Program Officer

  • Posted on 3 June 2019

Job Description

Position: Program Officer

Location: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Duration: One Year Contract

Reports: Senior Program Manager

Position Summary: The Program Officer will be an integral member of the Programs team in RI Bangladesh. The Officer will lead on program development and grants management across the RI Bangladesh portfolio, covering short and long-term projects in health, protection, food security, and disaster risk reduction. Reporting directly to the Senior Program Manager, the Program Officer will be responsible for tracking program development opportunities; leading proposal development processes; supporting grants life cycle management; advising on donor rules and regulations; maintaining grants-related information, managing and producing high-quality and timely program reports and donor updates; and developing internal and external communication materials.


Program Development and Design:

  • The Program Officer will support the ongoing development of the RI Bangladesh Program Strategy and coordinate closely with senior management on potential opportunities for future programming.
  • Lead the proposal development process for high-quality proposals, budgets and supporting annexes, working with key stakeholders (e.g. program technical teams, finance, operations)
  • Work closely with Program Development (PD) and Grants and Contracts Unit (GCU) colleagues in Manila and Washington, D.C. to ensure coordination on proposal requirements
  • Facilitate periodic program learning and design sessions for adaptive management and program development

Grants Life cycle Management:

  • Support the program, finance and operations team throughout the entire grants life cycle:
    • Ensure involvement of Program and Operations Departments throughout budget development, incorporating supply needs and staffing needs
    • Work with teams to begin mobilization of projects prior to award signature
    • Lead grant opening meetings, quarterly grant review meetings, and grant close out meetings in collaboration with the Finance Manager
    • Coordinate the development of sub-grant agreements and any subsequent modifications;
    • Monitor expenditures, conduct variance analysis in collaboration with Program and Finance teams, and support internal and external budget realignments as necessary

Reporting and Compliance:

  • Support timely reporting and updates to donors, adhering to grant reporting deadlines
  • Maintain knowledge of grant agreement language and regulations, serving as a knowledge resource on assigned donors and escalating questions where needed.
  • Raise compliance issues proactively with senior management


This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

  • University or Master’s Degree, with 3-5 years of experience working with an international NGO.
  • Significant budget and proposal development experience
  • Strong budget oversight / management experience. The candidate should be comfortable supporting with budget realignment and identifying the proper coding/classification of costs
  • Experience with donors including UNHCR, PRM, UNICEF, USAID/OFDA
  • Ability to prioritize and deal with competing demands.
  • Fluent spoken and written English.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A team builder with excellent people skills; culturally sensitive and has the ability and interest to identify and work with a multicultural team.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

About the Organization

About RI

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 18 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Relief International includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RIFrance and RI-Europe. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.

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