Program Officer in Abuja, Nigeria

at Catholic Relief Services

Program Development
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

Department: Programs/SMILE Project
Location: Abuja
Position Band: C-1
Reports To: Senior Program Manager

Primary Function:
The Program Officer (OVC) will be responsible for the management and coordination of the SMILE Program sub-grants with CSOs in Edo and the southern part of Kogi State (S)he will work closely with the State Coordinators(SCs) and Monitoring/Evaluation Officers(MEOs) to ensure project targets are met and documented appropriately. (S)he will liaise closely with Finance and Compliance Specialist (FCOs) to ensure proper accountability for project funds. She/he will also provide technical assistance and training as appropriate to partners to ensure that high standards of program implementation are provided.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Degree in development studies, public health or social sciences; Social work, or Community Development studies or related field or equivalent degree in humanities.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience related to vulnerable children programming in Nigeria.
  • Knowledge of Quality improvement approaches is strongly desired.
  • . The preferred candidate must be well versed in OVC programming, familiar with relevant SOPs, tools and quality related service standards within the context of the Nigerian OVC response
  • S/he should be knowledgeable on NOMIS M&E package and good understanding of institutional capacity building, grant management, service delivery and proposal development.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills and experience working with Civil Society Organizations and other implementing partners.
  • Good analytical skills
  • Ability to work closely with CSO partners, government agencies and commitment to network mission.
  • Appreciable M&E experience will be an add advantage.
  • Computer proficiency, particularly in Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook;
  • 1Good interpersonal skills including ability to work with multiple stakeholders successfully and to create linkages between organizations, communities and Government Agencies.
  • 1Willingness to travel and spend over 50% of their time in the field
  • 1Familiarity with USAID regulations is desired.
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