Program Officer
World Learning - Washington, DC

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World Learning is an 80-year-old global non-profit organization with operations in 77 countries. Through its award-winning international education programs – The Experiment in International Living, the SIT Graduate Institute, SIT Study Abroad and the International Honors Program (IHP) – World Learning fosters global citizenship by connecting over 3,000 young ambassadors annually across cultural differences and social barriers. Through its International Development & Exchange Programs, World Learning practices what it teaches, undertaking community-driven international development, training and exchange projects in sixteen countries. For more information visit

Position Title: Program Officer, Academic Exchanges
Reports To: Senior Program Officer, Academic Exchange Team
Location: Washington, D.C.

World Learning seeks a Program Officer for the U.S. Department of State-funded Tunisia Undergraduate Scholarship (Tunisia UGRAD) Program to be based in Washington D.C. Duration: 3 years, with anticipated start date of February 15, 2013. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project.

General For the Tunisia UGRAD Program, World Learning will facilitate participant recruitment and nomination; academic program placement; participant monitoring, support, logistics, supplemental programming and follow-on. The Program Officer will be integral to supporting this program, including serving as the principal liaison to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and host institutions; ensuring progress towards program indicators, timely reporting, and accurate budgeting.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Manage host institution recruitment and selection and student placement.
  • Manage the student application process by ensuring the timely submission of requisite university paperwork, obtaining necessary test scores, communicating with the universities, and monitoring the admissions process.
  • Maintain student caseload which includes monitoring the students' progress; counseling them on academic, financial, and personal matters; preparing status reports; working closely with key university contacts; and keeping the funder updated on key student developments.
  • Conduct an orientation that includes an introduction to the US, review of World Learning procedures, university program information, health insurance information, and a discussion of funder policies and regulations.
  • Manage J-1 visas, issue DS-2019s, and ensure that students are in SEVIS compliance for the duration of their programs.
  • Coordinate student arrival and return travel arrangements.
  • Prepare and oversee student budgets, track and monitor all student program costs, ensure monthly check disbursements, authorize allowable payments, work closely with World Learning Finance staff.
  • Conduct limited travel to host universities for site visits and prepare reports.
  • Assist students in identifying and engaging in academic and cultural enrichment activities, community service and practical internships.
  • Ensure that tax documentation is filed in accordance with IRS regulations.
  • Assist in the development and execution of program workshops.
  • Ensure that all students are enrolled in the appropriate health and accident insurance plan.
  • Supervise Program Associate.
  • Contribute to the completion of high-quality program reports for funders.
  • Ensure a comprehensive filing system is in place for all students.
  • Implement program monitoring and evaluation strategy.
  • Maintain an active presence on program social networking sites.
  • Assume other program management, execution, and improvement activities as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree plus three years of related work experience or a Bachelor’s Degree and five years of related work experience.
  • Experience working with the U.S. higher education community.
  • Strong cross-cultural and communications skills.
  • Energetic and strong team player.
  • Excellent organizational ability.
  • Substantive international experience, particularly in the MENA region.
  • Arabic language proficiency desirable.
  • SEVIS and visa experience desirable.
  • Experience with U.S. Government exchange programs desirable.
To Apply: Please transmit CV and cover letter to with “Program Officer, Washington” in the subject line by 5 pm October 19, 2012. While World Learning would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest and responses, only applicants who meet all requisite criteria and are shortlisted will be contacted. No phone calls please.

World Learning is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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