June 9, 2021

Program Officer

  • Deadline: 30/06/2021
  • Location: Omaha, NE, US or Kigali, Rwanda
  • Organization: The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
Full Time

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (STBF) is a private grantmaking foundation based in
Omaha, Nebraska, United States. We work towards a world in which every person controls their
reproduction and all reproductive decisions are treated with dignity and respect. Toward this
end, our core mission is to prevent unintended pregnancy and ensure access to safe abortion.

Classification: Exempt
Background | STBF’s Global Programs (GP) strategy invests in sexual and reproductive health
and rights around the world. At the core of our strategy is the central tenet that our funding will
lead to permanent change: We want our funding to help build the systems, organizations, and
institutions that will outlive our grantmaking, so that women and girls will continue to receive
services when our funding comes to an end. In order to deliver on this ambitious strategy, the
GP team is expanding thoughtfully, adding strategic and grants management capacity in key
areas. Compared to the size of its grant-making, the GP team is small in staff size, though
growing globally. We aim to identify opportunities for impact by questioning, piloting, reflecting,
learning, and putting learned information to effective use. We are not afraid to fail or change our
approach in light of new learnings. We regard our investments as partnerships and regard our
grantees as our partners.
Position Description | The primary role of the Program Officer (PO) is to work closely with and
under the guidance of the Senior Program Officer (SPO) to manage a dynamic portfolio of
grants. The PO will play a critical role in taking on end-to-end grant management which will
enable the SPO to focus more fully on strategy research and development. The role of the PO is
also to provide appropriate thought partnership and support in ongoing strategy development
and implementation. They will demonstrate nimbleness, able to pivot and adapt easily to play a
continually integral role on a dynamic global team. They will work in alignment with SPO(s) on
all aspects of work, demonstrating strong judgment and trustworthiness in stewarding grantee
and other relationships on behalf of the foundation. The PO sees themselves as a leader who
embraces the opportunity to positively contribute to the team — through curiosity, humility,
empathy, and humor — in all facets of their work.
The Ideal Candidate | This position is right for you if you are:
● Adaptable with a good sense of humor | You keep sight of the end-goal but are
flexible in how that is achieved, understanding where there are limitations and finding
creative approaches to surmount them. You aren’t out for ownership and credit, but to
facilitate a smooth and results-driven workflow to serve the mission. You are skilled in managing up and sideways and do so with ease. You see yourself in service to the
mission always, and as part of a team working to realize an ambitious vision.
● Thrive in complexity and ambiguity | You are comfortable in the grey, and can find
ways to take meaningful steps forward toward clarity amidst a changing backdrop. You
seek clarity and guidance when needed, yet remain solutions-oriented and self-directed.
You aim to create clarity, not add to complexity. You respond easily to changes in
direction, and you even anticipate them.
● An effective communicator | You take the time to listen actively and understand the
value of diverse ideas and opinions. You know that individuals give and receive
messages differently and, therefore, adjust your communication tactics — regarding
content, technique, and tone — to land your ideas effectively in a global and remote
team. You are committed to transparency and visibility to ensure alignment with the SPO
and other team members as needed, and to support an effective, collaborative team.
You remain aware of cultural context and power dynamics, thoughtfully communicating
to bring others in and along — even in hard conversations.
● A strategic, critical thinker | You are able to adjust your lens of analysis based on
strategic priorities as directed. You are able to keep the big picture in mind, but bring a
critical analysis lens to assess how a particular investment or approach maps to it. You
are able to break down a complex vision into actionable steps, translating strategy into
grants management and coordination. You balance your bias for action with a need for
reflection time to consider how to maximize the opportunity before you.
● A leader | You are self-aware — embracing continuous learning and leveraging your
ability to influence. You understand that energy — positive and negative — is contagious
and work to consciously create collaborative and inclusive working dynamics. You seek
feedback from others and look for opportunities to develop yourself, as well as coach
and mentor others.
Responsibilities | Primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
Grants Management
● Coordinate administration of grants in alignment with STBF policies and bring a highly
organized, proactive systems approach to tracking and managing grants
● Manage ongoing grant performance through conversations, review of progress
narratives and budgets, and in-person visits (as applicable), and communicate aligned
guidance and feedback on behalf of the foundation
● Provide range of flexible and responsive support to current and prospective grantees
through thoughtful, timely communication
● Represent the Foundation thoughtfully to past, present, and potential grantee partners,
and other donors and stakeholders, both internally and externally
Support Strategy Implementation
● Collaborate and support on ongoing development, management, analysis, and
refinement of strategy across the advocacy portfolio as needed
● Participate in introductory and scoping calls with other donors, external partners, and
potential grantees to undertake due diligence or scopingTeam Leader
● Exhibit a growth mindset, bringing positivity, creativity, and a commitment to continuous
learning to the team
● Enthusiasm for collaboration and shared learning, mentoring and being mentored
● Humility in commitment to leveraging your unique strengths and insights toward a
greater vision for impact
Qualifications | Skills and knowledge the candidate must possess:
● ~5-10 years of relevant professional experience
● Strong background in global health and development, preferably sexual and
reproductive health and rights, in low-resource settings
● Excellent relationship manager, with a track record of fostering and maintaining trusting
relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
● Excellent communicator who is responsive, thoughtful, culturally humble, and able to
convey complex content in clear ways to a range of audiences
● Highly-organized systems thinker with ability to synthesize complex information in an
orderly and efficient manner using tools such as Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
● Ability to work independently and creatively to solve problems, with limited context
● Proven commitment to reproductive justice, as well as power shift within the global
health and development field, including in philanthropy
● Patience, flexibility, adaptability, and a sense of humor
● Ability to travel up to 50% of the time (dependent on COVID-19 pandemic)
Education and Experience | A range of professional experiences or educational preparation
will be considered. A background in SRHR or philanthropy is helpful, but not critical. Rather,
transferrable experience working in a dynamic, global setting adapting to competing needs and
priorities of a range of stakeholders is more critical. An unapologetic commitment to
reproductive justice is non-negotiable.
Benefits and Compensation | The annual salary range for this position is competitive and will
be commensurate with experience. The Foundation offers a full and generous benefits package,
including medical/dental insurance and a retirement program.
Application Process | Send cover letter and CV to internationalprograms@stbfoundation.org
with subject line Program Officer. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.
References and other information may be requested.
The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate
diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees

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