Senior Programme Officer – WASH, Schools and Solar (Madagascar based)

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Position Overview

This in country post is based in our WASH and Schools Programme, and will provide support to emerging target areas focusing on; community solar electrification projects, WASH healthcare and education infrastructure development, and support the wider team in developing integrated service provision in rural schools.

This is a superb opportunity for a passionate development professional with one to three years of experience in grant writing, programme delivery and an interest in solar, WASH, or education projects, who would like to make the step into a management position.

The successful candidate will work alongside national and international staff, communities and partners in Madagascar, supporting the grant writing, reporting, evaluation and continual development of our WASH and Schools programmes.

It is essential that the post holder has grant writing experience and is able to work in English to a high standard. Candidates who do not meet these criteria will not be considered.

Location: Fort Dauphin, Anosy Region, Madagascar
Timeframe: 2 years, extendable (probationary period 3 months)
Terms and conditions: Local stipend, contribution to a return flight of £1000 and to insurance of £650 Reporting to: Head of Programmes (WASH and Schools)

Duties and responsibilities:

Provide advice and support in the development of projects including: preparation and editing of funding proposals; preparation and editing of reports for external stakeholders; monitoring and evaluation of current projects; developing and updating guidelines and templates for external-facing materials; liaison with the London project development team and local staff; and support and mentoring of interns and Programme Officers.

Core Duties

  • Support Programme Officers and interns in compiling funding proposals based on evaluations, team discussion and international best practice in an engaging and professional manner

  • Support Programme Officers in writing project reports that clearly demonstrate the successes and challenges of the projects, learning from the project and providing clear budgetary information

  • Provide first-stage editing of all proposals and reports across the department to a high standard and providing detailed, constructive feedback to Programme Officers

  • Support in the management of donor compliance across several projects, working with the Head of Programmes and the implementation team to ensure that project milestones are being met

  • Work alongside the Head of Programmes in problem-solving and providing additional support in line with emerging issues from project implementation

  • Manage pieces of long-term project work that require a higher level of expertise and experience across the department

  • Support in the recruitment of new staff and provide support, management, review and professional development to your team Programme Officers and specialists

  • Foster essential cross-cultural collaboration, providing support to both the national and international teams to bridge gaps in understanding and priorities for project development and implementation

  • Provide pastoral care, guidance and act as a role model, both professionally and personally, for a team of early career professionals living in country

  • Develop and update resources to support project development processes, including proposal and budget templates and style guidelines

  • Assist departmental MEL specialists in developing MEL tools and analysing data, including the writing of MEL reports when needed

  • Support the growth of project development procedures, guidelines, and trainings, and provide project-specific information to inform policy development across the organisation

  • Work with the Programme Officers and to ensure that statistics, research, funding trackers, photo database and handovers relating to the projects are accurate

  • Work with the Media and Communications Officer on project website and social media content

  • Work with the national team and external partners in increasing their skills and capacity,
    providing mentoring or training where appropriate

  • Take an active role in project management meetings, leading discussions and standing in for the
    Head of Programmes where appropriate

  • Ensure all of SEED’s policies and procedures are evident throughout the work of the department,
    including those for safeguarding, whistleblowing and anticorruption, and undertake continual
    training to ensure these are promoted at all times

  • Complete any other tasks required by the Head of Programmes or Director of Operations

    Person specification

  • Degree-level qualification or equivalent experience in WASH or international development

  • Minimum of 1-2 years professional experience of securing funding, project management, donor compliance and donor reporting

  • Familiarity with the use of project management tools including Logical Frameworks, Theory of Change models, Budgets, Activity Plans and Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) with excellent written communication skills, to the level of editing English documents for publication

  • Ability to speak French is desirable

  • Excellent proposal and report writing and editing skills, with previous experience compiling project proposals and reports and the ability to tailor written information to various audiences

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to SEED’s ethos and approach and be a good ambassador for the organisation at all times

  • Have passion, curiosity and motivation for the job

  • Experience of living and working in a developing country with the ability and desire to work with teams from different economic and cultural backgrounds and across multiple language barriers

  • Demonstrate proven ability to recognise and appropriately deal with challenging situations and problem solve

  • Demonstrate an awareness of and comfort with increased social and professional responsibility, working at all times with cultural sensitivity and respect

  • Demonstrate the ability, social skills and confidence to give clear guidance and support to other members of the team in respect of the philosophy and procedures of SEED in order to protect both their safety and the reputation of the NGO

  • Be able to work to and advocate for all of SEED’s policies and procedures, safeguarding those
    that SEED works with and reporting any concerns appropriately

  • Be punctual and be able to work to tight deadlines in an organised manner and to a high standard

  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Excellent listening and verbal communication skills and a flexible and patient attitude

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

How to apply

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter in English outlining how their skills and experience match the requirements in the job description criteria to SEED Madagascar Director of Programmes and Operations, Lisa Bass by email on [email protected]
Please note: AI generated cover letters and recruitment exercises will not be processed.

Application Deadline: Monday 27th May 2024 at 23:59 GMT
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout this period. Candidates will complete an exercise and long-listed applicants will have an initial informal interview with Madagascar-based staff and those short-listed will then be offered a formal interview.

SEED Madagascar actively encourages equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and aims to create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation, and unlawful discrimination, where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued.

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