Program Officer II - Institute for Reproductive Health

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

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The Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) is dedicated to improving the sexual and reproductive health of women, men, and youth through a research-to-practice agenda. Our emphasis is on increasing access to and use of family planning, increasing fertility awareness through life-stage appropriate interventions, expanding access to fertility awareness-based family planning methods in an informed choice context, and developing scalable interventions to transform gender norms and catalyze the diffusion of social norms that support family planning.

The Program Officer II supports effective implementation of an initiative to build evidence on changing social norms to support improved health outcomes. S/he leads, manages, and coordinates projects related to research dissemination and utilization including, for example, review and synthesis of evidence, development of products to share evidence and learning with donors, researchers, program implementers, and others. The Program Officer II has additional duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Organizes, leads, and facilitates interactive in-person and virtual capacity building workshops and presentations with donors, program staff, researchers, and others to build skills and knowledge on relevant topical areas.
  • Develops and provides technical input in the development of qualitative research protocols, including literature review and case studies to understand program implementation, best practices, and cross-sector and cross-project learnings.
  • Implements case studies, literature review, and other research activities including documentation of learnings, conducting interviews, analysis of data, and report writing.
  • Leads management and administration of assigned projects and fosters strong relationships with donors, with a focus on the work planning, budgeting, and reporting.
  • Monitors the timely completion of deliverables, communicating with USAID and/or other donors on topics related to the overall project management and coordination.
  • Leads, manages, and provides support research dissemination and utilization, including strategic planning, organizing and coordinating activities, development and review of external-facing presentations, website content, blogs, briefs, and reports.
  • Manages the administrative and finance processes for overall project management and country presence.
  • Leads the development and implementation of management and communication systems and tools to increase efficiency and facilitate timely communication and knowledge sharing between projects, teams, partners, and donors.
  • Supervises the program assistant (IRH staff), interns, consultants, and others to ensure quality and timeliness of work.
  • Organizes project/study meetings and events (such as study teams, regular donor meetings, and technical expert group meetings).
  • Supports new business development initiatives, as needed.
  • Represents IRH at meetings and events.


  • Master’s degree in international development, social sciences, public health or related field
  • 3-5 years of experience backstopping or managing international public health programs, preferably USAID-supported projects
  • 2-3 years of experience managing a global consortium project required, preferably in the area of adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in international settings with multi-cultural teams and with technical and administrative staff and consultants, with high ethical standards to facilitate program implementation
  • Proven expertise facilitating collaborative work with diverse partners engaged in complex projects, and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with these partners and colleagues and build strong professional relationships and networks

Other Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; Fluency in French desired but not necessary
  • Knowledge of donor rules and regulations, with particular emphasis on foundations, USAID and other USG agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to changing situations in a flexible manner in order to meet current needs
  • Expertise preparing thorough, well-written and concise documents, summaries and reports
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues in assigned areas
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize among multiple highly important tasks
  • Ability to work efficiently independently with organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good representational skills with a deep commitment to global health and development issues
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time, or as necessary

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