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Position: International Program Officer-MSM and MARPs

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Location: Chicago, IL, USA; Up to 50% international travel
Supervisor: Director, International Programs
Salary range: DOE

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights ( is the largest service–based human rights organization in the United States, with over 1000 employees in Chicago and around the world. Heartland Alliance is currently implementing programs in 15 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

In recent years Heartland Alliance has developed a position as a global leader in health, rights and protections programming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and other sexual minority populations in the Global South and East. In 2008, Heartland Alliance launched the Global Equality Network (GEN), an initiative to invest in grassroots LGBT organizations in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East/North Africa.

In 2009, Heartland Alliance launched the largest HIV prevention program for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa – the Integrated MSM HIV Prevention Program (IMHIPP) in Nigeria. Following the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, Heartland Alliance launched an initiative to support SEROvie, an MSM/LGBT organization in Port–au–Prince, to rebuild and expand their programming around the country. In 2010, Heartland Alliance will launch several new HIV programs targeting MSM and other most–at–risk populations (MARPs) in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and the Dominican Republic.

Heartland Alliance is recruiting an International Program Officer to support successful implementation of current HIV/AIDS programs targeting MSM and other MARPs, to research and document best practices for MSM and MARPs programming, to oversee operational research and data analysis for Heartland Alliance’s MSM and MARPs programs, and to support the development of new programs addressing HIV/AIDS among MSM and MARPs in the Global South and East.

Roles & Responsibilities
Program Management
  • Serve as technical advisor for MARPs–focused HIV/AIDS programs, ensuring all program objectives and goals are met in compliance with Heartland Alliance and donor regulations;
  • Oversee MARPs–focused research and documentation with particular emphasis on documenting and sharing lessons learned through implementation of MARPs programs;
  • Travel to field offices to monitor program implementation and provide technical assistance, as needed;
  • Provide reports and critical analysis of field reports to Director of International Programs;
  • Coordinate the identification, hiring, and supervision of consultants, interns and volunteers;
  • Experience developing and administering USAID–funded programs; Familiarity with USAID rules & regulations required;
  • Prepare and monitor program budgets;
  • Coordinate with relevant departments to provide accurate information to field regarding policies and regulations;
  • Monitor project/program performance in assigned geographic/programmatic areas;
  • Assist in writing and reviewing quarterly progress reports to donors;
  • Analyze project expenditures against deliverables;
  • Ensure adherence to finance policies and procedures;
  • Serve as liaison between field and HQ;
  • Support and facilitate problem identification and resolution for awards in collaboration with the relevant field staff and headquarters departments.
  • Handle day–to–day management of assigned award portfolio, including prompt and proactive resolution of award issues and donor follow–up.
  • Ensure that the auditable files (paper and electronic) of all public awards for assigned countries are maintained up to date, complete, and easily accessible according to HA’s filing system for public awards.
  • Contribute to the development of systems that facilitate improved award administration in HQ and by the country programs.
  • Provide compliance guidance to country programs, particularly in anticipation of potential liabilities; support management of awards to minimize/mitigate risks.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Program Development
  • Research and analyze funding opportunities – USAID, GFATM, World Bank and Foundations – to identify and prioritize MARPs–focused program development opportunities;
  • Communicate donor considerations for new RFAs and proposal requirements to country programs;
  • Support proposal development – including technical research, best–practices research, content analysis and interpretation, technical writing, editing and proposal submission;
  • Serve as a key member of proposal development teams and write proposal sections, as assigned;
  • Review, revise, submit and support negotiation of proposals on behalf of assigned countries; handle award amendments, revisions and waiver requests;
  • Follow up with the donors on proposal submissions as needed;
  • Represent Heartland Alliance at meetings, conferences and workshops;
  • Other duties, as assigned.

  • MPH or other similar advanced degree (epidemiology, health policy, community health, etc.);
  • At least three years work experience in HIV/AIDS program design and management
  • MARPs experience required; Technical knowledge of, and experience developing MARPs–focused behavior change interventions desired;
  • Experience developing and administering USAID–funded programs; Familiarity with USAID rules & regulations required
  • Must be able to travel independently to carry out field assessments, to identify potential project partner organizations, to determine beneficiary need and to develop program proposals and budgets for funding;
  • Large–scale proposal development experience required; MARPs proposal development experience a plus;
  • Strong statistical analysis skills required;
  • Program monitoring and evaluation experience required;
  • Prior international non–profit program management and/or technical oversight experience desired;
  • Work experience in Africa or Asia required; Experience in Latin America/Caribbean a plus;
  • Experience developing, reviewing and tracking budgets and burn rates;
  • English and French fluency (spoken and written) required; Spanish ability a plus.
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office programs;
  • Must be able to work full–time (M–F, 8:30–5:30) as well as extended hours when needed (nights, weekends);
  • Must be able and willing to travel internationally – often to insecure and resource–limited settings – for up to four weeks at a time.




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