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Regional Program Development Officer, Middle East & Europe

Samaritan’s Purse

Erbil, Iraq 

Description of Job duties:

  • Develop programming through writing concept papers, proposals and budgets for Samaritan’s Purse (SP) using best practices and lessons learned in coordination with appropriate program units;
  • Reports directly to the Regional Director (RD) Advocate at International Headquarters (IHQ) on behalf of the field for needed and reasonable changes within field policies;
  • Act as primary driver of the proposal development process in the region, working in close collaboration with national PDOs and directors to inform project design and determine feasibility;
  • Serve as the main liaison/initial point of contact with IHQ on all proposals, agreements, reports, and amendments;
  • Represent SP-Europe and Middle East in relevant UN cluster meetings and other donor/partner meetings;
  • Build relationships on behalf of SP-Europe and Middle East with bilateral donors, International Non-governmental Organizations, and other agencies;
  • This job has no direct supervisory responsibilities; however, will also oversee various technical support staff in the specific programs designed and will coordinate with associated program units;
  • Conduct relevant trainings on program development process and grant management at SP field offices;
  • Conduct regional donor outreach to new donors not presently in SP’s funding portfolio and identify future funding opportunities through unsolicited calls for proposals;
  • Review/write proposals in close collaboration to ensure they align with rules and regulations of awarding agencies and/or internal requirements;
  • Monitor and be aware of upcoming agency “calls for proposals” and proactively inform assigned supervisors of upcoming opportunities;
  • Work with PDOs to facilitate writing and timely submission of all narrative donor reports;
  • Support PDO and in-country senior management teams in assessing proposal opportunities;
  • Assist as needed in program implementation, including: developing assessments, baselines, budgets, monitoring and evaluation systems, field visits to verify data, reporting and close-out;
  • Align with the various SP Country Directors regarding the rules and regulations of the field office and ensure that they are aware of all meetings, progress and ideas being formulated;
  • May participate and assist in monitoring disasters outside of current field office location, participate in exploration of opening new field offices and/or participate on a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).

Job requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Development (or related field) required; Master’s Degree preferred. Strong field based experience will be considered;
  • At least 3 years’ international experience required, preferably related to implementation of relief and development programming;
  • Extensive experience and strong working knowledge of the grant submission processes of major external donors such as UN, CIDA, DFID and USAID, PADF, etc.;
  • Expert technical writing skills, including developing proposals, training/instruction manuals, and reports;
  • Demonstrated ability to translate technical expertise into mentorship and leadership of less experienced program development staff within the region;
  • Able to confidently perform in an advisory capacity to senior leadership, both within the region, and within the organization;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in the English language;
  • Knowledge of basic public health skills, such as:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) principles;
    • Utilizing Information, Education, and Communication;
    • Program Management.
  • Excellent knowledge of computer applications, in particular, proficiency required in MS Word, MS Excel, and Power Point;
  • Twelve credit hours of college-level Biblical studies strongly preferred.

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