Program Officer II, Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health - Georgetown University

Washington D.C.
Apr 17, 2018
Jun 04, 2018
Full Time
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Program Officer II, Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health - Georgetown University Medical Center

The Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) is dedicated to improving the sexual and reproductive health of women, men and youth through a research-to-practice agenda. Our emphasis is on increasing access to and use of family planning, increasing fertility awareness through life-stage appropriate interventions, expanding access to fertility awareness-based family planning methods in an informed choice context, and developing scalable interventions to transform gender norms and catalyze the diffusion of social norms that support family planning. Cross-cutting themes in the Institute's work include the diffusion of social norms that support adolescent sexual and reproductive health, incorporating gender perspectives in reproductive health and scale-up of innovations. In partnership with a wide range of international and local organizations, IRH conducts research, builds capacity, and provides technical assistance to public and private-sector organizations in lower and middle-income countries and the U.S.  The Institute is supported by grants from federal agencies and foundations.

The Program Officer II ensures that the activities of Passages and related projects are implemented on time, within budget, and in accordance with USAID requirements, working closely with the Passages Director and Deputy. S/he leads development and implementation of management and communication systems and tools across the project to increase efficiency and facilitate communication and knowledge sharing between projects, teams and partners; and coordinate preparation of annual work plans, travel plans and budgets, sub awards and progress reports. Reporting to the Deputy Director/Director of Research, the Program Officer II has duties that include but are not limited to:

Leadership and Administration

  • Leads management and administration of Passages and related projects and foster strong relationships with donors, with a focus on the work planning, budgeting and reporting; monitors timely completion of deliverables; and communicates with USAID and other donors on topics related to overall project management and coordination.
  • Develops and implements systems to ensure compliance with all aspects of IRH and donor administrative, contract, and financial and research procedures and regulations.  
  • Manages administrative and finance processes for overall project management and country presence
  • Trains and supervises staff in administrative and management tasks, including preparation of work plans and budgets and contractual agreements.  
  • Leads development and implementation of management and communication systems and tools to increase efficiency and facilitate timely communication and knowledge sharing among projects, teams, partners and donors. 
  • Leads, manages, and provides support to assigned projects, including tasks related to global leadership, implementation, research and task teams/working groups; designs/reviews research and intervention materials, conduct desks and literature reviews, and produces briefing and synthesis documents/reports for meetings/ technical consultations; and monitors, reviews, and approves invoices.
  • Participates in communication of IRH vision, activities and research results, such as development/review of external-facing presentations, website content, blogs, briefs and reports and by representing IRH electronically and in person in meetings, and seminars.
  • Participates and coordinates project monitoring and evaluation tasks, as needed.

Program Support

  • Directs program assistant (IRH staff), interns, consultants and others to ensure quality and timeliness of work.
  • Organizes study meetings and events (e.g., study teams, regular donor meetings, and technical expert group meetings).
  • Supports new business development initiatives, as needed.
  • Represents IRH at meetings and events.


  • Master's degree in international development, social sciences, public health or related field
  • 3 to 5 years of experience backstopping or managing international public health programs, preferably USAID-supported projects
  • 2 to 3 years of experience managing a global consortium project required, preferably in the area of adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in international settings with multi-cultural teams and with technical and administrative staff and consultants, with high ethical standards to facilitate program implementation
  • Proven expertise facilitating collaborative work with diverse partners engaged in complex projects, and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with these partners and colleagues and build strong professional relationships and networks
  • Knowledge of IRH finance and operations systems, familiarity of USAID policies and systems and a background in international development, specifically in adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French, including the ability to convey complex concepts in a clear and concise way and to help stakeholders act on the information
  • Knowledge of donor rules and regulations, with particular emphasis on USAID and other USG agencies
  • Ability to manage and coordinate diverse tasks and facilitate relationships among multiple parties
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to changing situations in a flexible manner in order to meet current needs, such as reprioritizing work as necessary
  • Expertise preparing thorough, well-written and concise documents, summaries and reports
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues in assigned areas
  • Ability to work and effectively communicate across operations, program and research teams
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize among multiple highly important tasks
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Ability to work efficiently independently
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good representational and negotiation skills
  • Ability to demonstrate grace under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities
  • A deep commitment to global health and development issues
  • Availability and willingness to international/national travel up to 15% of time
  • Preference for proficiency in use of all programs in the Microsoft Office Suite, knowledge of and experience in other computer programs

The Program Officer II position is a term appointment, contingent upon external financial support.

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