Senior Program Development Officer

Senior Program Development Officer

Creative Associates International

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Senior Program Development Officer (SPDO) plays a key role in supporting the implementation and oversight of Transition Activities Pool (TAP) programming, as well as aspects of financial, procurement, and budgeting management; subcontractor management; and Task Order start-up and close-out. The SPDO will coordinate with project staff responsible for all aspects of activity implementation while staying apprised of the evolution of the local political, legal, and economic situation and on how to continuously adapt the program.

Responsibilities: The SPDO is responsible for:

  • Programmatic aspects of the program. S/he or his or her designee will supervise the activity development staff and other staff involved in activity development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Ensuring appropriate implementation of program strategy.
  • In cooperation with the COP, Operations Manager, and other relevant staff, ensuring that procedures are established and complied with for activity development, activity worthiness, activity implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and closing.
  • The SPDO will ensure that program implementation is in accordance with regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the program objectives. This will include monitoring grantee worthiness, ensuring that all procurement processes are perceived as transparent by beneficiary communities, ensuring fair and transparent processes, review of financial management, and monitoring activity implementation.
  • Understanding and analyzing national, regional, and local politics, and guiding program staff in creatively designing grants that relate to the current political environment.
  • Working with the COP, Operations Manager, the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer, and regional offices to improve implementation processes throughout the program.
  • Serving as the COP and USAID Country Representative’s (CR’s) and/or designee’s primary point of contact for current information about the status of activity implementation.
  • In collaboration with other relevant staff, identifying program opportunities and potential local partners.
  • Ensuring that relevant staff use, maintain, and upload weekly to the USAID Web-Based Database and that data is consistent and complete.
  • Working with the COP, Operations Manager, and other relevant parties to support security of persons, information, and goods directly related to implementation of individual activities.
  • Under the guidance of the USAID CR, DCR, and the COP, contribute to the design and implementation of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning system at the activity level and for ensuring that all activities are monitored and evaluated.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of six (6) years of relevant work experience and a bachelor’s degree or ten (10) years of relevant work experience without a bachelor’s degree. Relevant experience entails working in complex, high-speed, and/or challenging field operations in developing countries.
  • A minimum of one (1) year of supervisory experience.
  • Experience with activity design, as well as development and management of projects, involving activities at either the community level or national level.
  • Experience with grants management.
  • Financial management experience, including budgeting, financial management (tracking, reporting and accounting, and procurement).
  • Fluency in written and oral English.

Highly Desired Qualifications:

The following are highly desired but not required:

  • Experience with a donor, contractor, or international NGO managing an office or program.
  • Experience supervising culturally and geographically diverse staff.
  • Experience with in-kind and/or small grants.
  • Experience working in complex political transition and/or conflict environments.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints.
  • Experience with remote management in security-challenged environments.

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