About the Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. For 50 years, the foundation has supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective. The foundation’s assets are more than $9 billion, with annual awards of grants and gifts totaling over $400 million. A 13-member board of directors provides overall direction for the foundation. For more information about the Hewlett Foundation, please visit www.hewlett.org

The Position

The Global Development and Population Program seeks a Program Officer to advance policy advocacy, research, and service delivery through grants to support international reproductive health and women’s economic empowerment. The Program Officer reports to the Program Director, Global Development and Population Program.

Taking a strategic view of the issues and of the field, the Program Officer works in partnership with grantees, funders, governments, and others to assess needs and bring stakeholders together to seek solutions to problems. Operating from a posture of trust and empowerment of grantees, the Program Officer identifies and supports creative solutions to ensure the success of individual grantees on an ongoing basis as well as through formal grant proposal review and assessment. Meanwhile, the Program Officer identifies gaps and opportunities in the field, and undertakes research and evaluation initiatives to explore new approaches to solving social problems.

The Program Officer contributes to the Foundation’s interest in and practice of strategic philanthropy, including carrying out due diligence, developing and updating strategies, and engaging in learning and impact assessments. A key aspect of this work is to stay abreast of trends in theory and practice in international reproductive health and women’s economic empowerment as well as related fields.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a minimum of seven to ten years of relevant experience, demonstrating extensive knowledge of global development, international relations, international reproductive health and rights, and civil society networks, with an emphasis on the policy environment in developing countries. Work experience should demonstrate ability to think strategically, and to translate ideas to practical actions. A demonstrated track record in managing time, deadlines, and budgets is essential.

 Additional qualifications include:

  • Prior work experience in Africa and/or an understanding of African contexts
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills in English; proficiency in French is highly desirable.
  • Willingness to travel internationally and domestically as needed, at minimum 25%.