The Ford Foundation’s office based in Cairo seeks a Program Officer (PO) for Arts, Culture and Media. The PO works with the foundation’s Regional Director in Cairo to design, implement, and monitor a portfolio of grants in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). Our grants help empower arts, culture and media individuals and organizations to produce independent stories that have the potential to unseat narratives of fear, hatred and discrimination. The grants aim to support independent narratives and story telling that advance social justice and support efforts to reduce inequality.
The MENA office strategy focuses on one driver of inequality, namely informality and the ensuing lack of social protection. The strategy aims to strengthen civil society and civic space to better address social protection and make visible the invisible lives of informal and self-employed workers - be they youth, women, refugees or people with disabilities. The PO will work with the Regional Director and the program team to implement the MENA office strategy, to learn with grantees and adjust strategy for impact. The PO is also part of the Ford Foundation’s global team on enhancing the openness of civic space, the sustainability and legitimacy of civil society and partnerships with governments. The global team supports a broad infrastructure of civil society organizations- including producers of socioeconomic evidence, legal litigation and narratives in the arts and independent media.
The main features of the MENA Office grant making for Arts, Culture and Media are:
Program Officers are responsible for the development of grant portfolios and ensuring all related activities are designed to deliver on the MENA office goals and strategies. The Program Officer assesses and analyzes the fields in which the office is focused; identifies key ecosystems and opportunities to work with various actors to shape and influence agendas to promote social justice; and plays a leading role in shaping specific grant activities. Program Officers are partnership builders-- striving to share substantive knowledge with Foundation colleagues; collaborate broadly with Ford’s MENA office team; and serve as a ‘connector’ of grantees. The Program Officer works with practitioners, government officials, scholars, NGOs, other donors and corporate sector leaders on issue of common concern to leverage positive impact toward common goals.
More specifically, reporting to the MENA Regional Director and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the MENA Program Officer will:
This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, domestic/international travel will be expected (approximately 50%) when it is safe to visit grantees and attend discussions, convening, workshops, retreats and conferences. The position also requires behind the desk administrative work related to grant making. The person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer.
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The Ford Foundation’s office based in Cairo seeks a Program Officer (PO) for Arts, Culture and Media. The PO works with the foundation’s Regional Director in Cairo to design, implement, and monitor a portfolio of grants in the…
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