Program Officer Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Summit Recruitment

Job Description

Job Purpose

To contribute to CAFOD’s involvement in the Eritrea in line with the agreed strategy, by taking the lead on the day-to-day management of CAFOD-supported programmes, engaging in programme development; securing institutional funding for CAFOD supported programmes and partnerships; and contract management. The scope of the post falls into the following broad functions:

Programme management and development in line with the direction set by the Country Strategy: in co-operation with partners, developing and managing CAFOD supported long-term development programmes;
Managing effective relationships with partners: developing and nurturing partnerships and providing or facilitating capacity development support, where appropriate;
Internal and external representation: of the Eritrea programme, in co-ordination with the Programme Manager, Eritrea and the Emergency Response Group, as appropriate;
Financial management and monitoring of programmes and projects: developing and managing budgets, and monitoring expenditure in line with agreed parameters;
Systems and compliance: ensuring the effective use of CAFOD’s systems to share programme knowledge and inform decision making. This includes ensuring compliance with agreements, regulations and requirements attached to our work;
Thematic focus: complement partners’ thematic understanding on Food Security and Livelihoods, Health and Nutrition, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change and resilience building, Education for marginalized children, and other cross-cutting areas on gender, HIVAIDS, Social Protection and Accountability, contributing to the development of relevant interventions that bring about positive change for poor and vulnerable communities in Eritrea.

Job Scope

The post-holder will be responsible for building effective working relationships with peers across the International Development Group, as well as with colleagues in the Emergency Response and Advocacy Groups, and the International Programme Funding Unit. This is in order to develop and maintain horizontal links between programmes, learning, innovation, good practice, and fundraising within and between regions or areas of work. The role has also a number of cross-divisional and cross-organisational functions linked to work with CAFOD’s Education, Communities & Supporters, Fundraising, Finance and Media teams. The post-holder will be expected to undertake frequent travel (approximately 12 weeks per year)


The post-holder reports to the Programme Manager Eritrea. This role does not involve line management or budget management responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities

Programme management and development in line with the direction set by the CSP

In co-operation with partners, develop and manage CAFOD-supported programmes (this includes long-term development and advocacy), contributing to the development and review of CAFOD’s Eritrea strategy and programme frameworks;
Jointly responsible with partners for the effective implementation, monitoring, evaluation (including facilitating external evaluations) and reporting on programmes, in line with jointly agreed standards programme cycle management (PCM) & donor requirements;
In agreement with partners, jointly develop programme and project proposals and assess the existing capacities to manage and implement the work. This includes leading on preparation of high quality programmes and projects in line with the Eritrea strategy and programme frameworks; and reports for external funders, in liaison with the Programme Manager, Eritrea, and the development of partner capacity development plans to address capacity issues;
Contribute to the development of resource development plans, as well as to identifying new funding opportunities through donor mapping exercises;
Keep up-to-date with donor policy developments and trends, both within the relevant country/sub-region/sector, and more generally, and represent CAFOD in funding review groups/networks in the countries/sub-regions as appropriate.
Promote, capture and disseminate learning from partners and programmes, and ensure that this informs future programme development;
Realise CAFOD’s principles by acting in line with CAFOD’s partnership standards, and by promoting and supporting partners’ adherence to jointly agreed accountability, gender, safeguarding children, supply chain management/procurement good practice, and other standards, as these emerge;
Contribute, where appropriate and in agreement with partners, to advocacy and information work in support of partners efforts, with relevant stakeholders in the region and/or globally;
Oversee and support (where appropriate) the work of Programme Accompaniers and consultants working on CAFOD-supported programmes;
Respond to emergencies as they occur, as requested by the Programme Manager, Eritrea, and in co-ordination with CAFOD’s Emergency Response Group;
Keep up-to-date with development issues and trends, both within the relevant country or sector, and more generally;
Monitor the political and security context to contribute to CAFOD’s organisational risk assessments and security plans.

Programme funding and partners’ fundraising capacity

In agreement with partners and the Country Programme Manager, assess existing partner capacities and systems to manage and implement institutionally funded programmes and, jointly develop programme and project funding proposals;
Lead, co-ordinate or support the preparation of funding applications with donors such as: ECHO, DEC, DfID, EC, UN, Comic Relief, Big Lottery Fund, etc.;
Contribute to investing in partners’ capacities, by jointly identifying funding needs, developing plans to strengthen capacities, e.g. proposal writing, programme development, monitoring & evaluation, etc., or identifying sources of support. This can be through identifying who is best placed to offer such support or by the direct provision of specific capacity strengthening initiatives;
Support partners in accessing the tools and support required to secure and effectively manage institutional funding, as well as strengthening partner capacity in donor mapping and developing donor engagement strategies;
To work with CAFOD’s Country Programme Manager on designing a partners’ institutional funding capacity strengthening initiative/strategy.

Contract Management

Working with Country Programme Manager and partners to manage various contracts, including financial and narrative reporting, and monitoring and evaluation (including facilitating external evaluations) of institutionally funded programmes, in line with jointly agreed standards (Programme Cycle Management), donor requirements, and CAFOD’s value of Stewardship;
Responsible for reporting to donors – including financial reporting and ultimately responsible for the quality of those reports before submission.
Support programme staff and partners on the development of plans, accounting frameworks and work plans, etc.

Managing effective relationships with partners




If you believe that you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for this position, then please submit your application letter, attach your CV, certificates and letters of referee NOT LATER THAN 18TH June 2018 by using this url/website.