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Program Officer II, Civil Society & Peacebuilding

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Program Officer II, Civil Society & Peacebuilding


FHI 360’s Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department (CSPB) supports citizens to mobilize effectively to influence policy, improve lives, and build peace. CSPB works with civil society to increase its credibility, visibility and effectiveness by building its capacity to:

  • Engage with local government to increase its responsiveness to citizen needs;
  • Solve community problems, engage youth in civic affairs, and provide needed services to citizens;
  • Advocate for social justice, democratic reforms, human rights, and effective policies;
  • Leverage and/or produce media content, such as for online, radio, and television, to promote social dialogue and tolerance; and
  • Promote peaceful solutions to conflict and support peace negotiations.

Job Summary / Responsibilities:

CSPB seeks a Program Officer II to provide program management support to our civil society and peacebuilding programs (approximately 50%) and support business development efforts (approximately 50%) for the Department. The Program Officer II is responsible for liaising with field offices and staff, providing operational and logistical support to field staff and activities, program backstopping, and providing technical inputs on programming as needed. The position is based in our Washington DC office.

Primary Responsibilities for the Program Officer II include, but are not limited to the following:

Program Support Tasks

  • Support program management in areas such as troubleshooting, updating work plans and deliverables, coordinating operations and monitoring program activities;
  • Track project performance against project timelines, budget, objectives, and deliverables;
  • Facilitate communication between field and home office staff;
  • Design, implement, and coordinate specific program activities and may conduct research to achieve program goals;
  • Backstop and support program management on CSPB projects as needed, including writing, reviewing, and translating reports and other deliverables;
  • Liaise with FHI 360 internal units, such as finance, contracts, centers, etc.;
  • Help develop and draft reports, briefing papers, press releases, and presentations as necessary for one or multiple projects/programs; and
  • Provide technical input to projects, including monitoring and evaluation.

Business Development Tasks

  • Directly support CSPB development planning and training staff in capture and proposal development processes and tools; and
  • Serve as lead writer for assigned sections of proposal efforts;
  • Assist with budgeting and writing proposals; and
  • Collect, compile and analyze information relevant to CSPB program portfolio and development efforts;
  • Assist or oversee the coordination and design of technical proposals for new programs and initiatives, helping ensure that CSPB technical proposals adhere to company strategy and are technically sound and responsive to solicitations;
  • Assist in developing and disseminating tools, materials, reports, and papers related to new business development and program design for civil society and/or peacebuilding; and
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from internal and external staff and proactively identify opportunities for internal and external partnering on new business opportunities.


  • At least four years of experience in international development program support, management, and/or implementation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated program/project management abilities;
  • Ability to problem-solve independently and work within a team under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to prepare reports and provide information to management in a timely matter.
  • Experience with USAID or Department of State programs preferred;
  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English;
  • Proficiency in French, Arabic, or Spanish is highly desired; and
  • Bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent in international development, international affairs, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360's Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: FHI 360 - Family Health International
  • Location: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2016-07-31

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