Position Description

Program Officer, Asia Region
Location United States
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Position Title:                  Program Officer, Asia Region

Status:                               Regular, Full-Time

Location:                          Seattle, Washington (required to be a Washington State resident)

Classification:                  Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime Pay)

Salary:                          $56,000 - $62,000 DOE

Job Summary: The Program Officer is responsible for performing a full spectrum of functions and activities that support Landesa’s programmatic efforts to secure land rights for the world’s poorest women and men and provide opportunity and promote social justice. The Program Officer will support the Asia Program through technical assistance, project and program management and monitoring and strategic advising to Director level staff. This work will include but not limited to project management, high-level budget development and monitoring, external and internal stakeholder relations management, as well as leading new regional office establishment and research and writing tasks on land tenure issues in support of Landesa’s technical staff. This role will require strong strategic and analytic skills, contributing to the continued development of the team’s strategic vision for Landesa’s Asia Region Programs.

Reporting and Relationships:  For general and crosscutting staffing matters, the Program Officer reports directly to the Asia Region Senior Director, and works closely with the Directors of the Southeast Asia, Myanmar, China and India programs and others on those teams. The Program Officer will coordinate regularly with the Landesa Program Operations Team.

Availability: The Program Officer is expected to work a standard work week of 40 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done.  The position may include travel of up to 60 days per year domestically and internationally.  Communication with team members and partners living in foreign time zones may require frequent morning and evening calls. Currently staff are WFH. Post pandemic, we are anticipating a hybrid approach. Days in the office would be based on need and negotiated with your supervisor. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Works closely with Program Directors and program leadership to coordinate strategic planning at the organization, program and project levels.
  • Manages projects and initiatives, and supports project leads assigned to manage projects and initiatives, ensuring that budgets, deliverables, schedules, compliance, reporting, etc. are planned and implemented to achieve objectives.
  • Serves as the point of contact on all Asian operations and project management communications and activities for internal and external parties.
  • Participates in development and design of Landesa projects, including writing concept notes, developing project activity workplans, developing project budgets, and identifying, soliciting and incorporating the input of various departments and partners.
  • Supports the Asia Region Senior Director to develop an innovative, strategic vision for the Asia teams.
  • Works with Program Operations to identify and manage opportunities for knowledge sharing and technical skills building within the broader Asia Program and Landesa.
  • As necessary, oversees the expansion of Landesa’s Asia Program through new offices and new program strategies.
  • As assigned, conducts research and writing tasks on land tenure and other issues in support of Landesa’s technical staff.
  • Ensures the smooth operations and administration of programs and projects within Asia by acting as a point of contact and overseeing the Program Coordinator in tasks such as contract and invoice management, upkeep of project documents and files, travel arrangements and other event logistics, and day-to-day budget management.
  • Directs the assigned Program Coordinator to design and implement capacity building of Program staff for a variety of subjects, including project administration, contracting, budgeting and other associated functions to Program staff and supports standardization of trainings across Programs.
  • Facilitates communications between global staff and headquarters.
  • Other duties as identified.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Passion for Landesa’s mission to champion and secure land rights for millions of women and men living in poverty to provide opportunity and promote social justice.
  • Ability to understand new and complex concepts quickly.
  • Strong problem-solving and information-gathering abilities.
  • Ability to prioritize to meet deadlines and work gracefully under pressure.
  • Proven ability to handle administrative details independently and use good judgment to keep team members informed.
  • Demonstrated skill for identifying situations that benefit from or require additional input and guidance, particularly from senior leadership.
  • Ability to work in support of and collaboratively with a range of people at all levels, including management and staff, board members, donors, contractors, outside vendors, suppliers and beneficiaries.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality for all organizational, personnel and research-related matters.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability when working in a fast-changing environment.
  • Excellent cross-cultural skills and proven ability to work with people of varying backgrounds.
  • Personally committed to and actively works to continuously improve.
  • High level of ability in Microsoft Suite and other technologies, and ability to learn and employ new technologies quickly.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Economics, Finance or related field (or an equivalent combination of education and experience). 
  • 4-7 years of experience working in a non-profit, financial, legal or other document-intensive environment.
  • Experience working with international organizations required.

Work Environment and Working Conditions:   While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to working conditions and hazards that are prevalent for the location or country of assignment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  Work is primarily performed indoors with some potential for exposure to safety and health hazards related to electronics work. 

Additional Comments: The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.


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