Program Officer III

District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 8 June 2015
Posted on 8 May 2015

Job Description

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology; creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Program Officer III


Project Description:

The West, Central Africa, Middle East and North Africa (WCA/MENA) Geographic Business Unit (GBU) applies the FHI 360 country centered delivery approach to achieve FHI 360’s mission and vision in our geographic area. The WCA/MENA GBU provides strategic leadership, management support and operational oversight to all projects and country offices within our portfolio. Our team works closely with project and country directors in the field as well as enterprise service teams and technical experts at the home office to ensure quality programs are being implemented and new business is being generated.


Job Summary / Responsibilities:

Provide leadership for projects and/or support country programs managed by the West and Central Africa, Middle East and North Africa (WCA/MENA) business unit, with a focus on francophone countries, with large, complex or start-up programs. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide ongoing programmatic support and financial oversight required by projects and/or the regional and country offices.
  • Participate in business development efforts to identify resources and new business opportunities and lead proposal development teams, as necessary.
  • Build capacity of country offices and implementing partners to manage programming.
  • Oversee the design and implementation process of country programs, subagreements and task orders; and act as primary point of contact for select countries.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reports and other relevant documents for field programs, e.g., quarterly narrative and financial reports on country office program implementation.
  • Contribute to the WCA/MENA BU annual strategic planning, work planning and budgeting processes, including identification of potential projects.
  • Manage the development of tools and procedures for project implementation; reporting; monitoring; evaluation; capacity assessment; and/or management consistent with cooperative agreement requirements, and manage dissemination of procedures to other staff.
  • Coordinate support for design and implementation planning, and technical assistance visits, including participation on field teams in select countries.
  • Determine the feasibility of developing new projects based on current initiatives and capabilities.
  • Provide leadership and team building at the project level.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical assistance and support to programs.
  • Provides administrative and project support, in addition to communication efforts related to program management and execution.
  • Ensures compliance with internal and external regulations.
  • Monitors budget for programs and develops monitoring system for reviewing project status. Ensures completion of program while adhering to budget, scope, and schedule requirements.
  • Develops/Reviews work plans, prepares presentations, and supports other related program objectives and deliverables or one or many programs.
  • Provides support to program management such as troubleshooting, updates work plans, coordinates travel arrangements and monitors program activities.
  • Tracks performance against Financial Cost Objective (FCO) ID, project timelines, budget, objectives, and deliverables.
  • Facilitates communication by answering partner inquires and monitoring project websites.
  • Designs, implements, and coordinates specific program activities and may conduct research to achieve program goals.
  • Works with Project Manager and assists with developing budgets, proposals, managing grants, project materials, and information.
  • Collects, complies and analyzes information relevant to the program.
  • May provide administrative support to programs as needed by writing, reviewing, and translating reports on a quarterly basis.
  • Documents and shares project accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned among internal and external partners.
  • Serves as the liaison for internal units, such as finance, contracts, centers, etc.
  • Supports program/project teams administratively and technically to provide high quality deliverables to clients.
  • Develops reports, briefing papers, press releases, and presentations as necessary for one or multiple projects/programs.
  • Ensures timely implementation, and monitors project activities against work plans.
  • Identifies resource development opportunities and assists with budgeting and writing proposals.
  • Serves as the liaison with government officials, local communities, and other organizations.
  • Provides technical input to projects, including monitoring and evaluation.
  • Supervises and mentors staff and provides training on systems, policies, and regulations.
  • Leads projects/programs in coordination among project leaders.
  • Oversees all aspects of the program.
  • Ensures integrity of design and implementation of program.
  • Provides timely and high quality work plans with programmatic, financial, technical reports.
  • Ensures achievement of project performance objectives and deliverables.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with government agencies, and other organizations.
  • Represents organization in matters pertaining to the execution of the program.

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or its international equivalent in Public Health, international development or other related field. MS/MA preferred.
  • Minimum of 8 + years’ experience with program management, international development programs and US Government rules and regulations; or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience sufficient to successfully perform the key responsibilities of the job.
  • Overseas field experience required.
  • Knowledge of project management required.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues in assigned areas e.g. reproductive health, family planning, HIV infection, gender considerations, governance.
  • Experience managing donor funded projects.
  • Prior team lead experience preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Written and verbal English & French language proficiency required.
  • Relevant computer software skills required.
  • Ability to work independently with initiative to manage high volume work flow; may structure work of staff members.
  • Ability to travel internationally 15-20%.



This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360’s Career Center for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.

About the Organization

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

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