SPO in identifying the need for consultants within the program area; plans scope of work for contracts and develops terms of contract and monitors progress.
  • Supports the development of new partnerships between grantee partners and more broadly to further the strategic goals.
  • Monitors developments in the fields of early childhood development and HIV and AIDS.
  • Represents the Foundation in meetings and conferences as needed.
  • Supports SPO’s work with communications team to develop communication strategy for the YCABA initiative.
  • Writes blogs/articles for the website and supervises web-site content and updates.
  • Supports the learning platform developed by Stellenbosch University, to ensure that relevant grantee reports and tools are shared.
Core Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, education, public policy, social sciences, social welfare or a related field, with a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience. International experience working in Africa and/or other low and middle income settings.
  • Graduate degree in public health, education, public policy, social sciences, social welfare or a related field, with a minimum of 5-10 years of relevant work experience.
Experience/Technical Skills:

  • A minimum of five (5)years of relevant work experience in program development and/or program management experience.
  • A substantive knowledge of early childhood development and/or HIV policy issues and the funding landscape.
  • Ability to assess the leadership, track record, fiscal health and capacity of a nonprofit organization and experience working with budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically about program design and implementation in low resource environments.
  • Experience working in Africa and/or other low and middle income settings
  • Understands quantitative and qualitative data; ability to ask the right questions; experience with research design, data analytics and evaluation.
  • Creative, flexible, and collaborative with an ability to work in a team-oriented environment; demonstrates a high degree of initiative; results-oriented.
  • Welcomes feedback as a means to personal and professional growth.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong presentation skills and the ability to clearly articulate ideas.
  • An understanding of grantmaking and experience working in philanthropy Experience designing and leading implementation research.

  • Manages complexity
  • Action-oriented
  • Plans and aligns
  • Communicates effectively
  • Global perspective
  • Financial acumen

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and we seek candidates from all backgrounds and experiences.

About the Organization

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. In 2018, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize was awarded to SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities), a grassroots organization based in Nairobi, Kenya that catalyzes large-scale transformation in urban slums by providing critical services for all, community advocacy platforms, and education and leadership development for women and girls. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants, distributing $114.9 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2017. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.8 billion. For more information, please visit

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