Program Officer for Education

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Children International
2000 East Red Bridge Road
Kansas City, MO 64131

Title: Program Officer for Education
Reports to: Director of Global Programs
About Children International

Children International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization working to eradicate poverty around the world. At CI, we believe that every child matters and that it is simply unacceptable that over a billion children live in poverty. The CI approach is to invest in our kids and youth by providing a safe place, a caring team and a path out of poverty through programs in health, education, empowerment and employment. We provide this support for 220,000 children in 13 agencies working in 10 countries around the world.

The work Children International does on behalf of children in poverty is funded primarily through a one-to-one sponsorship model. We are transforming our funding model to dramatically increase the support we provide our kids. Additionally, we are taking our programs from good to great by elevating our people systems and practices worldwide. That’s where you come in.

Position summary

We are seeking an exceptional leader passionate about education programming for young people to serve as the Program Officer for Education. We believe that education and the completion of secondary school is a critical milestone associated with holistic child and youth development. Young people that achieve this milestone are better equipped and positioned in the world to access opportunities and break free from poverty.

This Kansas City-based position will report to the Director of Global Programs and will influence our global portfolio of education programs across 10 countries worldwide, partnering with country-level management and education staff in this process.

The Program Officer position is responsible for providing people and thought leadership on education programs and initiatives, including but not limited to supporting local execution of relevant school enrollment and school completion strategies, as well as effective supplemental math and literacy programs. This person will also provide oversight and technical support on the portfolio of education programs globally, especially related to design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of these programs. This person will need to know how to access external technical assistance as needed related to building and strengthening our Education strategy, programs, and adherence to best practices.


  • Lead a global education team that seeks to develop and align CI education programs with global best practices.
  • Coach and participate in the development of country-specific education strategies, program plans and proposals, in coordination with regional and field office program staff.
  • Conduct data analysis to determine appropriate measures for program improvement, and to report on program achievements.
  • Identify, establish and support global, national and local partnerships that complement and enhance CI global education program results.
  • Leverage and manage external resources to support the building and strengthening of our Education strategy, programs, evaluation, and adherence to best practices.
  • Review multi-year work plans and annual implementation plans for CI education programs, globally.
  • Perform other administrative duties as assigned, including composing non-routine correspondence, trip reports, financial reports, and assisting with annual budgets.

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in international education or development, or other related field strongly preferred.
  • Five years of international work experience required, including on the ground developing country experience.
  • Experience in education program design, monitoring and evaluation, including quantitative data collection and analysis required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with institutions and organizational alliances implementing international education programs; and experience working with consultants.
Skills and Characteristics
  • Excellent verbal and written Spanish communication skills required.
  • Possess a passion for children and youth and be committed to making a difference in the world.
  • Must have superb verbal and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility and sensitivity to work with multiple cultures and languages.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relational and communication skills, with a history of inspiring collaboration across various functions.
  • Results-oriented with demonstrated ability to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve outcomes within established resources and work effectively in a flat organization.
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy and ability to juggle multiple priorities effectively.
  • Exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity reflective of a leader within an outstanding organization.
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • International travel up to 30% is required.

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