The FORD FOUNDATION is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with visionary people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has ten regional offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The Ford Foundation’s office in West Africa seeks a dynamic and innovative Program Officer to drive and shape the foundation’s work in the critical area of advancing Youth Opportunity and Learning. The Program Officer will support the strategy of the West Africa Office and the broader social justice goals of the Ford Foundation.
Addressing inequality is the key focus of the Ford Foundation globally and in West Africa. The overarching goal of the office is to support the building of an inclusive, safe and democratic West Africa that includes leadership of youth and women in finding solutions to major challenges confronting the sub-region, especially inequalities around educational achievement, quality employment, voice and participation. The Foundation strives to achieve this by working with critical stakeholders and partners in government, civil society, private sector and donor community including the growing number of local philanthropies in the sub-region.
Reporting to the Foundation’s West Africa Representative and working with a multidisciplinary team of Program Officers, the Youth Opportunity and Learning Program Officer will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategy that strengthens young peoples’ pathways from secondary to post-secondary education; transitions to quality employment, civic engagement and adult life and supports efforts to connect youth with networks, mentors, and movements that build their leadership skills and agency.
The Youth Opportunity and Learning Program Officer will:
CRITERIA FOR SUCCESS
Interested and suitably qualified candidates should visit Ford Foundation Career Page