Program Officer/Sr. Program Officer, Energy

Job Locations US-DC
Posted Date 10 months ago(10/13/2021 4:59 PM)
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PACT Overview

Pact is an international nonprofit that works in nearly 40 countries building solutions for human development that are evidence-based, data-driven and owned by the communities we serve. Founded in 1971, Pact works with partners to build resilience, improve accountability, and strengthen knowledge and skills for sustainable social impact.


Programs - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.

Position Overview

The Program Officer/Sr. Program Officer will grow the energy 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/Sr. Program Officer will also play a significant role in directly contributing to the success of energy-related projects by delivering short term technical assistance and providing subject matter expertise and support to country offices.
The Program Officer/Sr. Program Officer will support the operation of the energy program, ensuring excellent cross-organizational coordination, and contribute to the development of thought leadership. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop concepts for new initiatives through market research and analysis and external outreach. 
  • 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 the business development team in Washington, D.C. and in various country offices to identify, evaluate and pursue funding opportunities that would be a good fit for Pact’s capabilities and experience within the energy sector. 
  • 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 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 communications team and 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 and productive use of energy, as part of an integrated approach to development.
  • Coordinate with the communications team and country offices to produce digital and printed materials for external audiences including qualifications documents and website content, and to host in person and virtual events. 
  • Support annual planning and budgeting as well as long-term strategy development, and field requests for inter-departmental coordination.
  • Contribute to other proposals and ongoing project across the organization, particularly within the Sustainable Markets Group. 

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required in a field related to Pact’s mission and the goals of the energy program, such as international development, international relations, economics or business.
  • At least seven (7) years' work experience with a Bachelor's degree or five (5) years' work experience with a Master's degree.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop creative solutions, and a drive to solve complex problems.
  • One to five (1-5) years of experience 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.
  • A passion for energy access issues and an ability to quickly develop a threshold level understanding of unfamilar subject matter.
  • Excellent written and oral communications, including strong presentation skills.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including excellent PowerPoint skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to low- and middle-income countries several times per year (dependent on global health conditions).
  • 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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