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Program Officer

Save The Children - US
Location: Washington D.C.
Last Date: July 14, 2011

Program Officer, DC
Save The Children - US


The Program Officer (PO) will support management of day-to-day operations of and technical assistance to program activities for Save the Children MCHIP programs worldwide. Working closely with the MCHIP Deputy Director, the Newborn Health Team Leader and technical staff in headquarters and country offices, the PO will provide programmatic oversight for the design, development, and implementation of SC’s MCHIP programs. The PO will also ensure regular communication and strong collaboration between SC and MCHIP partners, with donor representatives, as well as with SNL, DHN and SC support functions, including finance and grants management.


Country Program Management
Support the design and management of MCHIP country and global/regional programs that are led by SC or have substantial technical involvement by SC staff. Ensure high quality programs through regular monitoring and oversight of assigned country programs and represent SC’s programs technically to both internal and external audiences. Specific responsibilities include:
• Ensure necessary program planning, development and implementation/management activities function smoothly and efficiently.
• Developing internal processes and systems for monitoring and tracking MCHIP programs.
• Working closely with the MCHIP Grants & Finance Manager to develop budgets, track spending, and ensure timely financial reporting; and facilitating regular country program review meetings at headquarters.
• Participate in monitoring and evaluation of activities for countries assigned and assist in results reporting.
• Participating in the review of core workplan activities as they relate to country programs.
• Ensure compliance with SC and MCHIP operational policies and regulations.
• Travel to country offices as needed (approx 10% – 20%).

Program Documentation & Knowledge Management

• In collaboration with SPO and existing PO, develop and maintain SC/MCHIP internal knowledge management systems.
• This entails the generation, documentation, and sharing of knowledge on newborn activities, SC/MCHIP programming, lessons learned, etc.
• Support process for input into SC MCHIP quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports, including necessary results pathway indicators.
Coordination and Partnership
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge of SC’s MCHIP portfolio and represent SC to MCHIP partner agency and USAID, both in Washington and in the field;
• Foster program relationships between partner MCHIP staff, SNL and DHN programs. Coordinate efforts on work in overlapping countries and on complementary technical programming;
• Work in close collaboration with the SC MCHIP technical and program team, SC MCHIP Finance and Grants Manager, and SC support functions to ensure smooth implementation of SC MCHIP programs.
• Develop and maintain relationships with SC International counterparts and relevant country offices.
Program/Proposal Development
• Establish and maintain contacts with donor officials, key technical agency and Area/Country Office counterparts regarding new or ongoing programs.
• In collaboration with MCHIP Deputy Director and other SC and DHN staff, coordinate and develop SC’s response to new MCHIP country program descriptions.


• Masters degree in public health or related field.
• Minimum 5 years experience managing international health programs.
• Experience in the design, development, and monitoring of international health programs.
• Experience in developing program budgets and tracking against activities.
• Strong programming, management and technical skills, specifically with MNCH in developing countries.
• Excellent presentation skills and verbal and written communications skills.
• Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and coordination.
• Knowledge of USAID and other donor programming priorities and technical requirements, including grants, sub-grant agreements and technical assistance support.
• Ability to travel up to 10 - 20% of the time to developing countries.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong detail orientation.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and prioritize multiple tasks.
• Demonstrates ability to balance focus on task with attention to relationships; identifies and cultivates relationships with key stakeholders internally, cross functionally; and externally establishes and promotes trust to facilitate collaboration and information sharing.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain relationships with key groups (internal and external) to the organization.
• Ability to interact with established networks of senior level international health professionals, donors, and other partners .
• Fluency in French required.

Employee Type: Full Time

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In 2010, we improved the lives of over 64 million children in need in the United States and around the world. Our goal is to reach more than 74 million children annually by the year 2012. Join our dedicated and diverse staff committed to improving the well-being of children.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity.

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