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Programme Officer for the Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom Programme

Job Opening

The Ford Foundation announces a position opening for a Program Officer in Lagos, Nigeria. The Programme Officer for the Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom Programme will be responsible for developing, monitoring and evaluating the Foundationís West Africa programming in media, arts and culture, assessing previous work in media with a view to sharpening support for media pluralism in the region in line with Foundation-wide work in this area. S/he will also broaden support for the development of vibrant creative enterprises in West Africa.

The programís overall goal is to promote the use of media, arts and culture as key resources for strengthening social, cultural and economic development. The program covers:

  • strengthening media pluralism and freedom of expression in the media; and
  • strengthening the capacity of arts and culture institutions to promote arts and culture enterprises broadly, including but not limited to catalyzing support for individual artists and culture workers and their institutions.

Working with the Representative in Lagos and other Ford Foundation staff, the Program Officer will develop grantmaking strategies; identify prospective grantees; solicit, review and respond to grant proposals; and prepare recommendations for Foundation funding. In addition to developing the media, arts and culture agenda, the Program Officer is expected to contribute to the officeís overall strategic direction for the region.

Required qualifications include a degree in the arts, humanities, media or other cultural disciplines (preferably an advanced degree); substantial professional experience in the arts, culture and the media; an understanding of program development and the ability to conceptualize programmatic ideas and strategies; strong managerial, organizational and interpersonal skills; excellent analytical and writing skills in English; and strong facilitating skills. Experience in West Africa is highly desirable, as is grant-making experience and proficiency in French.

To apply for the position visit www.fordfund.org/employment or send full application materials consisting of a substantive cover letter, a CV and a 5-20 page sole-authored writing sample in English by 9 January 2006 to Ms. E. Mbom at 320 E. 43rd St., New York, NY 10017, USA.