Program Coordinator, Agricultural Development and Food Assistance, Washington DC

Washington, WA 20006
United States
Job Description

Program Coordinator, Agricultural Development and Food Assistance, Washington DC

Position Description


About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) believes in creating a hemisphere of opportunity, for all. We work across Latin America and the Caribbean to make our region stronger—more healthy, peaceful, just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for current and future generations. For 60 years, we have served the most vulnerable communities, investing resources throughout the hemisphere. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Program Manager for Closed Societies, the Program Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day technical management for projects from the D.C. office. S/he supports the development and implementation of general project management instruments, including financial tracking mechanisms, monitoring of project activities, and evaluation of project outputs related to PADF’s agricultural development and food assistance programming. The Program Coordinator also supports coordination with donors and field staff to maintain the overall effectiveness of the projects.

Essential duties and responsibilities

The Program Coordinator’s responsibilities include:

  • Monitor key project activities, timelines, deadlines, and deliverables to ensure efficient project implementation.

  • Ensure all project grants and partner organizations are in compliance with PADF donor regulations.

  • Work closely with the Program Manager in the development of project activities

  • Perform research and analysis supporting the implementation of projects in the field.

  • Draft documents and communications for donors, partners and internal stakeholders

  • Draft project reports for submission to the corresponding donor

  • Communicate well with other roles within the organization and contribute to the organization’s overall interdepartmental effectiveness.

  • Contribute to the growth and effectiveness of the organization through the application of efficiencies and to assist with new business opportunities.

  • Participate in proposal writing and strategic planning processes for major donor agencies.

  • Travel to projects in Latin America and the Caribbean 20% of the time, as required.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Organization Skills: Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to structure large quantities of information and data. Ability to plan your own work, set priorities, complete it under pressure, or face competing demands.

Analytical Skills: Analytical, financial management and numerical skills. Ability to think clearly and analytically.

Communication Skills: Ability to communicate effectively with participants from a range of educational levels and disciplinary backgrounds. Strong interpersonal and communications skills and ability to interact with individuals from diverse cultures. Exceptional writing skills to effectively prepare clear and concise reports, strategies, and/or proposals.

Time Management Skills: Excellent time management skills, efficiently managing multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to requests.


Personal Characteristics

  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to interact with staff in Washington D.C. and in the field, and with PADF partners.

  • Flexible in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to work with multi-disciplinary team.

  • Willingness to learn from others.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Commitment to program excellence and to confidentiality.

  • Ability to maintain and support a positive work environment.


Qualifications required

  • BA/BS degree in international affairs, international development, political science, public policy, economics, or related field.

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in international development, agricultural development, food assistance, or related field (or at least 5 years without a Master’s degree).

  • Program implementation experience, including grant coordination with other organizations, budgeting/financial management, monitoring and evaluation.

  • Knowledge of U.S. Government and other donor funding and should be familiar with regulations applicable to Cooperative Agreements.

  • Superior oral and written communication skills in both English and Spanish.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in sensitive political areas.

  • Working knowledge of standard computer applications such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), as well as other database programs.



Qualifications Desirable

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent experience).

  • Experience working with USG donors, such as USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and/or USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance preferred.

  • Experience contributing to project proposals is a plus.


More About PADF

PADF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962.

PADF’s core values. “H-E-A-R-T” = Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork.

Diversity. PADF is strong because we are diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. PADF does not discriminate based on ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and perspectives on the world.

PADF is an equal opportunity employer.



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