Program Coordinator - Africa

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 09, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Career Level
Entry Level
Full Time

Project Description: The Program Coordinator is the entry-level position to program work at IFES, providing support to the program division. The Program Coordinator will provide administrative and programmatic support for current and developing programs. This position may support multiple country projects in Africa. Job Responsibilities: MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:    


  • Coordinate project implementation and monitoring.  Assist with program work and other special projects for the division. Assist with writing and reviewing of monthly/quarterly reports, writing program success stories, etc.  Contribute to analytical reports, project design, and project evaluations. Participate in budget development processes. Input financial data for pipelines, review data in financial system for accuracy, and review and reconcile credit cards. Troubleshoot project problems.  Identify and implement creative solutions. Review/prepare/submit material for procurement including drafting Request for Proposals/Quotations, preparing selection packages, tracking existing contracts, etc. Monitor/track pending IFES grant/contract actions and coordinates timely response. Participate in proposal development and new initiative processes. Assist with recruitment of field staff and consultants including preparing posting, collecting documents for hiring packages etc. Under the direction of the supervisor, provides guidance to Program Associates and interns, as requested. Participate in IFES’ knowledge management initiatives and other thought leadership efforts. Attend meetings at request of supervisor to gather and share information with colleagues. Other duties as assigned. 

POSITION SCOPE: Provides varied support functions and performs routine job duties requiring familiarity with proposal development, program management, and research and development initiatives. Contribute to program planning and development. Coordinate work activities performed by internal and external partners.

DECISION MAKING/PROBLEM SOLVING: Identifies and analyzes problems or discrepancies affecting own work or work products. Works to overcome barriers and constructively deal with unexpected challenging situations. Develops or supports the introduction of new and improved methods or procedures, based on knowledge of procedures and logic.   

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Participates in project budget planning, perform routine processing, recording and reporting of financial transactions, including field expenses, in compliance with IFES policies and procedures. 


RELATIONSHIPS: Maintains collaborative working relationship with team members and other staff within the Programs Division.  Proactively works with team members and across departments to improve team collaboration and functioning on a continuous basis.   


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: Standard office work environment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 



Education:  Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field; master’s degree preferred.
Experience:  At least 2 years of relevant experience in international development required. Previous experience backstopping USAID projects strongly preferred.
Related Skills or Knowledge:  Experienced with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required.  Introductory experience in business and proposal development required, with experience in program management preferred.  Familiarity with USAID and other donor regulations and reporting requirements preferred. Detailed-oriented and organized.  Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.  Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing.  Collaborative, team oriented individual.
LANGUAGE SKILLS:  English required; French or other regional language preferred.
TRAVEL:  Travel may be required, up to 10%.

“All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic. 


IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.  IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.




IFES is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor”



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