PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Senior Program Officer (SPO) plays a critical role in funding acquisition and grant management in the most fragile contexts in DRC, including the current Ebola Response. In 2018, World Vision DRC declared a Protracted Emergency Crisis – Sustained Humanitarian Response (SHR). The grant-funded SHR allows the National Office to respond with agility to humanitarian crises as they occur as well as to maintain operations in the most fragile of contexts. Currently, the SHR covers the Ebola outbreak in the East, the ongoing conflict-related crises in Tanganyika and Kasai Provinces, and the CAR refugee crisis in the Northwest of the country.
By mobilizing a cross-functional team to support grant acquisition and management objectives for the SHR, the SPO will directly contribute to WV DRC reaching more than 5 million children with life-saving relief and development by 2021.
The right person for this role will be able to deliver high-quality project proposals that result in portfolio growth, maintain positive relationships with key donors, and travel frequently to support WV DRC’s teams throughout the areas included in the Sustained Humanitarian Response.
Write proposals (Bilateral, Multilateral, WV) in concert with technical advisors, operations staff, and support services in response to the needs and the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Response Strategy. Possess the capacity for multi-sector program design that uses a multi-modality approaches as feasible (Cash/Voucher, GIK, Technical Support). Working knowledge of French is necessary for success in this position.
Support project teams with editing and preparing reports in line with field-level donor expectations and requirements (e.g. weekly to the OFDA DART).
Serve as primary point of contact for some support office and donor colleagues. Work with operational teams to support donor requests, engagement, and positioning for funding.
Represent World Vision and its capacity and operations to donors, clusters, and other key stakeholders in order to resource operations plan to address humanitarian needs, as required.
Support Finance in tracking of response funding to ensure response strategic priorities are funded and effective leveraging of available funding (including funding matrix).
Share information (including analysis) with internal and external stakeholders on a regular basis to meet their information requirements, including the development of a regular situation report.
Develop and maintain, as necessary, a reporting tracking system for all donor funds which clearly identifies dates and content requirements for the donors.
Provide grant management for designated projects to support timely implementation, to ensure operations are in alignment with context, and to submit reporting to donor organisations and relevant WV stakeholders.
Support P&C to develop staff care and capacity building plan specifically on programming and grant management, as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Must be at minimum a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences, Development, Anthropology or other related Social Sciences. Master’s degree in Development or diploma in NGO Management preferred.
Minimum 2 years of experience working as Program Officer.
Highly analytical with demonstrated problem-solving skills.
In-depth knowledge of project/logframe design and proposal writing.
Demonstrable experience working with or submitting proposals to major donors, such as ECHO, USAID, WFP, UNICEF, DFATD IHA.
Good understanding of World Vision and SPHERE standards, and accountability mechanisms such as HAP, the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct.
Highly effective written and verbal communicator.
Good networking skills and ability to interpret and present information with influence and impact.
Demonstrated ability to work cross-culturally.
Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.
Attend and participate in daily devotions and weekly Chapel services.
Perform other duties as required.
Work environment: Office-based
Travel: Up to 40 % local travel is required.
On call: often