Position Number: 17:035
The Senior Program Officer is an advanced professional position at IFES providing tactical support to the program division. Specific duties will include development, technical, administrative and financial management support and oversight.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide varied support functions and perform moderately complex job duties requiring knowledge of business/proposal development, program management, financial management, donor interface, and research and development initiatives. Contribute to program planning, development, and management. Manage work activities with internal and external partners to ensure achievement of assigned objectives project(s). Performance and outcomes are subject to management oversight.
DECISION MAKING/PROBLEM SOLVING:
Multi-factor decision-making requiring research and analysis, subject to supervisory guidance. Analyze and interpret issues, propose and implement solutions relying on knowledge of professional standards, principles and sound judgement. Initiate contact with staff in other departments to exchange substantive information and coordinates activities necessary to achieve work goals. Authority to make decisions on issues of program design, delegations to junior staff, and financial oversight for assigned projects.
Lead project budget planning. Critical review and reporting of project financials in partnership with Finance. Work with field team on quarterly and annual projections for donors and internal budgeting. Authority to research, negotiate, and recommend purchases of materials, equipment and logistical arrangements.
Develop and maintain collaborative relationships, which require highly-developed interpersonal skills, involving active listening and problem solving, to assure desired outcomes. Seek opportunities to improve working relationships and work outcomes with internal and external partners.
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree in international relations, political science, international development preferred.
Minimum of 6 years of overall work experience in the international development sector. Significant experience with budget management and oversight of large single project or multiple small projects, including projections, pipelines, and modifications. Experience managing and providing guidance and supervision to employees. Experience supporting business development efforts. Proposal writing experience preferred.
Related Skills or Knowledge:
Experience with program management, project design, and business development. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with USAID grant and contract proposals, regulations, and procedures. Familiarity with USAID and other international donors and key program personnel. Strong financial management skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Excel required. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Knowledge of political contexts in multiple African countries preferred. Field experience desirable.
Travel up to 10% of time.
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