Program Officer/Senior Program Officer

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Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Apply by 11 February 2017
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 11 January 2017

Job Description

The Program Officer/Senior Program Officer will be based in DI’s home office in Bethesda, Maryland and will be primarily responsible for providing administrative and programmatic support.

The specific responsibilities of the position include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Work collaboratively as a member of a program management team;
  • Provide administrative, operational and programmatic backstop support for DI staff in Bethesda and overseas;
  • Produce monthly financial projections, monthly and quarterly accruals reports, and manage budget and cash flow;
  • Work with field staff and supervisors to ensure program compliance with relevant USAID regulations and mission orders;
  • Serve as primary point of contact for USAID in home office;
  • Submit approval requests to USAID for travel and subawards/contracts;
  • Liaise between country program staff and human resources on recruitment of expatriate personnel;
  • Support proposal development and budget preparation;
  • Review, approve and ensure timely submission of consultant contracts, grants, vendor contracts, and field expense reports;
  • Review and contribute to internal reports, annual work plans, and quarterly and monthly reports;
  • Maintain sound relationships with counterparts in the field to ensure teams are adequately supported.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in international relations, public policy, political science, or a related field;
  • Program Officer - Minimum of four years of project support and oversight; Senior Program Officer – Minimum of six years of project support and oversight;
  • Experience supporting USAID-funded programs strongly desired for Program Officer and required for Senior Program Officer;
  • Highly organized and able to prioritize multiple tasks and meet dynamic client deadlines;
  • Knowledge and experience in democracy, governance, anti-corruption and/or international development is preferred for Program Officer and required for Senior Program Officer;
  • Experience writing project proposals, work plans, and program reports is required;
  • Experience developing and managing budgets, and knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures is required;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel and members of donor organizations;
  • Experience living and working outside the U.S. preferred; and
  • Fluency in English and excellent writing and communications skills required.

This position will be filled at the Program Officer or Senior Program Officer level depending on the incumbent’s background and qualifications. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. DI will only contact candidates of interest.

All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

About the Organization

Democracy International, Inc. (DI) provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70 countries. DI is an equal opportunity employer.

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