• Program Officer

    Job Locations US-DC
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/21/2019 11:11 AM)
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  • PACT Overview

    At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


    Pact Institute (PIN) - In May 2018 Pact launched the Energy for Prosperity (E4P) Signature Program. With a focus on innovation and social enterprise, Pact’s E4P program works to improve access to energy as part of Pact’s integrated approach to development. We collaborate with governments, companies, investors and other civil society organizations to connect supply and demand for energy, remove market distortions and work toward a future in which all people have the skills and resources they need to enjoy the many benefits of modern energy. The E4P program is housed within Pact Institute, a subsidiary of Pact, Inc., which was established in 1998 to pursue strategic objectives that benefit Pact and the people it serves through innovation, the exploration of new approaches and partnerships, and funding diversification. Like Pact, Pact Institute implements development programs around the world that are improving people’s lives in meaningful, lasting ways.

    Position Overview

    The Program Officer will grow the E4P program by working in collaboration with Pact staff globally to develop project proposals, engage with existing and potential donors, and produce written materials for both internal and external audiences.


    The Program Officer will also play a significant role in directly contributing to the success of energy-related projects by delivering technical assistance to ongoing projects, and providing subject matter expertise and support to country offices.


    The Program Officer will support the operation of the E4P Signature Program, ensuring excellent cross-organizational coordination, and contribute to the development of thought leadership.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Develop and maintain an expert-level understanding of the energy sector within our priority countries (if he/she does not already possess this knowledge).
    • Develop and maintain relationships with potential donors and partners with a high degree of independence, leading to solicitation of proposals and partnership opportunities. Work in collaboration with other staff to develop and maintain donor relationships on an international level.
    • Coordinate with business development leads in Washington, D.C. and in various country offices to identify and evaluate funding opportunities that would be a good fit for Pact’s E4P program.
    • Provide technical leadership and managerial support for all energy-related funding opportunities by productively partnering with other Pact departments, ensuring the timely submission of high-quality proposals in compliance with all internal processes and policies.
    • Support Pact Country Offices with start-up and continuing implementation of energy-related projects globally, including the addition of energy access components to existing Pact projects.
    • Collaborate with the E4P Sr. Director and the country offices to produce timely research and thought leadership, demonstrating the outcomes of Pact’s work in the energy sector, and our ideas for further improving access to energy as part of an integrated approach to development.
    • Coordinate with the Integrated Communications team and the Country Offices to produce communications materials for external audiences, and represent Pact at external events.
    • Support annual planning and budgeting for the E4P Signature Program, as well as long-term strategy development, and field requests for inter-departmental coordination.
    • Support development of new initiatives, including conducting market research and analysis, concept development and refinement, and external outreach.

    Basic Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree required in a field related to Pact’s mission and the goals of the E4P program, such as international development, international relations, economics or business.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop creative solutions, and a drive to solve complex problems.
    • At least 5 years of experience relevant to rural electrification or energy project finance gained from work within an international non-profit organization, a management-consulting firm, multi-lateral or private financial institution, or government agency.
    • Ability to establish and maintain inter-personal and professional relationships with Pact staff, potential donors, local partners, host governments and other implementing organizations.
    • Documented success in raising philanthropic funds from various donors, including national governments, corporations, and/or foundations.
    • Excellent written and oral communications, including strong presentation skills.
    • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including excellent PowerPoint skills.
    • Ability and willingness to travel Ability and willingness to travel to low- and middle-income countries several times per year.
    • Proficiency in English is required.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Post-graduate degree in a field related to Pact’s mission.
    • Strong quantitative analysis skills, including financial and energy systems modeling.
    • An existing network of donors, specifically within the energy and environment field.


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