Position Description

Program Officer - MENA
Location Washington DC, USA
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Under the supervision of the MENA Regional Director, the MENA Program Officer performs high level tasks and directly manages at least one Internews project with fiscal oversight of the program.  In addition, the Program Officer supports other programs within the Program Unit. 


You’re an ideal candidate for this position if you have extraordinary attention to detail and organizational capacity; great written and oral communication skills; a love for keeping things moving and on track; a voracious desire to learn; and the desire to help protect human rights defenders, journalists, and marginalized people around the world. We work hard, laugh easily, and cheer each other on, so you also need to be ready for that.



  • Manages all aspects of grant programs including grant program oversight and administration, grant application/proposal review and processing, funders and partners, oversee grant program evaluation and benchmarking, prepare reports and other duties as needed;
  • Assist with project oversight, including financial tracking and progress towards program deliverables;
  • Provide mentoring and backstopping to field offices and new project directors;
  • Prepare proposals/reports/monitoring and evaluation, including text editing of proposals;
  • Compile monthly program updates and internal briefs on MENA programming;
  • Support local partners in the MENA Programs with proposal development, fundraising, and organizational development in coordination with Internews International;
  • Identify opportunities for new program development and expansion;
  • Assist with the development of strategic partnerships;
  • Main point of contact for all local partner’s programmatic inquiries;
  • Supporting with recruitment for the MENA team;
  • Training and mentoring of new local staff;
  • Lead field offices opening; registration, leases, contracts, and hiring;
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values;
  • Represent Internews at conferences and events, with funders and with policy experts;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 5 years programmatic experience in relevant non-profit
  • Degree or advanced degree in a related field
  • Extensive grant proposal writing experience, and proven text-editing proficiency
  • Keen understanding and interest in the Middle East and North Africa Region
  • Ability to drive and manage multiple projects and campaigns simultaneously
  • Willingness to roll up sleeves and do any task required to get the job done
  • Excellent communication skills - written and verbal
  • Excellent research skills and relevant experience, and proficiency in MS Office
  • Strong teamwork experience and proven track record of collaborative approach to problem solving
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and either Arabic, French or Kurdish, with superb writing skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills including diplomacy, tact, and the ability to negotiate
  • Highly organized and structured
  • Excellent communication skills: speaking, writing, and listening


Diverse teams are strong teams. Our team includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, the self-taught, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds. We encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences


This position is being offered and hired by Internews Network. Benefits will be consistent with Internews Network's offerings and will be reviewed during the hiring process. Additional information can be found on our About Working for Internews page. 

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