Chemonics Iraq seeks applications from qualified candidates for the position of Program Development Officer (PDO). This position will focus on programming in Ninewa Plain and will be based in Erbil. The PDO plays a central role in shaping the program’s strategy, identifying potential partners, and developing activities in support of program objectives. S/he must have a deep understanding of the programming location where s/he works – including issues/challenges in the area; prospective partners; and other ongoing activities in the area. The PDO provides input for the development of the program’s strategic framework based on their analysis of programming locations. The PDO is also expected to coordinate with other members of the team who are responsible for various aspects of the activity cycle.
Closely monitors political, social, stability, economic development and other developments within area of responsibility to inform program strategy, partner selection, and activity development; shares information widely and rapidly to build shared situational awareness and program contextual understanding
In close partnership with FPCs, leads program development in a discrete geographic area
In close partnership with FPCs, identifies potential partners through networking and outreach, and work with them to design and develop grant concepts
Prepares, presents, analyzes, and evaluates grant concepts, applications, and grant agreement/award documents to ensure consistency with program priorities, goals, and objectives
Communicates widely through the GMU to ensure robust shared situational awareness; actively engage peers and colleagues in development process and provide continuous feedback to team members
Consults with other program members in the development of activities to ensure sound design, based on lessons learned and that are aligned with programmatic objectives
Coordinates and liaises with other USG implementing partners and donors in IRP’s programming areas
Provides technical input/oversight during activity implementation to ensure the activity adheres to the original design and objectives
Supports partner capacity building as required, including during development, including supporting grantees to design outreach plans, ensuring realistic and feasible implementation plans, technical specifications for in-kind procurements; and developing a branding and communications strategy
Uses the Activity Database to document and monitor activity updates, in close coordination with other team members
Updates team members on the status of pending activities under development as well as developments under cleared activities in coordination with other members of the team
Participates and provides input into the development of the program strategic framework, objectives, and proposes concepts for yellow light
Undertakes other duties as assigned by supervisor
Bachelor’s degree in development, social sciences, or related field required; master’s degree in a related field preferred.
A minimum of three years of pertinent professional experience.
Strong organizational, management and administrative skills.
Demonstrated analytical ability and understanding of local and regional contexts, with the ability to think creatively in conceptualizing relevant grant activities.
Ability to obtain knowledge and assess capabilities of local and international NGOs, community-based organizations, interim governing structures, and media outlets implementing relevant activities and programs in Iraq.
An up-to-date understanding and knowledge of the political environment and social conditions in Iraq.
Experience and/or good understanding of donor organizations.
Ability/willingness to travel throughout Iraq.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to prioritize multiple work assignments in an extremely fast-paced environment, to meet deadlines, and to exercise good, professional judgment that communicates the established message of the program.
Working proficiency in office computer applications, including MS Word, and Excel.
Fluency in written and oral Arabic and English is required; written and oral fluency in other local languages is a plus, but not required.