Program Officer

SALARY: $57,613
LOCATION: Toronto, ON (hybrid)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: open until filled

For 20 years, the Stephen Lewis Foundation has challenged traditional power structures in international development and philanthropy by shifting resources into the hands of local communities impacted by the HIV pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Committed to community-led solutions, we provide funding and allyship to local organizations who are restoring hope, reclaiming human rights, fighting injustice, and saving lives.

Reporting to the Deputy Director, Impact and Learning, the Program Officer plays an important role supporting the Foundation to get funds directly into the hands of community-based organizations working on the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic in Africa. The Program Officer provides administrative support and works closely with the entire Programs team.

  • Working very closely with Program Managers to support essential tasks associated with SLF project funding, including drafting Agency Agreements, processing budgets, performing initial reviews of renewal proposals, narrative and financial reports
  • Organizing programs information as necessary, including data entry and filing (electronic and hardcopy)
  • Generating reports from the database as needed and on a regular basis (weekly and monthly reports)
  • Assisting with planning, scheduling, and preparing monitoring and evaluation visits as needed
  • Supporting communication with existing partners and Field Representatives in a timely and respectful way
  • Assisting, as needed, with special programs including thematic initiatives, roundtable meetings, special events, etc.
  • Providing back up to the other Program Officer
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to contribute to a positive, collaborative work environment
  • Personal commitment to the values of solidarity, mutual respect, collaboration, humility, and social justice
  • Capacity to take joy in meticulous organization and attention to detail is a must
  • Very strong computer skills, including Excel, word processing, presentation packages (PowerPoint), internet, and email
  • Strong database management skills including database navigation and report generation
  • High level of personal initiative
  • Natural desire to develop/improve systems and processes as well as an attention to detail
  • Excellent ability to communicate with warmth, professionalism, clarity and tact via written and verbal mediums
  • Have an understanding of and appreciation for the varied geography, culture, and history present within Africa
  • Comfort with a fast-paced work environment that requires flexibility and advanced prioritization skills
  • Basic financial skills to create and interpret spreadsheets, budgets, and reports
  • Understanding of issues around HIV and AIDS, poverty, and gender inequality


  • 4 weeks vacation, sick and personal days
  • Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, vision)
  • Competitive wages; The SLF is certified by the Ontario Living Wage Network
  • Hybrid remote work schedule and flexible hours to promote employee wellbeing
  • Top-up for maternity/parental leave and sick leave

How to Apply:

Submit your résumé and cover letter to [email protected], indicating “Program Officer” in the email subject line. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Applicants who receive an employment offer will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment or have a valid medical or other Human Rights Code-related exemption.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation promotes feminist and anti-oppression principles and is committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons and people with lived experience of HIV and AIDS.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.


March 7, 2024


April 10, 2024


Full-time Permanent


Toronto, Ontario


Stephen Lewis Foundation