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

Senior Program Officer

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) is an integral member of CNFA’s Program Management Team and will work on a dynamic team to support CNFA’s portfolio of agricultural development programs in Pakistan by providing administrative backstopping support from CNFA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

General Responsibilities:

  • Manage program implementation by providing technical support that includes, but is not limited to: input toward program strategy development; 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 critiquing and reviewing project documents such as grant and project proposals; development of scopes of work for short-term assistance and other technical contributions;
  • Manage and supervise performance of the Project Coordinator and Global Program Support Intern on their day to day backstopping support of the program
  • Work closely with the Safety and Security Manager regarding security-related concerns and in developing an effective strategy for the project in terms of its safety and security needs.
  • Monitor project spending
  • Support programs, including reviewing/editing program documents and reports, tracking and reports program events;
  • Maintain electronic filing system of all program documentation, stakeholder contacts and key deliverables;
  • Coordinate field travel for long-term and short-term staff – including visa procurement and processing, travel and accommodation logistics, briefings related to security and travel;
  • Prepare or review project documentation that requires home office and USAID approval;
  • Support the Communications Department by ensuring production and updating of high quality project communication tools;
  • Monitor projects to ensure programmatic compliance and contractual and financial compliance in collaboration with the Operations and Compliance Department, as well as achievement of project deliverables and impact;
  • Field travel for site visits, temporary assignments to assist in field office work efforts, general evaluation of program progress and potential, and collection of program information will be required;
  • Manage sub-contractors contractual and technical deliverables;
  • When approved, liaising with USAID to provide timely updates on program activities and impact and engage donors on development and implementation of programs; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience backstopping complex international development projects/programs focused on enterprise development, agriculture and/or agribusiness;
  • Experience with and knowledge of USAID (and/or other donor) program planning cycles, agreement rules and regulations, and reporting;
  • Strong budgeting and analytical capacity;
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships to gain support and achieve results;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives;
  • Ability to be flexible and interpersonal skills to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required;
  • Proficiency in the Urdu language preferred; and
  • Ability to travel internationally 10 – 25% is required.

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.