What does a Program Officer do?
Program officers are critical to a foundation or nonprofit organization as they oversee program development, seek grants and proposals, oversee budgets, and manage projects. They ensure the organization's activities and programs align with a foundation or nonprofit’s goals and mission statement. They will staph a development team and head project management as well as implement daily management of activities. Working closely with other managers, vendors, and financial supporters, they develop, maintain, and ensure adherence to budgets, including reviewing and executing grant proposals.
Program officers build and maintain partnerships and relationships that interact with other organizations. This could include nonprofits, community organizers, or federal agencies, assist with expanding services, raise funding, and educate the public about the foundation's work. They inform a foundation or nonprofit about program developments and ongoing activities through reports including an annual report or a weekly, monthly, or quarterly update. Program officers need a bachelor's degree in business administration or related fields and a minimum of five years of professional experience in managing projects and teams, and a fundraising and nonprofit industry background.
- As required, collaborate with financial staff to ensure compliance.
- Analyze, research, and be familiar with the region's political and economic landscape, identifying opportunities for CIPE programs and partners.
- Foster peer-to-peer learning in network through conference calls, newsletters, facilitation of conferences.
- Establish and maintain regular communication with project partners and other stakeholders.
- Maintain correspondence and operational records regarding CIPE-funded programs in the assigned portfolio.
- Disseminate the results of research and other activities.
- Ensure staff are appropriately trained and plans for staff development.
- Carry out other responsibilities as assigned by management.
- Manage grants and contracts and engage their performers.
- Write quarterly and annual reports, with input from other colleagues.
- Work with partners to refine proposals, monitoring and evaluation plans, and project budgets.
- Serve in a supporting role for proposals such as pricing, coordinating, recruiting, and writing.
- Identify and solicit potential participants and develop agendas, logistics and summaries.
- Review due diligence for loans including environmental assessments, appraisals, project financing term sheets, and other third-party reports.
- Liaise with funders upon request and assist with new business development efforts as assigned.
- Collaborate closely with project managers to support partner development, particularly for hosting fellows.
- GED/High School Degree or Bachelor's Degree in computer science, political science, information technology or civil engineering.
- A leader and problem solver.
- Skilled at providing advocacy and technical assistance.
- Strict attention to detail.
- Demonstrated strength in program design and editing.
- Skilled at budget analysis and frameworks.
- Demonstrated ability with decision making.
Program Officer Salaries
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Program Officer Career Path
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Program Officer Insights
“I also had an opportunity to cover regional portfolio and that was good for my career”
“It provides a good platform for learning and networking and that's probably the best part.”
“There is no clarity in how governance works and no opportunity for personal growth or career progression.”
“Career path not good and difficult to get promotion”
“career development at DAI is key and fudamental”
“Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL) is the best place to consider as a stepping stone to better opportunities”
“Best environment to work and good”
“CDI's peacebuilding work is innovative and impactful.”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Program Officer
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