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17-423: Program Officer
Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
SUMMARY: The Program Officer is an integral part of the International Medical Corps, supporting multiple country programs within an assigned portfolio. Working under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Program Officer assists in coordinating International Medical Corps' emergency relief and development activities, participating in program design and development, supporting country teams, and providing guidance to International Medical Corps field staff from headquarters. As requested, the Program Officer represents and advocates for International Medical Corps programs to partners in the international development community, donors, and government representatives.
RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.
• Serve as a primary point of contact and coordination between all internal departments and the country teams, including compliance, finance, resource development, logistics, legal, security, human resources, and communication.
• Backstop the daily operations of country programs to ensure continuance through appropriate response to context changes, mission, program, and beneficiary needs, donor positioning, lessons learned, and best practices.
• Facilitate compliance with internal and external regulations (referencing internal audit quarterly reports), all applicable laws, and contractual obligations, in consultation with Legal and Compliance.
• Facilitate timely and adequate cooperation with Grants, Contracts Management (GCM) and Finance regarding review and approval of agreements (MOUs, contracts, etc.).
• Contribute to reports (internal, financial, donor, special and other) and their flow, including review, analysis, and compliance with deadlines.
• Assist in developing and implementing regional and country strategies; provide feedback on identified country program directions.
• Using the country strategies as a base, manage ongoing program development and design. This will include identification of needs; identification of donors, donor priorities, and donor opportunities; and program design.
• Assist in the proposal process, which may include proposal writing, editing, and proofreading, coordination of International Medical Corps departments, technical input preparation for submission, submission, following through approval process, and assisting in start-up activities.
• Expand International Medical Corps horizons and ensure sustainability through the use of new funding mechanisms, new program concepts, and the adaptation of new program techniques using consultants as necessary.
• Travel to country programs to provide backstopping, assessment support, and strategy development.
• Perform problem solving and mitigation as needed.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Job Knowledge: Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the responsibilities specific to the job, as well as the ongoing capacity to stay abreast of changes in job functions.
Interpersonal/Communication Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other employees. Maintains good work relationships both internally and externally and has the ability to work productively as a team.
Situational Judgment: Demonstrates the ability to make good decisions about what should be done given a specific situation. Thinks carefully before taking action and behaves appropriately for the circumstances.
Problem Solving Skills: Demonstrates the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, information and available resources to resolve issues.
Compliance & Ethics: Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these standards to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.
Leadership: Takes responsibility for actions, decisions, and outcomes. Can confidently take the lead role on a team, if and when necessary.
• Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of relevant work experience or Master’s degree (e.g. Public Health, Social Work, International Relations, Business Administration, International Development, etc.) plus 1-2 years of relevant experience required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret USG/EU/UN donor regulations and requirements;
• Ability to write reports;
• Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management and field programs;
• Understanding of health and development concepts in developing countries;
• Outstanding organizational skills;
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
• Excellent self-motivation skills;
• Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, and the ability to deal with a broad spectrum of people;
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently;
• Excellent ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced and constantly changing environment;
• Be flexible possess the ability to cope in stressful situations;
• Be creative and possess the ability to work with limited resources;
• Strong analytical and research skills;
• Ability to assess field program needs;
• Strong computer skills;
• Willingness and ability to travel extensively; and
• Foreign Language skills desired.