The Population & Reproductive Health Program

The Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) program funds innovative work that addresses population growth and promotes positive reproductive health and rights.  Funding priorities for the PRH program are based on the belief that every woman and girl—no matter where she lives in the world—has the right to live with dignity and have a voice in decisions that affect her life.  The program currently focuses its work at the global level, regionally in South Asia (India, Pakistan, and targeted work in Myanmar) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Kenya), and nationally in the U.S. with a state-level emphasis on Louisiana and Mississippi.

 The program places a special emphasis on quality of services and serving and engaging young people, who constitute the population with the greatest need and the highest potential for building a movement that can sustain change.  The PRH program is committed to standing by grantees for the long haul—and supporting a new generation of champions who are standing up for everyone’s right to live healthier lives.

The Ideal Candidate

The Foundation is seeking a Program Officer who is a thought leader in the reproductive health and rights field.  Candidates must have a firm commitment to the mission of the PRH program and a strong knowledge of local and regional realities related to women’s and girl’s rights, reproductive rights, abortion rights, and reproductive health.  The role requires someone with success leading sustainable work in local communities in Africa with healthcare systems and service delivery in a nonprofit, philanthropic, or government context; experience in Sub-Saharan countries is highly desirable. 

The Program Officer will have a proven track record of designing strategies that galvanize, convene, and organize partners and community leaders around initiatives that produce measurable results.  Candidates must have a high level of emotional intelligence, an exceptional ability to inspire and motivate a team, and a proven ability to build trust and maintain relationships with diverse internal and external partners across myriad geographies and time zones. 

The Program Officer will have excellent communication skills and the ability to keep stakeholders well-informed while wearing multiple hats and juggling competing priorities.  Candidates must have confidence mixed with a sense of humor, humility, intellectual curiosity, and a deep appreciation and respect for the role that philanthropy can play in addressing complex, politically sensitive global issues.  The Program Officer will be knowledgeable about the evolving landscape in Africa as it relates to these issue areas and be able to use a positive perspective to inspire others and advance PRH program objectives.  The Program Officer must also have the ability to thrive in a dynamic environment while being a decisive leader in a setting of change and ambiguity.

The successful candidate will be an innovative and resourceful thinker adept at championing new ideas that can propel the PRH program’s work forward.  Excellent program management skills and successful oversight of budgets of $5 million or more using evidence-based analytics are essential.