Program Development Officer

Posted about 1 year ago by Chemonics International Inc.
Location Erbil Job Type Contract
Salary Sector Consultancy

Chemonics seeks a program development officer (PDO) for an anticipated USAID project based in Erbil, Iraq. The project aims to provide assistance to persecuted religious and ethnic minorities in northern Iraq. The PDO plays a central role in activity development, including grant management, ensuring that activities with carefully selected organizations further the program’s objectives, in full compliance with donor and Chemonics regulations and policies. The PDO will travel to activity locations in the performance of his/her work, sometimes to remote locations under challenging conditions. We are seeking individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identify potential partners through networking and outreach, and work with them to design and develop grant concepts and activities
  • Identify and conceptualize potential activities that response appropriately to the current political situation and established program goals and objectives, including developing grants, short-term technical assistance (STTA) and Direct Delivery of Goods and Services (DDGS).
  • Develop and finalize multiple grants and other activities, on an ongoing basis, in a fast paced and highly changeable environment.
  • Closely monitor political, military, and other developments within area of responsibility on a daily basis. Share updates with the rest of the Program team in a timely fashion and document significant, activity-relevant developments in activity notes
  • Update team members on the status of activities during weekly implementation meetings and coordinate with grantees on a regular basis to ensure implementation is proceeding smoothly and challenges are proactively addressed


  • Bachelor’s degree in development, social sciences, or related field or bachelor’s degree in any field with one or more years of relevant experience
  • Experience in program development, grants management, monitoring and evaluation of program outputs and outcomes, research and analysis, or a related field
  • In-depth knowledge of the local context of Northern Iraq, including, but not limited to, Ninewah province
  • Proven ability to work independently and complete deliverables with little supervision
  • Grants under contract experience and knowledge of USAID grant rules & regulations preferred
  • Previous experience working for a donor or donor-funded program working in early recovery, democracy and human rights, conflict reduction, social marketing, media or related field is preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in written and oral Kurdish, Arabic, and/or another local language required; Written and oral fluency in English preferred

Application Instructions

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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