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Program Associate at Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is a global, grant-making philanthropy that works to disrupt inequality in all its forms. We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. But around the world, too many people are excluded from the political, economic, and social institutions that shape their lives.

Ford Foundation is continuing to hire for all open roles with all interviewing and on-boarding done virtually due to COVID-19. Everyone new to the team, along with our current staff, will temporarily work from home until it is safe to return to our offices.

Instructions For Internal Applicants

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Instructions For Applicants

Please read the following carefully before beginning the online application process.

If you are just joining our Talent Pool, please disregard the instructions for applicants below.

To be considered for employment at Ford Foundation, please complete our online employment application. Your application and all required attachments must be submitted for each individual job post for which you are interested in applying. If there is an application deadline, please ensure that your application is submitted by the deadline. Once you submit your application you will not be able to edit your application.


TO APPLY: Please email your cover letter and CV/resume to [email protected]


Grants Portfolio Strategy & Management

  • Participate in and contribute to strategy development processes and monitor the level of strategic alignment of grants.
  • Map all grants so that team can understand the totality of investments, fostering learning across the team.
  • Analyze and create periodic reports that summarize common themes across the portfolio of grants, for the purpose of shared team learning, strategy refinement and effective grantee support.
  • Track grantmaking portfolio to support team’s implementation of strategy.
  • Selective review of grant proposals and reports for the purpose of extracting lessons from grantees and reporting back to the team on discernable changes in the field and progress towards team outcomes.
  • Act as the team’s reference person for grant coding and periodically review the portfolio coding to ensure integrity and consistency.

Research, Analytics, Monitoring, Reporting and Knowledge Management

  • Conduct research linked to strategy and grantmaking for the Director and program team members using a variety of external and internal resources (e.g., commercial online subscription databases, other web-based reference sources, Foundation information systems, and Foundation archives); consult external experts or other resources as per the research protocol.
  • Support the Director and program team in analyzing data and identifying trends.
  • Summarize research findings in written documents, databases, presentations, or multimedia formats.
  • Act as the team’s “information architect and manager,” partnering with the Information Management department. Create substantive materials for the team, collect and manage them according to the Foundation protocols, and advise members of the team on know how to access and use the information provided.

Grantee Relationship Management

  • Support grantee and network convenings through agenda design and planning, prepping meeting materials, note-taking, synthesizing, and follow up, general project management, and archiving key meeting materials.
  • For convenings and site visits, develop and prepare background research and meeting materials.

Project and Meeting Management

  • Work with the Office of Strategy and Learning, create, implement and update learning tools for team learning and to share with other programmatic teams.
  • Curate and share information and knowledge from team.


  • Serve as a team liaison to the Office of Communications on managing the profile of the program team on Ford’s website; assist the team in identifying and sharing report backs to the field and external audiences on lessons learned.
  • Develop presentations and reports on team’s strategy, grantmaking, and on-going learning as needed for external and internal audiences.


  • 3-5 years’ experience working in program related support capacity in social development sector.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Fluency in English. Working knowledge of a language spoken in the region desired
  • Strong proficiency with data collection, review, analysis and reporting
  • Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and databases. Exceptional organizational and communications skills.
  • Client-service orientation
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in multi-faceted, multitasking environment
  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with periods of ambiguity, constructive participation in ongoing organizational development
  • Diversity of experience working with a range of actors, which could include government, multi-lateral institutions, think tanks / universities, consultancy firms, civil society, NGOs, networks and the private sector
  • Implementation and/or research experience related to advancing social outcomes
  • Knowledge of national and sub-national policies/initiatives, which would be useful to advance both our Regional Office priorities and the more global priorities of the foundation


The Ford Foundation is deeply committed to the core values identified by the institution. These are:

  • Openness: we embrace honesty and transparency.
  • Collaboration: belief that the whole is better than the sum of its parts.
  • Trust: integrity is the cornerstone of our work.
  • Equity: we are committed to building a fair and just global culture.
  • Accountability: the understanding that serving as responsible partners and thoughtful stewards is a privilege.
  • Urgency: to demonstrate that in a rapidly changing environment we work earnestly and responsively.

In Addition, The Associate Would Have

  • Exceptional communications skills – strong active listening skills, constructive verbal and written skills, strong public presentation skills, high analytical ability
  • Collaboration and team skills – working toward and influencing team collaboration, team building, and team effectiveness

Alignment to Culture and Values

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, openness, collaboration, trust, accountability and urgency
  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
  • Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams

Equal Employment Opportunity

and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

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