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Program Associate

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Ford Foundation
Johannesburg
Closing Date:
Thursday, 28 July 2022
Open

About the Organisation

The Ford Foundation is a New York headquartered, globally- oriented private philanthropic foundation. We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. In addressing the reality of inequality, we are guided by a vision of social justice—a world in which all individuals, communities, and peoples work toward the protection and full expression of their human rights; are active participants in the decisions that affect them; share equitably in the knowledge, wealth, and resources of society; and are free to achieve their full potential.

About the Job

The Program Associate supports a team of program staff who are working toward a shared team/regional strategy. The Program Associate holds a variety of responsibilities related to research, analysis and coordination of programmatic activities with a primary focus on the portfolio of grants made to support the teams’ strategy. The Associate plays a critical role in supporting team learning and strategy by providing research and analysis, raising questions and tracking progress made towards outcomes, external context shifts, and the health of the field and organizations the program supports. The Program Associate fosters engagement across the program team, has a high-level view of how grantmaking of individual Program Officers contributes to the team’s strategic outcomes, and encourages learning and evaluative thinking across the team. In addition to supporting the needs of their team, The Program Associate also plays a role in identifying cross-programmatic learning opportunities in collaboration with the Office of Strategy and Learning (OSL).

Key Responsibilities

Grants Strategy

  1. Participate in and contribute to strategy development processes and monitor the level of strategic alignment of grants.

  2. Map and analyze all grants so that the program team can understand the totality of investments.

  3. Analyze and create periodic reports that summarize common themes across the portfolio of grants, for shared team learning, strategy refinement and effective grantee support.

Research, Analytics, Monitoring, Reporting and Knowledge Management

  1. Conduct research linked to strategy and grantmaking for the Regional Director and program team members using a variety of external and internal resources (e.g., commercial online subscription databases, other web-based reference sources, Foundation information systems, and Foundation archives); consult external experts or other resources as per the research protocol.

  2. Summarize research findings in written documents, databases, presentations, or multimedia formats

  3. Support the Regional Director and program team in analyzing data and identifying trends.

Grantee Relationship Management and Capacity Building

  • Support grantee and network convenings through agenda design and planning, prepping meeting materials, note-taking, synthesizing, and follow up, general project management, and archiving key meeting materials.

  • For grantee convenings and site visits, develop and prepare background research, objectives for meetings and meeting materials.

Program Learning and Project Management

  • Working with the Office of Strategy and Learning, create, implement and update learning tools for team learning and to share with other programmatic teams.

  • Curate and share information and knowledge from the team.

· Other duties include Relationship Management, Communication and General Administration

Requirements

  • 3-5 years’ experience working in program related support capacity in the social development sector at the global or regional level.

  • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent required; Master’s Degree with specialist skills preferred.

  • Strong proficiency with research, data collection, review, analysis and reporting.

  • Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and databases.

  • Exceptional organizational and communications skills.

  • Client-service orientation.

  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in multi-faceted, multitasking environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with periods of ambiguity, constructive participation in ongoing organizational development.

To apply

In order to apply, email your application to melissa@actionappointments.co.za by 29th July 2022. 

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About the Organisation

The Ford Foundation is a New York headquartered, globally- oriented private philanthropic foundation. We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. In addressing the reality of inequality, we are guided by a vision of social justice—a world in which all individuals, communities, and peoples work toward the protection and full expression of their human rights; are active participants in the decisions that affect them; share equitably in the knowledge, wealth, and resources of society; and are free to achieve their full potential.

About the Job

The Program Associate supports a team of program staff who are working toward a shared team/regional strategy. The Program Associate holds a variety of responsibilities related to research, analysis and coordination of programmatic activities with a primary focus on the portfolio of grants made to support the teams’ strategy. The Associate plays a critical role in supporting team learning and strategy by providing research and analysis, raising questions and tracking progress made towards outcomes, external context shifts, and the health of the field and organizations the program supports. The Program Associate fosters engagement across the program team, has a high-level view of how grantmaking of individual Program Officers contributes to the team’s strategic outcomes, and encourages learning and evaluative thinking across the team. In addition to supporting the needs of their team, The Program Associate also plays a role in identifying cross-programmatic learning opportunities in collaboration with the Office of Strategy and Learning (OSL).

Key Responsibilities

Grants Strategy

  1. Participate in and contribute to strategy development processes and monitor the level of strategic alignment of grants.

  2. Map and analyze all grants so that the program team can understand the totality of investments.

  3. Analyze and create periodic reports that summarize common themes across the portfolio of grants, for shared team learning, strategy refinement and effective grantee support.

Research, Analytics, Monitoring, Reporting and Knowledge Management

  1. Conduct research linked to strategy and grantmaking for the Regional Director and program team members using a variety of external and internal resources (e.g., commercial online subscription databases, other web-based reference sources, Foundation information systems, and Foundation archives); consult external experts or other resources as per the research protocol.

  2. Summarize research findings in written documents, databases, presentations, or multimedia formats

  3. Support the Regional Director and program team in analyzing data and identifying trends.

Grantee Relationship Management and Capacity Building

  • Support grantee and network convenings through agenda design and planning, prepping meeting materials, note-taking, synthesizing, and follow up, general project management, and archiving key meeting materials.

  • For grantee convenings and site visits, develop and prepare background research, objectives for meetings and meeting materials.

Program Learning and Project Management

  • Working with the Office of Strategy and Learning, create, implement and update learning tools for team learning and to share with other programmatic teams.

  • Curate and share information and knowledge from the team.

· Other duties include Relationship Management, Communication and General Administration

Requirements

  • 3-5 years’ experience working in program related support capacity in the social development sector at the global or regional level.

  • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent required; Master’s Degree with specialist skills preferred.

  • Strong proficiency with research, data collection, review, analysis and reporting.

  • Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and databases.

  • Exceptional organizational and communications skills.

  • Client-service orientation.

  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in multi-faceted, multitasking environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with periods of ambiguity, constructive participation in ongoing organizational development.

To apply

In order to apply, email your application to melissa@actionappointments.co.za by 29th July 2022.