Program Officer US Non-profit Careers – CherYsh America Foundation

Job Title:      Program Officer
Organization: CherYsh
America Foundation
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
CherYsh America
Foundation is a New York based registered public charity 501 (c) (3) founded in
2010. We aim to ‘brighten’ the lives and livelihoods of women and girl children
in low-income communities in USA, Sub Saharan Africa, and India by implementing
modern distributed energy systems into these communities through sponsorships
of our domain expertise in these applications. Here at CherYsh America
Foundation, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world
a better place for all. Our models are informed by comprehensive empirical
studies and data science methods and we strive to build local productive
relationships to deliver a positive impact on all of our pursuits.
Job Summary:  The Program Officer will serve in a high level
and long-term position that combines both field and management experience. As
the Program Manager, you lead the overall Jinja program, make a significant
contribution in building up Uganda and have a lasting impact on the country and
East Africa. Your job will be very entrepreneurial, and you will create
tangible social good for Ugandan communities. As a key leader, you will get
world-class management exposure and will be connected to an international
organization that has staff based across 3 continents. You will work in a truly
multicultural environment and the Uganda team has a very diverse leadership
team including people from within and outside of Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program and
Portfolio Strategy
  • Manage our inaugural African project intended to demonstrate
    innovative, scalable and sustainable pathways for social and economic
    self-sustainability for Ugandan orphans and rural people
  • Drive and shape the project in a way that leads to supporting our
    mission, assessing investment opportunities and partnerships to ensure
    strategic and budget alignment
  • Steward relationships with existing grantees and intermediaries,
    ensuring that grantees have the resources, financial and otherwise, they
    need to succeed in meeting their goals
  • Oversee the project budget, anticipating implications with changing
  • Evaluate ongoing program strategies, results, and metrics, and
    proactively make recommendations for strengthening the impact of the
    portfolio while also contributing to the internal team’s ongoing learning
    and evaluation efforts
  • Support program staff and oversee their work, manage the day to day
    human resource issues
External Leadership
and Relationship Building
  • Serve as a leader in this space, driving and collaborating on
    national strategies with a wide range of leaders spanning corporate,
    government, education and non-profit sectors
  • Cultivate cross-sector partnerships with business leaders,
    policy-makers, other NGOs
  • Develop deep, transformative relationships with STEM education and
    research leaders; building strong relationships with external partners in
    the education and research sectors are key to the long-term success of this
  • Form a long-term Uganda Advisory Board, charged with providing
    strategic guidance to the Foundation; the Advisory Board will convene
    regularly, be integrated with CherYsh’s work, and act as advisors and
    advocates for CherYsh’s programs
  • Lead and contribute to the national discourse on topics related to
    modern power, data science and education representing CherYsh with the
    highest level of professionalism, connecting with external partners, at
    conferences and events, and through the work of the project portfolio
  • Communicate the strategies, learning, and impact of CherYsh
    initiatives in grant making and management activities, and through
    strategy papers, impact reports, and other written materials for internal
    and external stakeholders (e.g., Board of Directors, Executive Director,
    etc.) to drive internal initiatives and contribute to the international
  • Advance the narrative about the Modern Power strategy by working
    with senior leadership and other team members, including preparing talking
    points, briefing materials, strategic presentations and recommendations on
    salient program issues, strategies, and other relevant topics
  • Disrupt current systems with innovations to foster lasting results,
    utilizing tools such as digital platforms and multi-sector partnerships
  • Be the face of Uganda and present the program to external parties
    such as government, parastatals, donors, and others.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants must hold an advanced degree (Master’s level or
    higher) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Bio-Medical
    Engineering, Medicine or Public Health.
  • The applicant must be a truly extraordinary professional with 3+
    years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for
    international development.
  • This is an extremely competitive posting for a business/
    management-style position.
  • Mission-driven individual that can 100% align with the company
    values in putting communities first.
  • Strong general management skills and ability to manage a wide range
    of scientific topics across different stakeholders.
  • Experience in implementing financial efficiency measures strongly
  • Proven track record of leading and guiding teams to make high-level
    decisions in an effective manner (Please include 2-3 examples in your
    application of when and how you have lead and guided high-level decisions)
  • Strong leadership experience and ability to lead a team in setting a
    vision, annual strategy and goals and hold everyone accountable to it.
  • Willingness to commit to living in Jinja or Kampala.
  • Ugandans strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send their updated CVs and the position you are interested in, to
Deadline: 7th February 2019
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