Program Officer for West Africa Project

Shelter For Life International (SFL)
  • Location
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 19

Position description

Shelter For Life International (SFL) is a Christian relief and development organization with over 30 years of history in providing humanitarian assistance to post-conflict countries. SFL is currently operational in Afghanistan, Liberia, Senegal and Tajikistan. SFL provides support and assistance in the following areas:

  1. Shelter and Population Settlement
  2. Application of Microcredit
  3. Agriculture Development and Food Security
  4. Reconstruction of Public and Market Infrastructure; e.g., farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, food storage, etc.
    SFL’s mission is to demonstrate God’s love by enabling people affected by conflict and disaster to restore their lives and rebuild their communities. To learn more, visit our website at

Job Description – Program Officer
Purpose of this Position: To assist the SFL project field staff with program management, monitoring and evaluation, reporting on project progress, and new proposal development.
Full Time – based in Minnetonka, MN, 40 hours per week, with the possibility of remote work.
Rate of Pay: Salaried

Scope of Position
The Program Officer monitors compliance to ensure effective financial, qualitative, and narrative reporting for the project’s designated portfolio of activities in coordination with the project’s field management team, HQ colleagues, and point persons in the donor organization.

Major Responsibilites

  1. Maintain regular communication with field staff leadership (especially the Chief of Party, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Lead, and Chief Engineer) to keep abreast of project progress, provide timely and quality guidance and support to the field staff, including oversight of compliance with program plans and budgets to help maintain adherence to compliance requirements and the project schedule.

  2. Design and implement a monitoring framework to track delivery of program goals and objectives, in coordination with the Chief of Party, MEL Lead, and Chief Engineer.

  3. In cooperation with relevant field staff, design and implement means of data collection for the ongoing assessment of project performance, and recommend changes in project practices for improvement as needed.

  4. Review regular formal, written monthly project reports from the field and provide feedback to field staff concerning lessons learned and any necessary strategic modifications to project implementation.

  5. Gather and compile necessary qualitative, narrative, and financial information regarding project progress for regular biannual reports to the USDA using USDA’s online system (FAIS); and to the Department of State’s online systems (PMS and SAMS Domestic).

  6. Prepare project experience data to be used in midterm and final evaluations as appropriate.

  7. Coordinate with field staff to document project achievements, such as photographs and human interest stories showing improvement in the quality of life for beneficiaries, and sharing this information for organization communication needs.

  8. With the HQ-based Chief Financial Officer, the MEL Lead, and field Finance Manager develop guidelines and procedures for all financial transactions regarding procurement, vendor contracts, and payroll in accordance with the donor’s requirements.

  9. Periodic travel to the field, at least once per year, for in-person oversight of project achievements and compliance, and to provide advisory support to in-country staff.


  • Bachelor or graduate level degree (preferred) in international relations, policy, development, business, or similar/related fields
  • 1-2 years’ experience in program management
  • 1-2 years’ experience in fundraising, grants or nonprofits
  • 1-2 years’ experience working for an international organization or international setting a plus
  • Experience managing a development project in a foreign setting a plus
  • Excellent English language communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Proficiency in French language a plus
  • Strong understanding of quantitative and qualitative data, data collection, and statistics
  • Experience in report writing

Other Preferred Skills

  • Ability to multitask and work with diverse teams, communication styles and time zones
  • Demonstrated ability to manage people and influence others without formal authority
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a positive and professional work environment
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to manage time, especially remotely
  • Strong networking and customer service skills and ability to establish rapport

Candidates must have the necessary quality of enthusiasm of the mission and ethos of
Shelter For Life International and compliance with our faith-based work ethic.

Application instructions

Please email your cover letter, resume/CV, and a writing sample with the subject line: “Program Officer - West Africa.” Please include your name in the title of all attached documents. In your resume/CV, the work experience should be presented chronologically and should contain sufficient details to enable the review team to evaluate the qualifications and experience.

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