Team: Programs | Commitment: Career | Location: Washington DC

Program Officer

Position Summary:

CNFA is seeking a Washington, D.C.-based Program Officer (PO) to backstop international development programs in the Africa and Middle East portfolio, primarily focused on a USAID-funded program in Egypt. Responsibilities include providing administrative and technical support to the programs to achieve results and ensure compliance with CNFA policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations. This position reports to the Director of Programs and works closely with Chiefs of Party.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Serve as the main point of contact between field offices and CNFA headquarters with periodic travel to field offices to conduct site visits, support specific activities such as work planning and reporting, conduct general evaluation of program progress, and collection of program information;
  • Support technical program implementation including, but not limited to: input toward program strategy development; work planning; assistance developing technical program materials and deliverables; monitoring and evaluation of program activities; development of strategic relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders; leadership in reviewing project documents such as grant and project proposals; development of scopes of work for short-term assistance and other technical contributions;
  • Backstop programs, including reviewing/editing program documents and reports, monitoring implementation in line with workplans and program descriptions, corresponding with USAID, providing financial management including invoicing, budget realignments, maintaining budget trackers and projections;
  • Monitor projects to ensure compliance with CNFA policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations in collaboration with the Awards and Compliance Unit;
  • Prepare or review project documentation that requires home office and USAID approval;
  • Coordinate subcontractor management including invoicing, technical direction, coordination, reporting, etc.
  • Support the Communications Department in developing high quality project communication tools;
  • Together with the Program Coordinator, maintain electronic filing system of all program documentation, stakeholder contacts and key deliverables;
  • Together with the Program Coordinator, coordinate field travel for staff and consultants, including visas, flight and accommodation logistics, and security briefings;
  • As requested, support new business development activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Bachelors’ Degree in a relevant field (Business, agricultural economics, international relations) required; a Master’s Degree is strongly preferred;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience backstopping international development programs is required, experience in Egypt or the Middle East desired;
  • Experience managing USAID cooperative agreements and grant activities is strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with agriculture and market-driven development programing preferred;
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and managing project budgets required;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, and clear, concise English written communication skills required;
  • Outstanding organization skills with a high level of attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively and manage multiple competing priorities;
  • MS Office proficiency required;
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

We are looking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. CNFA does not sponsor work visas.