Regional Program Development Officer, Africa and Asia

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Regional Program Development Officer, Africa and Asia 2

Position description

Relief International is an international non-profit organization that partners with communities impacted by conflict, climate change and disaster to save lives, build greater resilience and promote long-term health and wellbeing.

People living in fragile settings face complex, interconnected and deep-rooted crises that often tear a hole in the social fabric of communities. When this happens, our teams work closely with community leaders; first focusing on critical health needs, and then, as communities recover, focusing on both health and wellbeing programming that helps reweave the social fabric for greater resilience in the future.

Our team of more than 7,000 staff and local volunteers work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, providing Health and Nutrition, WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene), Education and Livelihoods programming that is safe, truly local, conflict sensitive, climate smart, evidence based, and reaches those in need.

Relief International is a 60-year-old international NGO alliance that is the product of mergers and alliances between four organizations. Today, Relief International is comprised of Relief International, Inc., Relief International-France, Relief International-UK and Relief International-Europe, all of which are led by a single senior leadership team.

Position Summary

Relief International seeks a Regional Programme Development Officer (Africa and Asia) to support its programme development efforts across two regions – Africa and Asia. This position will be responsible for providing a wide range of support to the Regional Programmes Team including coordination across a number of country offices across Africa and Asia, opportunity tracking and pipeline management, proposal proofreading, various databases’ management, desk research, programme development administrative tasks, donor compliance management, among other related tasks.

The position will report to the Regional Programme Development Manager (Africa and Asia), and work closely with the Regional Programmes Unit, Regional Finance Unit, Awards Management unit, and the Africa and Asia country offices.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

· Coordinate with country offices across all stages of programme development

· Contribute in preparation of proposals, including, but not limited to editing and review of proposal narratives, work-plan development and annexes management

· Track new opportunities and create summaries of the new opportunities for management to support decision making on application process (including application process, eligibility, and competency required for RI to apply)

· Track monthly progress of programme development (financial & submissions by country), success rates, trends, and present them to regional programmes team

· Support due diligence processes for new donors/new funding opportunities for country offices

· Manage final proposal submissions through external donor platforms

· Organize and fully document periodic and ad hoc departmental meetings and teleconferences with country offices and global support office

· Conduct research related to specific program sectors, RI’s work on the ground, donor priorities, regional funding trends, and prepare/update knowledge pieces such as capacity statements, reports, one pagers, etc.

· Support effective go/no-go decisions (including the preparation of go/no-go memos for decision-making) and cost share analysis

· Liaise with Regional Awards Management and Regional Finance Unit officers to jointly update approved project trackers

· Support ad hoc tasks assigned by the supervisor or the Regional Programme Director, as required.

· Provide administrative support including recordkeeping and data management

Other related tasks that may arise from time to time.

· Uphold and promote RI’s commitment to ensuring the safeguarding and safety of the vulnerable communities we serve.

· Consistent with RI’s safeguarding and protection policies, contribute to ensuring that all those who come into contact with Relief International staff and the communities we serve can be trusted to work safely with them

· Support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents sexual exploitation and abuse and promotes the implementation of the Code of Conduct and safeguarding policies.

· Work collaboratively with the Global Safeguarding Manager to advocate for the inclusion of safeguarding activities and resources within program

· Ability to demonstrate knowledge of donor requirements of safeguarding standards and protection from exploitation and abuse

Role requirements

Experience and skills required for the role.

· Master’s degree – International development or related field preferred but not required

· At least three to four years experience of working with an international NGO

· At least two to three years experience of working directly on programme/proposal/business development in an international/local NGO

· Familiarity and of grantwriting particularly with EU (EC, ECHO, etc.), US Government (BHA, BPRM, other USAid entities) and with UN Agencies is essential

· Comfort with multi-tasking, and willingness to work a flexible schedule to accommodate high-intensity, competing deadlines.

· Excellent coordination and communication skills: oral, written and editing

· Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines

· Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel and Outlook, Box, Sharepoint, One Drive

· Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and carefully review work for accuracy

· Ability to travel up to 15%, as needed

RI Values

Guided by the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence, as well as “Do No Harm,” Relief International Values:

We value

  • Integrity
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusivity
  • Sustainability

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