Program Operations Specialist

Plant With Purpose
February 5, 2020
San Diego, California
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Entry Level
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Summary: Plant With Purpose, a Christian development organization reverses deforestation and poverty around the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor. Over the last few years, Plant With Purpose has positioned itself for growth. We are currently looking for a Program Operations Specialist who would provide full support to our international programs team to achieve the smooth implementation of program activities and the successful achievement, tracking, and reporting of program deliverables. Reports to the M&E manager to maintain the data management process. Works with Regional Partnership Managers to ensure quality data from field partners. Serves as the go-to person for international programs data. Provides geo-spatial mapping support to help better understand target areas.


Data Management & Communication (60%)

  • Develop and maintain reliable database systems that meet departmental needs
  • Receive all program field reports (e.g. quarterly program, MIS, financial, technique application), verify for accuracy in collaboration with Regional Partnership Manager, and file carefully in appropriate systems
  • Work with the development department to ensure that Plant With Purpose data is persuasive, accurate, and accessible to the public
  • Check numerical data accuracy used by development department prior to external use including grant.

Program Operations Support (20%)

  • Provide general and varied support to the international programs team
  • Ensure fast and accurate communication at all times between mobile US-based program staff and colleagues from all departments
  • Assist completing various work wherever other team members need assistance, whether highly-routined tasks or projects demanding skill, discretion, and problem solving skills, e.g., vision trip logistics, international meeting logistics
  • Proactively look for ways to help program team members

Monitoring & Evaluation (10%)

  • Develop and maintain M&E systems
  • Design and implement triennial impact evaluations
  • Develop and test innovative M&E initiatives
  • Implement baseline studies

Mapping for Analysis, Planning, & Communication (5%)

Research & Development (5%)


Infrequent (10%) travel to project sites which at times may be in difficult and physically arduous conditions.



BA/BS in related field; 3 years experience in related field preferred


  1. Excellent organizational and time management skills. Completes tasks in a timely manner.  Follow-up with others diligently, boldly as necessary
  2. Genuine team player: Able to give and take under pressure, supports other team members’ welfare and success. Takes on extra tasks as needed for team success
  3. Thirst for excellence: Questioning mind, willingness to learn, innovate and take risks combined with the discipline to follow-up and document process
  4. Is highly conversant with the systems for managing and moving data from the field into online formats available to other departments such as spreadsheets and GSuite
  5. Attention to detail in dealing with data, administration and communications. Will not leave loose ends
  6. Sincerely interested in the holistic environmental mission of Plant With Purpose and the diverse communities we seek to empower
  7. Competency in the use of mapping software, in particular ESRI ArcGIS
  8. Knowledge of statistical analysis methods and use of statistical platform, such as R
  9. Strong interpersonal and communicative skills
  10. Experience with field research design desirable
  11. Ability to work and learn cross-culturally


  1. Demonstrate a sincere interest in the holistic mission of Plant With Purpose and the diverse communities we seek to empower
  2. Possess a love for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or culture
  3. Ability to be a genuine team player and work in collaboration with team members from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures
  4. Embody a commitment to the organizational values of Plant With Purpose: faith, collaboration, stewardship, sustainability, empowerment, and innovation




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