This position is primarily responsible for activity identification and development and for field-level activities. The program development officer (PDO) will make and maintain relationships with key partners, local officials, and community leaders. S/he will design activities and grants, coordinate with program leadership, and work closely with grantees/partners. The PDO is also responsible for coordinating political and security situation updates from their assigned field office. S/he will provide M&E support on an ongoing basis for activities during activity implementation. This position will be based in Bol.
Guiding Program Strategy
- Work with the Chief of Party (COP), Operational Manager (OM), and Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) Country Representative and Deputy Country Representative to formulate program strategy, identify geographical areas and population groups where CTI can shore security gains through programming that rebuilds and strengthens communities’ resiliencies in order to reduce Boko Haram ability to recruit and operate in Chad.
- Undertake travel to remote and often high-risk areas to reach the most strategically targeted communities for information gathering and assessments when needed.
Develop Activity Ideas
- Lead in the identification of communities and community groups within the area of responsibility where program objectives can be met and draft activity ideas.
- Write grant in the Activity Database after activities have undergone initial review and considered viable.
- Set indicators and a monitoring plan for each project in collaboration with the monitoring & evaluation officer.
- Prepare grant packages for review by the COP and OM.
Liaise with Grantees and Counterparts
- Collaborate in preparing for and conducting regular project development and implementation meetings with United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/OTI.
- Maintain working relationships and liaise with project counterparts as well as with international organizations, UN Agencies and local and national authorities as appropriate.
Track Activity Progress
- Collaborate in the response to ad hoc requests for information as well as frequent reporting to USAID.
- Support grants specialist with the review of final deliverables prior to submitting to COP for activity close out.
- Support M&E officer with data collection, as needed, and with contributions to the final evaluation reports.
- Assist the communications and reporting specialist in preparing success stories/anecdotes on individual projects and other public information material, including photographs for both internal and external purposes.
- Supervise the field officers working to support grants.
- Use the project’s Activity Database for activity management, including entering activity notes from site visits and other updates on activity implementation.
- Provide capacity building and/or training to supervisees as necessary.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the COP and/or operations manager.
The successful candidate will be able to drive quick results and gradually work without direct supervision. He/she will exhibit organizational skills, attention to detail, personal commitment, creativity, efficiency, flexibility and problem-solving skills. Further desired qualifications are as follows:
- University degree in social sciences and/or community development or, alternatively, combination of related education and professional experience.
- A minimum of three (3) years of experience working in project development and implementation, preferably related to community development and/or conflict, post-conflict and peace-building issues.
- Experience working with political transition and demobilization programs is an advantage.
- Demonstrated field experience in conflict-affected areas.
- Experience working in such roles with USAID projects, specifically the OTI, is highly desirable.
- Knowledge of program planning and implementation.
- Advance knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and FrontPage).
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
- Understanding of complex socio-political environments, especially of the Lake Chad basin.
- Ability to work under difficult conditions while maintaining security awareness.
- Ability to work effectively and harmoniously under pressure in a stressful environment and with colleagues from different cultural and professional backgrounds.
- Willingness to travel in high risk areas is essential.
- French fluency required; Arabic fluency desired.
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
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