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Program Officer, Catholic Sisters Initiative (Africa)

Program Officer, Catholic Sisters Initiative (Africa)
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Job Description: 

Who we are:

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help individuals throughout the world living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage. The Foundation invests in 11 program areas, including providing access to safe water, supporting transition age foster youth, ending chronic homelessness, hospitality workforce development, disaster relief and recovery, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, and supporting the work of Catholic sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.7 billion in grants, distributing $112.5 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2018. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.8 billion. For more information, please visit

Our Culture:

Our employees are inspired by the Foundation’s mission and are committed to support our program areas in a thoughtful and effective way. Everyone is expected to cultivate the work environment in a way that contributes to respectful, open, and engaging dialogue and connection that support meaningful innovation, learning, progress and outcomes.  

Our Benefits:

We value the health and well-being of our employees and offer comprehensive and generous health care coverage options including fitness benefits, disability coverage, paid holidays, paid time off, paid parental leave, flexible work schedules and technology benefits. Professional learning and development are supported through educational assistance and participation in professional conferences and seminars. To encourage charitable giving, the Foundation triple-matches employee gifts to qualified nonprofit organizations.

Here's what you get to do:

The Program Officer is a key member of the Catholic Sisters team and supports the Foundation's Strategic grantmaking. The Program Officer should have experience working with Catholic Sisters, international and human development issues particularly in Africa. Reporting to the Senior Program Officer (SPO), the Program Officer serves as a key thought partner and will have primarily responsibility for managing the Catholic Sisters strategic initiative's overall grant portfolio. The Officer will work closely with the SPO to design, implement, and monitor a portfolio of grants related to the Catholic Sisters Strategic initiative. The Officer will help to identify potential grantees, assist with proposal development, and provide grantee technical support, as well as monitor grant progress.

The ideal candidate must be a proactive team player with excellent multi-tasking skills. The individual must have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, with the ability to understand, interpret, and translate qualitative and quantitative data. They will be expected to resolve time-sensitive issues with a high degree of precision and exhibit strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills. Attention to detail and the ability to anticipate needs are a must.

Portfolio Management

  • Participates in the identification of potential grantees and projects
  • Reviews proposals and works with the SPO to determine which ones will be further developed and recommended for funding
  • Presents recommended proposals for funding at board meetings, as needed
  • Provides counsel to organizations invited to develop proposals
  • Reviews and refines grant-write-ups and assists in writing, preparing other materials for the quarterly board of directors’ meetings
  • Monitors portfolio of grants for the Catholic Sisters Initiative and other projects as assigned
  • Monitors and evaluates grants and grantee performance, including timely completion of all progress reports, provides feedback to SPO
  • Recommends for approval any deviations from approved plans and budgets and ensures that such changes are documented
  • Conducts site visits, as needed

Strategic Support

  • Acts as thought partner and provides support to SPO in planning, development and implementation process, as needed
  • Supports in various aspects of grantees research, maintenance of information and project implementation in the USA and Africa
  • Works with SPO and MEL partner on convening planning, attends strategy convenings
  • Works with SPO identifying the need for consultants within the program area; plans scope of work for contracts and develops terms of contract and monitors progress
  • Support the Program Associate to complete tasks and activities on projects in a systemic, coordinated and sequential manner


  • Supports SPO's work with communications team to develop communication strategy for the Catholic Sisters initiative
  • Writes blogs/articles for the website and supervises web-site content and updates

Monitoring, Documenting and Reporting

  • Collaborates with Catholic Sisters team members to ensure the timely submission of grantee report updates
  • Documents good practices and synthesis of lessons learned to ensure that they are incorporated into the grantmaking process
  • Supports the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Officer(s) and grantees in obtaining and documenting success stories, news articles, contributes to the website, newsletter, etc.

Education / Training


  • Master's degree in public health, public policy, social sciences, social welfare, theology or a related field, with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience


  • Graduate degree in public health, public policy, social sciences, social welfare, theology or a related field

Experience/Technical Skills

  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience in program development and/or management experience with a focus on international development
  • A substantive knowledge of International policy issues and the funding landscape
  • Ability to assess the leadership, track record, fiscal health and capacity of a nonprofit organization to lead a proposed program or project
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically about program design and implementation
  • Understands quantitative and qualitative data; ability to ask the right questions; experience with data analytics and evaluation
  • Creative, flexible, and collaborative with an ability to work in a team-oriented environment; demonstrates a high degree of initiative; results-oriented
  • Ability to continually seek information and look for new approaches to processes and practices
  • Welcomes feedback, as a means, to personal and professional growth
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong presentation skills and the ability to clearly articulate ideas


  • An understanding of grantmaking, international development and the non-profit sector


  • Action oriented
  • Manages complexity
  • Communicates effectively
  • Drives vision and purpose
  • Ensures accountability
  • Global perspective

In addition to the role specific competencies listed above, our Core Competencies are just as important as they identify the key values and strengths shared by everyone at the Foundation, regardless of the job they perform:  Drives Vision and Purpose, Collaborates, Instills Trust, Global Perspective and Strategic Mindset

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and we seek candidates from all backgrounds and experiences.