Program Officer II

US-DC-Washington
Job ID
19016
# of Openings Remaining
1

About FHI 360

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Program Officer

Description

We are seeking a Program Officer to design and implement projects for the Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy Program, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and other exchanges.

 

Sports diplomacy programs are an effective way to engage priority audiences, including at-risk youth, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers. The Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy programs use sports to support U.S. foreign policy goals and promote key U.S. values on and off the field about the importance of education, community engagement, and respect for diversity. The Sports Visitor Program is a sports-based international exchange that represents American excellence, leadership, and key lessons learned in sports broadly – from playgrounds to professional leagues. Sports Envoys are U.S. citizen current or retired professional and amateur athletes and coaches who travel overseas to engage audiences that do not normally have access to American sporting icons, values, and best practices. Sports Envoys lead youth clinics and team building activities, as well as share lessons learned on and off the playing field about the importance of education, community engagement, and respect for diversity.

 

Launched in 1940 by the U.S. Department of State, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through professional visits to the United States for emerging foreign leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, business and other key fields. During their programs, participants gain a greater understanding of the cultural and political influences in American society. Our IVLP team develops 3-week exchanges for approximately 500 IVLP visitors from around the world each year, designing each itinerary, coordinating all the logistics, and partnering with community based members across the country.

 

The Global Connections department designs and implements academic, professional, sports, cultural, and youth exchange programs for students and emerging leaders around the world.     

 

Job Summary / Responsibilities

Essential Tasks – Sports Programs:

  • Identify and contact local partner organizations in the United States to develop local programs
  • Coordinate Washington, D.C., professional appointments, lectures, panels, seminars, site visits, orientation sessions, and social and cultural activities
  • Develop pre-departure orientation materials and detailed program schedules for each program
  • Arrange orientations and/or calls to provide pre-travel briefings for Sports Envoys and create educational materials that explain and give context on the Sports Envoy role
  • Orient the project interpreters and liaisons to the policies and practices of FHI 360 and the client, and to the requirements of the assigned project
  • Accompany sports delegations to Washington, DC sessions and travel to other cities
  • Issue participant DS-2019 forms  
  • Develop and implement a media and marketing plan that includes, but is not limited to, program branding, press strategy, press/media packets, program website, blog posts, video reports, media pitches, and social media plan
  • Coordinate the establishment, implementation, and monitoring of action plans
  • Assist to create and manage a Sports Visitor and Sports Envoy Website
  • Conduct project opening sessions 
  • Assist with project budgets to ensure that project activities have financial support and that expenses do not exceed funds authorized by project grants, which includes responsibility for disbursement of funds to project participants, interpreters, and vendors, as well as the reconciliation of travel advances
  • Maintain contact with client staff, U.S. Embassies, Sports envoys, interpreters and partners throughout the assigned project; making adjustments to or changes in the program as judgment dictates; managing emergency situations; and conducting weekly project evaluation
  • Supervise program associate activities on assigned projects to ensure the timely planning and implementation of all project logistics and materials

Essential Tasks - IVLP: 

 

• Conceptualize and write proposals and project outlines, including conducting research on the project topics; developing themes and content; determining itineraries; and coordinating the development of the proposal budget

 

• Maintain a close and responsive working relationship with the client throughout the assigned project

 

• Identify and contact local partner organizations in the United States to develop local programs

 

• Coordinate Washington, D.C., professional appointments, lectures, panels, seminars, site visits, orientation sessions, and social and cultural activities

 

• Supervise program associate activities on assigned projects to ensure the timely planning and implementation of all project logistics and materials

 

• Orient the project interpreters to the policies and practices of FHI 360 and the client, and to the requirements of the assigned project

 

• Conduct project opening sessions as much as time and other project responsibilities allow

 

• Maintain contact with client staff, interpreters, and partner organizations throughout the assigned project; making adjustments to or changes in the program as judgment dictates; managing emergency situations; and conducting final project evaluations

 

• Develop and manage project budgets to ensure that project activities have financial support and that expenses do not exceed funds authorized by project grants, which includes responsibility for disbursement of funds to project participants, interpreters, and vendors, as well as the reconciliation of travel advances

 

• Prepare timely, accurate, and complete program reports as required by the project grant

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or its International Equivalent - Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field
  • Typically requires a minimum of 5-8 years’ experience with program management, US Government rules and regulations.  Two years of relevant work experience in the conceptualization, development, and implementation of international exchange programs highly preferred.
  • Experience with budget development and project financial management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent research and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with clients, international participants, and colleagues.
  • Exceptional ability to manage multiple priorities; deal with inquiries and requests; and maintain close attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with Windows 2007 and experience with Excel spreadsheets preferred. Hiring is contingent upon FHI 360 receiving funding awards
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English; fluent in host country language as appropriate. 
  • Prior team lead experience preferred. 
  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization. 
  • International or Domestic (US) Program Development or Program management preferred.



This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360's Career Center for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

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