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unless indicated, all positions are located in our Washington, DC office

Program Officer

Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Program Officer will support the daily operations of the Program Department, including grants management, compliance support, general project management and administrative support. The Program Officer will also assist with proposal development, programmatic and financial reporting, and tracking overseas grant funding. The Program Officer must be capable of making independent judgments to determine appropriate courses of action, and must take initiative in performing job duties.

Estimated Travel: 20-30%

*This role is contingent on funding

Job Responsibilities

Program and Grant Management and Quality:

  • Under the supervision of the Director of Programs, lead on monitoring of grants and programs funded through US institutional and private donors, including progress of activities, spending against budgets, compliance with internal and donor requirements, and achievement of key objectives and deliverables.
  • Coordinate proposal development for US institutional and private funding, provide substantive feedback and recommendations on proposal content and program design, and ensure proposals are submitted on time and to a high level of quality.
  • Travel to the field as necessary to monitor program quality and progress, provide training on US institutional and private funding guidelines, and provide input throughout the program management cycle in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation stages.
  • Review all quarterly program and financial reports for quality and accuracy for U.S. Government-funded programs.
  • Coordinate with the Development Department to identify programs for funding proposals and support proposal development and tracking of private grants.
  • Coordinate with Finance Department on cash flow management, tracking overseas expenditure, and requesting funds transfers.
  • Assist with determining program funding priorities, exploring new funding opportunities, and expanding partnerships with other JRS offices and partner organizations.

Other Tasks:

  • Represent JRS/USA externally in coordination or partnership meetings, donor meetings, and other conferences or events as needed.
  • Liaise with appropriate technical specialists in Monitoring & Evaluation, Psychosocial, Education, Reconciliation, and Livelihoods units, as well as international Program staff in international, regional, and country offices, as needed.
  • Coordinate with Communications and Advocacy Departments on dissemination of information about overseas programming and participation in JRS/USA campaigns.
  • Handle administrative tasks for the Program Department, including supporting travel arrangements, preparing documentation for contracts and cooperative agreements, and managing filing systems for overseas program funding.
  • Carry out any other tasks as assigned by the Director of Programs.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, International Development, Economics, Political Science, Business Administration, or other related field is required, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • At least 4 years of professional experience, preferably related to emergency relief or international development or with a non-governmental organization.
  • Solid knowledge of and experience working with institutional donors, including during the contracting and award management process, or willingness to learn. Experience with U.S. Department of State or USAID strongly preferred.
  • Ability to communicate and develop key working relationships remotely with international colleagues in a diverse, multi-cultural environment.
  • Solid computer skills for word processing, databases, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required.
  • Proficiency in French or Spanish is preferred.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to, by Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

JRS/USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, JRS/USA does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the law. We welcome applicants from a diverse spectrum of qualified candidates.

To see if there are jobs open in other regions of JRS, please visit the International Office website.