Senior Program Officer | ReliefWeb


Position Summary

This position will provide maternity leave cover for the Senior Program Officer position for the PHIA project from approximately March 2021 through September 2021. Reporting to the Director of Management and Operations, the Senior Program Officer provides implementation and operational support for awarded survey projects in a variety of assigned countries.


• Facilitate the overall management of a portfolio of survey projects in designated countries, by supporting planning, monitoring and reporting processes, to ensure timely and cost-effective implementation of project activities.

• Contribute to the development of program planning and monitoring tools, and ensure utilization of these tools to support project implementation.

• Coordinate the development and monitoring of country-specific implementation plans.

• Monitor the progress of projects and activities towards the achievement of key objectives and deliverables, including identification of implementation challenges which may affect the quality of program performance. Collaborate with country teams to organize solutions to challenges as they arise, and ensure they are addressed in a timely manner.

• Facilitate planning and coordination of project-related technical assistance provided by ICAP units and external consultants in support of project implementation.

• Ensure compliance with sponsor/donor requirements and University protocols and policies. Contribute to the preparation and implementation of corrective action plans.

• Liaise with HQ and country procurement teams to ensure development of realistic procurement plans. Oversee the procurement process to ensure that necessary procurements are made on time and within budget. As timelines and project requirements shift, ensure that any procurement changes are identified and addressed.

• Support country teams with management of grant funds by coordinating development and submission of prior approval requests and other donor required forms and documents.

• Review and monitor project expenditures in collaboration with headquarter and field finance and program staff.

• Coordinate response to donor inquiries regarding program activities.

• Coordinate the compilation of information for progress reports, lessons and innovations, and other program materials for internal and external communication.
• Perform other related duties, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Public Health or Business related discipline or equivalent in education and experience
  • 4 years relevant work experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong experience in the use of Microsoft office software programs including Excel spreadsheets.
  • Experience in the management and operational requirements of donor-supported public health or development projects.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum four years’ experience working on research, training, or technical assistance projects related to public health or a health-related field.
  • Experience in HIV or other related programming in developing country settings
  • Experience working with US government funded grants and contracts and knowledge of US government rules and regulations
  • Proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in French, Portuguese or relevant indigenous local languages.


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