Program Officer, Africa | Net Impact

Program Officer, Africa

Plant With Purpose

Plant With Purpose, a Christian development organization, reverses deforestation and poverty around the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor. For more than 30 years, Plant With Purpose has been a leader in linking international community development and environmental solutions, working with smallholder farmers in strategic locations where environmental degradation and poverty intersect. Plant With Purpose currently works in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania, and Thailand, and employs an integrated methodology that combines environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal. Activities include watershed restoration, reforestation, sustainable agriculture training, savings-and-loan groups, local leadership development, and outreach efforts with the local Christian church.

Plant With Purpose Thrive25 Strategy Statement: Inspired by the impact of our work in service to rural communities around the world, we feel compelled to grow our programs to help address the rising need. By 2025, we plan to work in 10 countries, 60 watersheds, and with over 100,000 families. Our revenue will exceed $10 million as we seek to become the premier organization operating at the nexus of environmental restoration and poverty alleviation.

On July 1, 2020 we launched into a new strategic period where we are planning to grow 80% over the next 5 years. Our previous strategic period focused heavily on improving our programs by transitioning to a watershed approach for more holistic development and sustainable change. We are now investing in results based on the expansion of our watershed approach and expect strong program results and growth over the next five years and beyond. This creates a need for growing our US and local program teams.

As a Programs Officer you will help us strengthen our programs to achieve our intended results and goals. You will assist the Regional Partnership Manager of Africa as a liaison between San Diego headquarters and the international program partners in Africa. You will be responsible for ensuring excellent communication in both directions so that priorities are clear and genuine partnership flourishes. You will facilitate routine tasks such as reviewing reports, program feedback, and data management, and also engage in creative program development and operational problem solving. You will have an opportunity to work more exclusively with a particular country program and/or project portfolio in Africa as our programs grow.

You will report to the Regional Partnership Manager (RPM) for Africa. Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Key liaison and facilitator between the International Office of Plant With Purpose in San Diego and its affiliate country programs in Africa. You will maintain a deep knowledge of the programs and personnel unique to each specific country program. You will deal with a wide variety of issues–some routine, some complex, and some highly confidential and time sensitive. You will also ensure that the leadership and program personnel in each designated program understands the Plant with Purpose priorities and delivers accordingly.
Support planning and program management. You will provide support of and ensure cooperation with cycles of strategic and operational planning. Under the direction of the RPM, you will ensure that evolving organizational norms such as budget formats and reporting requirements are clearly understood and duly completed by designated programs in a timely fashion. Sometimes you will collaborate with various team members to improve our planning and program processes, tools and systems.
Monitor program performance and operational accountability. You will assist in monitoring implementation of Plant With Purpose funded projects in Africa to ensure compliance with annual funding agreement, operations plan, budget, and common operating standards. You will also be responsible for maintaining and promoting mutual accountability between Plant With Purpose and each designated field program in the spirit of interdependence. To do this effectively, visiting and observing project implementation in progress is critical to developing a good understanding of context, opportunities, and challenges.
Contribute towards Plant With Purpose’s commitment to excellence in program design, operational standards, accountability, and promotion of a culture of continuous results based program improvement. You will work collaboratively with designated field programs in Africa to identify priority areas for improvement and instill a disciplined approach to documented follow-up. We are looking for someone who can work closely with the International Programs Team to remain informed about emerging trends in the industry, network with other organizations, and bring in and/or recommend expertise as appropriate.

You have a Bachelor’s degree in international development or a related field
You have 5+ years of experience in international or community development
You have a deep commitment to the professional quality of your work
You have experience living and working in a cross-cultural, rural context
You have excellent intercultural skills
You have a thirst for consistently doing your best work and an eagerness to learn
You have outstanding written and verbal communication skills; articulates clearly
You have the ability to adapt communication and leadership techniques to local idioms/norms
You have the ability to listen, synthesize, and develop ideas and information, and have good follow through
You have competency to manage conflict in culturally appropriate ways
You must be able to travel to project sites, meet with local teams
You are willing to occasionally work overtime as needed
You are eligible to work legally in the United States without employer sponsorship

Bonus Points:
You have a Masters in International Development, or a related field
You have worked on a program team in a growing non-profit organization.
You have worked and/or lived in Central, East or the Horn of Africa
You have experience with data analysis and management
You are proficient in French and/or Swahili
You are proficient in Microsoft Office, G Suite and/or data analysis tools

We are a collaborative, interdependent team that relies on relating and supporting each other to achieve our goals. Through the way we live in and shape our culture, we seek to build community and a sense of belonging among our local, national, and global families. Working on the Plant With Purpose team in the Africa Programs Officer position will require you to be a liaison, a facilitator, a strategist, a learner, and a communicator in the following ways:

You have a deep connection with the holistic mission of Plant With Purpose and the diverse communities we seek to empower
You have a personal alignment with our organizational core values of faith, collaboration, empowerment, innovation, stewardship, and sustainability
You have a love for humanity, including those who live in poverty, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or culture
You intentionally build community and a team mentality by pursuing the "we" over the "me"
You have a genuine ability to be a team player and work in collaboration with team members from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures
You understand the priority of relationships in getting work done and seek out participation from others
You reflexively express gratitude and growth-oriented feedback
You accept feedback with a growth mindset
You listen with an intent to understand by asking clarifying questions
You seek out learning and development opportunities for yourself and others
You strive to be an inclusive person by being aware of the existence and impact of your unconscious biases, and working daily to check them

Commensurate with experience and geographical location. Range is available upon request.

Health, dental, and vision insurances
Group life insurance
401k match, up to 8%, after 6 months of employment
15 paid vacation days
8 paid sick days
11 paid holidays
Travel to international programs (Due to COVID-19, international travel is cancelled. Once travel restrictions are released, these can be discussed with your direct supervisor)

Approximately December 1, 2020
The exact start date can be flexible in order to accommodate the new hire's unique situation.

This position will be based out of San Diego with frequent (est. 30%) travel to project sites which at times may be in difficult and physically arduous conditions.

September 25, 2020

Does this sound like you? If so, please apply on our website Please include a Cover Letter with your application that shows us how you are a great fit for this position, the organization, and our culture. Even though we are in the middle of COVID-19 and office closures, we are conducting virtual interviews in order to keep our candidates and employees safe.

Plant With Purpose is an EEO/AA employer by choice.
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