Program Development Officer, USAID, Ethiopia

  • Posted on 18 September 2019

Job Description

Position Summary:

MSI is seeking multiple Program Development Officers (PDOs) for an anticipated USAID-funded, small grants focused project in Ethiopia aimed at supporting Ethiopia’s democratic reform process. This position will primarily responsible for activity identification and development and for field-level activities. The PDO will make and maintain relationships with key partners, local officials, and community leaders. S/he will design activities and grants, coordinate with program leadership, and work closely with grantees/partners. The PDO will also be responsible for coordinating political and security situation updates from their assigned field office. S/he will provide M&E support on an ongoing basis for activities during activity implementation.

**Please note: Only Ethiopian citizens are eligible for this position**

Responsibilities

Guiding Program Strategy

  • Work with the Chief of Party, Operations Manager, and USAID Country staff to formulate program strategy and identify geographical areas and population groups most vulnerable to adverse political pressures for program development.
  • Undertake travel to remote and often high-risk areas to reach the most strategically targeted communities for information gathering and assessments when needed.

Develop Activity Ideas

  • Lead in the identification of communities and community groups within the area of responsibility where program objectives can be met and draft activity ideas.
  • Write grant in the Activity Database after activities have undergone an initial review and considered viable.
  • Set indicators and a monitoring plan for each project in collaboration with the monitoring & evaluation officer.
  • Prepare grant packages for review by the Senior Management Team.

Liaise with Grantees and Counterparts

  • Collaborate in preparing for and conducting regular project development and implementation meetings with United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • Maintain working relationships and liaise with project counterparts as well as with international organizations, UN Agencies, and local and national authorities as appropriate.

Track Activity Progress

  • Collaborate in the response to ad hoc requests for information as well as frequent reporting to USAID.
  • Support grants specialist with the review of final deliverables prior to submitting to COP for activity closeout.
  • Support M&E officer with data collection, as needed, and with contributions to the final evaluation reports.
  • Assist the communications and reporting specialist in preparing success stories/anecdotes on individual projects and other public information material, including photographs for both internal and external purposes.
  • Supervise the field officers working to support grants.
  • Use the project’s Activity Database for activity management, including entering activity notes from site visits and other updates on activity implementation.
  • Provide capacity building and/or training to supervisees as necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the COP and/or operations manager.

Qualifications:

  • University degree in Social Sciences and/or community development or, alternatively, a combination of related education and professional experience.
  • A minimum of three years of experience working in project development and implementation, preferably related to community development, media development, local governance, and/or conflict, post-conflict, and peace-building issues.
  • Experience working with political transition programs is an advantage.
  • Experience working in such roles with USAID projects is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of program planning and implementation.
  • Advance knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and FrontPage).
  • Determination, commitment, efficiency, and adaptability.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Understanding of complex socio-political environments.
  • Ability to work under difficult conditions while maintaining security awareness.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously under pressure in a stressful environment and with colleagues from different cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated working proficiency in written and oral English is required.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer

To apply: Please visit our website, www.msiworldwide.com

About the Organization

Company Profile:

MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.

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