Duties and responsibilities:
The Senior Program Development Officer (SPDO) plays a key role in supporting the implementation and oversight of Transition Activities Pool (TAP) programming, as well as aspects of financial, procurement, and budgeting management; subcontractor management; and Task Order start-up and close-out. The SPDO will coordinate with project staff responsible for all aspects of activity implementation while staying apprised of the evolution of the local political, legal, and economic situation and on how to continuously adapt the program.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Under the supervision of the Deputy Chief of Party-Programs (DCOP-P), ensure appropriate implementation of program strategy.
- Supervise the activity development staff and other staff involved in activity development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.
- In cooperation with the Senior Management Team (SMT) and other relevant staff, ensure that procedures are established and complied with for activity development, activity worthiness, activity implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and closing.
- Ensure that program implementation is in accordance with regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the Task Order SOW. This will include vetting grantees and monitoring grantee progress during activity implementation, ensuring that all procurement processes are perceived as transparent by beneficiary communities, ensuring fair and transparent processes, review of financial management, and monitoring activity implementation.
- Understand and analyze national, regional, and local politics, and guide program staff in creatively designing grants that relate to the current political environment.
- Work with the SMT, the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer (MELO), and regional offices to improve implementation processes throughout the program.
- In collaboration with other relevant staff, identify program opportunities and potential local partners.
- Ensure that relevant staff use, maintain, and upload weekly to the USAID/OTI Web Based Database and that data is consistent and complete.
- Work with program staff and other relevant parties to support security of persons, information, and goods directly related to implementation of individual activities.
- Under the guidance of the USAID/OTI Country Representative (CR), Deputy Country Representative (DCR), COP, and DCOP-P, contribute to the design and implementation of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning system at the activity level and for ensuring that all activities are monitored and evaluated.
- Other tasks as assigned by supervisor.
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:
- Five to seven years of relevant experience required, including supervisory experience.
- Strong organizational, management and administrative skills, preferably with respect to report writing and monitoring and evaluation.
- Demonstrated analytical ability and understanding of local and regional context and social conditions in country and the surrounding region, with the ability to think creatively in conceptualizing relevant grant activities.
- Proven knowledge of local and international organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and community-based organizations implementing relevant activities and programs in country, as well as key governmental actors and stakeholders.
- Experience in working with local organizations on project design, assessing technical and programmatic capacities; implementation of activities preferred.
- Experience and/or good understanding of donor organizations.
- Ability to effectively use computer software and MS Office application applications. Willingness to learn how to use the OTI Activity Database.
- Ability/willingness to travel throughout name target country/region.
- Fluency in written and oral English and Arabic is required.
- Position open to Sudanese nationals only.