Program Officer, Africa

Job Type

Full Time




255 Carter Hall Lane
United States



The Program Officer provides operational support and technical expertise to assigned Global Health programs in Africa to improve the quality and effectiveness of field programs. Works closely with field personnel and other HQ staff, with regular travel to programs. Contributes to development of proposals and concept papers that are designed to ensure a positive impact on beneficiaries. The Program Officer also completes a variety of work tasks and products that contribute to the effective operation of the Global Health division.



Program Implementation and Administration

  • Contributes to program success and technical quality of assigned projects. Serve as headquarters backstop with frequent communication with field staff on program implementation. Apprises Regional Director and others as appropriate on matters of concern.
  • Monitors programs as assigned by reviewing information, reports, and data and assessing quality, including on-site visits as appropriate. Collaborate with technical and monitoring and evaluation teams to monitor achievement of program and subproject objectives, indicators and data collection. 
  • Functions as the primary liaison for assigned programs to other headquarters departments.
  • Coordinates, contributes to the development of, and ensures completion of program planning documents for assigned programs, including Workplans, Detailed Implementation Plans, M&E plans, and Program Designs.
  •  Coordinates, contributes to the development of, provides technical feedback, and ensures completion of quality program reports with field staff including PH quarterly reports, survey reports, and donor reports. 
  • Ensures program utilization of up-to-date quality technical materials and guidelines that meet international standards including program design frameworks.
  • Provides technical guidance on activity implementation and evaluation plans (consults with other technical staff as needed).
  • Reviews, analyzes and prepares project results in collaboration with field team for presentation within PH and externally as appropriate.
  • Review monthly project budget reports, identify variances, and prepare future period projections.
  • Ensure annual budgets align with performance objectives.
  • Prepare program recruiting announcements as needed. Participates in relevant staff selection as needed.
  • Assists as needed in program administration.

New Program Development

  • Collaborates with Business Development, Development department, RDs, field, and other technical staff to identify, develop, and prepare proposals and concept papers. Conduct background research, write and review technical content, prepare supporting sections, and assist in the development of evidence-based programs designed for impact, including the program’s design, indicators, and performance monitoring plan.
  • Writes general concept papers.
  • Contributes to the creation of promotional materials and web articles that highlight Project HOPE’s program accomplishments and capacity.

Knowledge Management and Capacity Building

  • Responsible for ensuring program reports and data are entered into Global Health’s information management systems (DevResults) and are kept up to date.
  • Helps coordinate and lead portfolio review meetings.
  • Participates in training and strengthening the skills of program staff and updating staff on technical developments.
  • Participates in developing & disseminating technical abstracts, articles, conference presentations & strategy papers.
  • Contributes to sharing of “lessons learned” from other relevant programs carried out by Project HOPE and programs implemented by other organizations.
  • Collaborate with peer organizations and joins technical associations on technical learning and in support of strategic priorities.
  • Represent Project HOPE’s program activities to external parties, such as donors, cooperating agencies, and other interested parties; and attend appropriate meetings and conferences as directed by senior management within Global Health.
  • Keep informed of current developments in program countries and assigned technical areas.



  • Master’s degree in directly relevant area required, MPH preferred.
  • Two to five years’ experience with international health programs, including direct implementation of health projects in Africa.
  • Experience in improved health outcomes in MCH, TB, HIV/AIDS, or Diabetes and Hypertension diseases (HIV/AIDS is preferred).
  • Strong familiarity with an Africa workplace setting and one-year experience or equivalent is desired.
  • Fluency in English and excellent writing skills is required. Knowledge of other languages used in Africa is an advantage (Portuguese is desired).
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with field and home office staff to ensure quality and productivity.
  • Demonstrated communication skills, verbal and written. Writing skills should include proposal writing and program status reports.
  •  Familiarity with budgeting and budget variance analysis.
  •  Proficiency with computers both in word processing and spreadsheet programs, with presentation and report writing capability. Familiarity with statistical software is a plus.
  •  Able to manage multiple priorities and work with a minimum of supervision and direction.
  • Able to think creatively and critically about programs and activities, in order to challenge the status quo and promote continuous improvement.
  • Identifies with Project HOPE Mission, Vision and core values.
  • Willing to travel internationally 35% of time.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree