Program Officer, Central Africa and Sahel - PROGR001838-00001

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The Africa Center seeks a mid-career professional who will support the Africa Center’s mission and programs with a focus on Central Africa, the Sahel, and other regional or country programs as needed. The Program Officer (PO) will be responsible for supporting and overseeing the Central Africa and Sahel portfolios, including administrative, reporting, and operational needs. The PO will also work closely with field-based and HQ-based USIP staff. The position will be based in Washington DC but will include regular travel to project countries. The PO will report to the Senior Program Officer (SPO).


Grade 12 - $87,000 - $90,000

The Institute uses the General Schedule salary tables for administering compensation. Offers are determined based upon candidate qualifications, related experience, internal equity, and the amount budgeted for the position.


Development and Planning:

  • Take the lead on the day-to-day management of select USIP programs in Central Africa and the Sahel, including designing, managing, evaluating activities and events, and meeting reporting requirements.
  • Provide oversight and technical support to USIP partners in the field. May supervise field staff or contractors.
  • Support the SPO in developing overall program direction and strategy.
  • Contribute to designing programs and identifying resources to support them by drafting work plans, concept notes, and proposals.

Financial Management:

  • Serve as Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) and monitor contracts of different sizes and scope, maintaining records, including copies of all contract deliverables, and reviewing reports and deliverables as needed.
  • Maintain project work plans, manage contracts, and oversee budgets to ensure smooth implementation of programs.
  • Manages the program budget to ensure that the program is operating within its budget limitations in order to meet its goals and objectives.
  • In coordination with SPO, pursues external funding for project initiatives.

Events and Public Outreach:

  • Design and execute public or invitation-only events to further program objectives.
  • Draft or supervise the drafting of program materials, communications, and other documents.
  • Serve as a resource internally and externally on Central African Republic, Chad, and other countries in the region. Represent the project and USIP at external meetings and by speaking at public events.
  • The PO will build relevant relationships with stakeholders in DC, in multilateral institutions, and in program countries.
  • Cultivates contacts with subject matter experts and a wide variety of external organizations to leverage resources and combine efforts to promote USIP program initiatives and goals.
  • May represent USIP to the media.

Program Management:

  • Supervises Central Africa and Sahel regionally based staff and consultants.
  • Manages reporting and updates for IAA funds for Central Africa and the Sahel portfolio.
  • Convenes the Central Africa and Sahel working group meetings to update colleagues on political and conflict developments, coordinate activities and share information.
  • Serves as the focal point and liaison with all activities and projects conducted by ACT or other USIP centers in Central Africa and Sahel.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree with six (6) years of experience in the field of peacebuilding and conflict management, including some field experience required.
  • A Master’s degree with four (4) years of experience in a relevant field is preferred.
  • Previous field-based experience in conflict settings is preferred.
  • Experience implementing adaptive programs in highly complex and dynamic environments.
  • Must have strong project management skills and experience managing complex projects.
  • Must have the ability to design and manage budgets.
  • Must have strong collaboration skills; must have the ability to coordinate the input and priorities of multiple players.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English and French is required.

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To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

  1. Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire, and salary requirements.
  2. Cover letter
  3. Resume

For questions about this position please email Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

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