Job Category:

Program Assistant

Pay: TBD

Full Job Description

(Remote. All staff currently working from home due to pandemic)

Helen Keller International is a global health organization dedicated to eliminating preventable vision loss, malnutrition and diseases of poverty. Cofounded by Helen Keller – and guided by her fierce optimism and belief in human potential – the organization delivers life-changing health
solutions to vulnerable families where the need is great but access to care is limited. In the US, Africa, and Asia, Helen Keller’s proven, science-based programs empower people to create opportunities in their own lives and build lasting change.

USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance awarded HKI a six-year cooperative agreement to lead the Development Food Security Activity, Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience, and Gender Equity (SAPLING) which began onSeptember 30, 2015. SAPLING’s overall goal is to improve gender equitable food security,nutrition and resilience of vulnerable people within the Bandarban District of Bangladesh. InMay of 2020, USAID Bangladesh awarded HKI an additional cooperative agreement to lead theBandarban Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (BANI), a complimentary activity which builds on
lessons learned from SAPLING and provides continuation to assist participating families to overcome the negative impacts of the COVID-19 lockdowns and increase the sustainability of the SAPLING-BANI intended outcomes. The current SAPLING award ends in July of 2021 and BANI’s in November 2021.

HKI is seeking a part-time Program Assistant to support SAPLING and BANI remotely.

Scope of the Position
The Program Assistant will provide program-related support to HKI’s SAPLING and BANI
programs primarily in reporting, production of communications materials and document
management. The Assistant will report to the Chief of Party, SAPLING and BANI, and will liaise
frequently with Bangladesh-based program staff, and regional technical team members.

The Program Assistant’s main responsibilities will be to backstop the program team on the
preparation of donor reports, success stories, and Power Point Presentations, and contributing
to knowledge management initiatives by producing supporting materials, and providing some
general logistical support.

Program Planning, Monitoring and Reporting

  • Collect, compile and edit report content received from program team members in support of
  • Assist with drafting and editing program documents received from SAPLING-BANI team

the drafting of donor program reports.members for internal or external use.

Program Knowledge Management

  • Draft Facebook posts, success stories, and/or briefs to be shared with internal and external
  • Assist in development of Power Point Presentations
  • Organize program documents into the on-line (reports, coms materials, photos, etc.) filing


Department Administration

  • Participate in new work planning and proposal efforts, working under project lead to

coordinate and track assignments, deadlines, milestones, etc. Prepare annexes to
proposals as assigned.

  • Prepare agendas for and schedule team meetings. Document outcomes including decisions,
  • Work with team to prepare materials for presentations.

assignments, milestones, pending action items and due dates.

• Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant subject such as public health, international development,

anthropology or other related field.

  • Experience working in international development environment.
  • Ability to think through problems systematically, and integrate information from multiple
  • Proficient in use of spreadsheets and databases; eager to learn new platforms.
  • Ability to perform duties that require very close attention to detail and synthesize large
  • Oral and written proficiency in English. Ability to communicate effectively across cultures.
  • Ability to prioritize workload, assume responsibility for work, and follow through to
  • Ability and willingness to work under pressure as a part of a global team.
  • Current US work authorization plus residence.

sources.amounts of information.completion.

  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of Food for Peace reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of Feed the Future reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of USAID Marking and Branding requirements.
  • Knowledge of the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of Bangladesh.

This is a part-time, flexible position (typically 10 – 40 hours per month) starting January 25,
2021 through July 31st, 2021 (with a possibility of extension). The level of support needed will
vary based on programmatic deliverable schedules and will be coordinated, as needed.

To Apply
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

In the spirit of our founder and namesake, Helen Keller

is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is fully valued.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer where all qualified applicants will receive consideration for

employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender

identity, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you

are a qualified individual with a disability and need to request an accommodation during the

application or interview process, please contact us at the email above or call: +1 646-356-1789.

Company – Helen Keller International


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