Regional Program Officer

  • Posted on 30 December 2018

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Regional Program Officer

REPORTS TO: Regional Program Director

LOCATION: Washington, DC, London, Paris or Brussels, with travel to RI Africa country programs

DURATION: 1 year


Relief International (RI) is an international relief and development agency with cross-sectoral programs comprised of teams of humanitarian and development professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development. In Africa, RI currently works in South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and Uganda, with plans for additional expansion.


The Regional Program Officer, Africa will be responsible for project design, proposal development and grants management backstopping for the Africa portfolio. A member of the Regional Program Team, the Regional Program Officer works with the Regional Program Director to provide ongoing support to country program teams and ensures coordination with the Global Grants and Contracts Unit (GCU) and other departments. The RSGO will also liaise with donors, working with country, regional and global team members to ensure that RI is accurately and promptly complying with donor requests related to grant management.


Project design and proposal support

  • Write, review and edit proposal narratives and other documents when assigned as part of proposal teams.
  • Conduct pre-submission compliance check on all proposal packages. Submit final packages and ensure PD and field teams receive submitted versions.
  • Ensure all submitted proposal packages are filed and accessible.
  • Review budgets and other supporting documentation for accuracy and compliance with donor regulations.
  • Facilitate review of newly awarded agreements.
  • Provide other proposal development tasks, including in-country support when needed.

Grants management

  • Conduct regular grant management check-ins with GCU, Regional Program Director and country grant and compliance focal points. Liaise with country teams to identify any issues that needs to be addressed by GSO unit (HR, Ops, GCU, finance, etc.)
  • Update program quality dashboard on a quarterly basis, using inputs from country teams.
  • Support the mobilization of new programs, reviewing grant agreements and modification, completing relevant internal forms, and flagging relevant reporting, compliance and donor information to country teams.
  • Ensure on-time submission of all donor reports. Ensure high quality content and compliance with guidelines and requirement. Provide final copy edit and/or support in writing assigned sections. When needed, deploy to country programs to assist in writing reports.
  • Maintain updated Africa grant folders on Box, coordinating with GCU as necessary.
  • Regularly update regional grants and reporting tracker to ensure country programs are aware of pending submissions.
  • Provide grant management capacity building for field teams, including identification and mentorship of grant management focal points, development of grant management guidance, sharing of tools and resources, and other training as needed.
  • Lead overall coordination of grant modifications, sharing resources/guidance with country teams, facilitating reviews/input from regional and global departments as needed.
  • Work with country teams and GCU to ensure compliant close out, gathering inputs as necessary to complete internal and external requirements.
  • Provide other grant management and compliance tasks as needed.

Communications and Representation

  • Serve as a focal point with donors, coordinating with the appropriate RI colleagues to ensure accurate and timely communication.
  • Develop capacity statements on country programs, specific projects and other themes or PowerPoint and other presentation materials as needed.
  • Attend and participate in external meetings, workshops, conferences etc., and brief the Africa team.
  • Liaise closely with Global Communications/Philanthropy team to develop materials for website and social media on the Africa region as needed.

Job requirements

  • Master’s degree in International Development, Economics, Public Health or related field.
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in supporting humanitarian/development programming, ideally in grants/project management.
  • Proven experience in proposal development with USAID/OFDA, ECHO, DFID and UN organizations.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Familiarity with US Government grant regulations preferred.
  • Ability to travel internationally to support country programs.

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


For consideration please submit a detailed CV and cover letter by January 31, 2019. Due to the critical nature of this position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will be interviewed prior to the closing date that may appear on any of the job boards where this is posted.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

About RI: Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 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.

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