Mozambique - National Program Officer (2010134)

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 June 2010
  • Mozambique
  • Closing on 9 July 2010

Job Description

International Relief & Development (IRD) is a charitable, non-profit, non-governmental organization which focuses its operations in regions of the world that present social, political and technical challenges. IRD specializes in facilitating and supporting assistance that is tailored specifically to those most in need. IRD’s mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. The organization accomplishes its mission by implementing targeted cost-effective relief and development programs that improve the lives of these vulnerable groups.

- IRD was founded by Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr. in 1998.
- IRD provides more than $400 million annually in development and humanitarian assistance to Africa, Asia, the Balkans, Latin America, the Middle East and the Newly Independent States.
- Since 1998, IRD has provided over a billion dollars in humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations around the world.
- Each year IRD distributes more than $100 million in in-kind contributions to those in need around the world.
- Currently IRD is implementing or developing assistance programs in more than 30 countries.
- IRD provides cost-effective relief and development programs in six core sectors (Economic Development, Public Health, Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems, Infrastructure, Community Stabilization, Democracy, Governance and Community Development and Relief/Rapid Response) and Special Projects.

Program / Department Description:

IRD Mozambique has a number of USG and other government-funded projects in several provinces of the country. Activities include capacity building, HIV/AIDS education and care, water and sanitation, construction, income generation activities, gender empowerment, disaster risk reduction and food security. The Maputo office provides oversight to all of IRD’s Mozambique-based activities. The Mozambique Program Officer works closely with Mozambique country program managers to support overall program operations in Mozambique, including liaison with IRD headquarters (HQ) office in Arlington, Virginia. The Program Officer also supports the effective implementation of established systems and protocols for country program offices. As appropriate, the Program Officer also provides support for program development activities.

Position Description:

Program Operations

- Provide support to program managers to ensure regular and timely program financial reporting, programmatic monitoring and evaluation, and effective communications for all country programs based on the establish Program Reporting System.
- Work with staff to anticipate and solve problems, share experiences, and facilitate coordination between the projects.
- Meet regularly with the Country Director to review program implementation status and address issues, including those to be addressed with HQ based program officers.
- Coordinate with HQ Operations and the local logistics officer to support Program Managers for any material and equipment acquisition, disposition, and management in compliance with internal and donor requirements.
- Conduct periodic program implementation status assessments.

Program Development

- Identify new funding opportunities in Mozambique.
- As appropriate, participate in new business intelligence gathering, contribute to proposal writing, and foster field-originated proposals for new work in Mozambique.

The Program Manager will also be responsible for other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Experience:

- College degree.
- Knowledge of international development programming, project development and grant administration
- Minimum two (2) years experience working on a USG (USAID, DOS, DOD and/or USDA) funded program and acquaintance of program planning cycles and various contracting mechanisms used by donor partners preferred.
- Excellent English and Portuguese oral and written communications skills

Preferred Skills & Experience:

- Willingness to work on development and maintenance of relationships with donors and the NGO community.
- Willingness and ability to travel within the country.

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