Program Assistant, Global Initiatives Team

Position Title: Program Assistant, Global Initiatives Team
Position Status: Full time, One Year Contract
Supervisor: Global Director of Civil Society
Location: Washington, DC
Position Open Date: January 2, 2019
Salary: Commensurate with experience
ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND: PartnersGlobal (previously Partners for Democratic Change), established in 1989, is an international, non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to building sustainable capacity to advance democratic institutions, civil society, and a culture of peaceful change and conflict management worldwide. PartnersGlobal specializes in organizational development and social entrepreneurship for democracy and peace, having provided the seed capital and technical assistance to establish 21 independent, local Partners’ Centers around the world. Together, these Centers comprise the Partners Network, a global civil society platform of collegial NGOs working for democratic change in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

PartnersGlobal adheres to the values of participatory decision-making, collaboration, conflict transformation and consensus-building as the fundamentals of an inclusive, democratic society; and, we promote the application of these skills in all aspects of our work. Our diverse, global team includes process experts, facilitators, and trainers who apply those collaborative skills to achieve concrete results in a diverse range of technical areas such as the rule of law, women’s empowerment, security sector reform, and natural resource management. The Partners Network is renowned for cultivating local leaders who undertake cutting edge work; applying our process expertise to convene disparate parties and innovative partnerships to jointly tackle some of the most complex social and political challenges in conflict-affected and transitioning countries.

The Global Initiatives Team focuses on learning and knowledge management, asset creation and technical support to regional teams. As such, we are at the forefront of trends in the peacebuilding and international development field, with ongoing initiatives focused on operationalizing new frameworks for peace and organizational resiliency for civil society (ability to withstand a shock to the system and maintain viability). The Global Initiatives team also is in the process of reviewing and updating existing training curricula on Partners approaches to peacebuilding and organizational resiliency, such as cooperative advocacy, positive peace and systems thinking, and consensus facilitation, and is developing new core modules to address the changing political and economic realities described above like strategic communications and storytelling.

Position Description

Primary Objective: The Program Assistant will work closely with the Global Director for Civil Society on all major streams of work and support ongoing fundraising efforts. He/she will provide backstopping support from DC and be part of a dynamic team of professionals who are passionate about their work and must work effectively in highly collaborative environments.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a vibrant organization that already has a track record of impressive work that is well respected by donors and local organizations alike. PartnersGlobal has a strong portfolio of projects not only across the Africa region but also in Middle East/North Africa, Europe, and Latin America. We have a committed staff of 23, a friendly and supportive office culture, combined with a passionate belief in our work and the potential to expand.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work under the supervision of Global Director to ensure effective implementation of programming and performance objectives are being met within timeline and budget;
  • Contribute to and maintain project-related documents including quarterly and final reports to donors, project workplans and communications plans;
  • Liaise with operations and finance teams to ensure all fiscal and performance activities are in compliance with PartnersGlobal policies and procedures and funder regulations;
  • Provide support to business development processes, including liaising with BD team to track fundraising efforts, drafting concept notes, writing sections of proposal narratives, development of budgets, and creation of any supplementary materials;
  • Creating communications materials for Resiliency+ Framework and working closely with PartnersGlobal’s Communications Team to update GI website descriptions and disseminate comms pieces to various audiences on multiple platforms;
  • Organize a catalogue of Partners Network approaches and methodologies to conflict resolution and sustainable development, and maintain calendar of internal training opportunities;
  • Manage logistics/travel and preparations for field missions, with anticipated travel up to 25%;
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Bachelor’s Degree in international relations, peace and conflict studies, or related area;
  • A minimum of 1-3 years related experience working in peacebuilding and international development, communications, and/or general administration;
  • Excellent oral and writing skills with ability to express complex ideas clearly;
  • Ability to analyze, organize, problem-solve, manage, and prioritize work;
  • High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with U.S. and foreign national staff and civil society, government and the private sector actors;
  • Experience in supporting civil society strengthening initiatives;
  • Proven team player with the skills and ability to form positive relations with colleagues.

Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email only to, no later than January 31, 2019. As the subject, please type: “Application: GLOBAL INITIATIVES PROGRAM ASSISTANT”. No telephone calls, please.


PartnersGlobal is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under applicable law. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.