Job Opening with the Packard Foundation – Program Officer for Population & Reproductive Health

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Program Officer – South Asia

Population and Reproductive Health Program

 

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Foundation) is seeking a new Program Officer – South Asia in the Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) Program.  The Program Officer
reports to the PRH Program Director. The position is based in Los Altos, California and requires extensive international travel. 

 

About the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

 

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Foundation) is a private family foundation created in 1964 by David Packard, co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company and his wife, Lucile Salter Packard. Today, their children and grandchildren
continue to help guide the work of the Foundation. The Foundation works on issues the founders cared about most: improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, conserving and restoring the earth’s
natural systems, and supporting and strengthening an array of local nonprofit organizations.  A staff of 120 conducts the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and a Board of Trustees oversees the work of the Foundation. For 2015, the Foundation expects
to make grantmaking awards of over $300 million. David and Lucile Packard passed onto the Foundation the following core set of values: integrity, respect for all people, belief in individual leadership, commitment to effectiveness, and the capacity to think
big. For more information on the Foundation: www.packard.org.

 

About the Population and Reproductive Health Program

 

The Population and Reproductive Health program (PRH) seeks to promote women’s reproductive health and rights and to stabilize population growth. The health and well-being of women, youth and their families improves
when they have access to reproductive health information and services. In turn, when women and families are healthy, their communities are stronger, economic opportunities are greater, and countries can better meet the needs of their people.

 

The Foundation’s grantmaking to protect and promote reproductive rights dates as far back as the Foundation’s inception in 1964. Since then, it continues to be grounded in the three interrelated beliefs of its
founders: Rapid population growth puts pressure on the environment and hinders development, access to family planning/contraception enhances health and quality of life for women and their families, and women’s right to safe abortion is an essential component
of reproductive health services and should be protected.

 

In the coming years, the PRH program will continue to work on delaying age of marriage and first pregnancy. Similarly, even as the program continues to emphasize access to family planning/contraception and safe
abortion services, it will place greater emphasis on issues of quality and rights, and seek to bring greater global attention to issues of women-centered service provision supported by informed choice, method mix, counseling, and follow-up care. The 2014-2020
PRH strategy proposes to:

 

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Expand access and quality to a continuum of sexual and reproductive health services, including comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), family planning/contraception (FP), and safe abortion.

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Place a special emphasis on quality of services and serving and engaging young people, who constitute the population with greatest need and have the highest potential for building a movement that can sustain change.

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Continue to focus our efforts in South Asia (SA) and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with some reprioritizing within specific countries, and modify our program in the U.S. to include a focus on targeted states in the South, starting
with Louisiana and Mississippi.

 

Program Officer, Population and Reproductive Health

 

The Program Officer (PO) reports to the Program Director of the PRH program. The PO will join a team of nine staff members and will be expected to work closely with them to support a cohesive team.

 

The Program Officer will seek to address the following broad goals and responsibilities:

 

Goals:

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To track information and trends in the areas of family planning/contraception and reproductive health and rights in the assigned areas and to be responsible for grantmaking in that assigned area

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To enable learning opportunities among the focus countries in the PRH Program

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To facilitate collaboration and promote information exchange among donors supporting family planning and reproductive health programs in the assigned areas

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To provide oversight for the development and monitoring of the PRH program-related investments in the assigned areas

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To work in partnership with the country advisor and others to create intended outcomes (short-term and long-term), evaluation planning, and measurements for success

Responsibilities:

 

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Manage a diverse portfolio of recipient organizations in South Asia

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Work with the director to continue to develop, evaluate, and refine a portfolio of grants

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Work with country teams, and where relevant, with other funders to support organizations in the development of grant proposals including meaningful indicators, grant outcomes

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Set clear expectations with grantees regarding process and timing of proposal and report submissions; review all reports and provide feedback to grantee partners

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Monitor the activities of funded organizations and projects, and review and analyze grantee reports

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Work with intermediary organizations, as appropriate, to devise effective regranting programs and/or strategies

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Nurture, facilitate, and strengthen collaborative, supportive relationships with nonprofit organizations, other community leaders and funders

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Monitor issues and trends in the Foundation’s focus areas and countries

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Provide technical assistance to grantees and/or recommend helpful resources in conjunction with the Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness Program

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Identify opportunities for Program-Related Investments (PRI) for grantees working in conjunction with the Foundation’s PRI team

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Coordinate relevant information and collaborate with staff in other Foundation programs

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Contribute to the development and refinement of methods and systems to assess the impact of grants and funded programs

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Represent the Foundation at meetings, forums, and public presentations

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Prepare high quality written materials for Board review including materials for the quarterly docket of recommended proposals and other materials for consideration by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees

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Work closely with the PRH staff (other Program Officers and staff) and in-country teams to create a cohesive, collaborative PRH team

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Direct the duties and encourage the professional development of the South Asia Program Associate, in coordination with the Program Operations Manager

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Carry out other duties as assigned

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

 

The Program Officer should be creative, entrepreneurial, and skilled in understanding and meeting the ever-evolving challenges facing the international population and reproductive health field. Moreover, the Program Officer should possess
exceptional interpersonal skills to work effectively with colleagues as well as individuals in government, private sector, international institutions, public policy organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions engaged in South Asia and internationally. 

 

 

In addition, the successful candidate will ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

 

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A deep commitment to the values and the mission of the Packard Foundation and the vision of the PRH Program.

A deep knowledge of trends, and a prominent level of recognition, in the reproductive rights and family planning field within the philanthropic, nonprofit, and public sectors.Experience working in South Asia (ideally in India) and with organizations in this field is required. 

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A track record of success supporting executive program leadership in a multi-faceted global program.

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Demonstrated ability to process complex information and present ideas in a pragmatic and compelling manner.

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Exceptional ability to articulate and realize an inspired vision and to work collaboratively with, and act as a leader within, a high-caliber team.

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Demonstrated ability to make and manage grants.

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Effective project and relationship management skills.

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Experience with evaluation, learning, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

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Possessing the highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards.

The ability and flexibility to travel extensively.

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An advanced degree in the population studies, social sciences, humanities, or related field and work experience in South Asia highly preferred.

Ability to succeed and thrive in a highly dynamic setting, to embrace risk and ambiguity, and to take start-up projects from concept to completion.Capacity to learn from experience, to adapt as needed, to generate and co-generate new ideas, to listen, and to work with others to shape emerging projects.Highly organized with a demonstrated track record of meeting deadlines consistently.Natural talent for bridging differences, finding common ground, and building relationships with all, including advisors and stakeholders working remotely in different locations.

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Sense of humor.

 

Physical Requirements

 

Candidate must have the ability to communicate via voice telephone, read and understand written communication, and generate written communication manually and using a computer. Candidate must also be able to work at a desk for long periods
of time (2-3 hours), lift and move documents and supplies (not to exceed 25 lbs.), and bend to file or retrieve documents.

 

Compensation

 

The Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a salary which is commensurate with relevant work experience. This is a full-time and exempt position. The position is located in Los Altos, CA.

 

How To Apply

 

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter explaining how their skills and background fit this position and a resume to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at
resumes@explorecompany.com.  Refer to Job  #15-11-3100R in the subject line.  No phone inquiries please.

 

 

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates for this search.

 

The Foundation uses an outside firm to check the accuracy of information supplied by applicants.