What is a Program Office?
Jaap de Jonge, Management Consultant, Netherlands
Hi Farah, a program office (PO) is the supporting organization of a program. Normally the program manager/director is the head of it.
The PO would probably include at least one assistant / secretary. But a program office could consist out of tens or even hundreds of people in a very large, complex program.
A PO is not very different from any other organization, except that a PO is aimed at supporting/running a program and not at supporting/running a business.
See this discussion for the criteria to distinguish between a project and a program