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Friday, October 20, 2017

Program Officers, Berlin, Germany

by Juma Mzuri  |  at  4:25 AM

Chemonics seeks program officers to support developing and implementing activities in Syria for the ongoing Injaz project. Program officers will be based in Berlin, Germany; will not be required to travel inside Syria; and will have a five-day workweek. The program officers will have a central role in developing and managing grants with community-based organizations and local councils in Syria, in full compliance with donor and Chemonics regulations and policies; develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with local grantees to foster program objectives, largely supporting education; and work in coordination with many other team members, including field staff. Program officers will report to the chief of party and supervise field program advisorswho will work primarily in Syria. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

 
Responsibilities include: 
  • Proactively identify and conceptualize potential activities that respond appropriately to the current political situation and established program goals and objectives
  • Prepare grant documents to ensure consistency with program priorities, goals, and objectives
  • Organize and facilitate kickoff meetings with grantees to review grant agreements and regulations/requirements related to reporting; procurement, if any; monitoring; and invoicing
  • Adhere to and act in accordance with Chemonics' professional code of ethics, "Living Our Values," making its principles part of Injaz's culture and operating procedures and ensuring the highest levels of integrity
  • Foster and maintain effective professional relationships with prospective and actual grantees and vendors
  • Liaise with grantees, with support from the field program advisors
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees and potential grantees as required, during the grants preparation and implementation phases
  • Prepare drafts of relevant sections of donor reports, and respond to time-sensitive donor requests for information
  • Analyze the rapidly changing political environment and contribute to planning exercises, under the overall guidance of the chief of party
  • Coordinate with procurement and finance team members to ensure effective grant implementation, compliance, and procurement requirements
  • Maintain complete and accurate hard-copy grant files using the Chemonics grant file checklist
  • Evaluate grants progress, and coordinate with grantees and other staff to ensure that monitoring and evaluation data and final reports are satisfactory
  • Supervise field program advisorsproviding clear guidance of priority tasks; communicate with field staff on a daily basis
  • Organize and facilitate periodic debrief meetings and training events with field program advisors, to be held remotely from Berlin, Germany
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the chief of party to ensure the overall effective implementation of program activities
Qualifications: 
  • High school diploma required; university degree preferred
  • Strong organizational, management, and administrative skills, preferably with respect to grant proposals and report writing
  • Ability to develop detailed grant budgets in Microsoft Excel
  • Demonstrated analytical ability and understanding of local and regional political context, with the ability to think creatively in conceptualizing relevant grant activities
  • Ability to communicate effective problem-solving approaches to challenges with low capacity grantees, a fluid operating environment, and strict Chemonics and donor regulations
  • Familiarity with local governance and education stakeholders preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Experience in at least one of the following areas: education; psychosocial support; capacity building of NGOs and/or community-based organizations, councils, or other governance entities; monitoring and evaluation; provision of technical support to networks of service delivery organizations
Application Instructions: 

 
Please send your CV and Cover Letter to: RecruitmentInjaz@chemonics.com by October 26, 2017. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

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