Program Officer, Education Practice

Who We Are

At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people and communities thrive.

But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people form achieving their full potential. To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities—and to create person to person bridges between nations.

IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

The Program Officer provides administrative and technical support in the day-to-day implementation of program activities for both education and higher education programs in Iraq. This includes logistics support, implementation of program initiatives, financial monitoring, reporting, and communication with partner organizations on program activities and participant support issues.

We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.

Are you the next member of our team?

Your Background & Skills

University degree in Education, Higher Education, Business, International Development or a closely related field required;

Minimum three years of relevant experience;

Experience in education initiatives and proven knowledge and skills in modern teaching methods

Experience with education or development programming in Iraq is prioritized,

Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;

Proven organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize;

Demonstrated capability to work independently and as a team member with consistent ability to take initiative, meet deadlines within strict time constraints, and maintain a positive attitude and flexibility;

Experience facilitating and implementing training for adults;

Excellent written and spoken English is required;

Native or near-native fluency in written and spoken Arabic is prioritized; proficiency in Kurdish is desirable;

Demonstrated computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite. Other technical or computer skills are desirable;

Experience with sub-award management with a US donors;

Experience creating, managing and monitoring program budgets;

Experience with education technology preferred.

You must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.

Your Daily Tasks

Serves as a primary point of contact for IREX as liaison between the Iraqi and U.S. university partners, local stakeholders, project beneficiaries, and IREX for program activities maintaining high level of communication with all partners;

Provides administrative, programmatic, and logistical support for project activities virtually, in the U.S. and in person events within Iraq, including finance, monitoring and evaluation and travel logistics, ensuring deliverables are technically sound and submitted in a timely manner;

Contributes to development of training materials and facilitate trainings for educators;

Supports day-to-day management of participant communication;

Supports program communication, publicity, and outreach;

Works with the support of managers to develop workplans and processes for partnership projects

Provides monitoring and evaluation efforts and track program indicators and impact;

Compiles and tracks a wide range of participant information and program data, maintaining accuracy and completeness;

Conducts virtual interviews, possible site visits, observations and lead focus groups with partners as needed; and

Supports written reports and communication for program activities.

IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.

We conduct background checks on all successful candidates.

This position is eligible for Telework.

This position is not eligible for Immigration Sponsorship.


EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity.

All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled

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