Program Officer, South Sudan
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
World Vision South Sudan is seeking a Program Officer to facilitate program development and resource acquisition for both emergency response (Cat III) and ongoing programming with high standards of appropriateness, timeliness, and effectiveness. The purpose of the position is to assist the Senior Program Officer and Program Development and Quality Assurance Director in developing and coordinating proposals for multi-sectoral relief and recovery programs; liaising with potential and current donors to establish relationships that promote fund acquisition and program collaboration; providing overall coordination in technical assistance, planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of assigned portfolios; and collaborating with other departments to develop integrated programming. This position is Juba-based, but 50% time has to be spent in the greater Upper Nile zone.
Work with field-based staff to develop concept papers and prepare proposals (including logical frameworks, draft budgets, budget narratives, and monitoring and evaluation plans) for major government, private and multi-lateral donors.
Work with field-based staff to prepare monthly, annual and end-of-project narrative reports and donor updates as required.
Participate in the design and implementation of baseline surveys, needs assessments, and impact evaluations as necessary.
Assist in development and implementation of systems that will support the organization’s efforts to monitor and evaluate its programs, to track information on project implementation, to store vital program documentation, and to gather and store information vital to communicating project impact and promote pro-active learning.
Provide regular, positive, and productive communication with respective donor representatives, the field, and partners regarding the implementation of program activities.
Assist in program managers to ensure donor compliance and program quality and discuss/initiate, where necessary, adjustments to original plans in close coordination with the Program Manager, SOs and external donors, based on sound impact analysis of proposed change.
Support Program Managers to ensure timely submission of high quality reports to donors.
Support Finance Officers to monitor grant implementation and resource/fund utilization rates in conjunction with the Finance Manager Grants.
Assist the Senior Program Officer and PDQA Director with developing key relationships and partnerships with other INGOs, local NGOs and donors.
Assist in preparation and signing of technical agreements with line ministries and other government agencies.
Identify funding gaps and seek new funding to support the program as needed.
Assist the Senior Program Officer and PDQA Director on monthly financial reviews and quarterly project implementation and financial reviews, and follow up on budget adjustments (amendment requests) where necessary, according to donor requirements.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field from accredited university.
At least 3 years of previous experience in project design, proposal writing and donor relations for an INGO in a relief and / or development context. At least one year of field-based work in a similar, conflict-prone environment is required.
Experience developing programs and proposals in the following fields preferred: Health & Nutrition, Food Assistance, Economic Recovery & Livelihoods, Education, Children in Emergencies, WASH, and Protection. Experience in working on resilience programming in fragile contexts preferred.
Experience negotiating with Government, Bi / Multi-lateral Agencies, private donors.
Experience working in a cross-cultural environment.
Willingness to work and travel to hardship locations.
Strong knowledge and understanding of the humanitarian industry (relief, development, and advocacy), including how INGOs operate in the global and local contexts. Good understanding of WV’s current ministry and operations.
Good networking skills.
Broad understanding and in-depth knowledge of government and bi/multilateral agency funding requirements, systems and procedures.
Excellent skills in project design, budget preparation, evaluation and report writing.
Ability to independently develop log frames, monitoring and evaluation plans and indicator tracking tables for projects and programs.
Understanding of World Vision’s Child wellbeing indicators, LEAP processes and templates.
Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and attention to detail in the development of written documents.
Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina.
Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environments, and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.
Ability to exhibit exemplary lifestyle as interpreted in specific local cultural context.
Excellent communication English language communication skills. Ability to express ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and effectively in writing using correct and appropriate grammar, structure and spelling.
Excellent computer knowledge including Word, Excel, Lotus Notes and Power Point.