Agoura Hills, CA

Senior Program Officer, Catholic Sisters (Africa), Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Organization

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

Position Overview

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. In 2017, the Humanitarian Prize was awarded to icddr,b, an international health research institute dedicated to solving the most serious health issues facing low and middle-income countries. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants, distributing $114.9 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2017. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.8 billion. For more information, please visit

About the Role

The Senior Program Officer, Catholic Sisters Initiative, Sectoral Area is a new position that will play an important role in helping the Foundation grow and develop its grantmaking in key priority areas of the Catholic Sisters Initiative. Primary expertise and experience will focus on global Catholic Sisters, international and human development issues particularly in Africa. The Senior Program Officer will carry out grantmaking activities, contribute to the strategic development of specific funding portfolios, interface and support key grantees, and collaborate with program team to advance the mission of the Foundation in the Catholic Sisters Initiative. This person is a key member of the Catholic Sisters Initiative program team and reports to the Director of Catholic Sisters Initiative.

Key Responsibilities:

Planning, Grantmaking and Implementation

  • Develop strategic grantmaking priorities for the sectoral area of Catholic Sisters Initiative, with a primary focus on Sub-Sahara Africa.
  • Implement grantmaking strategy in line with the goals of the Foundation and the Catholic Sisters Initiative.
  • Produce grant-write-ups, periodic program reports and briefing papers for the Quarterly Board Docket and/or Board of Directors as requested.
  • Provide primary program support for the maintenance of active grants including regular communications and problem solving with grantees and consultants, review of reports, data analysis and feedback.
  • Monitor progress and give updates and suggestions to Director in a timely manner for corrective actions.
  • Contribute to the overall health and growth of the Foundation.

Monitoring, Documenting and Reporting

  • Document good practices and synthesis of lessons learned and ensure these are incorporated into the grantmaking process.
  • Manage periodic evaluations of progress toward program objectives and develop recommendations to the Director, Catholic Sisters Programs for any appropriate strategic changes.
  • Conduct grantee site-visits, meetings and conferences and produce reports on the progress of projects.
  • Support the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Officer(s) and grantees in obtaining and documenting success stories, new articles, inputs to newsletters, websites etc.
  • Identify the need for consultants within the program area; plan scope of work for contracts; develop terms of contract and monitor progress.
  • Monitor grants budgets and grantee expenditures, as well as organizational budgets, as appropriate.

Program and External Relations, Communication, and Research

  • Undertake local and international travel, site visits, and other outreach activities to meet and monitor grantees, enhance and sustain existing relationships.
  • Participate in conferences for professional development and remain abreast in the field.
  • Build collaborative and positive working relationships and effective communication channels with team, staff and stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain a productive network of professional relationships with key government, philanthropic and non-profit leaders.
  • Keep well-informed of current research, activities, and trends regarding issues related to the priorities of the Foundation.
  • Contribute to the Foundation’s international, regional and national events, and constituency building work.

Team Leadership and Relations

  • Network to strengthen relationships with other foundations, NGOs and conferences of women religious to develop grantmaking and program partnerships and collaborations.
  • Work with other program staff to refine and build the strategy, design and management of the Foundation’s various Catholic Sisters Initiative priority program areas.
  • Determine technical needs of grantees to help facilitate grant application process.
  • Identify the need for consultants within the program area; plan scope of work for contracts; develop terms of contract and monitor progress.
  • Supervise Program Associate and provide support to complete tasks and activities on projects in a systematic, coordinated and sequential manner; provide with information on concept and approach of the projects; provide support in various aspects of grantees, research, maintenance of information and project implementation in the USA and Africa; ensure implementation of planned activities per the plans, delivery of grantee reports and monitoring information.

Special Projects

  • Undertake projects and other duties as assigned.

Core Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in human development, international development, public health, public policy, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated expertise and work experience in global Catholic Sisters, international education, health, youth and children, and related issues at program, research, and public policy levels.
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation and in coordinating public/private efforts for long-term, systemic social impact.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in grantmaking and/or program development/management.
  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience in Sub Sahara Africa.
  • A practical understanding of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the Foundation’s mission.
  • Works well independently and within a team and demonstrates a high degree of initiative, flexibility, collaboration and cultural sensitivity.
  • Strong conceptual and critical thinking abilities.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and time management skills with high attention to priority and detail.
  • Excellent written/oral communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Personal presence to represent the Foundation in diverse forums and organizational relationships.
  • Capability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally as needed.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database experience.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and we seek candidates from all backgrounds and experiences.

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