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Program Officer-I, 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-I (PO-I) will support effective implementation of IRH implementation science and global leadership initiatives, with a focus on activities in West Africa. S/he is responsible for leadership and management of assigned projects, including tasks related to partner coordination, work planning and reporting, financial management and monitoring, communications, knowledge management, implementation and research. S/he will have strong project management skills, experience in project monitoring and evaluation and/or research as well as a background in international development, specifically in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. International and domestic travel may be necessary.
This position is responsible for assigned projects, coordinating partners, work planning, reporting, financial management and monitoring, communications, implementation and research. S/he will work closely with partners in the field and at headquarters, reporting to the Senior Technical Advisor. S/he will work closely with the finance and operations team at headquarters.
Master's degree in international development, social sciences, public health or related field.
Program management and/or program coordination experience required.
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 required.
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 prioritizing 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 skills.
Ability to demonstrate grace under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities
Proficiency in use of all programs in the Microsoft Office Suite, knowledge of and experience in other computer programs desired.
A deep commitment to global health and development issues.
3-5 years of experience backstopping or managing international public health programs, preferably USAID-supported projects.
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.
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