Ford Fdn program officer

Program Officer, BUILD

The Ford Foundation (“Foundation”) has launched a new program called BUILD, which aims to support and develop robust, effective and sustainable organizations addressing inequality around the world. In the next five years, the Foundation will invest approximately $1Bn in a limited number of organizations, providing them with flexible operational and organizational strengthening support.

By strengthening organizations that are core to the social justice infrastructure, the Foundation aims to ensure BUILD organizations have the stability it takes to drive change over the long term and in turn achieve greater impact. BUILD grants will be fully integrated into the grant making of our seven thematic areas.

The newly created BUILD team at the Foundation focuses on helping BUILD grantees across the globe become stronger, sustainable, more effective organizations and networks. The BUILD team will do this by both serving as a resource to Foundation program officers and providing thought leadership on organizational development both within and outside the Foundation. The BUILD team will support grant-makers in 11 offices across the globe. This is an entrepreneurial opportunity, and the Program Officer will help build a new program at the frontier of knowledge, contributing to learning among Ford Foundation grantees while advancing the state of philanthropic practice.

The Program Officer will act as a key leader on the global BUILD team. S/he will use problem-solving and coaching skills to both support foundation staff in strengthening their portfolio of BUILD grantees and in many cases, directly strengthening these organizations and networks. In concert with Ford Foundation program officers in our seven thematic areas, the PO will work with the CEOs, COOs, Heads of HR, and other key individuals at grantee organizations to support them in strengthening their strategy, management, leadership, staff and board engagement, financial practices, and use of evaluation, data and technology in their organizations. The PO also will play a key role in shaping and implementing a learning strategy to benefit grantees and the field, and in strategic communications about the initiative. This position will report to the BUILD Director.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community. This is meant for information sharing purposes only.

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