Program Officer - Ghana Center for Democratic Development

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Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) is a non-governmental, non-partisan civil society think tank that has been working since 1998 to advance democracy, good governance, and inclusive development in Ghana and the rest of Africa through research and analysis, policy and civic engagement, and strategic interventions and partnerships. The Center harnesses the power of evidence-informed analysis and ideas to stimulate public dialogue and inform and influence public policy in furtherance of its mission and vision.

Job Description

As a Program Officer, you will assist with the design and implementation of the Center’s programs and projects as designated. You will be assigned to a Team and work under the direction of your Team Leader/Program Manager (PM) and the Director of Programs & Operations. You will also work closely with other Programs and Research staff to deliver on the Center’s mission and objectives.

Your specific responsibilities and duties will include but are not limited to the following;

  • Manage relationships with local partners, stakeholders and communities to support the effective coordination and implementation of all project activities.



  • Ensure that all relevant project deliverables are achieved on time and on budget.
  • Work closely with the finance and budget team to cost and develop budgets for proposed projects and monitor same during project implementation.
  • Facilitate functional spaces for inclusive dialogues and mediation for conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
  • Enhance the resilience and agency of women and youth to contribute constructively to local governance, decision-making, and peacebuilding processes.
  • Foster collaborations among state and non-state actors and security agencies to facilitate early response to conflict triggers and risks.
  • Monitor and evaluate project progress and impact, reporting findings to the PM
  • Undertakes analysis, drafting, editing, fact-checking, and proofreading of briefing documents, project reports, concept notes, and other internal and external written research documents.
  • Writes high-quality drafts of working papers, policy briefs, and presentations based on
  • research and project outcomes.
  • Support dissemination, advocacy, and policy engagement on key democratic governance reform findings of the center.
  • Undertake other duties as may be assigned by the Director of Programs.

Required Skills or Experience

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Science, Political Science, International Development, Development Economics or a related field.
  • At least five years’ experience in an international or national or think-tank (development or research environment).
  • Superior English communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Highly proactive and flexible, with an ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate successfully with a wide range of cultural awareness.




  • Knowledge of management of projects.
  • Knowledge of organizing programs to achieve project targets.
  • Ability to manage field workers, resource persons and service providers.
  • Ability to handle all challenges that crop up in the performance of your duties and prescribe solutions to these challenges.
  • Ability to relate to people at all levels effectively
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