Program and Partnership Officer

Aga Khan Foundation, USA
August 23, 2021
Washington, DC, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


About Aga Khan Foundation USA. (AKF USA)
Established in 1981, AKF USA is a private, non-denominational, non-profit international development organization committed to alleviating poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy, primarily in Africa and Asia. Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (, a group of 10 private development agencies working to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in Africa and Asia.

Position summary
The Program and Partnership Officer is primarily responsible for the business development and grant management of AKF USA. The incumbent is responsible for business development, grant coordination, program development, monitoring and evaluation, and knowledge acquisition. Building and managing valuable relationships with donors and implementing agencies is an important element of the Program and Partnership Officer’s job. The incumbent reports to the donor on implementation, supports the implementing agencies in meeting objectives, ensures accordance with donor compliance requirements, and works closely with Communication Team to generate content and support public engagement and works with finance team to ensure transparency, accountability, and efficient use of financial resources.

Main duties and responsibilities

Program Development/Business Development:
• Identify new opportunities for programs and participate in project development, planning, and implementation; develop concept papers, proposals and responsive bids for new opportunities; negotiate contracts with donors and partner organizations; liaise with implementing agencies and Canadian partners; and manage relationships with donors and partner organizations to create agreements and project implementation plans that are satisfactory to all parties and meet the needs of the field.
• Contribute to new program and business development through participation in AKF’s global partnerships thematic and geographical clusters, as assigned.
• Participate and contribute to policy and program development.
• Develop sector specializations as assigned to provide expertise on key programming issues to the team.
• Participate and contribute to developing and implementing learning agenda in relevant sectors and programs.
• Be flexible for other tasks assigned by line manager.

Grant Management:
• Responsible for grant coordination for assigned projects. This includes, assessing implementing partner needs; coordinating human resources and financial inputs; building and maintaining relationships with the US based and field partners. Coordinating with AKF USA finance as well as field finance teams to ensure all project-related financial management requirements, including budgeting, ensuring financial compliance, and reporting on budget variance are met.
• Work with field partners and other members of AKF USA teams to develop a clear and realistic projects’ deliverables timelines and milestones.
• Receive from the field, review technical and financial donor reports, ensuring accuracy and timely completion.
• Coordinate and ensure grant compliance by regular communication through email, teleconference calls and site visits with the implementing agency (field team).
• Carry out missions to the country of project implementation to ensure that objectives are being met and ensure accordance with donor compliance requirements. Also build relationships with field staff and assess skills and capacity.
• Ensure integration of environmental sustainability and gender equality measures into project cycles guided.
• Prepare briefing notes, summaries, background papers and program analysis for a variety of audiences as needed and assigned.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
• Work closely with and support the MERL team in North America and in the field to develop clear and concise monitoring and evaluation system and informs data collection tools. Define a framework that lays out benchmarks to track and measure project progress. Analyze field performance throughout program and recommends and implements procedural changes to improve operations to meet objectives.
• Determine technical assistance needs, define terms of reference for consultants, create requests for proposals/recruit, interview, and manage relationships with consultants, review and provide feedback on contract deliverables.

Knowledge Acquisition:
• Provide content to Communication team for public events and products, by collecting and supplying information and stories. Work closely with Communication team to engage public and stakeholders in AKFC/USA work.
• Complete or participate in ad hoc projects for various departments to support Aga Khan Foundation priorities.

Required Qualifications and Experience
• A graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as international development.
• Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a program management role, including at least one (1) year of field experience preferred and three (3) year proven experience in the US Government business development.
• Experience working with donor-funded projects; strong understanding and experience with meeting donor criteria in project design, reporting and monitoring/evaluation; experience with USG-funded development programming is an asset.
• Knowledge and experience of gender sensitive results-based management and evaluation with particular attention to assessing gender equality results.
• Superb analytical, organizational, negotiation and problem-solving skills. Proven interpersonal and communication skills in diverse and cross-cultural settings.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; candidates who can also work in French are strongly preferred.
• Ability to travel to project locations (approximately 25% of time).
Essential Skills and Attributes
• Dynamic, collaborative, and able to work in challenging contexts with patience, perseverance, and flexibility.
• Capacity to work independently, take initiative, set priorities, and manage a variety of activities simultaneously.
• Enthusiastic about learning from others and sharing knowledge.
• Demonstrated intercultural competence and ability to adapt professional skills to fit local conditions and constraints.

Please submit a resume and cover letter together with the names and contact details of three professional references to: subject line: “Application for Program and Partnership Officer position”
Deadline for application: September 13th, 2021

AKF USA is committed to advancing gender equality and inclusion through our programming and operations in Canada and overseas. AKF USA requires all employees to review and abide by the AKF USA Gender Equality Policy.

AKF USA recognizes the importance of safeguarding and is committed to ensuring it manages a wide range of risks such that beneficiaries, staff, other associates, and the organization as a whole are kept safe from harm.

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