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United States of America: SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: CARE USA
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 25 Sep 2017

At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security.

This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2015, CARE worked in 95 countries and reached 65 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.

CARE is seeking a Senior Program Officer who will be responsible for financial, programmatic, operational and administrative support to the Education Team. Specific responsibilities include coordinating and monitoring project work plans; providing administrative and backstopping support for HQ and country office financial and administrative agreements; coordinating the collection of programmatic and financial reports from COs, HQ and other grant affiliates; consolidating and compiling program information and reports; and assisting with the development of technical publications and sharing of best practices. She/he will also assist the team with general administration and unit operational functions including communications and knowledge sharing, procurement, human resource processes, coordination of major meetings and contributing to the unit strategic plan and AOP. She/he will work directly with all the Education team members, and will collaborate with other units, departments and staff, including those in PPLA, HQ, RMUs and COs. The Sr Program Officer will mentor and supervise unit interns and provide guidance on the performance of their roles and responsibilities. This person will have overall knowledge and understanding of Education programming and priorities, and will be able to represent the Education Team and its activities to other CARE departments and to external agencies.

As a member of the Education Team, the Sr Program Officer will participate in project and unit-wide activities, meetings, conferences, etc. She/he will participate in intellectual discussion in the education sector, advance CARE’s rights-based approaches, and promote understanding of the underlying causes of poverty that contribute to low levels of educational attainment.


  • Work plan Development and Coordination
  • Operational and Logistics Support
  • Financial and Grants Management
  • Communications and Knowledge Management
  • Education Unit Membership and other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree in International Development, Education or Business Administration
  • 1 to 3 years’ experience within a development or humanitarian context, focusing on grant’s management, financial/accounting and/or budgeting.
  • 1 to 2 years administrative experience with an international development organization.
  • Evidence of ability to work in an adaptable and collaborative manner across different work functions and dynamic, international and intercultural teams within a complex organizational structure.
  • Experience working with USAID funded projects or other multilateral donor agency.
  • Excellent planning, organizing and problem solving skills
  • Familiarity with developing and monitoring program budgets and tracking systems
  • Excellent interpersonal/team-building skills
  • Attention to detail and follow-through on tasks
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Strong knowledge of Adaptive Planning and PeopleSoft
  • Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English; ability to communicate knowledge, ideas and issues in an appropriate manner to diverse audiences.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Project management skills, including planning and budgeting
  • Workshop coordination and facilitation skills

How to apply:

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Our diversity is our strength; we encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences, particularly women, to apply.

CARE USA is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click here.

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