Program Officer

Timeframe: Immediate

About The Position

Strategic Capacity Group (SCG) seeks to hire a Program Officer to advance its mission of strategic capacity-building worldwide. The position will focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of security sector capacity-building projects in North Africa and the Sahel. This position would report to the Director of Development and Programs and coordinate with SCG’s leadership, other project staff at headquarters and in the region, and with consultants and technical experts.

Required Qualification, Skills, and Experience

Ideal candidates will have knowledge and experience advising on security sector best practices, engaging high level security sector (e.g. police, ministry of interior, ministry of justice) officials, and conducting security sector assessments and developing curricula.

Specifically, the ideal candidate will:

  • Be willing to be based at SCG’s headquarters in McLean, VA and to travel to North Africa;
  • Be fluent in English and at least one other foreign language (French and/or Arabic);
  • Hold a Master’s Degree in Security Studies or a related discipline with knowledge of Security Sector Reform processes and best practices;
  • Have at least five years of experience supporting project implementation, ideally with experience implementing projects overseas. Relevant experience includes project planning, design and delivery of project activities, M&E and project reporting, recruitment and management of overseas staff, and/or project logistics;
  • Possess knowledge of security sector actors (e.g. police, gendarmerie, military) and institutions (police and/or military training academies, MOI, MOD);
  • Be familiar with U.S. government grant guidelines, security assistance programs, and/or U.S. Embassy programs and processes, including Leahy vetting;
  • Have organizational and problem-solving skills to enable sound decision-making;
  • Use excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; and
  • Effectively multitask in a fast-paced environment.

About Strategic Capacity Group

Strategic Capacity Group (SCG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the ability of the United States and its partners to build strategic security sector capacity both at home and abroad. SCG assists donor countries to enhance the sustainability and impact of their foreign assistance approaches and recipient countries to deliver security appropriately, effectively, accountably, and in accordance with the rule of law. Through this approach, SCG helps build human and institutional capacity worldwide. Visit our website at

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