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17-514: Program Officer
Country:South Sudan
Department:International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


The primary function of the Program Officer includes supporting the Program Manager in the implementation or program proposals and program activities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation

1. Program Support
• Ensure that programs are in compliance with laws; local, state, and external rules and regulations
• In close coordination with the Program Manager, review existing monitoring and evaluation systems and develop new systems that will ensure quality program implementation and reporting
• Provide guidance to national program staff to ensure successful implementation and reporting of programs, grants and contracts
• Monitor the progress of each project and assist with the identification of issues which may affect the quality of program performance and consequent program adjustments
• Respond to donor inquiries regarding program activities
• Coordinate the production of various informational grant program-related documents upon request by senior management
• Lead weekly meetings with national program staff
• Develop new project proposals for institutional and private donors
• Contribute to program reporting
• Identify program funding opportunities and securing donor meetings for Country Director
• Assist field programs when needed
• Maintain flexibility to take on added responsibility as and when needed

2. Representation
• Attend coordination meetings on behalf of the organization, gather and share information, develop and nurture contacts within the donor community, government and other NGOs as appropriate
• Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors

3. Human Resources Management
• Supervise national staff to ensure their smooth and effective operations
• Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff

4. Working Relationships
• Maintain frequent communication with Program Manager to ensure program activities and objectives are communicated
• Interface with national government and relevant agencies as necessary

5. Security
• Ensures application and compliance of security protocols and policies

6. Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.

7. Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

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. 


• Master’s degree in Public Health, International Development and/or in a relevant field of study
• Two to three years experience in program design and evaluation, of which at least one year in developing countries or resource deprived environment or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs
• Cross-cultural awareness and insight into health care issues
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions with limited supervision
• Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations
• Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively
• Creative and able to work with limited resources
• Team player and strong communication skills, both oral and written
• Proficient in computer applications, especially with MS Word and MS Excel, MS PowerPoint a plus