The Osprey Foundation is
seeking a Program Officer to join its Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
(WASH) team. The Program Officer will help to manage the
foundation’s relationships with WASH grantees and other partners by
analyzing existing and potential grants, assessing actual and
potential developments in the WASH sector, representing the
foundation at relevant events, and contributing to the foundation’s
WASH strategy, budgeting and administrative activities.
The Program Officer (PO) will report to the Managing Director of
the WASH team, Louis Boorstin, who is based in the Washington, DC
area, and will collaborate with Lauren Maher Patrick, Program
Officer on the WASH team, who is based in Massachusetts. This is
either a full-time or part‑time position (minimum half-time) with
occasional travel required. This is a remote position; a
location on the east coast of the US is preferred, but not
The Osprey Foundation is a family foundation that acts as a
catalyst for empowered, healthy, and fulfilled lives. We
approach our work mindful of the communities impacted by our work
and the systems that need to be addressed to create meaningful,
lasting change. We actively listen to our partners, who are
sometimes in the early stages of their endeavors, and we provide
them with the funding they need to pilot innovations and implement
lasting approaches. Our partners work in various countries in
sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as
in the United States. We primarily focus on water,
sanitation, and hygiene as well as cleaner cooking, with other
initiatives in international health, interfaith relations and
THE WASH PROGRAM
Osprey’s WASH program has four main elements, all of which are
pursued from a systems-change perspective: 1) Supporting systems
strengthening that promotes sustainable access to WASH services at
scale (as opposed to one-time investments in hardware);
2) Seeding innovative and scalable models that create
game-changing improvements in the way WASH services are delivered
to the poor; 3) Catalyzing innovative and scalable financing
structures; and, 4) Advocating for change within the sector
through collaboration with other WASH funders, support for
catalytic events, and sharing of effective methods. Osprey supports
select WASH initiatives, NGOs and social ventures with grants,
impact investments and expert advice on strategy, funding and
The foundation strives to be accessible and supportive to its
grantees and investees, typically providing feedback and guidance
in addition to funding. The PO will have primary
responsibility for Osprey’s relationship with a number of grantees,
a role which entails:
- Managing communications with grantees, answering their
questions, and seeking further information to enhance the
foundation’s understanding of their activities and its ability to
provide useful feedback.
- Communicating with colleagues on the WASH team about the status
of grants by providing updates as/when needed and by preparing
internal written reviews of proposals and annual reports from
- Visiting country programs and/or headquarters of grantees
periodically to learn more about their activities and to provide
them with our reflections on their strategies and operations.
All of this work is undertaken in the context of Osprey’s WASH
strategy and is underpinned by the PO’s capacity for analyzing each
grantee and adding value to their programs. Grantee
management constitutes the majority of the PO’s work.
II. Sector knowledge and relationships
To enhance the impact of Osprey’s WASH program, the PO will stay
current on actual and potential developments in the sector (and the
international development field more broadly) through learning and
relationship building. This type of engagement informs the
management of existing grants, the identification of new grants,
and the refinement of our WASH strategy. It also presents
opportunities for the WASH team to share our own learning
externally. Relevant activities include:
- Participating in webinars and conferences on behalf of the
foundation as both a participant and a speaker.
- Reading/watching relevant written and multimedia reports,
articles and videos.
- Preparing presentations and written material describing
Osprey’s activities and funding approaches.
- Cultivating strong relationships with other WASH funders
(particularly through the WASH Funders Group that Osprey helped to
found), sector experts, and other partners.
The PO will be expected to share back with colleagues on the
WASH team the knowledge gleaned and the opportunities identified
from these engagements.
III. Strategy, budgeting and
Along with other members of the team, the PO will participate in
the operations of the WASH program by:
- Participating in monthly WASH team meetings led by the
President of the foundation in which we share updates on recent
contacts with grantees and other partners as well as takeaways from
engagements in external events.
- Coordinating management of grants and impact investments with
others on the WASH team and with external support colleagues
(Arabella Advisors, WMS Partners).
- Keeping electronic records on grants and budgets up-to-date
through the use of a dedicated grants management system (Foundant)
and other tools.
- Contributing to annual program planning and budgeting as well
as to periodic reviews and revisions of the foundation’s WASH
The PO may be asked to undertake other activities consistent
with the foundation’s objectives, which could include working in
other areas of international development such as sustainable
- Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience, preferably in WASH
and/or related sectors in international development. In-country
experience in the developing world is highly desirable. (Candidates
with deeper experience will also be considered as long as they
understand the nature of the work expected, as described
- Proven experience in relationship management and senior-level
interactions. The PO will often be the sole representative of the
foundation in meetings, calls and emails, and must conduct such
interactions in a fully professional and constructive manner while
also raising potentially sensitive issues.
- Familiarity with systems change / systems strengthening
approaches is a plus.
- Experience with making and/or receiving grants and impact
investments is highly desirable.
- Knowledge of finance and the ability to understand financial
statements is a plus.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to look
at familiar situations in new ways and to identify and assess
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to stay organized, manage multiple tasks,
prioritize, and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work well with colleagues, including an open
communication style and openness to receiving and giving
- Must have a sense of humor, remain calm under pressure, and
- Knowledge of foreign languages would be a plus.
- Familiarity with relevant software programs and ability to
learn new ones.
- Minimum educational level of a bachelor’s degree with a
preference for a graduate degree, preferably in relevant
- Discretion and maturity in all confidential matters.
LOCATION - This is a remote position; a
location on the east coast of the US is preferred, but not
Compensation package will be commensurate with experience and
will be based in part on comparable positions in the non-profit and
small foundation sectors as well as the location of the Program
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter (1 page preferred; 2 pages maximum)
and CV to email@example.com with the subject
line “Program Officer Application”. The deadline to apply is
March 31, 2023 by 5:00 pm EDT.
The Osprey Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.