Sr. Program Officer

Classified title: Sr. Program Officer

Role/Level/Range: ACRP-4-MF

Starting Salary Range: Commensurate With Experience

Employee group: Full-Time

Employee subgroup (FLSA Status): Exempt

Position Type: New

Schedule (hours/days): 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Personnel area (School): Academic and Business Centers

Department name: Global Programs

Reports to (Job title): Reports to (Job title): Sr. Program Manager

General summary/purpose:

Sr. Program Officer needed to work in close collaboration with the Francophone portfolio Senior Program Manager to support the Burkina Faso, Chad and Cameroon country teams. Responsibilities include ensuring that good project management practices and tools are being used to stay on scope, schedule, budget in the region and for the country supported; providing support to country and region as requested/needed by the country directors. SPO will also support quality improvement and assurance initiatives in the region and support countries in the region to win new business.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Serve as proposal writer and program lead for regional opportunities and countries as needed including for Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon and other countries, as well as tracking new proposal development (NPD) opportunities
  • Provide budget inputs and conduct budget reviews for proposals
  • Lead project management trainings and develop Project Charters with team
  • Lead project management start-up process in countries according to internal processes and donor guidelines
  • Mentor POI in start-up processes
  • Conduct start-up after action reviews
  • Manage close out process according to internal processes and donor guidelines
  • Conduct After Action Reviews for closed out projects
  • Establish and run the routine monthly operations meetings
  • Monitor sub-awards
  • Track and manage project management standards for projects in assigned countries
  • Support country to develop quality workplans
  • Review/troubleshoot workplans and budgets
  • Review and escalate quality concerns in assigned countries (technical, project management, financial management, compliance)
  • Support regional communication needs
  • Ensure knowledge management is maintained for assigned countries
  • Hiring manager as needed for new staff
  • Orientation for new Jhpiego program officers in the region
  • Active engagement in portfolio-wide KM, strategy, and program improvement activities
  • Active involvement in GPO initiatives
  • Supervision and mentorship of assigned SPC
  • Additional assignments as assigned

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • Fluent French language skills
  • Advanced degree in public health or related field
  • Certified in PM@Jhpiego (Jhpiego’s internal project management curricula) or PMD Pro, or will be within 60 days of hire
  • 7 years’ progressively responsible experience developing or implementing international health or development programs
  • Successfully managing large complicated public health projects (e.g., multiple partners, difficult donor relations, low in-country capacity) by at least 2 different types of donors, including one USG donor in multiple countries with experience:
  • Submitted high quality reports submitted on time to donors
  • Managed partners as part of a consortium
  • Developed, analyzed and reviewed budgets
  • Analyzed expenses, variances, accruals, and pipelines
  • Successfully started up a new project
  • Successfully developed work plans
  • Successfully closed out a large project
  • Knowledge of USG or other international donor rules and regulations
  • Successfully supporting new program development for multiple proposals, including providing significant inputs to proposals as program lead such as budget inputs and writing sections of proposals
  • Understanding of global health, and international development program/financial management principles, operations
  • Strong ability and experience supervising and mentoring staff
  • Strong ability and experience organizing and conducting training and capacity building
  • Strong communication and presentation skills: developing communication products (success stories, FB posts, briefs, PowerPoint presentations), writing skills, and presenting skills
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making: identifying the problem; locating, gathering, and organizing relevant information; generating alternatives; choosing a solution; implementing the solution
  • Strong planning and organizing skills: planning; prioritizing; managing projects
  • Strong teamwork skills: identifying team membership and role; establishing productive relationships; meeting team objectives; resolving conflicts
  • Successfully dealing with challenging situations (HR, fraud, donor, etc.) including identifying issues and proactively working with team to resolve them
  • Identifying opportunities for improvement and making constructive suggestions for change
  • Experience with Office 365
  • Ability to travel up to 30% time
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